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Tiril Hasselknippe

Drei, Cologne (FR5)

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Tiril Hasselknippe, Radio Tower, 2017 (detail). Courtesy:DREI, Cologne 

Tiril Hasselknippe, Radio Tower, 2017 (detail). Courtesy:DREI, Cologne 

Tiril Hasselknippe’s sculptural work often incorporates moving image, sound as well as text and depicts post-apocalyptic scenarios, reflecting contemporary unrest in a time of constant crisis brought on by global capitalism. Mining architectural histories in order to create deserted, enigmatic situations at the junction of archaeology and science fiction, Hasselknippe explores our collective imagination, its speculations and its fears of the anthropocene.

‘Radio Towers’ (2018) follow the artist’s engagement with sculpture as a model of dysfunctional infrastructure, re-imagining architecture’s potential as a means for human communication. The steel objects, varying in size and form, actually work as primitive antennas for short-wave radio broadcast, each of them linked to a specific place hosting a specific organ. A compilation of the music created with each of the instruments accompanies the exhibition, staging an international conversation and creating an emphatic monument for the promises of inter-connectedness in the light of a perceived erosion of common ground today.

Tiril Hasselknippe (b. 1984, Arendal, Norway) lives and works between Oslo and New York. She studied at Malmö Konsthögskola, Sweden (2008 - 2013) and the Cooper Union School of Art, New York (2010).  The artist’s work recently had been on view at the following venues a.o.: The New Museum, New York; Kunstverein Braunschweig; Tranen, Copenhagen; Foksal Gallery, Warsaw; Kunstmuseum Stavanger; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; KM Temporaer, Berlin; Sculpture Triennial, Odense; and Malmö Konsthall.