Marie Kølbæk Iversen interview: We Extend Each Other

Join us for a studio visit with Marie Kølbæk Iversen. In the video, the praised Danish artist talks about the need to leave her comfort zone and the strength in collaboration: “In my experience, genius often arises between people.”

Kølbæk Iversen – whose work frequently revolves around natural phenomena – explains how seeking out new, unknown spheres gives her a haven: “I point out things that I find fantastic or thought-provoking and that are a mystery. Then I research them and reveal or expose them as much as I can.” In her project Io/I (2015-2019), she broke with her usual choice of “tangible” materials (such as crystallised gravel aggregates) and instead focused on a moon in circuit around Jupiter: Io. The moon, she explains, is present through NASA’s picture archive, through satellites, which extend humanity into space: “Since I’m part of humankind, it’s an extension of me. In that sense, Io is available to me by proxy.” Her interest in Io, Kølbæk Iversen continues, isn’t just astrophysical or biological, but also narrative. The moon is a symbol of the people we are today: It is named after a Roman-Greek mythological figure and was discovered by physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who was Italian – and in Italian ‘Io’ means ‘I’: “There is a collapse of several identities. Very disparate ones. A distant moon and a young woman and Galileo, who was a Renaissance astronomer.” In much the same way, Kølbæk Iversen feels that collaborating with people in other artistic fields, extends her as well as the other: “We become something different and stronger together.”

Marie Kølbæk Iversen (b. 1981) is a Danish artist. In her work, she explores concepts, perception and representation through media processes, using both graphics, film, photography, and sound and video technology. Kølbæk Iversen’s work has been exhibited at venues worldwide, such as Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, MONA in Hobart, and the 11th Gwangju Biennial. She lives and works between Copenhagen and Oslo.

Marie Kølbæk Iversen was interviewed by Helle Fagralid at her studio in Copenhagen, Denmark in November 2019.

Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard

Edited by Klaus Elmer

Produced by Helle Fagralid

Cover photo: From ‘Io/I’ (2015-2019) by Marie Kølbæk Iversen. Courtesy of the artist

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020

Supported by Nordea-fonden




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