Ann Lislegaard has participated in the 2005 Venice Biennale, the 2006 São Paulo Biennale, the 2013 Lyon Biennale, and the 2014 Biennale of Sydney. Solo exhibitions include shows at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo, 2007) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2009). She is known for 3D film animations and sound-light installations often departing from ideas found in science fiction novels such as Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. She finds in science fiction an alternative approach to language, narration, gender roles, sexuality, and concepts of the future. Her Crystal World (after J.G. Ballard) (2006) is set in a hotel that is slowly crystallizing. As the animation moves through the architecture, one encounters furniture by the female architect Lina Bo Bardi, Robert Smithson’s sculpture Dead Tree, and Eva Hesse’s Untitled (Rope Piece). These “virtual replicants” are re-activated in the animation as provisional characters in a setting where time itself is ruined. In Oracles, Owls… Some Animals Never Sleep, which draws on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a computer-animated owl delivers a monologue of aphorisms and latent fragments that consist of prophecies from I Ching and a feminist speaking in tongues. The monologues are interrupted by squeaks of compressed noise, dramatized and distorted samples from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Although it is at times menacing, it is also humorous, a doubled and redoubled self, with its unsynchronized dancing and trance-like movements. Her new work Dobaded Dobaded focuses on Chiaki Kawamata’s 1984 science fiction novel Death Sentences. Lislegaard’s piece features an animated portrayal, reminiscent of a space-time vortex, of the hallucinatory poetic text that forms the crux of the novel’s surreal landscape of history, politics, translation, and language.

Ann Lislegaard
Tønsberg, 1962

Past Exhibitions

Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future

07/11/2018 — 21/11/2018

Solo Shows

Shadow Ya Ya, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan
Paraspace, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

Oracles, Owls…some animals never sleep, Murray Guy Gallery, New York, NY, US

Speaking in Tongues, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Shows

In An Absolut World True Taste Comes Naturally, Camberwell Space, London, UK
Resumé, andriesse-eyck, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
THE SECRET LIFE, co-curated with Leidy Churchman, Murray Guy, New York, NY, US
PARASOPHIA, Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, Kyoto, Japan
Beam me up!, Kristianstads Konsthall, Kristianstad, Sweden
15 favoritter fra samlingen, KØS – Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Køge, Denmark
I hear your voice reflected in a glass and it sounds like it is inside of me, curated by Emily Wardill in conversation with Jesi Khadivi, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin, Germany
Voyage to the Virtuel, Scandinavia House, New York, NY, US
♀vartet, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg, Denmark
Kvinder, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark

You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
L’avenir, La Biennale de Montréal 2014, Montréal, Canada
Magnus, Scènes de l’imaginaire automate, Mamco – Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Genève, Switzerland
Lumionous Spaces, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg, Denmark
Re:visited, Latvian Center of Contemporary Art, Riga 2014 – European Culture Capital, Riga, Latvia

12e Biennale de Lyon, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
Seismology, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Approximately Infinite Universe, MCASD – Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA, US
Flowers and World Views, Statens Museum for Kunst/National Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Malmö Art Museum @ Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
The Beginning Is Always Today, Bob Smith Project (with Christine Melchiors, Eva Larsson, Susan Hinnum), SKMU – Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
The Enormous Speed of Change, Utrecht, The Netherlands
ZEIGEN – an audiotour through Copenhagen, curated by Karin Sander, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
Et rum med udsigt, Bob Smith Project (with Christine Melchiors, Eva Larsson, Susan Hinnum), Rønnebæksholm, Næstved, Denmark
24 Spaces – A Cacophony, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Distinguished from the melee of user comments and structurally misogynist chat rooms harbouring rapid-fire trolls, Skt. Gertruds, Malmö, Sweden
Contemporary #2, Museet for Samtidskunst/Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Tønsberg Country of birth: Norway Date of birth: 1962 Lives in: Copenhagen and New York
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