Ana Hansa-Ogren is an artist, curator, and writer. Her studio practice includes interactive installation, sound, video and performance work. Her perspective as a maker and thinker is informed by a background in environmental history and conservation, language study and travel, and formal training in movement and dance.
The urge to establish the value of the human in relation to a diminished other drives a worldview that runs on categorization and definition. A belief in the inherent authenticity and value of particular environments, experiences, or modes of being can lead to a dismissiveness of the potential for a deeper engagement of the nuanced, messy world we actually inhabit. Through my practice I call into question these hierarchical and taxonomical impulses and examine their impact on the ways in which we move through the world from one minute to the next.
The objects and environments I create elicit a negotiation of meaning that is self-aware rather than passive, a heightened consciousness of the many lenses through which meaning is constructed, and an examination of the agency of “audiences” as content consumers. Using sound and architectural intervention I create immersive environments, spaces that seduce sensorially while refusing quick decoding. Through song and oration I explore language as an extension of the body. Reading becomes chanting, text becomes warm, atmospheric sound. Speech, projected light, and screens act as channels between the body and the world, sites where the emotional and the intellectual become infinitely tangled.
Each work I make is part of a larger conversation within the whole of my body of work. No one work is fully activated on its own, as in an ecosystem, a galaxy, or a society. Individual works function as expansive poetics rather than icons in and of themselves, and as such osmose with their audiences and with to each other.
Through my work, I draw attention to the role of my audience in the day to day act of producing and performing their own environments, identities, and impacts upon a myriad “other”.