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Marie Kølbæk Iversen, view of the Open Studio at Gasworks, 2009

Marie Kølbæk Iversen, view of Open Studio at Gasworks, 2009

Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Army of Me, 2009, closed-circuit video-installation

Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Retroaction, 2008, closed-circuit video-installation

Marie Kølbæk Iversen’s installations employ closed circuit video technology and various cybernetic systems to explore ideas of perception and representation. By foregrounding the technical process and the creative potential of the viewer, her work focuses on the moment at which language stops and immediate perception takes over.

In a darkened room, Iversen’s Retroaction (2008), invites viewers into the light. Their actions create images projected on the wall through a feedback loop where a camera relays an image of a video projection back into the projector as a live feed. The resulting image on the gallery wall is a shifting kaleidoscopic pattern of visual feedback generated by the gallery visitor.

Army of Me (2009) is a closed circuit video installation that multiplies the image of the viewer through a mirroring-feedback system. Here, Iversen constructs a space where the viewer's shadow disturbs the projection regardless of where he or she is positioned. This disturbance is recorded on one side but then projected on the other causing an initial mirroring that is, in turn, recorded and projected on the opposite side and so forth. The result is a host of shadows all moving and fading simultaneously with the viewer.

During her residency at Gasworks, Iversen continued exploring closed circuit technologies. For the open studio Iversen divised a series of experiments in which she strategically used video cameras, photocopiers and Polaroids. These investigations challenged the visitors immediate conception of such representational technologies by scrutinising and reducing them down to their material properties.

Marie Kølbæk Iversen lives and works in Copenhagen. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibition Documents of Self at Gallery Jules Julian, Copenhagen (2009); group show Topaz, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen (2009); the Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2009); Reconfigure, The Drawing Room, London (2008) and Exit 08, Copenhagen (2008). Alongside her art practice she is also co-founder and editor of contemporary art journal Internationalistisk Ideale.


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