Choreographic Sculpture – Performance, lecture and talk. Damien Gilley and Rachel Tess at Wanås Konst. Friday July 11.

Damien Gilley and Rachel Tess. Friday July 11, 4-5pm. The Loft at Wanås Konst.
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Admission fee Wanås Konst SEK 120 (SEK 100 seniors/students) includes season pass.

Milvus Artistic Research Center, (MARC) in collaboration with Wanås Konst invites artist Damien Gilley for an evening of dialogue and performance titled Choreographic Sculpture. As a visual artist with a specific focus on sculpture and installation Gilley will share his perspective on choreography in relation to his work as well as Rachel Tess’ ongoing project Souvenir (presented as part of Dance Me at Wanås Konst through July 31). The evening includes a 20-minute performance by Rachel Tess, a lecture by Gilley, and a round table discussion with the audience. The lecture is geared towards arts professionals as well as students in higher education programs, dancers, and choreographers, and the avid Wanås Konst visitor. 

Rachel Tess, Souvenir, 2013-2014, Wanås Konst 2014. Photo Wanås Konst

MARC and Wanås Konst Dance Me

In 2014 sculpture, dance, and choreography meet and merge at Wanås Konst. The body is a given reference for sculpture, and dance has a sculptural dimension. Wanås Konst continues to explore sculpture and audience participation with the exhibition Dance Me (May 18-Nov 2, 2014). Dance Me is part of STRETCH – a program at Wanås Konst that approaches other art forms. Previous collaborations have included Expeditionen för arkitektur och grafisk form and Editions in Craft. Dance Me involves and unites dancers, choreographers and artists with a strong focus on movement. Established in 2013, MARC provides a concentrated working environment for artistic research within the field of performance in Kivik, Sweden. MARC is a platform where performance practices, working modes, and methodologies are questioned and new work is created and shared. Supported by Simrishamn kommun and Region Skåne.

Artists Damien Gilley and Rachel Tess

Damien Gilley is a visual artist working in Portland, Oregon. His work exposes hidden architectures through site-specific perceptual installations that combine drawing and sculptural approaches. Drawing influence from vintage computer graphics, techno-structures, and science fiction the work integrates digital languages with the physical world to question historical, current, and potential environments. Rachel Tess is a choreographer/performer, and a Portland native living and working in Sweden. Her long-term project Souvenir is currently installed at Wanås Konst as part of Dance Me. Read more about the project on Rachel Tess Dance and about her residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.

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Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Since 1987 exhibitions of Swedish and international contemporary art have taken place, with a focus on site-specific installations. Today the sculpture park holds more than 50 permanent works, created specifically for Wanås Art by artists such as Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Ann-Sofi Sidén et al. Wanås consist of a medieval castle, an organic farm, a scenic sculpture park and an art gallery. Art is also installed in stable and barn buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Foundation. A non-profit foundation in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, only 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Founding Director Marika Wachtmeister initiated the art projects at Wanås in 1987. Since  2011 the foundation is lead by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Read more at