Agnes Nedregård

In her artistic practice Agnes Nedregard researches the language of the body, the availability of knowledge and memory in the body's physicality and everyday movements. Through a dialogue between space, movement and psychologically charged imagery she investigates the absurd, irrational and contradictory aspects of human life that the more logically inclined cerebral consciousness might struggle to name, and that speak to our whole register of perception, emotions and experiences.

Her work - whether it be live performance, video, sound, animation, sculpture or drawing – always has its starting point in a bodily perception of the world. In essence, each piece explores approaches to performance as an artistic medium. She says: "I find performance art as a medium extremely difficult. For me, being able to capture the moment of the meeting between the performer and the audience is the crux of performance art – to obtain the feeling of a shared, unpredictable moment – while utilising the tools of the medium to its maximum. Everyone has a body – and so using the body as a tool of communication transgresses the barriers of language, culture and class."

Nedregard utilises improvisation and play to explore and respond to specific spaces and situations. She makes use of costume, props and the framing possibilities of the camera as well as a language of movement, drawing on a bodily memory of physical and mental experiences. Space, costume, props, the camera and/or her audience makes her "partners" which with whom to interact. Through frequently focusing on raw close up imagery, she is bringing the tactile connection between body and surroundings to the forefront - and also the concrete and real presence of the body in the physical world.

 
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Agnes Nedregård
Agnes Nedregård
Agnes Nedregård
Agnes Nedregård
Agnes Nedregård
Agnes Nedregård
Biography: 

Agnes undertook the first part of her studies doing textile art in her native Norway, moving to Scotland for the multidisciplinary Masters of Fine Arts course at Glasgow School of Art, where she graduated in 2005. She is now based between Glasgow and Bergen, Norway. Besides performing and showing her work at exhibitions, screenings and festivals in Scotland and internationally, she teaches performance art on a freelance basis, particularly in Norwegian art schools.