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From Nov 20 2021 - April 3 2022 Hard coding
soft tactics


Christine Overvad Hansen works with a great sense of both materials and the potential of bodies for change – their transformative power, and the exchanges that constantly take place between sculpture and body. The exhibition operates in the field of tension between the fixed and immutable, and the open and flexible – that which can be manipulated.

The title of the exhibition welds two concepts together: Hard coding is a computer programming term which means that one or more values in a program cannot be changed – the data is embedded directly in the source code or program. These values thus represent unalterable information – static constants in a closed system that do not integrate or interact with external inputs.

 


Soft tactics, on the other hand, are concrete but subtle manipulation techniques that enable one person to exert a strong influence over another: a kind of gentle power that practically crawls beneath your skin. The works in the exhibition span these two poles: between the static and fixed, and the manipulated transformation – expressed through the materials of the works.

The works in Hard coding, soft tactics form a collection of sculptural personae, each of which tells a story about physical and psychological conditions. They are searching for a community, or attempting to break free from a relationship.
In the encounter between mechanical action repetitions, soft modelled forms in bronze or fired stoneware, textiles and feathers, the works in combination form a narrative about the moment of truth when a fixed pattern of action may perhaps become possible to break. In this way, the works constantly alternate, shift, displace and translate the relationship between bodies, psyche and materiality.

Overvad Hansen’s works are both familiar and strange, often straddling the border between the corporeally experienced and the speculatively fictional. With the body as a central element – both as a recurring theme and as an instrument, means and material in the sculptural process – Hard coding, soft ­tactics presents works that tap into our shared human memory, consumption and accumulating behaviour, and our ways of engaging in social relations and exchanges – as well as, in particular, our way of constructing social codes and norms.

Christine Overvad Hansen (b. 1988) was awarded the Astrid Noack Scholarship in 2020. She graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016, and received the Artist of the Year Award from Horsens Art Museum in the same year. Since then, she has made a name for herself as one of the most important sculptors in Danish contemporary art, with numerous exhibitions at museums and art institutions in Denmark and abroad, including Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Kunsthal Aarhus, Parallel Vienna and Künstlerhaus Dortmund. Her works are inter alia represented in the collections of Horsens Art Museum.

The exhibition is supported by:

 
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