Ole Kristensen is a visual artist, programmer and scenographer. At the intersection of art and science he develops and appropriates new technology, creating works with software at the core.
His work ranges from stage performances and modern dance to large scale interactive installations. In his work he focuses on the behavioural aspects of interactivíty, adaptivity, and generativity.
He is driven by a playful urge to connect electronics, gadgets, visuals and moving objects in seemingly impossible combinations. Through his visual arts practice he has gained knowledge in diverse fields within electronics and programming.
In 2014 he was awarded a 2 year work grant from the Danish Arts Council with the following motivation:
[He] has a unique and original approach to all forms of time-based and digital media, placing him among the most interesting software artists in the world. Ole Kristensen is awarded a two-year work scholarship so he can concentrate on the creative study of digital, programmed and cross-aesthetic arts, and enjoy peace to navigate through the many artistic expressions that turn out.
He is working in the dance company Recoil Performance Group and the performance group IN-TRANSIT.
He has been researching, teaching and giving workshops at the Danish National School of Performing Arts, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), and The IT University of Copenhagen.
His work in Recoil Performance Group has twice received the National Danish Theatre Award for best Dance Performance.
Selected exhibitions and performances include Click Festival (Elsinore), Renew Festival (Copenhagen), New Media Days (Norrköping), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), Interarte Festival (Rio de Janiero), Nikolaj Kunsthal / Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Roskilde Festival.
He was already working artisticly when he finished a BSc in Computer Science and Communications at Roskilde University in 2000. His projects had transformed into large scale immersive installations in the university's television studio. From there on he continued into visual arts, installation and performance via guest studies at the Art and Technology master at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and the Halfmachine festivals in Christiania.
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It is a great pleasure to create something that can react, adapt, and generate new forms from itself or it's surroundings. My main interest lies in this creation of dynamic aestetic phenomena. When an artwork is running software the challenge is to make the behavioural aspects of the piece constitute it's aestetic qualities.