On February 25, Art Hub launches a new program, Testing Ground. It is a public program focusing on artistic research, which offers artists a space for testing artistic ideas, themes, materials, and methods. A ‘test site’ for artistic thinking.
The first invited visual artist is Artistic PhD student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kristoffer Raasted, who will establish a radio station at Art Hub and over four weeks broadcast live radio every Thursday.
Raasted’s PhD project, New Connections: Queering the Radio Voice, which is also the title of his radio program / podcast series, will examine the relationship between body and voice, especially our normative perceptions of which voices – anatomical as well as synthetic – are connected to which bodies.
The first radio program will be broadcast live from Art Hub on Thursday, February 25, at 5-7pm. Kristoffer Raasted has invited visual artist Marie Kølbæk Iversen and vocalists and composers Katinka Fogh Vindelev and Marcella Lucatelli to engage in a conversation about how voices make an impression in the physical-digital material, and how this opportunity to retain the voice changes our understanding of a voice’s relation to the body.
The conversation, to be streamed live from Art Hub’s podcast studio at Halmtorvet, is based on the practices of the guests, and will subsequently be made available as a podcast. Performative works will be presented during the broadcast, which is in English.
ABOUT KRISTOFFER RAASTED
Artist Kristoffer Raasted is educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2018 with a supplementary MFA in art theory from the Institute of Artistic Research and exchange semesters at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Faculdade de Belas-Artes Ulisboa, and an internship period at Issue Project Room in New York.
Raasted conducts artistic research in the intersectional field between sound, performance, and installations and has commenced the practice-based PhD project at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in september 2020. The PhD stipend is granted by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and is organized in a collaboration between the University of Copenhagen and The Academy of Fine Arts.
MORE ABOUT NEW CONNECTIONS: QUEERING THE RADIO VOICE
Raasted’s PhD project, New Connections: Queering the Radio Voice, is based on a comparative reading of Judith Butler’s Undoing Gender and Giorgio Agamben’s Language and Death. Both thinkers refer in their books to Hegel’s concept of negativity and to speech theory, and it is the project’s ambition – through podcasts of conversations, works, and sound experiments – to work with the two thinkers’ understandings of the performative and the voice.
Kristoffer Raasted perceives his practice-based research project as artistic thinking rather than ‘artistic research’ – a less result-oriented and more process-based approach to basic research. Intersectional feminism and sustainability are also key topics in the project. Read more here.
ABOUT TESTING GROUND
Testing Ground is a ‘test site’ that gives artistic researchers the opportunity to test ideas and methods in practice. A forum where artistic processes can meet and be tested in front of an audience or in front of colleagues. Here, the artist can qualify relevant themes and share his or her research in a new, experimental space, located between academic and artistic practice, between studio and exhibition space.