HEIDI NIKOLAISEN (Roskilde, Denmark, 1987. Works and lives in Aarhus)
Artist, community organizer, researcher. She works in the cross field of digital aesthetics, critical theory and new materialism, her work often drawing on narratives and concepts from literature and philosophy. She worked on co-producing a collaborative installation addressing digitalization of the SMK-collection and the history of AI with the independent research center CSO (Center for Signifikante Oplevelser) for the event SMK Fridays in 2019. She recently worked on a piece for the artist-run exhibition space Sydhavn Station producing a site-specific poster for Karens Minde Kulturhus, engaging with the historical ties of the building as former home to psychiatric patients countering these narratives with present-day biometrics (gait recognition).
She holds a MFA from Funen Art Academy and a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Copenhagen. She co-founded and worked as programme director of the artist-run exhibition platform for contemporary art Organon in Odense from 2017 to 2019, working with a series of Danish and international artists like Kah Bee Chow, Tabita Rezaire, Heine Klausen, Sian Kristoffersen, Zarko Aleksic, Sophia Ioannou Gjerding. Facilitating in this setting solo shows, group exhibitions, talks, book presentations amongst these publications by the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology and screenings like the film Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival in collaboration with Odense Filmfestival.
Currently she is invested in researching digital organicism, how the digital, computed and the organic intertwine in objects and images.