Anne Kølbæk Iversen (DK)

Researcher, curator, editor, and writer


Anne Kølbæk Iversen, PhD, is a researcher, curator, editor, and writer based in Copenhagen. 2019-20 she was affiliated with ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, where she conducted the research project From a Grain of Dust to the Cosmos, studying works from ARKEN’s collection from a perspective of speculative cosmology and ecology.

She obtained her PhD in Aesthetics and Culture from Aarhus University in 2019 with the dissertation Forms and Formations of Memory. Artistic negotiations of (trans)individuations in light of contemporary memory conditions, in which she analysed works by artists Jane Jin Kaisen (DK/KR, 1980), Mark Leckey (GB, 1964), Henrik Olesen (DK, 1967), and Tabita Rezaire (FR/DK/GF, 1989) with a focus on how these practices – each in their way – interrogate, look into, articulate, reconstruct, and negotiate possible and potential actualizations of the individual and collective alike. The research was part of the research project The Contemporary Condition.

Kølbæk Iversen has co-curated a number of exhibitions, including From a Grain of Dust to the Cosmos, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Nov-Dec 2020; Systemics #4: Aarhus Rapport, Kunsthal Aarhus, Sep-Dec 2014; and Kunstrum Snæversti, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, April-May 2014.

Publications include, “Visualising the Invisible, Imagining the (Im)possible,” in ARKEN Bulletin, vol. 8 (2020), “A Parting Ways While Being With. Critical Investigations and Acts of Assembling in Jane Jin Kaisen’s Practice,” in Jane Jin Kaisen – Community of Parting (2020), “Then you will teach him again to dance inside out. On ingestion and entropy in Kasper Hesselbjerg’s Lunacy exhibition,” in Oberon Magazine (2019), and with Sevie Tsampalla, “Bodies and Rhythms”, in The Contemporary Research Intensive (2018).

For Art Hub she has collaborated with Kristoffer Raasted on the conceptualization and production of the podcast series New Connections: Queering the Radio Voice.

Anne Kølbæk Iversen. Photo: Emily Wilson

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