The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts & Husets Teater


4/4 & 5/4 2024


Workshop & performance

Workshop with Aaron Williamson

In collaboration with the Danish Performing Arts School Efter- & Uddannelse, Billedkunstskolen and Liveart Danmark

Experience Aaron Williamson's work "Let Down Your Hair" and gain insight into his artistic choices, expressions and working methods in this 3-hour workshop

In the work “Let Down Your Hair”, Aaron Williamson impales the audience’s bewilderment and their well-intentioned pity by turning the situation 180 degrees. As a deaf, blind or mobility-impaired person, it is uncomfortable when train changes are only announced over the loudspeaker, when you cannot find your way and when you cannot lift the shopping basket. Others would probably like to help, but are unsure how.

The workshop is based on seven existential questions that not only explore Aaron Williamson’s individual working method and expression, but also invite you to reflect on your own creative processes:

  • Which methods do you use in your work?
  • How do you come up with ideas for projects?
  • What kind of experiments do you do in your process?
  • How do you generate material?
  • What inspires your work?
  • How do you decide what material to use from your experiments?
  • What criteria do you use to select your material?

Aaron Williamson (1960) was born in England and his work is based on his experience of becoming deaf and on a political, yet humorous sensitivity to disability. In a lecture at the University of California, San Diego in 1998, Williamson coined the term ‘Deaf Gain’ as a counterpoint to ‘hearing loss’. Over the past twenty-five years, Aaron Williamson has created more than 300 exhibitions, performances, videos, installations and publications for galleries, museums and festivals for, among others, the Venice Biennale; Nippon Performance Art Festival – Japan; Columbia Uni., Chicago, USA; ANTI Art Festival – Finland, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and many others. Williamson holds a D.Phil in Literature from the University of Sussex (1997) and has lectured on BA and MA Fine Art courses in the UK (Dartington College of Arts, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Goldsmiths College); and has also been a guest lecturer for several institutions internationally.


Participants in the workshop will be a mix of professional performing artists in all disciplines who are interested in performance, as well as students from the Academy of Arts and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Copenhagen respectively.

Performances at Toaster/Husets Teater, Thursday 4th of April at 8 p.m
Workshop at the Art Academy, Friday 5th of April at 10 a.m – 1 p.m

DKK 60. The price is incl. workshop participation and access to two performances at Toaster/Husets Teater. You register by applying for a place at the bottom of this page. When your place is confirmed, you will receive an email with a payment link. If you have an Annual Pass to Husets Teater, it is free to participate, but you must still register via the application portal at the bottom of this page. In addition, please send an e-mail to Stine Marcher at stma@scenekunstskolen.dk with a message that you are a season ticket holder.