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Christian Falsnaes





A Good Reason is One that looks like One is a performance by Christian Falsnaes that took place during Hoogtij Den Haag on 30 September, 2016 in the exhibition space of 1646.

Singing, dancing, kissing are just a few of the acts the artist requires of participants via microphone and loudspeakers or by way of an animator especially engaged for the purpose. Falsnaes invites the audience members to overcome their inhibitions, and to follow his simple, but absurd instructions to act.

The Danish artist uses the public as his artistic “material“ to disclose social conventions and rituals. The situations created by the artist are designed to transgress behavioral norms, while at the same time offering a collective experience which is often a lot of fun for the participants.

In the exhibition at 1646, Falsnaes explored what happens when people have to give up control and simply give in to instructions and orders. He has devised a project in which participants were approached individually in the creation of an installation piece that was being renewed every day, for a month, in an intriguing take on what is the position of the maker, the performer and the viewer within the creation of an art piece. Falsnaes was giving instructions to underscore the significance of individual will, turning the reactions of his audiences into material for their own self-reflection.


About Christian Falsnaes: Falsnaes (b. 1980, Denmark) studied Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. Previously he has had solo exhibitions at a.o. Kunstverein Braunschweig, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Art Basel Statements, Switzerland, KIOSK, Ghent and has participated in group shows at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Art Basel Miami Beach, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn among many other exhibitions internationally.


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