This discussion will focus on the way of addressing the spectator through the use of performance as an artistic practice. Falsnaes strives to develop an art that articulates with the context in which the piece is created: the rituals, dynamics and modes of group behavior that come into play in a number of highly coded social environments such as the world of art. Instead of working with professional performers or a script prepared beforehand, the artist lets the public decide how to carry out his instructions.
Type of activity: Conversation with the audience.
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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.