Lea Guldditte Hestelund, Ea Verdoner, August Rosenbaum & Cæcilie Trier, Celeste (2021). Installation view, Copenhagen Contemporary, 2021. Photo: David Stjernholm

Celeste

30.06.

– 05.09.21

Celeste marks the meeting of the four distinct practices of Cæcilie Trier, August Rosenbaum, Lea Guldditte Hestelund and Ea Verdoner. The exhibition comprises sound, sculpture, video, fragrance and performance, which merge within the exhibition space as an immersive installation.

An ambient soundtrack triggers vibrations within the floor, which guide the audience through a course of stones, vocals and piano, while an ambiguous fragrance lingers in the air. Stone sculptures lay on the soft ground, centred around a circular crater. They appear formerly connected, like a torso torn-apart, while at the same time, as self-contained individual parts, different entities from an unknown place. Evocative of a human shield or animal shell for bodily protection, they recall the ability to carry and be carried. In various ways, they evoke protection, embrace, and self-defence.

Two films are projected simultaneously onto opposing curved walls. Two human figures are discernible, lying motionlessly, waiting. Their bodies and gazes turn to face each other in an attempt at uniting their voices in a prolonged, mirrored duet. In a song based on the poem Orta or One Dancing by Gertrude Stein, their voices fill the space between them, conveying the story of a person, a daughter, a dancer, a lover, a mother; an existence undergoing constant change.

The installation draws the eye to a horizontal perspective as sculptures and bodies presume prostrate positions on the floor. Celeste insists on its own time and perspective, emphasising individual interconnectedness to others; things and beings – via tempo, position, scale and accessibility.

Working between performance and installation the artists use a variety of materials, such as stone, voice, sound and movement, creating an extension in time and a sense of transience. Celeste is a slow work in several layers, changing and repeating itself over time.

The installation unfolds in a loop lasting thirty minutes.

 

Performances

During the duration of the exhibition, a series of performances will expand the exhibition’s exploration of time and presence. Here, the artists will animate the space along with a solo dancer. These performances constitute a central point of tension where the installation is transformed into a cohesive circuit of relations between human beings and other presences, between the audience and a soloist, culminating in a concert by Trier and Rosenbaum.

Performances last one hour. Read more about the performance here and get your ticket here.

Performance dates:
July 1st 20:00 p.m. – 21:00 p.m.
July 2nd 17:00 p.m.- 18:00 p.m.
July 3rd 17:00 p.m. – 18:00 p.m.
July 3rd 20:00 p.m. – 21:00 p.m.
August 12th 20:00 p.m. – 21:00 p.m.
August 13th 18:00 p.m. – 19:00 p.m.
September 3rd 20:00 p.m. – 21:00 p.m.
September 4th 17:00 p.m. – 18:00 p.m.
September 5th 17:00 p.m. – 18:00 p.m.

Performers: Cæcilie Trier, August Rosenbaum, Olivia Riviere.

 

This exhibition is supported by

Det Obelske Familiefond
Bikubenfonden
Statens Kunstfond
Beckett-Fonden
Knud Højgaards Fond
William Demant Fonden
Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansen Fond
Ege Carpets
Juhl-Sørensen

If, in place of a nose, she had a horse and in place of a flower, she had wax and in place of a melon she had a stone and in place of perfume buckles how many days would it be.

– Gertrude Stein, Portraits of Anybody

 

August Rosenbaum (b.1987) is a pianist and composer. His latest album, Celeste, is released on Posh Isolation with CTM. As a composer for film, art, and theatre, Rosenbaum has composed works for the Royal Danish Theatre, Palais de Tokyo, France, Metropolitan Museum of Art and BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) US and SMK, DK. As a songwriter, Rosenbaum has worked with artists including Kim Gordon, Coco O., Kendrick Lamar, Robin Hannibal, Zeena Parkins, and Kindness.

Cæcilie Trier (b.1982) is a musician and composer living in Copenhagen. Trier releases solo material under the name of CTM; her latest album, Celeste, is released on Posh Isolation with August Rosenbaum. Trier is also involved in an array of musical and cross-art collaborations.

Lea Guldditte Hestelund (b.1983) is a visual artist educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. In her artistic practice, Hestelund often creates physical fictions manifested via total installations and cross-art collaborative processes where the sculptural body also comprises literature, fragrance, or music. Recent shows include Art Sonje Center, South Korea, Eduardo Secci, Italy, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Denmark. She has taken part in group exhibitions at Copenhagen Contemporary, Arken Museum of Modern Art, both Denmark, the National Museum of Stettin, Poland, Fused Space San Francisco, USA, and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark.

Ea Verdoner (b.1985) is a modern dancer, film director, and visual artist educated at the Danish National School of Performing Arts, the International Center of Photography in New York, and Roskilde University, Denmark. Verdoner works interdisciplinary with film, photography, and choreography in works that often cross art forms.

Celeste is produced by

Hiatus Studio, Ea Verdoner & CC

 

Concept & Direction
Ea Verdoner
Lea Guldditte Hestelund
August Rosenbaum
Cæcilie Trier

 

Music & Composition
August Rosenbaum
Cæcilie Trier

 

Installation-architecture & sculptures
Lea Guldditte Hestelund

 

Film
Direction: Ea Verdoner
DoP: Jasper Spanning
Producer: Lotte Rørbye
Gaffer: Andreas Kragh-Jacobsen
DIT: Casper Gaston
Song: Cæcilie Trier
Cast: Sonia Ichti, Cæcilie Trier
Postproduction:
Editor: Rikke Selin
Sound: HC Arnt Torp
Color: Lasse Selvli, Baconx

 

Light design
Jesper Kongshaug

 

Scent
Odor & Fumes

 

Tech production
AV: Omnivox
Sound tech, live sound: Bjørn Winnem
Sound consultant: Ditlev Brinth
Programming: Søren Knud

 

Financial co-producer
Jesper N. Jørgensen

Performance

Performers
Olivia Riviere
Cæcilie Trier
August Rosenbaum

 

Choreography
Ea Verdoner, in close collaboration with Olivia Riviére

 

Stage Manager
Kristine Bech Sørensen

 

Thanks to
Birk Bjørlo, FBN Stenhuggeri, Nikolaj N Phillipsen, Magniberg, Lisbeth Jacobi, Mfpen, Frederik Bjerregaard, John Fomsgaard, Marie Grønkjær, Lydbutikken, Jan Beck Eriksson, Bjarne and Bjarne.