Ann Lislegaard
Norwegian, born 1962

Ann Lislegaard is known for haunting videos, animations, and sound and spatial installations that engage storytelling—specifically science fiction—to explore the malleability of human perception. By scrambling words and references from cult novels and films set in otherworldly futures (including H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine, J. G. Ballard’s Crystal World, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, to name a few), Lislegaard uses the sci-fi genre “as a laboratory where transformative scenarios and unstable ideas can be staged and tested.” Oracles, Owls...Some Animals Never Sleep (2014) depicts two animated owls (pulled from Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) who emit garbled, potentially prophetic statements that register as meaningful fragments like “building relationships” and “destroying machines.”

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