The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts & Husets Teater


14/3 & 16/3 2024


Workshop & performance

Workshop with Martin O’Brien

Experience Martin O'Brien's work "An Ambulance to the Future De-colonize" and gain an insight into his artistic choices, expressions and working methods at this 3-hour workshop.

Martin O’Brien examines the fear of death in the work “An Ambulance to the Future”, which is probably the greatest and most existential discomfort we know of.

Martin O’Brian examines the fascination and horror from a very specific lived experience as a zombie with cystic fibrosis. And the freak show has always been a way for everyone to better cope with life.

The workshop is based on seven existential questions that not only explore Martin O’Brien’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?


Martin O’Brien is an artist and zombie. He works across performance, writing and video art. His work uses long durational actions, short speculative texts and critical rants, and performance processes in order to explore death and dying, what it means to be born with a life shortening disease, and the philosophical implications of living longer than expected. He has shown work throughout the UK; Europe; USA; and Canada, and is well known for his solo performances and collaborations with the legendary LA artist and dominatrix Sheree Rose. His most recent works were at Tate Britain in 2020, and the ICA (London) in 2021. He is winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Visual and Performing Arts 2022. He is Writer-in-Residence at Whitechapel Gallery throughout 2023. Martin has cystic fibrosis and all his work and writing draws upon this experience. In 2018, the book ‘Survival of the Sickest: The Art of Martin O’Brien’ was published by Live Art Development Agency. His work has been featured on BBC radio and Sky Arts television. Martin O’Brien is currently senior lecturer in Live Art at Queen Mary University of London.



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 14th of  March at 8 p.m

Workshop at the Art Academy, Saturday 16th of March 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.