Adam Christensen 'You Are in My Veins'
Theme song, video og performance
'You Are in My Veins' Kunsthal Aarhus 2019 public space
Curator Charlotte Sprogøe
Photo Jan Søndergaard.
Intimacy, sexuality and melodrama also take centre stage in English-Danish artist Adam Christensen’s contribution to You Are in My Veins. Adam Christensen has created the exhibition’s Theme Song and a film for the Aarhus bar scene, screened inside the Lecoq bar and café. In the opening weekend, visitors can also witness him performing live in the bunker in front of Lecoq. Known as a performer with an intense presence, the artist combines the drama of theatre with the earnestness of a songwriter. It is difficult to say precisely where the genuinely personal ends and acting takes over when experiencing Christensen’s works, which compellingly convince us of the authenticity of the emotions expressed, giving rise to a tremulous state of transcendence and sensitivity. The perception of identity and sexuality as something that one performs, not as something given and fixed, characterises much of contemporary art. For Christensen, this fluid state of being several things at once is very pronounced.
In the film, the artist takes gay bar conventions as a point of departure, with hammy soap operas playing behind the bar to add a humorous-grotesque flavour to the atmosphere of the place. The sheer physicality, sensuality and tactility of night life reflect this realm of romantic longing, loss and passion.