Higher Seminar: Ricarda Denzer and Basak Senova

Date and time
28 March 2019 at 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Type of event
Place and route

LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)

Ricarda Denzer and Basak Senova: “Humming, Warbling, Whistling ”

Language is not simply a neutral means of conveyance. The symbolic meaning of the words is intrinsic to the material, corporal facet of the voice, the modulation, breathing, rhythm, pitch, hesitations or pauses etc. When the voice is a threshold phenomenon, a continual movement occurs between inside and outside, it is both a physical manifestation and not physical. In the voice, an additional level, the unsaid or the unsayable, becomes visible: something reveals itself, a subtext. The poetics of the mutual relationship between the inner and the outer, the private and the political, the personal sphere and accepted reality demands active listening and participation in this relationship of resonance.

Ricarda Denzer is one of the participating artists of the CrossSections project, which has been presented at Konstfack Research Week. CrossSection project operates as a cross-disciplinary research platform contemplating on artistic research, dialogues, and production by reflecting on "process" in the form of an open format with the aim to articulate critical and discursive reactions to the political, economic, and social disturbances facing us today. In this session, Basak Senova, the curator of the project will have a discussion with Ricarda Denzer by tackling on the research strains, on-going processes, and artistic methodologies in her practice.

The focus of the discussion is directed towards investigation of open forms, towards a sonic way of thinking, and performative phenomena like the voice, the spoken word, forms of narrative, and language as such.

Ricarda Denzer is an artist based in Vienna. She currently organises the Dirty Ear Forum #9 with Brandon LaBelle in collaboration with the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she is teaching as Senior Lecturer at the department of Art and Communication Practices.

Basak Senova is a curator and designer based in Vienna (MFA in graphic design and a Ph.D in Art, Design, and Architecture). She curated many international exhibitions and biennials including the Turkey and Republic of Macedonia pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2015; and the Art Gallery ACM SIGGRAPH in 2014 as the Art Gallery Chair. Recently, she curated the inaugural exhibition of B7L9, "Climbing through the Tide" in Tunis. She is the curator of the Cross Sections project in Vienna, Helsinki, and Stockholm (2017-2019). Currently, she is the resident of Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien (University of Applied Arts, Vienna) ARA programme.

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Doctoral Programme in Art, Technology and Design

More information

Short general overview texts on Ricarda Denzer´s work

Links to Ricarda Denzer´s publications Perplexities (revolver 2013) and About the House. Silence Turned Into Objects. W.H. Auden in Kirchstetten (ed. Nö, 2014)

More specific texts on Ricarda Denzer’s work in the context of her most current solo exhibitions

Erste Fassung (Interpretation) Neue Galerie Innsbruck 08.09.2018 – 10.11.2018: www.kuenstlerschaft.at/en/exhibition/erste-fassung-interpretation/

Ricarda Denzer — To Tell A Story Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt May 8 – June 14, 2019: www.lakeside-kunstraum.at/en/ricarda-denzer-to-tell-a-story-2/

Dirty Ear Forum #9 organised by Ricarda Denzer and Brandon LaBelle in collaboration with the University of Applied Art in Vienna 18. 3.- 23.3. 2019: www.dieangewandte.at/aktuell/aktuell_detail?artikel_id=1549349052766

Updated: 22 March 2019