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Artist Talk
Artist Talk: Liesel Burisch & Justin Hunt, Where the real interesting stuff happens
16 Jun 2022, 17:00 – 18:00

On Thursday 16 June, exhibiting artist Liesel Burisch met Dr. Justin Hunt, researcher in queerness and queer activism, for a conversation, which is now available as a sound file and transcription at O—Overgaden’s online platform.

Dive into their conversation between academia and lived experience, on the “gaze of friendship” and dream collaborators turned friends, laying the ground of Liesel Burisch’s work, offering anecdotes from private COVID parties, on gender fluid performance and the way all of us are always performing (are we ever truly free to chill, even at parties?), and spaces where we start thinking about what we want to be free to do, instead of what we want to be free from experiencing. 

By sharing this talk (as well as the new publication about Liesel Burisch, also available online via O—Overgaden’s online platform), we hope to fan the flames of the important conversations raised by this exhibition.

The artist talk is based on Burisch’s current solo exhibition Bring Time, which over the summer will transform O—Overgaden’s ground floor into a total installation with mesmerizing beats, seductive videos from the queer party scene, and manifestos that deal with an inclusive club culture. By exploring the transition between the world outside and inside the club as a threshold between normalized society and marginalized subcultures, Burisch questions the transience, inclusion, and archiving of club cultures. What can we learn at the border between clubs and the rest of society? And how do we incorporate the fragile, temporary space of opportunity that the party community is able to give us into the rest of our lives?

Download the transcription below and find the sound file under "Podcast"

Transcription of the conversation June 2022

At the artist talk you can meet:
Dr. R. Justin Hunt (UK), a lecturer, performer, and producer based in London. He is Curating Producer of Queer Extension, an online school by and for queer artists. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London’s Mile End Institute. He works as Adjunct Professor of Film, Women & Gender Studies for Syracuse University (London) and as a Relationship Manager for Arts Council England. As his alter-ego, Dr Sharon Husbands, Hunt created and toured Naked Boys Reading/Naked Queers Reading for eight years. Find out more on Dr. R. Justin Hunt’s website.


Liesel Burisch (b. 1987, DK), artist currently exhibiting at O—Overgaden, whose work is based on collective experiences and conversations, using large audio and video installations to create seductive, hypnotic experiences. Burisch graduated from Städelschule (Frankfurt), CalArts (Los Angeles), and Universität der Künste (Berlin). The exhibition at O—Overgaden is the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in Denmark.

The artist talk is presented in collaboration with Art Week Copenhagen 2022.
The artist talk will be held in English.
Registration is not necessary and admission to O—Overgaden, as always, is free of charge.