Dear Daughter 2013-2023

The project Dear Daughter consists of a series of voice-based live performances, video documents and performative speech installations. In these works, I interweave my own experiences and thoughts on crucial elements in female life -such as pregnancy, birth, mothering and female sexuality- with text fragments from feminist literary sources. I then perform the text collages through hybrid technological forms.

In Dear Daughter/Organic Cyborg Stories (After Donna Haraway), 2013, I am 8 months pregnant and I address my unborn daughter by mixing appropriated fragments of Donna Haraway’s essay A Cyborg Manifesto with my own thoughts on pregnancy and birth.

Dear Daughter/Motherboard Theories of Evolution (w/ Braidotti, Plant et aliae), 2014-2019, is a speech to the new born daughter, performed wearing a baby carrier and computer/textile. Text fragments of different origin is interwoven and combined in a sound collage on femininity, history, language and technology.

Dear Daughter/Anatomy of the Chthulucene (O’Connell Oh Oh Haraway), 2016-2021, is about sex, sexuality and kinship. This text links anatomic descriptions of the clitoris from Helen O’Connell’s “Anatomy of the Clitoris”, (2005) with Donna Haraway’s concept of the “Chthulucene” (staying with the trouble, 2016) and is being performed in a landscape of sculptural objects and playback technology while marking/mapping my naked body with body paint.

Dear Daughter/Sen_sing_inannainanna (Russ, Shiva, Klein), 2019-, is an eco-feminist sci-fi film in where I perform as a ‘cyborg mother goddess’ travelling through space and time, while singing a text about ecosystems, environmental justice, feminist ancient pasts and technological futures to come. Dear Daughter/Sen_sing_inannainanna (Russ, Shiva, Klein) is made in collaboration with my daugher and my daughter’s father, the artist Stathis Tsemberlidis

Creating these works informed my considerations of the relations between the maternal and technology; how the matrixial body/voice can generate a critical dialogue with the viewer concerning aspects of post-humanism, family and kinship.

Dear Daughter/Sen_sing_inannainanna (Russ, Shiva, Klein), 2019-
Dear Daughter/Anatomy of the Chthulucene (O’Connell Oh Oh Haraway) 2017-2020
Dear Daughter/Motherboard Theories of Evolution (w/Braidotti, Plant et aliae), 2014-2018
Dear Daughter/Organic Cyborg Stories (After Donna Haraway), 2013-2015
Nanna Lysholt Hansen, Dear Daughter, four channel video, 30 minutes loop, installation view:  The Antipodes of My Body, Vermilion Sands, Copenhagen, 9.12.2017 – 27.01.2018 (photo: Kevin Malcolm)