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three vivariums by Tinna Ottesen 
 a.pass research presentation 

vernissage 26/5 at 18.00 – 20.00
vivariums open 26/5 – 28/5  11.00 – 20.00h
 artist talk 27/5 at 18.00 
in the cellars of the Tour&Taxis sheds

Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Bruxelles


vi·var·i·ums or vi·var·i·a: 

A place, such as an enclosure or facility, used for keeping live animals for observation or research.





Three Vivariums: Enter, Surrender, Play 

I invite you to contemplate on a reality without you being the central perspective.

When entering a.pass, my initial question was, how to combine site specific and portable scenography.  How to make spaces, that correspond to a particular site, but can also move between locations and respond to the next site with equal value, using the same materials. 

This research has led me to the scenography of a manmade space. My contemplation is not only its interaction with its surroundings and context but furthermore, how the human body interacts directly with space – how is he influenced and transformed by it? 

If a place has a memory, will it sense your absence? How do we respond to materials, and to the sensations, the memories they evoke? And how can inorganic, industrial materials like latex & nylon, respond to elementary things in us? What are the transformative effects of space and beauty? Is it possible that spatial experience can change ones perspective and interaction with the world?

Each vivarium explores a material, spatial positioning and proportions. I’m exploring the generous violence of beauty by creating small cells that evoke the sensations of wide landscapes.   

Get close, find the playfulness through engagement and intimacy, and use your senses as a compass!





Lets talk about the Weather.

Artist talk with light snacks and heavier drinks. 

Friday 27/5 at 18:00 

Chatting about weather is not only Iceland’s most indulged past time behaviour. The pleasure of sharing perceptions of this ever changing landscape connects us to the basics of this world, and shapes our relation to matter. 

Tinna Ottesen’s vivariums position the border between matter and us into a moving climate. She is subtly reconsidering the environment as a partner in crime – a responsive field, that ‘talks’ back to us. 

We would like to invite you to talk about these ‘talking’ qualities of material in relation to the spaces and landscapes we are living in. Based on a text by Tim Ingold, “The eye of the storm: visual perception and the weather” Tinna Ottesen will be interviewed by Nicolas Galeazzi about her perception of space, the performance of the weather, touch and other feelings. 


Tinna Ottesen has been working with space and scenography for stage, for sites & for screens over the last 10 years exploring the suggestions of behaviour space provides and the affects the medium is capable of.

She is a prominent presence in the Icelandic art scene and has a trail of projects spanning from site specific performances, production design for Films, TV & documentaries, theatre scenography, art direction for festivals, and immersive installations like the underwater concert series and food event installations.  


Address: in the cellars of tour&taxis sheds

Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Bruxelles

Tinna map-Seite001

p/a de Bottelarij

Delaunoystraat 58-60/p.o. box 17
1080 Brussels/Belgium

tel: +32 (0)2 411.49.16