PHASE VIII,2 – A Gesture for Listening

The sculpture Before the Ear, in Front of the Sun, 2022, awaits its dissolving. The sculpture have been reinstalled in a listening sensitive site at Assistensens Cemetery, Copenhagen, where its material, unburned clay, slowly due to rain and dew will dissolve, and return to the soil.


















Before the Ear, in Front of the Sun, 2022

Unburned clay, pastels, ink

55 x 35 x 9 cm

Emilie Tarp Østensgård

The Cemetery is a special and important place for the neighborhood of Nørrebro. Many people come here to talk together, mourn, listen, go for a run, drink coffee and in general to unfold life in a complexity different from city life – where death is sometimes pushed away, and silence is overlooked. At the cemetery a different kind of conversation appears, a different kind of listening unfolds. This installation is a continuation of the site’s complexity. It attempts to be a gesture, an act of care.


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Thanks to:

Assistens Cemetery

Nørrebro Lokaludvalg


Prior installation photo

We think listening as a phenomena you need to create space for, sacrifice your time and attention for. Therefor have the sculpture been placed in a way, where it does not disturb. In searching for the installation you need to deviate from your path. This map can be your first guide.


The Gesture for Listening is located at the very center of the cemetery, the little circle/dot. This part is not active cemetery, and often quiet due to the lack of ‘main’ paths and the many ‘walls’ in this area.

A documentation of the sculpture’s dissolving will be conducted and shared when possible.

This gesture is for all. This gesture is for all who listen. For all who go for a walk in Copenhagen. For all who go for a walk at Assistens Kirkegaard, Copenhagen. For all who diverge from the main paths of the cemetery. For all who diverge from the smaller paths. For all who happen to walk through a small space of unpretentious bushes. For all who have time to discover and appreciate a gesture 


This is the claim we hope to live up to.

Other places at the cemetery considered as site for the re-installation.