‘Fuglen, der (The Bird, There)’
A performance lecture by Lasse Lau
Friday 18th September
Denmark time: 20:00 (CEST)
UK time: 19:00 (BST)
NYC time: 14:00 (ET)
FREE Tickets & live captions: click here
Première, as part of performingbordersLIVE20 & Warehouse9 Autumn programme
The bird blushes in its desire, “I’m the beast.”
The bird is an irresistible creature with its plumage and lycra skin. Its colors and shapes. Its sense of embellishment, beauty, with sounds of distant histories and echoes from its friends.
The bird, there, crosses boundaries between nomadic beings and takes resemblance and knowledge from other birds. Underneath the feathers hide a vulnerable skin.
When I was 16, there was a virus that only killed someone like me. Something I couldn’t talk about at the time, as I only knew the hidden truth deep within my own window towards the world.
This video performance lecture is a story about trauma accompanied by visuals to a small text called “Virus” from a new series of stories – in the making -titled “The Island of Violence.”
A virus that I never contracted myself, but which I still live with today in my intimate and social choices. These invisible borders that can determine lifelong paths, and sometimes even hinders me from flying.
The lecture is about my experiences being retraumatized by Covid-19. It takes us into the world about birds eating from the same bird feeder every day. Survival is bringing them back to the same location again and again.
Not far from the bird feeder, there is a river that ends abruptly into the cascade of a waterfall. Some of its currents and fluid dimensions are being rerouted from falling and transformed into electricity and power.
The pandemic portal, Arundhati Roy states, is where our presence is erased, and where only the past and the future can exist.
Film premiere followed by a live Q&A facilitated by Naja Lee Jensen.
We will provide English live captioning throughout the event.
The event will have members of the performingbordersLIVE20 and Warehouse9 team to support any needs that might occur throughout this process and the management of audiences where needed. Direct contact information will be shared near the time of the event.
This event is free and open to anyone. If you have any particular access requirement needs or would like more information, please contact us at [email protected]
performingbordersLIVE20 prides itself in being a safe, inclusive space. We will not tolerate any violence, hate speech or abusive interactions towards our staff, artists, partners and audiences. Team members will be available to support any issues related to this leading up to and during the event.
Commissioned and presented by performingborders and Warehouse9, in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons.
Supported by Arts Council England
Lasse Lau (born 1974, Denmark) is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist who looks into the spatial dimension of power to better understand society’s social struggles.
His films have won Grand prix Nanook-Jean Rouch in France, the Golden Raven in Russia, World Cinema Doc at Kansas Filmfest, Nordic:Dox Award at CPH:DOX and 1st prize at Fokus Videokunst Festival
His work have shown at Beirut Art Center, Brandts Klædefabrik, British Museum, BOZAR, Cimatheque Cairo, Edith-Russ-Haus fur Medienkunst, Fotografisk Center, Green Lantern, Hamburger Bahnhof, Lumiar Cité, Malmö konsthall, Medrar for Contemporary Art, MOMA PS1, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea Lisboa, Museum of Resistance Torino, OCAT, Smart Project Space, Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art and Westfälische Kunstverein.
Lasse Lau was a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art ISP
Warehouse9 (est. 2017) is an artist-led performance venue located in a historically listed building in Copenhagen’s Brown Meatpacking district. Warehouse9 is committed to building a space and responsible conditions for artists working with ideas relating to identity politics, sexual expressions and body representations. Warehouse9 has a cross-disciplinary artistic profile that embraces live art, choreographic work, installation art, music, site-specific work, conversations, artistic research, parties and activism. Warehouse9 strives to create a space for innovative artistic experiences and experimentation, with a particular focus on supporting work rooted in queer and feminist discourse. Warehouse9 curates and produces the annual international performance festival IPAF. Alongside its artistic programme, the space has a community programme that aims to support local activist initiatives from Copenhagen’s queer communities.