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Off Piste

Workshop: Sissel Marie Tonn: Contamination as Collaboration

June 27, 2021, 10:30–15:30PM, Halmtorvet 27, 1700 Copenhagen V

Art Hub & Faculty of Senses is pleased to present the workshop Contamination as Collaboration by artist Sissel Marie Tonn (DK/NL).

In the workshop, Sissel Marie Tonn will introduce the themes of her artistic practice and facilitate a collective world-building workshop, a site-specific science-fiction storytelling using Echoes – an open-source mobile app that can create GPS-triggered audio tours.

“Where do we perceive our bodies to end, and the environment to begin?” – Sissel asks in her artistic practice.

Human bodies are constantly evolving through mutual contamination or collaboration with their environments. Having the notion of fluid boundaries between bodies and their environments in our mind, the workshop participants will be encouraged to create site-specific stories at the area around Art Hub. The stories created during the workshop will be recorded into audio files and uploaded to Echoes app platform through the participants’ phones. The audios will be open source so that the public can later listen to them or go for an audio-walk through the specific sites.

To learn more about Sissel’s practice using Echoes, please see her recent project ‘Plastic Hypersea’ – an audio walk at the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam.

*The title of the workshop is a quote from The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (2015) by anthropologist Anna Tsing.


Participants: 20

Participation is free but reservation is required. Reservation at Billetto.

Deadline for reservation: Thursday 24 June 12pm.

The workshop will be held in English.

The workshop is aimed at participants who are interested in the field of (science-fiction) storytelling, site-specific and/or sound art. An introduction to the app will be sent out to the participants upon reservation. The participants will be required to download the app to their mobile phone prior to the workshop and to bring a laptop computer.

The event will comply with all applicable COVID-19 restrictions. Guests must present a valid corona passport upon arrival. We also urge everyone to comply with the applicable guidelines for social distancing, hand hygiene etc.

Ahead of the workshop – on Friday 11 June – Faculty of Senses organise a collective reading of Anna Tsings book, that has provided the title for the workshop. Learn more about the reading here.

Participation in the reading is not required for participation in the workshop.


The workshop is part of The Off Piste Program at Art Hub that aims to test and develop new interdisciplinary collaborations.

Workshoppen er en del af Art Hubs Off Piste program, der afprøver og udvikler nye tværgående samarbejder.

Art Hub is dedicated to creating new collaborations and bringing artists, curators, writers, researchers, companies, institutions and the general public together in encounters with contemporary art.

This is a constant focus of our permanent program tracks, but also the one-off events we host in collaboration with external partners under the name Off Piste. What all Off Piste events have in common is the overriding ambition of broadening dialogue and debates on art practice.

Sissel Marie Tonn is a Danish artist based in The Hague. Her practice focuses on the shifts in perception that occur when humans are entangled with their environment, blurring the boundaries between bodies and surroundings. Her artistic research often results in interactive sensorial installations and objects as an invitation for the audience to actively participate in her works.
Tonn was the recipient of the Theodora Niemeijer prize for emerging female artists, resulting in her first solo show at the Eye in Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. She was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in 2017 – 2018. In 2019 she received the talent development grant from Stimuleringsfonds NL, and in 2020 she was the recipient of the BAD Award, together with scientists Heather Leslie and Juan J. Garcia Vallejo for their project Becoming A Sentinel Species. Her work is frequently exhibited in The Netherlands and internationally, most recently in Istanbul Design Biennial (2018), Ballroom Marfa (2018) and Kikk Festival in Namur (2019).

Faculty of Senses (FoS) is an artist-run initiative that explores new cross sensory art forms through research, public talks, workshops and performance.

FoS focuses on the senses and the apparatuses both within and external to the body that we use to perceive and engage with the world.

FoS creates public platforms in which artist practitioners and researchers engage with and reflect on these sensory apparatuses within a cultural-historical framework.

FoS aims to create an open-source inspired model for creating community around these topics.

Art Hub : is an international art institution aimed at supporting the young contemporary art scene