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Marie Kølbæk Iversen
Autumn Equinox Celebration


22 September 2017 - 6.30pm


An outdoor celebration of autumn equinox led by Danish artist Marie Kølbæk Iversen and accompanied by Diana Policarpo. The evening centred around the performance of magical songs inherited by the artist from her great-great-great-great-grandparents, who in 1873 were the ethnographic subjects of folklore collector Evald Tang Christensen. The songs relate to the Southern Scandinavian shamanist culture Sejd and springs from a very different cultural source than the Protestant Christian time of their collection: They are largely (and in places explicitly) feminist, apocalyptic, anti-Christian, anti-nationalist and anti-Danish.

In the Northern hemisphere autumn equinox marks the threshold into winter darkness – and symbolically into the dreams of an extended night. It therefore celebrates the power of dreaming to unsettle the fabric of reality by rendering weird—Wyrd—and contingent, the waking life of our troubled modernity.


Images: Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Autumn Equinox Celebration, 2017. Photos by Christa Holka