// Archive for February, 2014

Lecture and Residency in Los Angeles with FRANK

My first encounter with the queer feminist art platform FRANK (Sille Storihle and Liv Bugge) was in 2013, when the Norwegian magazine Billedkunst invited us to be in conversation about queer art and theory in relation to my recently finished PhD. While snippets of our exchange got published under the title “Hjernevask og stammespråk” in Billedkunst, No. 3, 2013, this was really only the starting point of a friendship and a series of long conversations about the conditions for queer feminist thinking, practice, and doing.

In December 2013, I participated in FRANK’s Salon #10 at Kunstnernes Hus with a lecture about Renate Lorenz and Pauline Bourdy’s new work To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013). This Salon was also the official book launch for FRANK’s third artist book, Voluspå, that includes a series of art works and conversations about queer feminist art and politics in Norway today, including an exchange between FRANK and I on queerness, discourse, and third wave feminisms.

On February 21, FRANK will open the exhibition Marie Høeg Meets Klara Lidén at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, and hold the US book release for Voluspå. I am fortunate to have been invited to Los Angeles by FRANK to give a lecture at the ONE Archives for the opening of the show, and I will give the talk “Breaking the Waves: Tuning in to Queer History with FRANK’s Voluspå” at 7 pm on February 21 at ONE.

I have also been fortunate to receive a residency at the guesthaus residency during my stay in Los Angeles, giving me the perfect setting for this research trip that will include explorations of the ONE Archives and the queer art scene in Los Angeles. I’ve never visited LA before, and I’m grateful to FRANK, OCA, and guesthaus residency for making this happen.

New Job

A new year, new opportunities. In the fall of 2012 I took up a part-time position as Art Theorist at the fantastic Funen Art Academy in Odense, while also teaching as an adjunct lecturer at University of Copenhagen. I have really loved my job at the Academy. The intimacy of the Academy has provided a fantastic framework for teaching and discussing art, politics, theory, history, and more with the amazing art students there. But life as a part time lecturer is unfortunately not really sustainable long term.

This week, on February 3, I started a new job as a full time Postdoc researcher at the section for Art History in the Department for Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. When I started this Monday, I got the keys to my new office and these beautiful flowers from my Head of Department. This will be my home for the next four years, first as Postdoc researcher, and from this fall and on, as an Assistant Professor in Art History.

I have been so fortunate to receive an amazing scholarship from the Danish Independent Research Council for my new research project “Colorblind? Theorizing Race in Danish Visual Arts and Performance”, that I’m starting working on this spring. On top of this research grant, the Danish Independent Research Council also awarded me the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Research’s “Sapere Aude Research Talent Grant,” at a very formal ceremony at Glyptoteket yesterday, with the Crown Princess Mary and the Minister of Research, Sofie Carsten Nielsen. Quite an experience. I have been allowed to combine my Postdoc grants with my Assistant Professor position, so I should have the very best conditions to finally start writing and thinking again after having been in total teaching mode for quite some time. Exciting!