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Image of Adam Christensen
Photo: Emile Holba.

Adam Christensen

Adam Christensen (born 1979) is a multidisciplinary artist whose working practice is primarily realised through textiles, music and installation, blurring the boundaries between everyday life and fiction. Based on his immediate experiences, coloured by the theatricality of the everyday, the spectacle of domesticity, chance encounters and emotional and physical dramas, Christensen conveys these experiences through his performances.

A primary concern of Christensen’s practice is the construction and representation of space, and what ‘activates’ that space – the unfolding narrative of heartbreak, desire, memory and identity. He forms a ‘stage’ from which he interacts with the audience and can edit the narrative, often by singing with the accordion and reading short stories, adding layers to a story in a process of continuous development.

Christensen has previously exhibited at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen and Baltic Triennial 13, Vilnius, Tallin & Riga, as well as Almanac, David Roberts Art Foundation, Southard Reid, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Hollybush Gardens, and Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art. He also performs with the music project Ectopia, which was Wysing Arts Centre’s band-in-residence in 2016.

Examples of work

I’m not done with you yet, 2019

I’m not done with you yet, 2019

Exhibition installation view at the Daskalopoulos Gallery, Goldsmiths CCA, London, 2019. Show featured works drawing on the legacy of disco culture in 70s New York.

Waterfalls, 2019

Waterfalls, 2019

Fabric, steel. 150 x 230 cm. Exhibited as part of Criminal Longing 3 at Almanac, 2019.

No Need To Argue, 2018

No Need To Argue, 2018

Performance documentation, as part of Staging Realities 1, Kunstverein, Hamburg, 2018.

I Wish I Was a Train, 2018

Audio recording of a live performance. 6 minutes 8 seconds duration (extract 2m 3s).
Recorded at Koko London during Frieze as part of the David Roberts Art Foundation’s performance programme, 2018.