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SIGNA

SIGNA

is an artistic partnership, consisting of Danish performance-installation artist Signa Sørensen who started the project in 2001, Austrian performer and media artist Arthur Köstler, who joined in 2004 and set designer and costume artist Thomas Bo Nilsson, who was part of Signa from 2005 to 2013.

ARTFORM

site-specific / immersive performance

GUIDING INTERESTS

Through nostalgia and radical intimacy SIGNA create parallel worlds in which they blur the boundaries between reality and fiction, true or false. In their works they explore the resulting power structures and rules, always in search of dialogue. Therefore, they attach great importance to the participation of the audience.
Due to the extreme duration of the performances, which last between 6 and 250 hours, the audience should have the opportunity to have a holistic experience. They should not only comprehend with their minds, but also experience the events with their bodies and senses – the audience should be transformed from an outside observer into a part of the created world and thus help to shape it.

QUOTES

“When Signa started in 2001 she was making installation art pulling other people into it so it became referred to as “performance installation” and theatres started to invite us. Suddenly we were named interactive theatre and now immersive theatre. I don’t even know what immersive theatre is supposed to be. A book can be just as immersive and an immersive theatre show can be totally not immersive. It is just a term for selling something.”
Cited from: Ágnes Bakk: Analogue Virtual Reality Worlds. On: ZipScene Magazine. Aug 29, 2017. >> Oct 9, 2020

“In order to finance this project [her bachelor work], I worked in nightclubs, as a champagne girl and stripper, so I found myself in this ambivalent situation between fascination and contempt, in this strangely artificial intimacy where you pretend to be completely real but find yourself in a totally defined role that obeys certain rules. This is what interested me: the construction of reality. At the same time I was very unhappy with my installation: you build it up, and then you go and leave it to itself. There is no dialogue. So I decided to be part of my own installations in the future. I wasn‘t thinking of theatre at all, but of course I knew performances from the visual arts.”
Cited from: Barbara Burckhardt & Eva Behrendt: Brave Old World. On: Theaterheute. May 2008. >> Oct 9, 2020

SIGNA KÖSTLER

FORMATION
2001 | Copenhagen.dk | experiment with installation as a medium, initially financing her work by taking employment as a champagne girl and stripper in night-clubs. the experiences and environment of the profession inspired, and crucially influenced her future body of work
2000 | Copenhagen.dk | University of Copenhagen | dual degree in Art History / Film & Media Studies
former occupations include: hairdresser, barista, stripper, champagne girl, newspaper deliverer, cleaning person, factory worker, stylist and strawberry picker

BIO
Lives in Copenhagen.dk
2004/2005 | Met and married Arthur Köstler
1975 | born in Århus.dk

ARTHUR KÖSTLER

FORMATION
2006 | Copenhagen.dk | The Royal Danish Art Academy | Master of Arts
2004 | Copenhagen.dk | Formation of the performance collective SIGNA
1998 – 2004 | Copenhagen.dk | multimedia installations and performances with Scandinavian artists and musicians
1995 – 1999 | front-man of the experimental music group PEST

BIO
2004/2005 | Met and married Signa Köstler
Since 1998 | Lives in Copenhagen.dk
1972 | born in Gmunden.at

EXHIBITION SELECTION

2001–2002 | Copenhagen.dk | several locations | The Twin Life Project
2003–2008 | Denmark, Bremen.de, Odessa.ua, Warna.bg, Cordoba.ar Bilbao.es | several locations | The Games
2007 | Cologne.de | Schauspiel Köln | Die Erscheinungen der Martha Rubin
2008 | Berlin.de | 45. Berliner Theatertreffen | Die Erscheinungen der Martha Rubin
2010 | Copenhagen.dk | Republique Theatre Copenhagen | Salò
2011 | Salzburg.at | Salzburger Festspiele | Das ehemalige Haus
2011 | Tallinn.ee | European Capital of Culture | Bleier Research, Inc
2013 | Berlin.de | Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | Club Inferno
2013/2014 | Hamburg.de | Deutsches Schauspielhaus | Schwarze Augen, Maria
2015 | Copenhagen.dk | The Royal Danish Ballet/Corpus | Feberhavnen
2016 | Vienna.at | Volkstheater Wien – Wiener Festwochen | Wir Hunde/Us Dogs
2017 | Mannheim.de | Nationaltheater Mannheim – 19. Internationale Schillertage | Das Heuvolk
2019 | Aarhus.dk | Aarhus Festuge | Det Åbne Hjerte
2019 | St. Petersburg.ru | New European Theatre Festival | Playthings

AWARD SELECTION

2016 | Vienna.at | Nestroy Theatre Prize – Special Price | Wir Hunde / Us Dogs
2016 | Hamburg.de | Theatre Prize Hamburg | stage design
2008 | Berlin.de | invitation to the Berliner Theatertreffen | Die Erscheinungen der Martha Rubin
2006 | Denmark | The Danish Stage Directors´ Price of Honor
2005 | Malmö.se | Bisballe Prize | The Black Rose Trick

LINKS

Artists Website
Facebook
Youtube Channel

Interview contributormagazine.com
Interview zip-scene.com
Interview danishculture.ru