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CLAY COSTUME

Collaborative performance between sculptor ASTRID SPECHT SEEBERG (DK) and performance artist ROSA JARANOVIC (DK)

From Movie "clay Costume" edited by Jonas Krog and sponsored buy architect company EnJord.

From Movie "Clay Costume" edited by Jonas Krog and sponsored by architect company EnJord.

    About the Performance:

    CLAY COSTUME is a live performance created on a stage made of approximately 1 ton of clay. The performer Rosa Jaranovic is presented bare, as an ever-moving sculpture of clay created on her body by sculptor Astrid Specht Seeberg. The performance is also portrayed in a short movie (9:46 min) that will be played after the live performance all throughout the exhibition. The exhibition itself is simple and consists only of three physical components:

    The movie; represents movement and the past happenings, The clay stage; represents the nowness, seeing the stamps and bodyprints from the performance, made in the opening of the exhibition. 

    A burned sculpture in clay that will be made on Rosas body; represents the future and an eternalized timeframe of the performance. 

     

    Astrid appears as the sculptor and enters the stage with the task of maintaining, rebuilding, and transforming the moving canvas. Rosa's movements constantly urge Astrid to rethink the sculpture, and the relation between the two characters on stage will transform in the clay that correlate between them.

     

    The pace of the performance, can evolve both slowly or rapidly, drawing connotations to an interactive croquis.

    With the possibility of lasting everywhere between 1 - 4 hours.

     

    CONCEPT: 

    Seeberg constantly has to rethink the process and figures she can shape throughout the constant movement from Jaranovics body. The weight, prospects of shapes and balance points that the claywitholds is both a immense means of possibilities but also a obstruction that both struggle with. 

    There is a wish to indulge ourselves in the material and learn from it's physical matter. 

    Working as a woman with a young girl's body and all that it symbolizes, constantly confronts Jaranovic with complexes of sexualization and objectification. As a performer whose naked body is a part of this project, Jaranovic experiences a desexualization of her body, when Seeberg shapes her body into what she experiences as universes, shapes and costumes. The performance becomes a form of liberation from the negative spiral of sexualization and objectification women go through, and creates a feeling of sisterhood and common healing.

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    Practicing.... 

    Extract from rehearsing with 30 kilos of clay. 

    About the artists

    ASTRID SPECHT SEEBERG (b.1999, DK)

    Astrid Specht Seeberg is a self-taught ceramic artist and sculptor with no formal art education. Her’s art practice is deeply connected to the aquatic environment. Her large-scale ceramic sculptures take inspiration from creatures evolved from water and aim to highlight the energetic language of these organisms through abstraction and indirect personification. 

    Astrid is fascinated by hydro-existence, the idea of living in an aquatic ecosystem, and draws inspiration from it for her ceramic sculptures. Her attraction to bodies of water also connects to hydrosexuality, which influences her work.

    Astrid has partnered with marine biologists from Hungary and Mangrove ecologists from Bremen University in collaborations to develop future ceramic installations that allow viewers to fully immerse themselves in her art using all their senses. 

     

    Her abstract and expressive works often feature organic forms and textures, as she embraces a raw and improvisational approach.

    The automatic and intuitive play an essential role in Astrid's work. She experiments with taking components from automatic drawing and anagram poetry, both of which were common practices among surrealists in the 1930s. Through continuous conversations with marine biologist Susie Bagotai about organisms and life forms in the ocean, she stores this information in her subconscious, to finally let it flow through her when she constructs her sculptures. This occurs in a deeply meditative flow stage where she focuses on her intuitive sense and lets the logical fall away. By suppressing and restricting the rational and conscious control of the mind over the creative process, it  allows the body's and psyche's subconscious to manifest itself.

    By discovering the natural bends and shapes that the clay takes through her manipulation, she can spot the elements in the artwork that she must highlight to eventually tell a story that blends science with her own personal interpretation and experiences.

     

    Seeberg’s work focuses on creating balance points and organic results in sculptures that are on the verge of collapsing. She highlights and stabilizes the collapsing works, seeing "mistakes" as beautiful and creating movement and curiosity in her pieces. 

     

    She has rapidly gained recognition for her art practice and was awarded the Danish Carl-Nielsen Foundation Talent Prize in 2022. She has exhibited her works at galleries in Copenhagen, including Galleri Kant and Anne Aarsland for Kunstsalonen and most recently for Hans Alf Gallery. 

    ROSA JARANOVIC (DK)

    Rosa Jaranovic’s art work focuses on vulnerability and honesty. And often offers a raw exposure of what she considered the ‘‘young girls’’ body and mind. She’s done a lot of experimental performances where she uses her body as a tool for expressing her art, constantly trying to push the boundaries of who and what we look at in the name of performance. This practice really claimed itself when she educated herself at Akademiet for Musik, Dans og Teater. Where she discovered the room of performance as the artform where she connects with the receiver of her art mostly. Therefore she is often always a part of her pieces directly. When that is said she has always had a multidisciplinary art practice including visual arts, writing, contemporary movement, dance, film work both as a director and actor, and a big part of her practice is to mix them and make them enlighten each other. At the moment she does most of her work, together with fellow artists and performers in the art collective Final Planet, which she has been a part of for the last few years. It's a DIY queer art collective and platform for arranging events, exhibitions and performances. Working collaboratively is a key for Jaranovic’s work, and with a background in film and theater productions it feels more natural to work collaboratively than by herself. It makes her focus more on the process than on the result. For her the collaborative performative room has no boundaries, which makes it an amazingly frustrating and inspiring field to work in.

    Rosa is currently studying in the Mimeschool, Academy of theatre and dance in Amsterdam. 

    Stage ideas

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    Picture for inspiration. From Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen's performance "Lucy" during the Culture Night 2014 at Nikolaj Kunsthal. Photo by Frida Gregersen.

    The stage should have dimensions of roughly 2 meters by 2 meters and a thickness of 15-20 cm made of moist, fresh clay. It's a straightforward process to create it using only clay and a white fabric to serve as a base.

    If the performance budget allows, we can enhance the stage by incorporating other constructions. 

    THE CLAY 

    To reduce the budget and keep the environment in mind, the clay for the performance is sponsored by Egersund Teglværk, with clay dugged up in Denmark with help from architect firm EnJord. 

    ARTIST CV

    ROSA JARANOVIC (DK) - CV 

    1999 Born in Copenhagen, Denmark 

    •  Professionel membership in Dansehallerne. 

    • Member and Co-founder of artcollective FiNAL PLANET. 

    • Member of KFP, Københavns Frie Promotere.

     

    EDUCATION 

      • January 2022 - December 2022: Akademiet for Musik, Dans og Teater Danseteater (DT) / Dance Theater student
        - The course focuses on contact and solo improvisation, theater, contemporary dance technique, choreography, Video installations, site-specific performances, greek theater, acting and manuscripts, dialogues, musical interpretation, instant composition. Including end of semester performances at krudttønden. 

      • August 2018 - June 2020: Vidar Skolen, Rudolf Steiner HF. - Contained ceramic, dance, drama and stone carving classes. 

      • August 2017 - November 2019: Christianshavn Gymnasium, (STX) Main subject - Design. August 2015 -

      • June 2016: Flakkebjerg efterskole, Main subject - visual art.

     

    WORK EXPERIENCE

      • December 2022: Performing at Maindream(festival), Art Collective Final Planet, in cooperation with Gro Selv, at Volume Village in aarhus.

      • November 2022: Setting up a Workshop and Performance for students of BGK Artlab. 

      • October 2022: Group Performance in collaboration with Musician ‘’Yinawe’’ at Absalon Kirken in Copenhagen. 

      • August 2022: Performative live installation in Final Planet Exhibition at Gallery Q.

      • June 2022: Performing in ‘’The Real Life Theater’’, Exhibition at The Royal Danish Academy
        of Fine Arts, Skjold Rambow. 

      • May 2022: Creating the Scenography for the performance and concert by Slimo and Crackcloud at Mayhem. 

      • November 2019 - Marts 2020: Starring in Michella Bredahls graduation film at The Danish Filmschool. 

      • June 2019: Performative catwalk for ‘’Smerz’’ concert, Roskilde Festival. 

      • November 2018 - Marts 2019: Starring in Michella Bredahls midterm film at The Danish Filmschool.

    ASTRID SPECHT SEEBERG - CV

    1999 Born in Copenhagen, Denmark 

    • Member of Billedkunstner Forbundet and Dansk Billedhuggersamfund.

    • Represented at Hans Alf Gallery. 

     

    Prizes

    • Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation's talent prize 2022.

     

    Exhibitions/Projects 

    2021 

    • Solo-exhibition, "Bondage" Galleri Symbol, Guldbergsgade 9, 2200 kbh N 

    • Reglazing Plates for GANNI A/S 

    • Artfair "Kunst for alle" in Lokomotivvaerkstedet, copenhagen, Upcoming area
      curated by Connie Boe Boss 

    2022 

    • Group Exhibition "There is a crack in everything" at KBH Kunst, CPH, with Hanne
      Scmidt 

    • Reglazing vintage plates for Bestseller 

    • Galleri KANT, Group Exhibition "TERRIOR" Curated by Emil Hesk, 7/7 2022
      -14/8 2022 

    • ConFeria art Festival 19-20/8 2022, exhibiting sculpture in open air 

    2023 

    • Exhibition at Riises Landsted. Curated by Kunstsalonen and Anne Aarsland.

    Collaborations 

    • “Memories of the future, a case for ornaments in an economy with no space for craftsmen” thesis for Master of Architecture by Filip Nyborg, AARCH, Aarhus.

    • “In love, Paralyzed”  - under continuous collaboration with marine biologist Susie Bagotai.

    2024

    • "the Great Big Wintershow" Hans Alf Gallery January 

     

    Other: 

    • 2023 - Albisola, Italien - Asger Jorns residency and sculpture center. 

    • 2022 - Davide Ronco Studio 

     

    Education, work and life experience:

    • 2015-2016 - Danish Craftsman Folk High School in Skjern, specializing in ceramics

    • 2016-2019 - Christianshavns High School, linguistics and culture.

    • 2020 - Sailing and freediving in the Great Barrier Reef, among living and working as painter amd gardener in Myocum, New South Wales, AU 

    • 2020 - Bricklayer apprentice at TH Bækhave

    • 2021 - staring artist company full time. 

    Commissions 

    • Ganni A/S 

    • Salling Fonds 

    • Bestseller A/S 

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