© Cecilie Beck 2017. Proudly presented by Sound Vision Lab, Inc.

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WELCOME TO SOUND VISION.

I AM A SOUND AND VISUAL ARTIST. WHEN I SEE LIGHT I HEAR SOUND. SOME PEOPLE CALL IT SYNESTHESIA. MOST OF MY WORK HOLDS BOTH VISUAL AND SONIC ASPECTS. IT'S ALL CONNECTED FOR ME. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR RESUME, BIO, PRESS RELEASES, PRESS PHOTOS AND MORE.

MOONBEAM ALBUM RELEASE IN NYC

PIANOS 

SEPTEMBER 15 2019 7PM

158 LUDLOW ST, NYC

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BIOGRAPHY

Cecilie Beck is a Scandinavian audiovisual artist. She has expressed her work through visual art and music for the mostpart of her life. In 2013 she earned a MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. At the Academy's department 'School of Walls and Space' Beck studied Art-as-Activism and art in public spaces. During her education she did an internship for Berlin-based artist Annika Lundgren, and went on educational exchanges to Konstfack in Stockholm as well as Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. In 2010, she traveled through Singapore, Nepal, Malaysia. She ended up in Indonesia, where she settled for 5 months. Here she created a series of street art and music. She has also spent half a year in India.

Cecilie Beck is now based between Berlin and New York City. In January 2016, she released the debut album “Here is Now” on her own label Sound Vision Lab, Inc. It was followed by the album Moonbeam in 2019. She has showcased her work at various music venues and galleries in NYC, such as Nublu, Bar Matchless, Rockwood Music Hall, The Knitting Factory, Paper Box, Red Door, Arlene's Grocery, The Bitter End and Pianos, Bishop Gallery, Lesley Heller Gallery, Ground Floor Gallery, Living Gallery, La Bodega and more. Internationally, she has presented her work at Spikersuppa Sound Gallery in Oslo, The Artist House (Museum) in Oslo, Basso in Berlin, Litteraturhaus in Copenhagen and more. Among other grants she received the "work grant" from The Danish Arts Foundation in 2017. In 2017 she was also put on the Danish embassy's list "Super Danes" as an ambassador of spreading Danish culture internationally.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

To me, light and sound are closely related. I mean this in a very literal way. When I see light, I hear sound. Some people call it synesthesia. 

 

In the dawn of my art practice I was involved with the clashes and harmonies between people and places. My artwork could be seen as a reaction to issues on the political scene and a variety of other social (mis)constructions. While I am still interested in human interactions and political climates, my practice is beginning to move from a classical activist approach (balancing by creating opposition) to a spiritual and scientific investigation (healing of unbalances and creation of alternatives). Art can be a great documenting tool, but it is my experience that an anti-approach to dissatisfactory situations strengthens the opposition more than it creates a resolution. Whereas I used to focus on authority, hierarchies, communication, prejudice, gender, racism and commercialism with an attempt to rip the unjust apart, I now look inside for inspiration to create a higher vibration in my artwork. I am deeply interested in positive reinforcement and the place where spirituality and science meet.

 

My processes are experimental, and the projects are improvisational and interdisciplinary. My performative approach, mixed with an intuitive development of concepts, makes the process an important part of the material presentation of my artwork - this being installations, dance performances, concerts, videos, paintings, drawings, sound and light recordings, archives and music. As an artist, I see it as my privilege and responsibility to work with a variety of methods as a way to develop and present ideas. I strive to inspire the viewer and listener to create a positive environment, both within themselves and in the world we live in. 

INQUIRIES

Sound Vision Lab, Inc.

soundvisionlab@gmail.com

+1 (917) 341 - 3793

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PRESS PHOTOS

I like to listen to

Prince, Björk, K Flay, Kimbra, Eric Satie, Beck, Coco Rosie, David Bowie, Regina Spektor, Wadada Leo Smith, Arthur Russell, PJ Harvey, Jimi Hendrix, Tank and the Bangas, Lizzo, Laura Mvula, Joanna Newsom, The Overcoats, Jolie Holland, Tom Waits, Lie Ning, Butch Morris, Imogen Heap, Diplo, Patti Smith and many more...

I LIKE TO LOOK AT

Pussy Riot, Sophie Calle, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson, Banksy, Hartmut Stockter, Frida Kahlo and many more...

I LIKE TO READ 

Italo Calvino, Rumi, Herman Hesse, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavia Butler, Haruki Murakami, Chester Himes, Foucault, Miwon Kwon, John-Roger Hinkins and many more...

INTERVIEWS

Interview with Artfile Magazine

"Cecilie Beck's work tackles issues surrounding gender, race and

class with an eagerness that is matched by her interdisciplinary approach to art and music "

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Radio show, Primary Food

Moonbeam interview 2019, The Ricardo Factor

 

Radio interview 2016, The Ricardo Factor

Video interview with Mafboard

Double page portrait in Randers Amtsavis

(Danish Newspaper)

"I didn't choose the Nordic tone. It is an integrated part of me, and I love the kind of longing and nostalgia, we have in  Scandinavian cultures. Thinking about it from NYC, it reminds me of a rainy afternoon by Gudenå (stream) or a Winter sunset on a stormy day by the Nordic Sea, where the foam is whipped up to the sand dunes, and where you with a peaceful mind look forward to the fire place at home."

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SHORT documentary

MUSIC PLATFORMS

No. 1 single ( Butterflies) on MAFBOARD international chart for emerging artists.

- February 22nd 2016

No. 1 Artist on Reverbnation's Experimental Local Chart (NYC)

- July 2016

Recommended by Danish Public Radio via Karrierekanonen

- January 2016

Review by Indie Music Review

"You can hear her [Cecilie Beck] take on a new soul with "Heartbeat". With "Put me on the Bonfire", an atmosphere is created and all you can do is be swept away by it.

Her voice carries like a melodic charm, the music follows close behind and by the time they reach your ear, you're hooked"

Review by Nordic Music Review

"Cecilie has released ‘Butterflies’. and it's a confident promising debut, a well constructed ‘experimental folk’ style song, with a laid back piano opening and contemporary feel."

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QUOTES

Henry Threadgill, Pulitzer Prize Winning composer.

"Upon first hearing Cecilie Beck I said to myself, after about the fourth song, ‘What a unique and original songwriter!’"

Brian Bacchus, grammy award winning producer. A & R for Norah Jones. Producer for Gregory Porter and many more.

"Cecilie Beck is a triple threat - a musician/singer, songwriter and multi-disciplined visual artist. But her most dangerous talent is her imagination and concept!
She creates a world where all her talents come together to paint a picture, when she creates songs. Her songs are synesthetic tone poems. They are 3 dimensional with all 5 (or 6) senses being put to work. She is the new renaissance artist! Open your ears, your eyes, the rest of your senses… but most of all your heart to Cecilie Beck."



CV/RESUME

EDUCATION

6-years Master of Fine Arts
2013: Earned my MFA
2012: January - May: Visiting Program at the MFA at Parsons New School in NYC
2011:September- December: Free studies in New York City
2010: Internship as assistant for fine artist Annika Lundgren in Berlin. 9 months Feb-Oct
2009: August - December: KUNO-exchange to Konstfack Art School in Stockholm, Sweden
2009-2013 The School of Walls and Space. Professor Nils Norman.http://wallsandspace.org/about/
2008: Graphic School, Professor Thomas Locker
2006 - 2013: Student at The Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark



SHOWS/EXHIBITIONS/CONCERTS

2019

  • May 13, Release of single and music video Deeper Than Love

  • May 31: Release of album Moonbeam and music video for Waves under Water

2018

  • September 8th Solo Show, FACTORY at BAU Gallery, 506 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

  • July 2nd - July 9th Residency at DJBFA songwriter refugie at Skrova Lighthouse, Lofoten Islands, Norway

  • June 2nd Concert at Von Hatten, Randers, Denmark

  • May 2nd Performance at private MSIA event, Manhattan, NYC

  • April 5th Group Show at EIDIA HOUSE/Plato’s Cave in Williamsburg. The A-Hole Show

  • March 23rd Livingroom Concert at Duncan’s place NYU Faculty

  • March 23rd Concert at Nublu as a part of BLÅ’s NORDIC NIGHT

  • March 8th. Representing Denmark at International Women Artists’ Salon at Dixon Place on International Women’s Day.

  • January 27th. Sound performance/concert at 'Women of Vision': Allentown Art Museum highlights work of National Geographic photographers.

  • January 13th Audiovisual art performance at ice skating rink in Sønderborg, Denmark. Curated by Andreas Hald Oxenvad (Rumklang)

2017

  • December 9th - January 14th: Holiday Art group show at La Bodega Studios. Curated by Johnny Thornton.

  • Sep 25th: BYOA at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn.

  • Sep 22nd: Hands on Love. Group show at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn curated by Charlotte Mouquin and Richie Richardson and Love Yourself Project. The exhibition was a part of Bushwick Open Studios.

  • Sep 16th: The Future IS Female. International Women Artists' Salon at Dixon Place, NYC. Performance (piano) together with 8-year-old Rose Olivia Olshan (on her nunchucks routine) and talk (introduction to my Cecilie Beck's art practice).

  • Sep16th: Release of IWAS Salon Radio Podcast 4 featuring Cecilie Beck & Joanna Sherman (Bond Street Theatre).

  • Sep 15th: Re:Patterns. Group show at La Bodega Studios in Brooklyn. Curated by Johnny Thornton.

  • August 10th-September 22nd: Nordic Light at Budin, Scandinavian Event space in Greenpoint, New York

  • June 22nd. The Roost. Performance with DjCherishTheLuv

  • May 13th: Performance at RØM Gallery www.roem.dk, Copenhagen. Show: MANTRA by Laura Ratschau and Ruben Lisboa

  • April 22nd: Fat Chance. No Way. Block It. Enough. Collaboration with Nora Stephens. Performance at Soundance as a part of Women in Motion Salon #15.

  • April 20th: Live on Heritage Radio on the show Primary Food with DjCherishTheLuv and Tim Okamura

  • April 9th - May 15th. School of Education Gallery at Bodies in Space: Between dance, art and technology. Collaborative Piece - Pendulum Sky. Nora Stephens made a dance video to my song Pendulum. The piece is called Pendulum Sky.

  • January 27: Drums on Paper III, Group show, risography prints, Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn

  • January 26 and 27: Untitled Together: Group Performance with Nora Stephens, Eli Tamondong & Naomi Ramirez, Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY

2016

  • October 30th: Concert at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Keys and Drums (Elder Merchant)

  • September 18th: Mercury Lounge, Performance with dj/violinist DjCherishtheluv.

  • September 14th: Roost 222 Ave C, East Village, NYC. Featured at DjCHerishtheluv's weekly dj-set

  • May 20th: Design Show - Femmes Finale Friday - at Community 54, East Village, NYC

  • May 20th: Cecilie Beck & The Elements. Concert at PIANOS, LES, New York City

  • April 29th: Cecilie Beck & The Elements. Concert at The Bitter End, Greenwich Village, New York City

  • April 21st: Cecilie Beck & The Elements. Concert at The Pine Box Rock Shop, Bushwick, New York

  • April 1st: Cecilie Beck & The Elements. Concert at the West End Lounge, Hells Kitchen, New York City

  • March 20th: Cecilie Beck and the Elements. Concert at Nublu. East Village, New York City

  • March 2nd: Concert at Black Bear Bar, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

  • Feb 2nd: Concert at Arlene's Grocery. Dancers: Grounded View

  • Jan 14th: Rockwood Music Hall - release of the album Here is Now. Dancers: Grounded View


2015

  •  12th + 13th of December: "Notes to a Friend". Group Show curated by "Untitled Mondays" at Hou Yee Chan Gallery in Los Angeles.

  • Nov 19th - 24th. Showroom.  Sound Piece for Korean designer Pepper Kim's Collection <Screenshotyou> in London

  • June 27th: Darnish Darlings: Concert at Bar Matchles

  • June 13th: What Might be left to Say. Group Show by curators Alicia DeBrincat and Patrick Templeton. Interpretation of Allen Ginsberg's Poem Howl.

  • June 5th. Concert at Nublu

  • May 5th: Concert at The Spot at Trump Soho. Single Release

  • March 4th: Performance at EVENTLAND's The Pop-Up-Shop on 103 Allen St, New York City

  • February 14th: Valentines Concert at Donna's Cocktail Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

  • January 2nd: Sound Performance - Cecilie Beck on piano and Laura Jervidalo Ravn on the dance floor at the Opening of Brooklyn Wildlife 12-days of Art, Bishop Art Gallery, Bedstuy, Brooklyn, New York

   
2014

  • December 29th: The Film - Conceptual performative art show at Shervin's in the East Village, New York

  • October 18th: Drawing Exhibition at Peter Møller Kunstformidling in Randers, Denmark

  • September 2nd : Release concert at Literaturhaus with drummer Birk Storm. A Space between Spaces EP.

  • September 2nd : Exhibition - A Space between Spaces - on ship Donna Wood in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Feb 24th: Sound performance (piano vocal drawings) for One Night Only with Too Many Girls at Kunstnernes Hus / The Artists'House: museum in Oslo, Norway

  • Feb 23rd: The Strangers run on Ice; Audiovisual performance at Spikersuppa Sound Gallery in Oslo, Norway      


2013

  • Dec 19th: Rays of Silhouettes: Show at NUBLU in East Village NYC with Compton TImberwolf

  • November 23rd: Show with Compton Timberwolf at Paper Box's Kink Party, Brooklyn, NY

  • October 14th: Fire in the Sea: Show at Red Door. Drummer Compton Timberwolf. Supported by grant by The Danish Arts Council

  • 21st and 22nd of September: Songs Without Music, art show and concert at Bushwick Art and Shipping. Drummer ComptonTimberwolf

  • September 15th: Spoken word. I performed one of my Songs without Sound at the Joseph Jarman tribute  at Shapeshifter Labin Brooklyn

  • 7th of September: Performance at Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival at Paper Box in Brooklyn NY- solo and later with Lauren Sarah

  • 26th-31st of July: had a photo piece from my series Window "Bushwick Avenue" at the show 'Group Exhibition' in Copenhagen

  • 11th of July: Performance at Silent Barn w/ human beat boxer Matt Cross and rapper Que Cee

  • 10th of July - August 17th: Lenore Malen presented our collaborative video/sound piece at the exhibition Matinée at Lesley Heller Gallery, LES, NYC

  •  6th of July: Improvised performance at Paper Box, Brooklyn, with dancer Laura Ravn. Interactive piece with the audience. 2freestyle rappers and 1 human beat boxer joined us on stage

  • 24th of May: Thesis Exhibition at Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, PORTRAIT NYC. I created a concept and invited 28 people to collaborate with me: sarubozu.com/portraitnyc

  • 24th of May: Launch of the project PORTRAIT NYC at Red Door in Chelsea. I created a concept and invited 28 people to collaborate with me

  • 29th of March: Exhibited 2 drawings at The Spring Expo at Greenpoint Gallery

  • February: Performed at Ivy House Studios with dancer Laura Jervidalo Ravn and musician Ayler Young

  • Made stop motion film/poster for "Brooklyn Wildlife presents 12 Days of Art"; Festival in January


2012:

  • 11th of October: Had my song "Out on the Bridge" exhibited on Brooklyn Wildlife's Fall mix tape

  • 27th of June: Performance with Dynasty Electric at Glasslands in Brooklyn.

  • 3rd of April: "It's a small small World": Group Exhibition curated by Hennessy Youngman. Family Business Gallery, 520 W 21stSt - I made the performance Wall of Fame

  • 16th of March: 2 interactive performances at the event Slip'n'Slide at 255 McKibbin St. Bushwick: Collaboration with Michael Ratulowski,www.michaelratulowski.com/

 
2011:

  • 4th of June: Performance; Meanwhile back at the Ranch at Basso in Berlin. Collaboration with artist Annika Lundgren.


2010:

  • August: "Book Exhibition". I curated an exhibition that took part in public space in Berlin. Artists were invited to exhibit theirartist books and zines on a wagon that was driven around the city parks and streets.

  • Escape and Refuge: Exhibition with performances. I exhibited my album in Literaturhaus in Copenhagen and later atKonstfack Gallery in Stockholm.


2009:

 
2008:

  • Solo Exhibition with paintings at Månefiskeren, Christiania, Denmark

  • Group exhibition at Danske Grafikeres Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark  





GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES
 

2018:

Refugie DJBFA residency at Skrova Fyr, Lofoten Norway - songwriter residency

2018:

Work Grant from DJBFA, 30.000 dkr

2017:

Work Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation, 75.000 dkr


2011:
August: Grant from L.F. Foghts Fond, 20.000 dkr for a visitor program at Parsons, The New School, New York City

 

2012:
Grant from Frk Marie Månsson, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Denmark: 10.000 dkr

 

2013:
October: Grant from The Danish Arts Council, Denmark: 15.000 dkr

Other

2014

  • Class in 2-tone letterpress printing with artist Richard Orussa at Soho Letterpress

  • Course in marquetry with harpsichord creator André Christophe, Nîmes, South of France


2013

  • 2013 - 2015: keys and vocals in RAZORS

   
2011:

  • Travelled to Asia (India, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia) for half a year and worked during the trip

  •  April: Taught an art and music workshop in Gerupuk Indonesia. NGO project. Students: Swedish Highschool Class


2008-2010:

  • Worked in the art gallery in Round Tower, Copenhagen Denmark      

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