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Fort Da

Fort Da

Fort Da

Fort Da

Fort Da

Alice Anderson


Bobbin made of wood and copper thread

345 x 248 x 248 cm
How do we remember? What is the shifting relevance of the physical world in a society increasingly part of a digital one? Alice Anderson meditates upon the loss of the tangible, weaving items in copper threads to create ‘recorded objects’, ossifying the formal qualities of the things that lie disregarded around us through a ritualistic process. The material of copper speaks to the computational world that it has enabled through its transference of energy and information, Anderson also relates it to the neural transmission of information across our own organism, a gesture of connection and communication that is borne out in the very process of her artwork’s process which is sometimes undertaken by teams of volunteers.
181 Kilometers
Alice Anderson
181 Kilometers


Sculpture made after performances, copper thread

200 cm (diameter)
The work 181 kilometres, commissioned especially for the Saatchi Gallery, bears testament to the intensely physical activity of sculptures. Anderson walked 181 kilometres to ’spun’ an entire sphere with copper thread that took days to create, allowing the artist to enter an almost Zen like meditative state of concentration and choreography. As the artist herself explains: The first works that I’ve done involved performances. Since the beginning I’ve experienced my body through movement and today the wire is for me an extension of it. The sculpture Bound was conceived in 2011 alongside is a body of work made for the Freud Museum in London, and references a game Sigmund would play with his young grandson in order to calm what Freud saw as his anxiety of his mothers’ absence. As part of the game he would throw a bobbin and bring it back over the edge of the cot with a string, (Fort – gone, Da – there in German).

© Natasha Hoare, 2015

Alice Anderson's BIOGRAPHY

Alice Anderson
Born in 1972, London, England
Lives and works in London, England


Wellcome Collection, Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects, London
Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Alice Anderson: DATA, Paris
Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Touch, Finland
LAM museum, Un regard sur la collection d’Agnès b, Lille

British Contemporary Art, Rizzordi Art Foundation, St Petersburg
Interchange Junctions, works around Yinka Shonibare, Howick Place, London
Light Mood, Public Sculpture Parc, Leopardi Parc, Bergamo
Out of Our heads, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Between Reality, European House of Photography, Paris
Forward, The Drawing Gallery, Eton College, Windsor
Cords, Parcours St Germain, Paris
Cutting, Folding and Assembling, Coastal Currents Festival, Hastings

Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice
White Light White Heat, Palazzo Franchetti, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice
Alice Anderson, Performing Life,Villa Bernasconi Cultural Center, Lancy
Boat, MalbuissonArt triennal sculpture, Malbuisson
Alice Anderson’s Studio, Print Room Theatre, London
Le Vert, Frac Haute Normandie, Normandie
Myths, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Cajarc
Art13 performances, London
Mad, Bad and Sad, Freud Museum, London

Alice Anderson’s Travelling Studio: Launch, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Alice Anderson: From Dance to Sculpture, Riflemaker, London
Alice Anderson's Timescale, Artopia, Milan
Jeux d'Artistes, musée d’Annecy, Annecy
Tainted Love, Transition, London
Sublimations, Meter Room, Coventry
Inner spaces, Brampton Museum, Herefordshire
New Masters, Cultural Center, Bologna

All Visual Arts, Bound, London
Freud Museum, Alice Anderson’s Childhood Rituals, London
Birmingham Art Centre, Their Wonderlands, Birmingham
CoExist Centre, Years after Years, Southend on Sea
Cultural center of Namur, Tales and Contemporary Art, Belgium
Aubin Art Space, Smoke On Water, London
Maison des Arts Georges pompidou, Elle etait une fois, Gourdon
Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Human Frames, Germany
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Algiers, The Return, Algeria
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Nomadic Nights, Paris
Latitude Contemporary Art, Monolith, Suffolk

Elles at centre Pompidou, Pompidou Centre, Paris
Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, Busan Contemporary Art Museum, Korea
Wonderland, Assab One, Milan
Cher Monsieur Boltanski, Fondation Agnès b, Paris
Identify: Body it, Nichido Contemporary Art museum, Japan
The Digital Hand, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei
Istanbul-Athenes-Marrakech-Palermo, Risco Contemporary Art Museum, Sicilia