Our historical relationship to nature and culture in the western world is one of authority and domination over understanding or empathy. 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 seek to call into question this hierarchical impulse, and to examine its impact on the ways in which we move through the world from one minute to the next.
The objects and environments I create require a negotiation of meaning that is self-aware rather than passive, conscious of the lenses through which meaning is constructed. 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 the digital screen act as channels between the body and the world, sites where the emotional and the intellectual become inseparable. Through my work, I draw attention to the role of my audience in the day to day act of producing and performing their own environment and experience. I orchestrate encounters that prompt a more engaged and empathetic mode of inhabiting the world.
Ana Hansa-Ogren is an artist, curator, and writer. Her studio practice includes interactive installation, sound, 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 music and dance.