Tori Wrånes

Born 1978
Hometown Kristiansand, Norway
Education
M.A., B.A., Oslo National Academy of the Arts, 2009

In her words, Norwegian performance artist Tori Wrånes is interested in “investigating different ways to exist.” Therefore, her elaborate performances—she once played a piano on the side of a cliff—often involve appearance-altering costumes, in addition to dramatic sculptures and props. Wrånes's exploration of existential disorientation is particularly apparent in her 2011 work The Opposite is also True, for which Wrånes appears hanging upside down, wearing right-side-up clothes 


Singing also plays a large role in Wrånes’s performance work. For her 2012 performance entitled Spin Echo, Wrånes enlisted a choir to sing in a parking structure adjacent to Los Angeles’s Disney Concert Hall. Participants rode on bikes, pulled carts, and other wheeled devices, while Wrånes herself sang as she gave a piggyback to another singer.


Wrånes has performed at Performa in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, the Colombo Art Biennale, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design in Oslo.

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