O—Overgaden is one of the leading non-profit art institutions in Denmark with an irreverent program of emerging local and international voices in contemporary art, displaying around eight grand-scale exhibitions each year from its position in the heart of Copenhagen.
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  • Thursday: 13 – 20h
  • Friday: 13 – 18h
  • Saturday, Sunday: 11 – 18h

Helene Nymann: Knots of Ecphore
27 Aug – 23 Oct 2022
opening: 26 Aug 2022, 17:00

Helene Nymann, MOL, 2018 (still). Single-channel video (16:9 HDV), sound; 11:22 min. Courtesy the artist

How is our memory and imagination shaped? Helene Nymann’s research-based exhibition at O—Overgaden investigates human and non-human memory. Nymann’s research, made in collaboration with other scientists and using audience-inclusive methods, dives into how we store and register knowledge at a phenomenological and subjective level.

Helene Nymann’s exhibition at O—Overgaden presents a number of new works in the shape of video, sculpture, and installation, adding to her artistic preoccupation with human memory and the storage of knowledge. As an artist and scientist, Nymann investigates how humans remember, how memories affect us, and what impact the digital has on our memory. In her practice, Nymann brings so-called mnemo techniques into play – a term for everything from memory games to ancient memory techniques – helping the memory through advanced association systems. In doing so, the works point to how correspondences between memory and imagination affect the way we perceive the past and present.

Helene Nymann (b. 1982, DK) holds an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London and Malmö Art Academy (2014). She is a PhD student at the University of Aarhus Institute of Interacting Minds Centre with the project Memories of Sustainable Futures: Remembering in the Digital Age supported by the Novo Nordisk Mads Øvlisen grant. Helene Nymann is the first Danish female artist to have a solo exhibition at the New Museum, New York.

Helene Nymann, Head On My Dear, 2015 (still). Single-channel video (16:9 HDV), sound; 07:50 min. Courtesy the artist