Marie Kølbæk Iversen: Donnimaar

Marie Kølbæk Iversen


As a contextual framework around the video installation Rovhistorier in the exhibition The Atlantic Ocean - and as part of the artist's music project Donnimaar - Marie Kølbæk Iversen activates partly forgotten and repressed folk songs about sea people from her East Atlantic home region in West Jutland, including the song O Tilli.


O Tilli means "on the floor" in West Jutland, and the song is about a mermaid who has been captured by the Danish queen and who now splashes on the floor like a fish.

Kølbæk Iversen's Donnimaar project is based on the 19th-century folklore collector Evald Tang Kristensen's song collection. Among them are songs collected from Kølbæk Iversen's great-great-great-grandmother Johanne Tygesdatter, who was one of Tang Kristensen's key informants.


Photo: Christian Brems

Donnimaar will be part of the exhibition in the form of two performances where Kølbæk Iversen performs a selection of West Jutland sea folk songs that she herself has set to music. In the performance at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Kølbæk Iversen will use the sculptures that are part of the video installation Rovhistorier as percussion instruments as a new element. Performances will take place on the opening weekend and on one of the exhibition's last weekends.

Free entry with museum ticket.

The educational programme is supported by The Norwegian UNESCO Commission and Fondet for dansk-norsk Samarbeid.

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Photo: Christian Brems