Ragnhild May

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


This website is supported by:

Statens Kunstfond/The Danish Arts Foundation

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November 21, 2019

I samarbejde med performance- og billedkunstner Heine Kjærgaard Klausen afholdes en omfattende præsentation af dansk performance med deltagelse af 32 kunstnerne. Ambitionen er at præsentere et bredt udsnit af dansk performancekunst anno 2019  – fra yngre og emerging kunstnere som Ragnhild May og Kristoffer Raasted til ældre og mere erfarne kunstnere som Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen og Doris Bloom. 

Performancekunsten slog igennem som selvstændig kunstgenre i 1960’erne og videre i 1970’erne og fylder til stadighed mere og mere på kunstscenen. Et kendetegn for performancekunsten er, at den kan være svær at kommercialisere, da en performance ikke på samme måde som et maleri er salgbart. Performancekunsten har fokus på det, som sker her og nu foran et publikum, og er hermed en fejring af det, man kan kalde ’øjeblikkets værdi’. I forlængelse heraf kan performancekunsten ses som en modpol til det digitale filter, vi i højere og højere grad erfarer vores omgivelser gennem. Performance tager...

November 11, 2019

Folly Systems is a two-night festival featuring a diverse group of artists working in the intersection of performance and media art. Using media and technologies not as an end in themselves but as non-neutral creative strategies, Folly System artists utilize tools that range from virtual reality, custom projectors, wooden artisanal instruments, communication media, and DIY video interfaces. What is the difference between a spoon and virtual reality? Is one more technological than the other? Despite differences in materials and technical complexity, the same creative gesture is made across various media over and over again as if we were endlessly rediscovering the wheel. Performances by Ragnhid May, Aki Onda, Lee Gilboa, Forbes Graham, Amanda Gutierrez, Ying Liu, Ian Kornfeld, Jean Carla Rodea, Art Jones, Nao Nishihara, and Gill Arno. Curated by Cecilia Lopez. Co-presented with Outpost Artist Resources.

June 15, 2019

KIILAN ÄÄNIPÄIVÄT happens 15.6.2019 2019 in Kiila, Kemiö Island, Finland. Main/starting place is Westers cafe/garden.


(first live at 15:00, sorry we dont have any warm up performances, directly to core!)

10€/15€/childrens free

Line up:

Felicity Mangan (AU) & Christina Ertl-Shirley (DE)

Ragnhild May & Kristoffer Raasted (DK)

Michael Northam solo (US) online live from India

Juha Valkeapää & Juhani Liimatainen

Juho Laitinen

Trivial zero

Tero Niskanen & Antti Tolvi
feat. Marja Ahti, Tytti Arola, Hanna Klén and Lau Nau

Kiila village is north part of Kemiö Island. You find it in maps Kiilantie 1 Kemiönsaari.
From Turku (1 hour drive) / Helsinki (2 hours). First drive to Salo, from there to Angelniemi (17km), take ferry (free / goes every 20min), Kiila is 10km from there.
Nearest bus comes to Kemiö centrum, from there you still have 12km to Kiila. Nearest train station (and cheap busses) is in Salo, 27km from Kiila.
We dont have any camping area, but we have...

June 15, 2019


April 8, 2019

Conceptually, the piece combines electronic, sound generating circuits with vocal performance, considered as a balanced combination of sound sources informed by traditions of art, song writing & electronic music.

Some of the ideas implemented in the piece are the blending in of song structures as a textural element in the sound rather than a foreground lead singer role. The purpose of blurring the edges of concepts such as producer, lead singer, instrumentalist etc. is to work against the inherent hierarchical structures in such binary dichotomies such as singer / producer, artist / musician etc.

Technically the piece is semi-improvised, semi-composed. The recording is made in Mayhem, Copenhagen, and edited in Tokyo, Japan. Throughout the process, the piece has been in constant development with added layers, also in the mixing process. The mastering is considered an addition to rather than an alteration of the file. 

Released on Audiotalia April 2019

April 3, 2019

VEGA|ARTS is a new visionary initiative that links Denmark's most important music venue with transgressive contemporary art in an investigation of coming together through art – which artistic experiences and situations can be generated between two different artistic fields and their publics. Over a one-year period (May 2019 to May 2020), VEGA|ARTS will include performances, installations, exhibitions, talks, workshops and thematic threads that combine the hybrid and performative art practices with the intense, intimate and cultural space of the live concert.

The participating artists are: Kristoffer Akselbo, Sidsel Christensen (NO), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Sophie Dupont, Jeannette Ehlers, Christian Falsnaes, Jenny Gräf Sheppard (DK/US), Kosmologym (DK/US/UK/NO), Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Ragnhild May, Ursula Nistrup, Hans Rosenström (FIN), Helle Siljeholm (NO), Søren Thilo Funder, Tori Wrånes (NO), YOKE

April 3, 2019

As a performer, Ragnhild May has a chameleon-like way of creating characters that makes it possible to adapt her works to different situations. James Black invites her to a yoga class in this final interview with young ‘composer/performers’.

March 25, 2019

لوغاريتمات الجهاز العصبي (يُعرض لأول مرة في العالم)راجنيلد ماي و جاكلين جورجيسبق العرض نقاش مع الفنانين ٥:٣٠ مساءًCairo Contemporary Music Days Opening-Screenings & Talk 2019مجاناُالمكان: معهد غوتة بشارع البستانhttps://goo.gl/maps/HiFxxbkf4332A calculus of the nervous system (World Premiere) By Ragnhild May & Jacqueline George Talk with the artists at 5:30PMPerformance starts at 7:00PM( MANASSAT Platform. Supported by AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) Venue: Goethe Institut- El Bustan FREE

February 3, 2019



O 19:00 S 19:30 ¥2,000 w/ 1 free drink

Kristoffer Raasted 
Ragnhild May 
新井 麻木 (Maki Arai : G.) 
高島 正志 (Masashi Takashima : Drs.)

November 24, 2018

November 24, 2018

RAGNHILD MAY works mainly with sound, sculpture and performance art, but over the course of the last year she has also invented a new branch of her practice which focuses on slogans and merchandise, the impulse to buy and the fetishisation of logos.

Her works within this field include sweatshirts bearing the slogan ‘Art performance without compromise’, scarves, beach towels – even a schoolbag bearing the rhyming tagline ‘Kunst til dig Ragnhild May’ (Art for you – by Ragnhild May) in embroidered and printed versions.

May’s GIFs continue this slogan-based approach, exaggerating the kind of commercialisation and branding of artists and works of art seen in museum shops across the world.

Here, the advertisement becomes the work – with slogans so generic they become empty leers. Our thoughts are directed to all those other expressive, yet empty slogans we know – ‘Just do it’ or ‘Because you are worth it’ – which could potentially be applied to virtually anything.


November 15, 2018

Feel the art power is an installation consisting of several parts that emerges from Ragnhild May’s recent interest in the workings and aesthetics of commercial slogans, branding, and merchandise. The installation consists of two neon signs: slogans shamelessly promoting art and its great potential (as well as white tennis socks for sale… at a low price!!!). In addition — inhabiting the immediate surroundings of die raum — a bronze cast of a pair of typical 90’s Buffalo platform ankle boots and a car-paint decorated giant vase in a loud design, making it hard to ignore.
 Ragnhild May works with language, sound, sculpture, installation, and performance. Like her laborious DIY wind instruments that work as cybernetic extensions of the body — the installation for die raum is a playful experiment that tests certain boundaries. An organism with multiple tentacles, the installation inserts itself into the daily life of Oderberger Straße, co-opting pop-cultural icons, urban...

October 5, 2018

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