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Karen Land Hansen

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Land Hansen works with sculpture, installation and drawing. In recent years work consists of light or images projected onto, or emitted by sculptural objects. The objects are often reminiscent of modes of transport, both of humanity or urban waste, or they refer to specific technological developments, places or events. With subterranean or submerged themes, they function as darkly poetic metaphors. Shows include View from the Sitting Room , Cassland, (London 2004), Pizza Express Prospects (London 2003), Cite Internationale des Artes, (Paris, 2002), Phoropter, (Overgaden, Centre for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, 2001). Awards include the Danish Visual Arts Council and Politiken-fonden.
Whispering Well, 2004 -
Whispering Well, 2004 -
Portals/Phoropter, Overgaden 2001
Portals/Phoropter, Overgaden 2001
Whispering Well, 2004 -
Whispering Well, 2004 -




A key theme underlying all the work is the relationship between the fictional and the factual, and the work engages with the contradictions surrounding these two realms and their overlappings. The sculptural works combine physical/sculptural objects with scenographic effects, light and video projection. The videos are often rooted in documentary footage and the sculptural elements relate to objects, whether already existing in our familiar (urban) environment or to historical objects. Many of these works focus on non-visible structures, or "hidden" worlds, which are brought into view in these installations. These can operate literally, metaphorically or historically. The historical - and our perception of history - is an especially significant aspect in the work. Other projects, which most recently have taken the form of drawing projects, make reference to marginal areas of expert knowledge and/or technology - historical, current and future.
Whispering Well. Mixed Media/sound installation, ongoing project

Whispering Well is a combined sound/sculptural installation work. It is also part of an ongoing project, tracing through sound the journey of the well to spaces of very different character and function. The well, with its in-built recording and play-back devices, is installed in spaces; private and institutional, in and out of doors. In each place it records the surrounding sound while playing back in an edited form the sound previously accumulated. The well is simultaneously a witness, a receiver, a messenger of information and a story-teller.
A Minimum of Visible World (2), 2004
A Minimum of Visible World (2), 2004
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