Lise Autogena (Glass, 1997)The ‘Big Bang Data’Exhibition at Somerset House

Lise Autogena

Fellow in 1997 for Glass

Lise Autogena (born Lise Mølgård Frandsen) is a Danish-born artist, who has lived in the UK since 1987. She was educated in glass and Fine Art (BA) at West Surrey College of Art, Art and Architecture (MA) (University of East London) and Fine Art Curating (MA) at Goldsmiths College.

Lise Autogena was a recipient of many awards for her work in glass, which has been exhibited internationally. In 1998 she was nominated for the Jerwood Prize for Glass. In 2004 she was a recipient of a four year NESTA Fellowship from the National Endowment of Science Technology and the Arts for her large scale multimedia installations.

Since the early 90’s, she has worked in partnership with the artist Joshua Portway, developing large scale performances and multimedia installations. These projects have used film, custom built technologies and global realtime data to explore how economic, geographic, technological and societal systems we have created, impact on our human experience and sense of self in the world. These projects have been exhibited around the world such as Tate Gallery, Somerset House, Gwangju Biennial, ZKM, Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen, Malmo Kunsthal, Trondheim Kunsthal and ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Major projects include: ‘Most Blue Skies’ (  a project responding to real-time changes in the atmosphere using satellite data and atmospheric simulations to visualize and locate the most blue sky in the world – and ‘Black Shoals; Dark Matter’ ( – a stock market planetarium visualising the worlds financial markets in real time, as a night sky of constellations, galaxies and black holes. And ‘Foghorn Requiem’ ( – a landscape-interactive musical performance composed by Orlando Gough and performed by Souter Lighthouse foghorn, three brass bands and fifty ships on the North Sea.

Between the mid and late 90s she curated a cross-disciplinary art venue ‘Autogena Projects’ in Covent Garden. In 2004 she co-founded the Christiania Researcher in Residence programme (CRIR), an international residency programme enabling cross disciplinary research into the social living experiment, Free Town Christiania in Copenhagen. She was a co-founder of the co-operative harbour, Hermitage Moorings at Tower Bridge in London, where she currently lives and works on the Zeldenrust III.

Lise Autogena is a Professor of Cross-Disciplinary Art at Sheffield Hallam University.