When you open a book and turn its pages, its space unfolds for you, but this experience is often confined to being solitary. When I was writing white, I would always have the Calligraphic Manuscript with me. During countless meetings in bars and cafes, I would take the work that was being written out and share selected pages, reading them aloud. In these intimate exchanges, I felt how the book could create a shared presence. During a residency in Tel Aviv, I presented The White Book publicly for the first time. I developed these powerful encounters into a performance format that merged the book with physical architecture. This allowed me to bring people into the space of The White Book together.

06.09.1/ The Royal Danish Theatre, Skuespilhuset, Copenhagen (DK).

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Fragments from The White Book - Ode to Beginnings Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen with ballet dancer Stephanie Chen Gundorf for Galla forestilling for Den Kongelige Ballets Fond also featuring : Excerpts from August Bournonvilles Konservatoriet performed by Helga Bach Mortensen and Emilie Palsgaard. / Puccinis O mio babbino caro and Summertime performed by Sofie Elkjær Jensen. / Excerpts from August Bournonvilles La Sylfide performed Astrid Grarup Elbo and Ryan Tomash. / Excerpts from Roland Petits Carmen performed by Alba Victoria Nadal./ August Bournonvilles Flowerfestival in Genzano performed by Emma Riis-Kofoed, and Jonathan Chmelensky. Hosted by Morten Eggert.


18.08.2018/ Lys over Lolland, Sukkerfabrikken, Saxkjøbing (DK)

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Fragments from The White Book - Ode to Beginnings. Performance of The White Book by contemporary artist Helene Lundbye Petersen with ballet dancer Stephanie Chen Gundorf to Eric Saties’ Lente, 3 Gnosienne played by Alison Smith. Also featuring: Recreation of August Bournonvilles Sylfiden by Morten Eggert, performed by Susanne Grinder, Andreas Kaas and Morten Eggert, Alison Smith on piano. / Jagten på det grå guld perfomed by Alice Carreri, Petra Lisauskas, Jannik Elkær, Kristoffer Pedersen.


04.07.2018/ The Danish Institute at Athens, Athens (GR)

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Mythology of our Current Condition of Life, Greeceperformance symposium. Performance of The White Book; The Blue Book, The Orange Book; The Red Book; The Green Book; The Yellow Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Symposium with Dr. Kristina Winther-Jacobsen of The Danish Institute at Athens, Dr. Jenifer Neils of The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and Dr. Nektarios-Petros Yioutsos of Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών - University of Athens. Documentation photography by Morten Eggert


30.06.2018 / Temple of Apollo, Delphi (GR)

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Portraying the Space of Balance Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Performance of The Yellow Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen for The Temple of Apollo. Photo: Morten Eggert. Performed with permission of The Hellenic Ministry of Culture.


22.06.2018 / Panathenaic Olympic Stadium, Athens (GR)

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Portraying the Space of Battle Panathenaic Olympic Stadium in Athens. Performance of The Red Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen for The Panathenaic Olympic Stadium in Athens. Photo: Morten Eggert. Performed with permission from the Hellenic Olympic Committee.


21.06.2018 / Temple of Hephaestus and Athena at the Foot of the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Athens (GR)

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Portraying the Space of Wisdom Temple of Hephaestus and Athena at the Foot of the Acropolis. Performance of The Blue Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen for The Temple of Hephaestus and Athena at the Foot of the Acropolis. Photo: Morten Eggert. Performed with permission from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.


16.06.2018/ sea below the temple of Poseidon, sounio (gr)

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Portraying the Space of Love Sea below the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio. Performance of The Green Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen for The Sea below the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio. Photo: Morten Eggert


15.06.2018 / Davelis Cave of Pan, Mount Penteli (GR)

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Portraying the Space of Pleasure Davelis Cave of Pan at Mount Penteli. Performance of The Orange Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen for The Davelis Cave of Pan. Photo: Morten Eggert


04.11.2017/ H.o.B.B, Web-summit,The Studio, 51 Rua Ivens, Lisbon (PT)

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Web Summit 2017, H.o.B.B., Studio , The White Book Performance Lecture - On Silence , curated

by Tim Leberecht. (Lisbon, Portugal, 9.11.2017


04.11.2017/ H.o.B.B, Web-summit, Palácio da Rocha do Conde de Óbidos, Lisbon (Pt)

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Colour Spectrum Performance of 11 Spaces. Performance of Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces and The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen. curated by Tim Leberecht, House of Beautiful Business. Documentation photos by João Nogueira.


10.10.2017/  Carlsberg Academy, former private home of Brewer J. C. Jakobsen and Niels Bohr, Copenhagen (dk)

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WhitePageProject Carlsberg Academy. Performance of The White Book and the Red, Orange, Green and White Space by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Curated by Louise Rømert, Carlsbergfondet. Documentary photo by Morten Eggert.


25.08.2017/ RS-38 + Christiansborg, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

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Black Space Performance on Death and Endings, 2017. Performance of The Black Space by Helene Lundbye Petersen for The Danish Parliament. Photo Documentation by Morten Eggert.


05.07.2017/ political party venstre, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

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WhitePageProject Venstre. Performance of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen at the chairmans office of the political party Venstre, Danish Parliament. Documentation photo by Morten Eggert.


15.06.2017/ Folkemødet, Bornholm (Dk)

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On the Current Condition of Life. Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen for the opening of Folkemødet, Å-teltet. Documentation photo by Michael Wibe.


06.06.2017/ political party Socialdemokratiet, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

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WhitePageProject Socialdemokratiet. Performance of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen for the political party Socialdemokratiet at their Group Meeting, Danish Parliament. Documentation photo by Morten Eggert.


06.06.2017/ political party Socialistisk Folkeparti, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

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WhitePageProject Socialistisk Folkeparti. Performance of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen for political party Socialistisk Folkeparti at their Group Meeting, Danish Parliament. Documentation photo by Morten Eggert.


02.06.2017 / RS-38, Christiansborg, The Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (Dk)

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The Yellow Book Performance Lecture on Balance2017. Performance of The Yellow Book and The Yellow Space by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Photo Documentation by Morten Eggert.


24.05.2017/ political party det radikale venstre, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

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WhitePageProject Det Radikale Venstre. Performance of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen for political party Det Radikale Venstre at their Group Meeting, Danish Parliament. Documentation photo by Johan Rutherhagen.


23.05.2017/ political party det konservative folkeparti, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

WhitePageProject Det Konservative Folkeparti. Performance of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen for political party Det Konservative Folkeparti at their Group Meeting, Danish Parliament. Documentation photo by Morten Eggert.


23.05.2017/ political party dansk folkeparti, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

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WhitePageProject Dansk Folkeparti. Performance by of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen for the political party Dansk Folkeparti in their Group Meeting Room, Danish Parliament. Documentation photo by Morten Eggert.


19.05.2017 / RS-38, Christiansborg, The Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (Dk)

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The Green Book Performance Lecture on Love. Performance of The Green Book and The Green Space by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Photo Documentation by Morten Eggert.


19.05.2017/ political party enhedslisten, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

WhitePageProject Enhedslisten, 2017. Performance of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen for the political party Enhedslisten in their meeting room, Danish Parliament. Documentation photo by Morten Eggert.


09.05.2017/political party Liberal Alliance, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

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WhitePageProject Liberal Alliance. Performance of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen for the political party Liberal Alliance at their Group Meeting, Danish Parliament. Documentation photo by Morten Eggert.


05.05.2017/ RS-38, Christiansborg, The Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (Dk)

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The Red Book Performance Lecture on Battle. Performance of The Red Book and The Red Space by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Photo Documentation by Morten Eggert.


21.04.2017/ RS-38, Christiansborg, The Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (Dk)

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The Orange Book Performance Lecture on Pleasure. Performance of The Orange Book and The Orange Space by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Photo documentation by Morten Eggert.


07.04.2017/ RS-38, Christiansborg, The Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (Dk)

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The Blue Book Performance Lecture on Wisdom. Performance of The Blue Book and The Blue Space by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Photo documentation by Morten Eggert.


24.03.2017/ political Party Alternativet, Danish Parliament, Copenhagen (DK)

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WhitePageProject Alternativet, 2017. Performance of The White Book and Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces by Helene Lundbye Petersen for the political party Alternativet in their Group Meeting Room, Danish Parliament, Christiansborg, Copenhagen. Documentation photo by Morten Eggert.


23.05.2015 / ART 15, Olympia, London (UK)

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The White Book Performance Lecture No.3.  Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen for the exhibition ‘Freedom Audit’ curated by Kathleen Soriano. Photo by Sara Ludy.


12.11.2015/ Performa 15, AFSMK, The Consulate General of Dk, New York by Gehry, 76th floor, New York (US)

The White Book Performance Dinner - Silence EditionPerformance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen with food and servings by Mads Refslund. Hosted by PERFORMA 15, AFSMK (American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst-National Gallery of Denmark) and the Consulate General of Denmark. Curated by Kathleen Soriano. Opening Speeches by RoseLee Goldberg, PERFORMA 15 and Ambassador Anne Dorte Riggelsen. Photo by Sue Kwon.


15.08.2015/ world economic forum, 15 toasts to happiness, el buco, copenhagen (dk)

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White Performance. Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Curated by Tim Leberecht and Natascha Friis Saxberg. Photo Documentation by Natascha Friis Saxberg.


03.02.2015 / public streets, art intervention, Berlin (DE)

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Writing on WHITE . Performance writing by Helene Lundbye Petersen and Camilla Gonzatto. Starting at 12.00 AM: 1/Kottbusser Tor U bahn; 2/ Adalbertstraße; 3/ Bateau Ivre Oranienstraße 18, 4/Markthalle 9, 5/ Motto Bookstore Skalitzerstraße 68, 6/ Found blank white paper Friedrichshain, 7/  Schneeweiss, Simplonstrasse 16, 8/ Simon Dach Straße, 9/ Warschauerstraße,  10/ Hackesche Höfe, 11/Rosenthaler Platz, 12/Pro qm Almstadtstraße 48, /13  Alte Schönhauser Straße, 14/ Entretempo Kitchen Gallery Senefelder strasse 29. Documentation by Lenara Verle, Caio Yurgel, Marcos Andrade Neves and Helene Lundbye Petersen.


29.11.2014 / Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, Berlin (DE)

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On the taste of W H I T E. Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Food and servings by The Monochromes (Caro Mantke, Tatjana Reimann, Tim Schober). Curated by Taina Guedes. Photo Documentation by The Monochromes and Anelor Robins, Courtesy of Entretempo Kitchen Gallery.


02.10.2014/ Nibble by I’m a Kombo, Meatpacking district, Copenhagen (DK)

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The Social Act #011 Featuring The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen with food and servings by Im a Kombo (Bo Lindegaard & Lasse Askov). Nibble, Copenhagen. Documentation film by Tim Panduro.

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03.11.2013/ The Royal Danish Theatre, Gamle Scene, BalkonFoyeren, Copenhagen (DK)

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The White Book Performance Lecture No. 2 , 2013 Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen with music by violinist Karen Humle. Documentation Film by Tim Panduro. Documentation Photography by Alesya Gulevich, Tim Panduro, Diana Jensen and Isabel Scharenberg.

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31.01.2013/ BAAD Art Center, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tel Aviv (Is)

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The White Book Performance Lectures No. 1 — Manifesto on The Art Space. Performance of The White Bookby Helene Lundbye Petersen. Curated by Jonathan Touitou. Documentary film by Dekel Eizenberg. Photography by Boris Marinin, Dekel Eizenberg, and Ronit Porat.

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29.01.2013 / Yaffo 23, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (Is)

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The White Book Performance Lectures No. 1Inspiration to Pragmatic Manifestation. Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Curated by Roy Brand. Documentary film by Dekel Eizenberg. Photography by Assa Bigger and Dekel Eizenberg.

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27.01.2013/ Leyvik House Auditorium, Tel Aviv-Yafo, (Is).

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The White Book Performance Lectures No. 1Statements on Existence, 2013. Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen with Tahel Frosh reading The White Book in Hebrew and Rajaa Natour reading The White Book in Arabic. Documentary Film by Dekel Eizenberg, photo by Dekel Eizenberg and Shoval Zohar.

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26.01.2013/ ROTHSCHILD 69, Tel Aviv (Is)

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The White Book Performance Lectures No. 1The Current Condition of The Static Contemporary, 2013. Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Curated by Noam Segal, and hosted by Danielle Angel. Documentary Film by Dekel Eizenberg, Photo by Dekel Eizenberg, Ido Michaeli, and Ronit Porat. 

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16.01.2013 / BAAD Art Center, Tel Aviv (Is)

Performance, 2013. Performance of The White Book by Helene Lundbye Petersen. Curated by Jonathan Touitou. Documentary film by Boris Marinin.

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