Marking Breath

agent: Sophie Dupont 21.4.2016

tags: performance

Marking Breath. Miami. 24 February. 2015.

Marking Breath. Miami. 24 February. 2015.

Sophie Dupont’s Performance ‘Marking Breath’ explores the ritual repetition of the most important and simple action in life: breathing. With breathing as the starting point of the work the barrier between art and life is reduced. The work depends on breathing like the further existence does. Concentrating on this one single action for a long time creates a feeling of freedom: ‘When all I focus on is my breath, I override any thoughts on the superficial elements of our modern lives: status, economy, education etc’. The work is meditative and reductive in form and content exploring the discrete/invisible sign of presence and existence, breath, and transforming it into physical/visible marks. The duration of the performance is as usual from sunrise to sunse.

The performance contains no plot, no story, no narrative progression – only body, breath, marks and time. As every evanescent breath will be transformed into a physical mark on a material that relates to the specific country or place: copper, leather, zinc etc., this can be read as a proof of my existence on this specific day as well as a documentation of the performance. The shapes of the marks will be characterized by spontaneity and deliberate imperfections, which reflect human nature and spirituality. The works will be similar but different, leading our minds to the small differences that inevitably occur even when we try to repeat and copy very simple actions. Duration: Sunrise 6.56 am – Sunset 6.09 pm. Gold plated copper plate. 25 x 25 cm. Venue: Frost Art Museum, Miami. Video editing by Christine Lokkebo.



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A few words about ''agent'' Sophie Dupont

 Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

Education

2007: MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003: BFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

Grants

2015: Niels Wessel Bagges Grant

2015: Hollers Grant.

2015: The Danish Art Foundation working Grant

2015: The Danish Art Foundation production grant

2015: The Danish Art Foundation working Grant

2014: The Danish Art Foundation production grant

2014: The Danish Art Foundation working Grant

2013: Ole Haslund. Travel Grant, The Academy Travel Grant – Korea, The Danish Arts Foundation

Residencies

2013:

SOMA Summer Mexico City (July-August)

New York City at Art Fag City (April)

Exhibitions

2016:

Breathing Seismograph Dysgeusia at Format Artspace (group exhibition)

2015:

Gazing, p.Art Curitiba Brazil (solo performance)

Marking Breath, NEPAA, RIO. (solo performance)

Midtfyns Amstgymnasium Performance Marking Breath

Heavy Light, TRUST, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (group exhibition)

Watching the Night, Munkeruphus, Denmark (solo performance)

Marking Breath, AGALAUS, Voss, Norway (group exhibition)

Flora & Fauna, Gallery Factory, Seoul (group exhibition)

Marking Breath, NEW STUDIO, London (solo exhibition)

16-26 February 2015: Performance & Workshop at The Frost Art Museum and FIU, Miami. Performances: Marking Breath & Obstructed Movement (Performance in Seven Parts)

6-15 February 2015: San Salvador: Performance Festival Forma Y Sustancia. Performance; Marking Breath & Obstructed Movement (Performance in Seven Parts)

2014:

Exhibition Space Q, ‘Vi tager intet ansvar’ – group exhibition. Copenhagen, Denmark.

25/10: ‘Marking Breath. Sunrise 8.01 am – Sunset 5.45 pm’, Dunkers Kulturhus, Nordisk Salon, Helsingborg

Performance art from Copenhagen Landmark:Olof Olsson, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Sophie Dupont, Christian Falsnaes, curated by Frans Jacobi for PAB

‘Space Mingling With Space’, Salon Valerie Galner

29-31/8: Marking Breath. CHART14. Charlottenborg. Copenhagen DK.

Solo Exhibition ApArt: ‘Reflections’. Performance ‘Heart Mask’ & ‘Marking Breath’

16/4: Performance ‘Marking Breath’ Sunrise-Sunset. Gallery Factory Seoul. Korea2014 Performance ‘Heaven to Earth’ 16-4-2014.Denmark

7-9/3: Performance N.Y Grace Exhibition Space at Fountaion Art Fair, ‘Marking Breath 12 – 7 pm’

Performance ‘Circles of Flow’ & ‘Marking Breath’. The Dominican Republic Performance Festival: Independence

Performance ‘A Slow Walk, Body And Room Encountering In Mirrors’. Omhandling ved Therese Maria Gram & Tomas Lagerman Lundme at Gallery Poulsen

2013:

Performance ‘My Weight In Salt Transformed Into Cut Piece’, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Performance ‘Marking Breath’ & ‘My Weight In Salt Transformed Into Cut Piece’, Contemporary Art Center Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark

Performance ‘Marking Breath’, Leather and Copper 198x63 cm. Performed from sunrise to sunset on 11/10, New Shelter Plan. Copenhagen, Denmark

Group Show: Karin Sander: Ziegen. An Audio Tour Through Copenhagen. Contemporary Art Center Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Performance ‘Seven Imprints Of Breath Placed In A Spiral’, The Wand, Berlin, Germany

Performance ‘Seven Imprints Of Breath Placed In A Spiral’, performed on one night only, Gl. Strands Kunstforening, Copenhagen, Denmark

Perforamnce ‘My Weight In Matter Materialized In The Wheel Of Life’, Art Claims Impulse Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Performance ‘Seven Imprints Of Breath Placed In A Spiral’, EXTRA: Festival International De Performance, Mexico City, Mexico

Performance ‘Marking Breath’, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico

Performance Installation ‘The Wedding’, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Group Show ‘Imprint’, performance ‘My Weight in Matter Materialized in the Wheel of Life’, Gallerie Kant, curated by Ane Bulow, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012:

‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’, abstract performance, Balancing Act (945 Breaths), pop-up exhibition curated by Therese Maria Gram for Gallerie Christoffer Egelund

‘The Only Way Is Up’ (with Mathias Kryger), part of group show ‘Day Of The Death’, Grand, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fluxus Birthday: Fading Kiss, Byens Lys, Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark

Masterclass with Lillibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

CAF Festival Copenhagen, performance ‘We Wanna Be Loved’ (with Mathias Kryger), Denmark

ALT CPH Art festival Copenhagen, abstract performance ‘Cutting Paper’, Fabrikken, Copenhagen, Denmark

ACTS, abstract performance ‘Balanced Walk’, The Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde, Denmark

2011:

48 hour performance at Fifth Floor, Copenhagen, Denmark

Performance ‘Pushing the Air Act 2 New York – Istanbul’ (with Mathias Kryger), Kopenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark

Performance ‘Pushing the Air Act 1’ (with Mathias Kryger), Copenhagen, Denmark

‘Ipsum Ipsum Ipsum (Cleaning in Four Parts)’, performance at Beaver Projects (with Mathias Kryger), Copenhagen, Denmark

Performance ‘Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Performance in 4 Parts Mixed Materials’, part of group shop ‘A Chair is Still a Chair but a Room is not a House’ at Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted, Denmark

‘Happening in 8 parts parentheses Party’ at Warehouse 9 (with Mathias Kryger), Copenhagen, Denmark

Performance ‘The dressed up breathing Machine’, KUP-Performance & performative readings

2010:

‘P3’, Ny Carlsberg Vej, Kopenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark

Group show ‘Second Party’

Performance ‘P2’, Strandlodsvej Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

Performance ‘Laban Notation 1’, Rio Bravo Art Space, Copenhagen, Denmark

Performance ‘P.1. SMYK’, Jgersborggade, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009:

Group show ‘The Party’, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008:

Group show ‘Soft Performance’, Det Hemmelige Galleri, Herning, Denmark

Group show, Dandong, China

Solo show ‘Nobodys Home’, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

Solo show, Donn Roca, Odense, Denmark

2007:

Group show ‘Light of the Year’

Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Group show ‘Exit 2007’, The Royal Danish Academy Of Fine Arts, Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

Group show, Dandong, China.

2006:

Solo show ‘Q’, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005:

Group show, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Bosnia

2004:

Gallery Phankock, Group show, Berlin, Germany

2002:

Group show ‘Elmers Cut’, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2001-2003:

‘Memory’, Nifka-Project, Group shows in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland & Denmark

2000:

Group show, Konnektor, Berlin, Germany

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