Interviewed by Christina Molander
Q: Could you describe your artistic practice?
A: I describe myself as an independent multidisciplinary artist.
Independent means for me that I decide what to do, how to do it and mostly when and where. but I'm on the other hand dependent on resources in term of support in different ways (money, time, people) The independency does not include those aspects. More likely it can be identified as an autonomous attitude. I mind-set where I feel free.
Practice: Performance, live art, choreography and video. Frequently using public realm as an arena and forum for my art. Represented and presented in artist run venues, museums, exhibitions and theatres.
Multidisciplinary: I prefer to use the formulation; multi-disciplinary, rather than cross-disciplinary sometimes I also use inter-disciplinary. Multi-disciplinary indicates (hopefully) clearer information to the reader and the audience about my profession as an artist working within more than one genre and using several medias. My perspective is of course talking about this as a solo artist. In collaborations and group productions it's different.
Q: What defines your practice as being cross arts?
A: Knowledge and experience from several genres from my own practice and many collaborations. I know how to approach different genres both in technical support and how to create the content.
Q: How are you approaching cross arts collaboration(s)?
A: More often as an artistic leader owning the authorship of the productions but the participants are requested to bring the content forward. Through improvisations and feedback sessions it's possible for a process to grow and become meaningful for the dancers, composers and technicians (as an example of an ensemble off different disciplines)
Q: What have been your key learning moments related to cross arts making or collaboration?
A: Working solo brings me faster forward. I have the full authorship, agency and control of the process and performance/artefacts. I represent my body of art.
Collaborations, especially if they are organised as devised / community art project, democratic values and non-hierarchical structured, where everyone is responsible for the content and context, consumes (demands) a lot more time. Self-organised art projects are often based on resources of knowledge, experience, private investments and time on the expense of real budget. This is a complex situation to deal with since knowledge doesn’t pay for costs in daily life or needs in the production. Those collaborations but can become very powerful within an environment of shared interests, responsibility, contacts, knowledge, different perspectives and ways of solving issues, articulation etc. But the in collaborative works where diversity of genres meet.