Christian Falsnaes was born in Copenhagen in 1980. He currently works and resides in Berlin.
He is a performance and conceptual artist. He studied Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen and Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His works are often based upon the interaction between audience and artist, dealing with the rituals, dynamics and group behavior in highly codified social fields like the art world. They revolve around the issues of identity, authority and submission. He works neither with professional actors nor with an exact script, but rather leaves it up to the audience to decide how to carry out his instructions.
Chief among his works are Front featured at the Yarat Contemporary Art Space of Baku, Azerbaijan; Thousand Faces at the Statens Museum for Kunst of Copenhagen; Available at the Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany; Justified Beliefs at Art Basel Statements, Switzerland; Opening at the KW Institute of Contemporary Art of Berlin.
He also participated in group works such as Conditions of Political Choreography at CCA in Tel Aviv; 20 Years at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich; Head to Head at Castlefield Gallery of Manchester; Political Populism at the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna; Expanding the Field of Play at the Centre Pompidou in Paris; Vertigo of Reality at the Akademie der Künste in Berlín; Is it Y(ours)? at the Museum Bärengasse of Zurich; and Now and Again – Performance for Video at the Fotografisk Center of Copenhagen.
Two-channel video installation, one hired instructor, visitors
Two video projections opposite of each other show pre-recorded performances, faces of different people fighting for attention. These are images downloaded from the Internet, and of different colors. A voiceover instructs visitors to relate to the projections, to analyze them and reflect on their reactions to them, to perform in front of them, and to carry out different actions (standing still, dancing, kneeling down, walking around) while looking at them in order to experience how these actions influence their reactions to the projected images. An instructor is hired to make sure that all visitors follow the instructions. At certain times throughout the performance, the instructor pauses the installation and engages the visitors in a group discussion about their experience of the work.
Performers: Lucía Deca y Cintia Hernández.
Production: BP.17 with the support of the Danish Arts Foundation.