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Anne Haaning

23.04 - 25.04.21

IN THE CLOSET⃣ presents "Search Quarry" by Anne Haaning!

In the installation Search Quarry, Anne Haaning explores recent developments in the ways in which data is mined, brokered, analysed and used for strategic ends.

It features the rigging of a 3D avatar’s face (a stage required if the avatar is subsequently to be manipulated using motion capture technology). Here, however, the mouth has been replaced with an open quarry, resulting in her being ‘gagged' by the petrification: data is usually harvested via online apps and services designed for users to communicate and express themselves.

The title Search Quarry ties data extraction to a long history of resource extraction and imperial oppression, questioning whether the materials that built these omnipresent extraction technologies can be separated from the colonial ideologies that operate them. An example of such a material is aluminium, mass production of which became possible through the extraction of cryolite, a mineral mined in Greenland by the Danes between 1857 and 1985.


Anne Haaning (DK) is a visual artist who lives and works between London and Tromsø, Norway.

Her practice revolves around an interest in digital ontology and myth and usually employs CG animation and video installation. She holds an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture. In 2020 she defended doctoral degree at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in collaboration with Tromsø Art Academy. Haaning's work has been shown extensively at venues including: Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Denmark, Jing'an Sculpture Park, Shanghai; The Jerwood Space, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; the Icelandic Biennale Sequences Vll, CPH:DOX; Kurtzfilmtage Winterhur, Nottingham Contemporary; FACT, Liverpool; and CCA, Glasgow International. She was shortlisted for Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards and won the Solo Prize in Charlottenborg Kunsthal's spring exhibition in 2014.

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