Sidsel Christensen is a London-based artist engaged in moving image, live-events and performance-based lectures. She maintains an ongoing working relationship in Norway, where she was brought up, as well as a BA from Goldsmiths and MA from the Royal College of Art respectively. This year Sidsel was featured in Modern Painters as one of '100 artists to watch', and shows nationally as well as abroad.
London shows from 2009/13 include partaking in “The Object Of The Attack” at the David Roberts Art Foundation, showing work at The South London Cultural Centre, Vilma Gold, ICA and The Royal Academy. Sidsel has shown a more substantial body of work at KINO KINO, Centre for Contemporary Art in Norway, and is setting up a new central body of work for the show at Oval Art Space, London this year. She was awarded the The Open Art Prize 2011 in London, and is also preparing a London solo show with Open Gallery for 2013, with new work on the back of this.
I am interested in the workings of a subjectivity that unfolds between authenticity and fictional constructs of the self. Specifically to look at different possibilities for the imagination to transform the perceived reality for an individual or group. This exploration is played out through conversation, live presentations and video portraits where I use the camera as a ‘social’ tool to engage with an intimacy that revolves around body language and narratives of subjectivity. The focus has been on capturing a somewhat idealised ‘space’ in between the artist and the subject/audience, where creative input and framing on both sides creates the work. Initially this is a space of potential, power struggle and friction.At the moment I am specifically investigating the possibility of immersion and ecstatic experience in contemporary spaces and looking at how inner, emotive visions can be linked to the visual language of abstraction in art.
2008-10 MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London UK
2003-06 BA Fine Art, Goldsmith College. London, UK
2002-03 European Film College. Ebeltoft, Denmark
2000-02 Jutland Academy of Fine Art. Århus, Denmark
2001-02 Humanistic Science Theory. Århus University , Denmark
2013 Mary Anne Atwood – Full Circle / Untitled – Oval Art Space, London, UK
2011 The Edge of Reason at KINO KINO Center for Contemporary Art and Film, Sandnes, Norway (Also including Susan Hiller, Hilma Af Klint, Ben Judd, Karen Russo, Oscar Munos and Susan McWilliam.)
2011 Video Painting - The Open Art Prize 2011, UK
2012 Arbeids stipend fra Vederlagsfondet, Norway
2012 Norsk Kultur Råd – Utstillingstøtte, Norway
2010 Norsk Kultur Råd – Utstillingstøtte, Norway
2010 - PRESENT Unge Kunstneres Samfund (Norwegian Young Artists Society)
2013 Elements, ArtEco Gallery, London
2013 Long Live The New Flesh at ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
2012 ‘I Helheim II – Ordet’ at KINO KINO, Center for Art and Film, Sandnes, Norway
2012 In The Presence Of Multible Possibilities at French Riviera Gallery, London, UK
2912 ‘I Helheim’ at Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway
2012 DRECK online artwork, on www.dreck.co.uk
2012 'LIGHTS ON' at Rogaland Art Senter, Stavanger, Norway
2012 'Art of Angel' at The Candid Arts Trust, London, UK
2011 CRUNCH – art festival, Hay–on–Wye, UK
2011 VIDEO IN BRITAIN TODAY at Bermondsey Project Space. UK Curated by Edward Lucie Smith
2011 Video Painting (The Open Art Prize 2011) – Open Gallery, London, UK
2011 “Hal Silver – Transmutors’ Echo” at Apiary Projects, London, UK
2011 “The Supernormal Picture Society" at Apiary Projects, London, UK
2011 “Sucks to be you” at The Woodmill, London, UK
2011 ARTPROJX CINEMA, The Armory show, New York
2011 Moving Images, traveling screaning program, Studio Gallery Bangalore, Jamia Millia Islamia University and Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art New Delhi, India.
2010 “The Morouge Room”, Hospital Club, London, UK
2010 “Are you Experienced”, Space Gallery, UK
2010 “The Coelacanth Journal”, Vilma Gold Gallery, UK
2010 "SHOW 1" Degree Show, Royal College of Art, UK
2009 “Hal Silver” at The Russian Club Gallery, London, UK
2009 “The Object of The Attac” at David Roberts Art Foundatio, London, UK
2009 “Concerning Dual Transmission (Over a Long Distance)" at The Hockney Gallery, London UK
2009 “IT’S A MESS AND MOST PROBABLY IRREVERSIBLE” curated by Five Storey Projects, Jotta Space, London, UK
2009 "Helmut Newton Ladies Night" hosted by artist Spartacus Chetwind, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2008 “The Birnam Art Trail” organised by The Perthshire Visual Arts Forum, Schotland
2008 "...and the real becomes fictitious", Galería 13, Mexico
2008 5 day public screening of the film Darlah, as part of “The Artist as Hoast" a Stavanger Cultural City 2008 project, Stavanger Cinema, Norway.
2008 International video screening 2008, Gallery ET4U, Bøvlingbjerg, Denmark
2007 Negotiating The Edge, Global Arts Village,Delhi, India. (Exhibiton as part of a two month Artist Recidency program at GAV)
2007 Mouvement d’Images, Images en Mouvement, Espace Ecnanosér, Jarnac, France
2007 Vestlandsutstillingen (The Westcoast Exhibition) traveling exhibition, (Stavanger, Bergen, Haugesund) Norway.
2006 CARMA Exhibition. Group show arranged by Carma production company, with a selection of artists from Rogaland, Norway. At Tou Scene, Stavanger Norway.
2006 Fett, Norwegian feminist magazine, NO 2, 06. p.57
2005 Mother / Daughter. Exhibition together with artist Susanne Cristensen. Gallery ET4U, Bøvlingbjerg, Denmark
2005 Sandnes kunstforenings Jubileumsutstilling. (Sandnes Art society’s jubelee exhibiton), Sandnes, Norway.
2005 Insight. 12 Nelson Gardens, London, UK
2004 IHøstutstillingen (The Autumn Exhibition) Kunstnerenes Hus, Oslo,Norway
PERFORMATIVE LECTURES AND LIVE EVENTS
2012 “Mary Anne Atwood – Full Circle” at at Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, NorwaY
2011 "Conversations With the Other Side" at KINO KINO Centre for Art and Film, Sandnes, Norway
2011 "Conversations With the Other Side" Live event at Apiary Projects, London, UK
2010 “Britney Spears – Sexually Motivated – And The Ultimate Black Hole Consequence" At Space Gallery, London, UK.
2009 "Conversations With the Other Side" Live event at The David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
2009 “Britney Spears – Sexually Motivated – And The Ultimate Black Hole Consequence" At The South London Cultural Centre, London UK.
2009 “The Bells” At The Royal College of Art, London UK
2007 “Encouners” at Goldsmith College, UK
2012 Article: Time Machines – Current Moving Image Practise in the UK
2012 MODERN PAINTERS - 100 Artists to Watch (Featured in the Dec/Jan Issue)
2011 The Edge of Reason - Exhibition Catalouge
2010 Picking Up / Bouncing Back– Exhibition Catalouge