Rikke Luther

Rikke Luther’s current work explores the new interrelations created by environmental crisis as they relate to landscape, language, politics, financialisation, law, biology and economy, expressed in drawn images, photography, film, and pedagogical strategies. She has held teaching positions and given numerous guest lectures around the world. Her work has been presented in Biennales and Triennales [such as Venice, Singapore, Echigo-Tsumari, Auckland and Göteborg], museums [such as Moderna Museum, Kunsthaus Bregenz, The New Museum, Museo Tamayo, Smart Museum], exhibitions [like Beyond Green: Towards a Sustainable Art, 48C Public.Art.Ecology, Über Lebenskunst and Weather Report: Art & Climate Change] and film festivals [like CPH:DOX* - Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival]. In 2016 Luther created a new work for the 32nd Bienal de SĂŁo Paulo and has been working solo since. Prior to that, Luther worked exclusively in art collectives. She was a co-founder of Learning Site (active 2004 to 2015) and of N55 (active with original members from 1996 through to 2003).
In 2021 Luther defended the PhD Concrete Aesthetics: From Universal Rights to Financial Post-Democracy. It will be published in 2022/23.
The Post Doc The Ocean-Lands: Mud Within the Earth System will start 2023 at â€˜Queen Margrethe’s and VigdĂ­s FinnbogadĂłttirÂŽs Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate, and Society’ (ROCS) / The GLOBE Institute / Danish Natural History Museum / Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and the Nordic Alliance of Artists’ Residencies on Climate Action (NARCA).


- Exhibition 17.09 - 20.11.2022: On Moving Ground - Sand, Mud And Planetary Change, Skaftfell, Seydisfjörd, Iceland [NARCA]
- Research project 2022-2024: More Mud for Nordic Alliance of Artists’ Residencies on Climate Action, NAARCA at Baltic Art Center, Sweden; Skaftfell, Iceland, Svalbard, Greenland and Finland.
- Publication 2022/23: Concrete Aesthetics: From Universal Rights to Financial Post-Democracy with extended texts by Esther Leslie (Sand Crystals) and Jaime Stapleton (The Global Commons)

- Textile work: Map 9 Architecture and Democracy, Post-Democracy and Anti-Democracy and Map 10 World Mud is in process

- Research project 2022: Digital Materialities - The New Mud for The Royale Danish Art Academy, Denmark

- Exhibition 2022/2023: Consume By, Museum Arnhem, Holland

- Film: Concrete: The Great Transformation (1h. 09min.) - 21/22. Trailer to the 2020 version:


- Post Doc, 2023 - 2024: The Ocean-Lands: Mud Within the Earth System,‘Queen Margrethe’s and VigdĂ­s FinnbogadĂłttirÂŽs Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate, and Society’ (ROCS) /

  The GLOBE Institute / Danish Natural History Museum / Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate. The NARCA project is related to this Post Doc.

- Exhibition, 2023: Atlantic Ocean, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway [Tone Hansen, Knut LjĂžgodt & Stephanie Hessler]

- Exhibition, 2023: More Mud, Astrid Noacks Atelier - ANA, Copenhagen, Denmark


- Public project, 2021: For the FutureViborg municipality, Denmark [Ceramic tiles, ceramics and a support wall as a part of a new infrastructure project]
- VR & AR - educational material made for young students, 2021: The material is based on the Global Commons and the Spaceframe Complex, Kunsthal Aarhus. Co-produced with Khora and Kunsthal Aarhus.

- Exhibition, 2021: The New Mud at Astrid Noacks Atelier - ANA, RĂ„dmandsgade 34, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark - Friday the 17th Esther Leslie's lecture MUD CRYSTAL will be held at (+1) 16:00  

  including Lise Autogena, Nomeda Urbonas and Gediminas Urbonas

- Seminar, 2021: Aesthetic Agency - Please Engage Me!, SMK, Copenhagen, Denmark

- Phd. defence, 16/4 2021: Concrete Aesthetics: From Universal Rights to Financial Post-Democracy. Opponents: Esther Leslie (Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, London University); Kim West (writer and  
  curator) and Solveig Gade (IKK, Copehagen University)

- Exhibition 2021: Nature in Transition - Shifting Identities, Nordic House, ReykjavĂ­k, Iceland [Hulda StefĂĄnsdĂłttir & Hanna StyrmisdĂłttir]
- Podcast and Exhibition 2020: Spolied Waters Spilled, Manifesta 13 Les ParallĂšles du Sud, Marseille, France [
Clelia Coussonnet & Inga Lāce]. With a pod cast at the Ocean Archive released 11th  
  of August 2020: Spoiled Waters Spilled is LIVE https://ocean-archive.org/collection/167


- Exhibition 2019: Corruption: We Lost Control Again, Aarhus Kunsthall, [Jacob Fabricius], Aarhus, Denmark

- Film, world premiere at CPH:DOX* - Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2019Concrete Nature: Planetary Sand Bank. The film was selected for the competition Next:Wave.
  See further https://cphdox.dk/program/serier-og-temaer-2019-2/?ser=98

'Concrete Nature' explores the political history of concrete and the social structures it embodies. Rikke Luther’s dialogue weaves a broad range of research material into a narrative of personal exploration. Her film draws out the cultural threads

that lay between critical moments of modernity; from concrete’s ‘discovery’ in the first decades of the 19th century, through ideological hopes of Modernists, into our era of sand scarcity, and investor’s hopes for a future, post-apocalyptic, 3D-printed concrete society in space.

The film was shot around in and around the MIT campus, Cambridge, Boston, New York, Hudson River, High Fall, London, and includes historical images. The film explores concrete buildings that were politicized before they were constructed, before an architect lent them their particular voice; buildings whose political speech is now being overwritten, rewritten, and erased, by the shifting stands of ideology and environment.


- Tapdance show: The Sand Bank, In Our Present Condition, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, MA, US - a part of the 50 Year Celebration of ACT, spring 2018:

Screening in relation to the exhibition On Moving Ground - Sand, Mud and Planetary Change, Iceland, 2022.

The sound recorder takes a break to explain the surface decoration built into the form of the Kyoto Congress Centre. The decoration represents the repeating patterns of human dialogue, which draw together and separate in a continuous flow. (27:14 sec.)


The Sand Bank. Three canvas 2.25m.x4m. as part of the sceen for the tap dance show - see more  'click' at History.

- Exhibition: Live Uncertainty - 32nd Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil, 2016. The work Overspill: Universal Maps included the four maps showed below. Original the maps, showing the Global Commons, were  
  printed on tiles as a part of the larger work Overspill: Universal Maps. They are now often exhibited as print on textile.

Overspill: Universial Maps, maps the Global Commons. Details from the installation, graphics for four tiles, 2.25m. x 4m. - see more 'click' at History.


Certainty lives in a state of continual reformation. Human apprehension is as temporal and provisional as the environment that sustains it. The intellectual systems through which humans apprehend and the environment have their own life-cycles. Life divided by the simple binary plant and animal did not survive the 20th century. The borders of nations, seemingly fixed a hundred years ago, similarly proved themselves to be contingent and temporal. Continental shelves creep. Ice melts. Political and economic fortunes fluctuate. Thinking collapses, just when we think we got it.


‘Overspill: A Universal Map’ comprises a number of separate elements. Four large drawings printed on ceramic tiles map the Global Commons; a concept that negotiates the facts of history, political ideology, law and ecology as they are modulated by the limits of legal arguments and enforcement, national self-interests, global corporate power, and the economic and environmental ‘overspill effects’ of pollution on planetary chemistry and climate. This two-dimensional element is contrasted by a wall of in-built vitrines, housing a number of natural artifacts. Here toxic mud form the 2015 environmental disaster in Brazil rubs shoulders with slime molds, recent concrete ‘techno-fossils’, and an important historic fossil of the first bacteria to produce oxygen on the earth. In the foreground lays, a 1:1 scale model of an 8.26 m prehistoric fungi on a concrete bench. Each of these elements is accompanied by explanatory and commentary ‘labels’, written in English and Portuguese.


Created for the 32nd SĂŁo Paulo Biennale, â€˜Live Uncertainty’, curated by Jochen Volz with Gabi Ngcofo, JĂșlia Reboucas, Lars Bang Larsen

Materials: Ceramic tiles, original tiles from the building, concrete, toxic mud, concrete, slime mould, plants, fossils (pre-historic oxygen producing bacterial fossil)