Charlotte Østergaard is a Danish visual artist, designer, educator, and researcher. As a PhD fellow (Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at Lund University, Sweden), she is currently doing artistic research studying multiple ways of hosting polyphonic co-creative processes and/or costume entanglements between various agents, positions, disciplines, perspectives, epistemologies, and methodologies. Her artistic practice is between costume, textile and fashion design. Central in Charlotte’s practice is perceiving that ‘anything’ has potential as material and that material is a facilitator for actions and communication between people. She has designed costumes for more than 65 contemporary dance performances, receiving several grants, and with an extensive exhibition practice. Her designs are presented at the Danish Design Museum and The National Gallery of Denmark.
Community Walk - Creating temporal and spatial connections through and with co-costumed entanglements |
Designer: Charlotte Østergaard | July 30, 2020 | Central Copenhagen (through different places as parks, squares, sidewalks, and pedestrians) | Co-wearers: Agnes Saaby Thomsen, Lars Gade, Paul James Rooney, Benjamin Skop, Josefine Ibsen, Julienne Doko, Anna Stamp, Daniel Jeremiah Person, Camille Marchadour, Tanya Rydell Montan and Jeppe Worning | 12 hours (one hour per each co-wearer) | Thanks to Metropolis festival for the invitation to the festival Walking Copenhagen (which Community Walk was a part of) - Charlotte Østergaard - Metropolis - Walking Copenhagen
This Critical Costume exhibition presentation derives from the twelve-hour costume-based ‘performative-walk’ Community Walk (2020). The frame for Community Walk was a bright yellow costume that physically connected two wearers. In Community Walk I, the researcher and costume designer, placed myself ‘in the centre’ of the co-wearing entanglements. For twelve hours I co-wore the costume in the central area of Copenhagen, DK connected to twelve different co-wearers. One hour with each co-wearing participant. In the video I share some of the values that are the foundation for my artistic practice and research – hence, for this project. I unfold aspects of the co-wearing experience. For example, that the costume orientated the co-wearers towards each other and that they as a connected pair had to navigate and negotiate the costume, by-passing spectator(s), and urban environment.
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