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Karen Nhea Nielsen + Marko Gutić Mižimakov

Karen Nhea Nielsen (b.1990) is a visual artist, performer and a collector of notes, quotes, thoughts and situations which she is replaying over and over in her head; and then I said and then you said and then I looked him in the eyes and said no. Working with and in relations to others her practice revolves around the ambiguous relationships we have with institutions, processes and people. She holds an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts. Besides, she has a big fascination with rabbits.

 

Marko Gutić Mižimakov (b. 1992) works with performance, animation, choreography, text and sometimes sound. Since 2017 he has been collaborating with fellow artists, dancers and performers on a series of projects based on interaction with animated figures named affective clones. Recently he is looking into proximities of drag performance and images synthesized by machine learning. He lives and works in Zagreb. After graduating New Media from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2018, he initiated the project Čvorište (The Hub) in GMK.

Karen Nhea Nielsen and Marko Gutić Mižimakov have been collaborating in several projects since they met in Zagreb in 2017, and would like to thank Nika Pećarina for composing the autumn theme music so Lilyslava8 and AmpersandG8 have something to dance to in thank you for being here with me.

 

 

We think together
We work together

We have ribs
We used to have big teeth
We have aches

We are young

What is the language in common for the young people today?

I wish to talk as a we, but then you said that you hate when people are talking on behalf of you, and I agreed, that's not what I want, but then maybe not speak as we but be a we, however that works.

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

We think together
We work together

We have ribs
We used to have big teeth
We have aches

We are young

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

To the whole, we oppose the parts. As parts taken out of their whole or a togetherness of several wholes that is of ourselves, individuals being in common.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

The word as presence, as feeling as sense (more than meaning).

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

I noticed I slightly moved my body out of your space when I walked around the space in squares so I wouldn’t interrupt your space.
I noticed you slightly moved your body out of my space when you walked around the space in squares so You wouldn’t interrupt my space.
We stopped dancing but we are still able to show how it's done.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

Nor history nor etymology can produce something like sense.
Something which is still in front of us, which is still to be discovered, or which is still to come.

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

She said something about that we are not limited to two, and I felt she wanted to make a point more than she actually believed it. That's how you speak most of the time, you ask me what's my favorite dish or film or color, just so you can make the point that you don't want to distinguish the world like that. But you still have a favorite color, it’s purple, and you like to go to the cinema and watch Scandinavian dramas. I like hot dogs, I said and you laughed.

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

I guess it started with the notion of a we, and a wish to separate the presumptions of the we with the word, like if we could start with a we without any meaning except that we are more than one without being limited to two or three or whatever preferred number.

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

Belonging as presence, as feeling as sense (more then meaning).

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

... as something beautiful and common as something slightly nau-se-a-ting.