Ellen Hillingsø

Ellen Hillingsø, actress

You get lost in the work the way you do in an Andersen tale, and that’s a good thing.

Pipilotti Rist: Dawn Hours at the Neighbour’s House, 2005

"I love this work. At first we think we are looking into a cosy living room. It looks really comfortable and nice, even beautiful. A place for good clean family fun with the telly at the centre. But where is the family? What’s actually going on here? Are we witnessing a climate catastrophe? Are we being flooded by the wave on the screen? The room is alive and abandoned at the same time.

Where there is friction, some form of resistance, there is development. That’s where the real nourishment can be found. We are drawn into this work by its aesthetics, the seemingly

trustworthy form, the tasteful surface, just like in a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, but then something happens, something disturbing. You get lost in the work the way you do in an Andersen tale, and that’s a good thing. Another parameter for whether I think a work is good is that it should stay with you, and this one does. I’ll need to get back ARoS and see it again soon."

The work is on display at level 0.

Portrait: Emilia Therese

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