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Eva La Cour

Doctoral student

Eva La Cour
Doctoral student
eva.lacour@akademinvaland.gu.se

Postal Address: Box 132, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 41137 Göteborg


Valand Academy (More Information)
Box 132
405 30 Göteborg
www.akademinvaland.gu.se
info@akademinvaland.gu.se
Fax: +46(0)31786 51 19
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 411 37 Göteborg

About Eva La Cour

Eva la Cour is a Danish visual artist and researcher with a background in fine arts as well as visual anthropology. She works with audio-visual and spatial forms of montage and display, performance and text, always negotiating with her surroundings. As such her work reflects a general interest in skilled visions, mediation and epistemology, which she particularly has investigated in relation to landscapes of narratives and raw materials in High Arctic terrains.

At Valand Academy of Art Eva la Cour is a teacher and doctoral candidate with the practice-based artistic research project The Figure of the Guide: Mediating the Open Terrain.

 

More on the research project:

While touching upon a range of urgent matters and effects of ecology, climate changes and Anthropocentric imaginaries, The Figure of the Guide: Mediating the Arctic Terrain is an artistic research attentive to the guide as a pathfinder and mentor, that collapses distinct practices and temporalities of producing, presenting and living the geopolitical Arctic.

The research is developed from experiences and records of fieldwork on the archipelago of Svalbard which, while often functioning as visually representative of the High Arctic, in many ways can be regarded as a regional anomaly as it never has had any indigenous population. Rather it is characterized by a transient cosmopolitan population. In this sense, the research more precisely uses Svalbard as a prism and the guide as a (contested) figure to investigate and politicize material-discursive practices in their skilled and situated dimensions, within the domains of both arts and science. More particularly it seeks to challenge Arctic identities and skills - of the e.g. researcher, tourist and artist - as separate and bounded, and thereby to disrupt the political ecology of their knowledge production and potentially to create new Arctic imaginaries.

Using experimental film-strategies in which I assemble and voice my fieldwork material, often in front of a live audience, the research explores how different value frameworks and knowledge spaces relate and interact to reproduce Arctic discourses and geo-aesthetics. By exploring these as composite and unbounded the research aims to contribute to an understanding of mediation as something significantly different from representation - and with a speculation on the political and aesthetical implications of such an understanding.

Addressing the intersection of science, geopolitics and visual anthropology, the artistic research thus revolves around Arctic Cinema as a field of concern, rather than as a label for films portraying or documenting distant Arctic people and geographies. A field concerned with the contemporary condition for visual production in turbulent environments, encompassing both social, engineered and natural ecologies, and thus an entangled field of material narratives which itself is productive (and thus part) of the Arctic.

The artistic research focus on Svalbard allows me to talk about this extraordinary unpeopled place that became peopled in the context of colonialization of the Arctic. Moreover, it allows me to focus on (thus) complex contestations but also on personal experiences: For more than seven years have been returning to Svalbard for both fieldwork and pleasure, which has resulted in a collection of both written notes, photographs, video and sound recordings.

Methodologically, this points to the ways in which the research draws on anthropological theory and methods in its usage of the anecdotal as a form of mediation. The anecdote as a methodology both provides material and produces a certain affective register of communication; it is something that I use both in my written work and in my filmic practice, drawing on visual annotations during fieldwork. Anecdotal research thus allows me to bridge different ways of knowing in the field (across identities and skills), but also to link my background within the field of visual anthropology (and its methodologies) to what I am doing as an artistic researcher. However, this is also where a major methodological question emerge: How does film as material-discursive practice infect the field of interdiciplinary Arctic Studies?

 

Latest publications

A Montage of Notes from Svalbard
Eva La Cour
Artistic visions of the Anthropocene North, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

A montage of notes from Svalbard mediating the Arctic through Artistic research
Eva La Cour
Artistic Visions of the Anthropocene North: Climate Change and Nature in Art, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Weather phenomenology & Video Historics
Eva La Cour
Skulpturlandsby Selde / Sculpture City Selde, 2017. Sculpture City Selde is a platform for art in public space. In 2017 the focus is video art and ten invited international artist engaged with the people of Selde as the subject and material for their video productions. The project aims to explore and experiment with the possibilities of video art. In 2016-2017 the artists visited the city to commence their site specific research and preparatory work, in fall 2017 the works are exhibited in Selde’s public areas., Artwork 2017
Artwork

Martin’s Eye
Eva La Cour
Århus Kunsthal Contemporary art centre located at the centre of the city of Aarhus, Denmark. Later, in a significantly different version, at: The Swedish Research Council’s Symposium on artistic research, Stockholm (November 2017)., Artwork 2017
Artwork

Arktisk Station
Eva La Cour
Engelsholms Slot, Vejle, DK. A two day artistic gathering and program of presentations, organized and curated by FOE – tidsskrift for Form og Erfaring. (A Danish collective and journal in the field of ast and litterature)., Artwork 2017
Artwork

Castles of Sand
Eva La Cour
Theater Am Zee Part of a program performed at Klein Verhaal and curated by 2m3, a non-commercial performance platform in Bruxelles. From the 27th of July to the 4th of August Pol Pauwels from 2m3 curated a program of solo performances in connection to the returning theater og performancefestival ’Theater ann Zee’ in Oostende., Artwork 2017
Artwork

A montage across frameworks on Svalbard
Eva La Cour
Nordic Geographers Meeting/Performing Urgency (conference), Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Mediating Climate Change
Eva La Cour
Martin's Eye, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

The landscape as image
Eva La Cour
Experiencing the Everyday, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Double Storey Array
Eva La Cour
Grafikernes Hus, Copenhagen, DK, Artwork 2016
Artwork

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2018

A Montage of Notes from Svalbard
Eva La Cour
Artistic visions of the Anthropocene North, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

A montage of notes from Svalbard mediating the Arctic through Artistic research
Eva La Cour
Artistic Visions of the Anthropocene North: Climate Change and Nature in Art, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

2017

Weather phenomenology & Video Historics
Eva La Cour
Skulpturlandsby Selde / Sculpture City Selde, 2017. Sculpture City Selde is a platform for art in public space. In 2017 the focus is video art and ten invited international artist engaged with the people of Selde as the subject and material for their video productions. The project aims to explore and experiment with the possibilities of video art. In 2016-2017 the artists visited the city to commence their site specific research and preparatory work, in fall 2017 the works are exhibited in Selde’s public areas., Artwork 2017
Artwork

Martin’s Eye
Eva La Cour
Århus Kunsthal Contemporary art centre located at the centre of the city of Aarhus, Denmark. Later, in a significantly different version, at: The Swedish Research Council’s Symposium on artistic research, Stockholm (November 2017)., Artwork 2017
Artwork

Arktisk Station
Eva La Cour
Engelsholms Slot, Vejle, DK. A two day artistic gathering and program of presentations, organized and curated by FOE – tidsskrift for Form og Erfaring. (A Danish collective and journal in the field of ast and litterature)., Artwork 2017
Artwork

Castles of Sand
Eva La Cour
Theater Am Zee Part of a program performed at Klein Verhaal and curated by 2m3, a non-commercial performance platform in Bruxelles. From the 27th of July to the 4th of August Pol Pauwels from 2m3 curated a program of solo performances in connection to the returning theater og performancefestival ’Theater ann Zee’ in Oostende., Artwork 2017
Artwork

A montage across frameworks on Svalbard
Eva La Cour
Nordic Geographers Meeting/Performing Urgency (conference), Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Mediating Climate Change
Eva La Cour
Martin's Eye, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

The landscape as image
Eva La Cour
Experiencing the Everyday, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

2016

Double Storey Array
Eva La Cour
Grafikernes Hus, Copenhagen, DK, Artwork 2016
Artwork

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