Ragnhild May

Visual artist and composer. Working with sound art, installation and sculpture. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark

info@ragnhildmay.com

This website is supported by:

Statens Kunstfond/The Danish Arts Foundation

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Ragnhild May *1988 Denmark

info@ragnhildmay.com

Ragnhild May works in the intersection between visual arts, sound art and music. Though her installations, sculptures and performances, she seeks to break down the traditional boundaries between visual arts and music. Her starting point for her works her interest in the relationship between sound, materiality and human bodies, thus she has created several self-designed instruments, playing with the idea of cyborgs, robots as well as the cultural history of music, sound and instruments.

Education

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts Bard College (US)

Det Jyske Kunstakademi (DK)

Akademie der Bildende Künste Wien (AT)

Awards

2018 Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carlsen Award

2015-18 The Danish Arts Council work and production grants

2016 The Danish Arts Council Award

2015-16 Fulbright Scholarship

2015-18 Augustinus Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Oticon Fonden, Dansk Tennis Fond, a.o.

Selected performances

2018   UNM Bergen (NO)

            DAX Festival, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College (US)

            SPOR Festival for New Music and Sound Art (DK)

           Extreme Chill Reykjavik (IS)

 

2017    AHEAD Festival for Electronic Music Vilnius (LT)

            Ausland Berlin (DE)

            Spectrum Berlin (DE)

            Mikro Musik Festival DAAD Galerie Berlin (DE)

            Sonic Festival KBH

            Copenhagen Contemporary

            SuperDeluxe Tokyo (JP)

            Namba Bears Osaka (JP)

            SOTO Kyoto (JP)

            KHIASMA Paris (FR)

            Chronicle of Organ Safari, Schaubühne Lindenfels, Leipzig (DE)

2016    G(O)NG TOMORROW Koncert Kirken

            Espaco Cultural des Merces, Lissabon (PT)

2015    The Issue Project Room, New York (US)

Galerie 21, Hamburg (DE)

            Hiatus Label Night, Jazzhouse

            SMK FridaysThe Baroque Edition, Statens Museum for Kunst

2014    ACTS 2014, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde

            BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO)

2013    BarHvaViHar, Warehouse9

             ”Hvad er samtidskunst?, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde

2012    Kunstnerpublikationer, Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst

            Performers Stammtisch, Kunsthaus KULE, Berlin (DE)

            Teater Momentum, Odense

            Café Teatret

2011    MachineRaum for Video Art and Digital Culture, Vejle

            Goldendays, Warehouse9

 

Solo Shows

2018    Die Raum Berlin (DE) curated by Lotte Møller

2017   Inter Arts Center m. Stefan Maier (SE)

Organisme (m. Ea Borre, Spanien19C) Aarhus           

Soloshow Art & Space, Tokyo, JP

2015 IDIO Gallery NYC

             

 

Selected group shows

2018    Vizura Aperta (Zagreb, HR)

             MUSIC MAKES ME LOSE CONTROL, Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro

             Galleri Specta (DK)

2017    Engros, Grøntorvet, Valby

            Fluxus Toujours, Gallerie La Chapella Paris

2016    Thingness, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund (DE)

            Ingediens, Konsthall Varberg, Varberg (SE)  

            OpenStudios ISCP (US)      

2015    Bizarre Sound Creatures, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL)

            Delvist Tribal, Sydhavn Station

2014    Klangmanifeste, Künstlerhaus, Wien (AT)

            REVISIT: Musikerne maler…, Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst

            Performance, Skolernes åbning, Det Kgl. Danske Kunstakademi

            Afgang14, Kunsthal Aarhus

2013    Music for Pieces of Wood, Tårnet

            LAK Festival for Nordic Sound Art

            Aarhus Lyd Festival, Institut for (X)

            X-Border Art Biennale, Museum Arcticum, Rovaniemi (FI), Luleå (SE), Sveremosk(RU)

             PERFORMANCErum, Rum46, Aarhus

2012    Aarhus Lyd Festival, Institut for (X), Aarhus

 

Residencies

 

2019 3331 Arts Chiyoda (JP)

2018 EMS Stockholm

2017 ParadiseAir (JP)

Inter Arts Center Malmö (SE)

Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (FR)

Paradise AIR (JP),

2016 Hangar Centro Investigacao Artistica (PT)

International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York City (US)

EMS Stockholm
2015 AirTækkerBerlin, Berlin (DE)
2014 Diabas Masterclass, Olofström, (SE)
2013 Kiefter Steinbruch Steinbildhauer Symposium, Salzburg (AT)

 

Commissions 

2017 Vindspejlet på Ofelia Plads (m. Ea Borre)

2013 Børnehaven Egetræet Ejby

 

Curating

2016 Sound art event featuring Cecilia Lopez, Stefan Maier & Ragnhild May, Kristoffer Raasted, Nao Nishihara, James Kelly, Daiyko Furoshiki, Transpecos (USA)

2014    Kurator på Musikerne maler… Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst, København,

2012-13 Curator PERFORMANCErum, Aarhus

 

Teaching

2018 Johan Borups Højskole

2016 VERA Skole for Kunst og Design, 2014-15 Kunsthøjskolen på Ærø, 2015 Lydkunst workshop på Radical Unsichtbar -Center for Sound Art and Radical Listening Hamburg (DE) 2014 BGK Holstebro

 

Memberships

The Danish Composer Society

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the Society of Artists Danish Visual Artists
Danish Musicians Society

UKK Unge Kunstnere & Kunstformidlere

Publications

2018 Bellows LP w Stefan Maier (forthcoming)

2017 Harmoniske Øvelser, LP (Sensorisk Verden) Kristoffer Raasted/Ragnhild May 2018 UNHEAD Records Compilation
2014, ”En Dyrehistorie” published in DOM-EST-ICE-RING http://www.domesticering.dk/ 2013, Lyd Kunst Arkivet, (The Sound Art Archive, Sound Art Anthology) (CD),

2013, X-Border Art Biennale Catalogue

Interview (in Danish)

http://seismograf.org/artikel/al-magt-til-blokfloejten

Interview (in English)

https://soundcloud.com/thelakeradio/ragnhild-may-x-opposite2017-x-the-lake

Review (in Danish)

https://kunsten.nu/journal/offentlig-kunst-man-lytter/

Review (in Danish)

https://www.b.dk/kultur/et-spejl-af-havnens-lys-og-lyd

Review (in English)

https://www.fluid-radio.co.uk/2018/05/ragnhild-may-and-kristoffer-raasted-harmoniske-ovelser/

Review (in Danish)

https://politiken.dk/kultur/musik/koncertanmeldelser/article5649610.ece

Portrait (in Danish)

https://politiken.dk/ibyen/koncert/art5565300/Kvinden-med-blokfløjtekjolen-Jeg-håber-da-nogen-griner-af-min-kunst

Review (in Danish)

https://www.ragnhildmay.com/single-post/2014/05/25/Afgang-på-randen-af-dommedag-anmeldelse