Before Covid-19 European contagion and lockdown, Lea Porsager (1981, Frederikssund, Denmark) was supposed to open her most extended and inclusive monographic solo show in the Mediterranean area, at FuturDome in Milan. Curated by Atto Belloli Ardessi and Ginevra Bria, the exhibition was set to open April 14th.
Country borders closed by the beginning of March 2020: neither artworks nor the artist were able to get to Milan. This gave rise to online conversations about how to transform and transmute these intense times. An artist film conception, implemented by two excellence: Swiss components as Science (CERN) and Cinema (Ariel Salati), is the success key to make an artwork infinitive and to create an innovative case history of an artistic bridge against social distances. A cultural bridge connecting different countries: Switzerland, Italy and Scandinavia.
FuturDome, with help from Artistic Direction of the Swiss photographer Cosimo Filippini , who has worked on FuturDome spaces for more than three years, and the savvy experience of Ariel Salati, create an artist film, directed, in the distance by Lea Porsager, in a strict dialogue/exchange from Copenhagen. Aim is not only to realize an experimental movie enhancing the point of view of the artwork itself, but is also to pay an homage to an unedited artwork site-specifically and time-specifically created for Milan, one of the most Covid-19 infected city of Europe; work beyond any further and possible lockdown. Porsager, with help from special gear such as Steadicam, video drones and gyroscopic stabilized cameras and an extraordinary editing and colour correction by Mauro Boscarato, aims to show how an installation composed by 14 aligning struts/props. During the next edition of Milano Art Week (7-13 September), FuturDome presents, with help from Danish Art Foundation support, the new piece ATU XIV ‘ART’ (alchemy).
ATU XIV ‘ART’ (alchemy) fiercely subverts physical phenomenon as gravity and parallax effects, enhancing the relationship between space and vacuum, as invisible force battlefields.
Reconfiguring seminal and structural works, Porsager would have awakened elements from previous works such as Cut-Splice Super-Cluster, Thoth LopLop, Cøsmic Strike, Horny Vacuum and Pauli’s Dream Bed. Scientific and spiritual notions were expected to collide through the use of a wide variety of materials and tools including film, sculpture, photography and literature.
This work will be will be documented in Porsager’s forthcoming retrospective book by Mousse Publishing House, released by the opening of her coming solo exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, November 2020. The monographic exhibition will move to different museums in Scandinavia in 2021.
It is planned that ArtLand will provide virtual reality (VR) technology to better the user experience. The online platform, developed by the Danish art-and-tech start-up uses video game technology to imitate the IRL (in real life) experience of exhibition spaces. A site for the film will be designed by the Swiss studio CusterWaller .
Lea Porsager’s aim is to show how an artist movie could collect, almost eternally, international efforts to erect a new materiality, local and digitality simultaneously. A Close Distance grant, would allow for a new pulsating piece entangling art, cinema and science.
Lea Porsager (1981, Frederikssund, Denmark) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 2010. She began her studies as a PhD fellow at Malmö Art Academy and Lund University in September 2015. Porsager’s practice interweaves fabulation and speculation with a variety of mediums including film, sculpture, photography and text. Her works encompass science, politics, feminism and esotericism. Porsager was selected CERN Honorary Mentions for the Collide International Award 2018. In 2012, Porsager participated in dOCUMENTA(13) with the Anatta Experiment. She was awarded the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Scholarship in 2014. In 2015, Porsager partook in the 14th Istanbul Biennial Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms as Annie Besant’s “medium,” recreating thirty-six of Besant’s watercolors from the book Thought Forms (1905). Porsager’s earthwork and memorial Gravitational Ripples was inaugurated in June 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden, commemorating the Swedish lives lost in the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. In September 2020, Porsager opens a solo exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.