Sidse Carstens (born 1971) holds an MFA as Animation Director from the Danish Film School, but works across media. Overall, her artistic practice is informed by pop culture and subculture, and by the collective rituals associated with it, such as parties, fan culture and merchandise, and also by online phenomena such as ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) or girl fetish communities.
Carstens latest works are characterized by equal parts sensuousness and rock’n’roll. She paraphrases the products of pop culture, but as she transforms them into, for example, a performance or physical objects, a photo, a video or a sound piece, she embeds - directly or indirectly - feminist and sensitive expressions in them.
Carstens is interested in communities and collaborations. Her practice often unfolds within a framework that she defines visually and thematically, but which is then an open invitation to participation and co-creation; a kind of scene on which a universe, a collective history, a shared bodily experience is created.
Sidse Carstens has exhibited in- and outside Denmark, including Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, DK, SMK The National Gallery of Denmark. Her films have been screened at Palais de Tokyo and Center Pompidou, Paris, FR. She lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Slim & Krystal (Slime & Crystal)
Since 2018, Carstens has worked on the art project Slim & Krystal (Slime & Crystal). The title is general and covers a variety of different works - many digital - all based on studies of the YouTube and the SoMe phenomenon ASMR. Followers of the fast growing ASMR online community they sense their own bodies, by seeing and hearing how different materials are processed.
In Carstens pastel-colored ASMR universe, cyber culture and ancient kitchen spells intermingle, with a constant tension between the über-tactile and the digital. The Slim & Krystal works examine intimacy, bodily awareness and mediated digital sensuousness, while at the same time paying homage to the magic of non-productivity.
Salon Valerie Galner
Together with danish author Katrine Grünfeld, Sidse Carstens is founder of the legendary Salon Valerie Galner. For more than 10 years they have curated and presented art shows, music, literature, film and performance art. Valerie Galner exists in one place only, for one evening only.
Together with printer Tina Engell Engberg Christiansen aka @trykkertarzan Carstens has formed Satisfying Merch a recurrent feministic print shop. Satisfying Merch sells their merchandise at artevents and exhibitions and every year on March 8th, they print a new limited edition of Satisfying Womens Day tees.
Hawaii - artist-run space
2016-2019 Sidse Carstens was one of the founders of Hawaii - a former porn cinema in Copenhagen, transformed into an artist-run space.
Selected exhibitions, performances and screenings
Slime & Crystal/ Egg & Ash, C4projects, Copenhagen more info here
Ground Healing, Slim & Krystal performance at Vild Park Festival, Nykøbing F, Denmark
Wellness - Kristianstad Konsthal, Kristianstad, Sweden more info here
Billboard Istanbul 2020 - Istanbul Turkey more info here
Woman Nature - Collaborations by Tania and Thomas Asbæk, Copenhagen
Satisfying Womens day 2020 - Satisfying Merch,Collaborations by Tania and Thomas Asbæk, Copenhagen more info here
Slim & Krystal, performance co-lab with artist Nana Francisca Schottländer, Sjællandsgade Bad, Copenhagen
Nordisk Karisma Salon - Salon Valerie Galner - H15, Copenhagen
Slim & Krystal , Video og Performance - Copenhagen Photofestival 18
Først Senere (Video) MyMusic, Digital Interactive Art Space – Vallensbæk Denmark
Low-resolution, Collage and print, Byens Kro, Copenhagen
Electric Dreams, Video, Hawaii, Copenhagen
Artbar, Salon Valerie Galner, Copenhagen Art Week
Artist talk: Mash up, Found Footage & shared artwork - Tranen, Hellerup Denmark
Først Senere, Video 26 min. Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Mørkets Magi / Magic of Darkness - Videowork Colab, Danish Broadcasting Corporation more info here
Sail Away - Party, performance and installation, Alt_Cph
Billboard Casablanca 2015, Casablanca Marokko
Too Unstable - Digital Interactive Art Space – Vallensbæk Denmark
Curator at Salon Valerie Galner, Roskilde Festival, literature scene, Denmark
Jamais vu, Cafe Englen, Aarhus, Denmark
Concert and video collaboration with composer Martin Ryum - Roskilde Festival
Contact, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Imprint, Møntergade, Copenhagen
Distinguished from the melee… Gallery Sct. Gertrud, Malmø Sweden.
Contact, Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Paper Match, Halmlageret Carlsberg, Copenhagen
Mirror/mirror, The Black Diamond, Copenhagen
Under Byen vs Sidse Carstens, Atlas Voxhall, Aarhus Festival
Under Byen vs Sidse Carstens, Theater Bremen Copenhagen
Under Byen vs Sidse Carstens, CPH:DOX Theater Grob Copenhagen
Korus Kabaret, Video installation, Aarhus Sommeropera, Helsingør Theater, Aarhus
Focus Video Art Festival, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen
Show Dream, Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris
SHOW, Galleri Aptment, Copenhagen.
SHOW, Galleri Christensen, Nordcap, Norway.
Hurra – video/video, AroS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Spring exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Window of opportunity, Brooklyn International Filmfestival, New York
Window of opportunity, National Gallery of Denmark – ULK, Copenhagen
Video Waves from Denmark, Beograd
BIL, National Gallery of Denmark – ULK
Fall exhibition, Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
2013-2014: Artist in residence at IT-University of Copenhagen
2013: Teacher at University College Syddanmark, Tonespace
2011– now: Together with writer Katrine Grünfeld making a récurrent art Salon for litterature, theater, film, visual art, performance and music in Copenhagen
2011-13: Member of the Grant Selection Board for the Danish Film Directors Association
2010: Guest Editor, Danish Film Directors Association magazine, “VIDEOART/ARTFILM”
2008 Censor, The National Film School of Denmark
2004 Censor, The National Film School of Denmark
2002-08 Guest Lecturer, The National Film School of Denmark
Fellowships and Grants:
Danish Film Institute/Filmworkshop, Danish Arts Foundation, Agency for Culture and Palaces,
Danish Film Director Associations, Nordisk Film og tv fond, Film Kopi, Elli og Peter Ove Christensens travel grant