Swan-Shapes of Denmark in Corona Crisis Times

Linda Lapiņa (Producer)

Research output: Non-textual formSound/Visual production (digital)Communication


Recorded by Utterslev lakes, this audio essay tentatively circles around Denmark and Danishness through the figure of the swan. I have been watching mute swans, Denmark's national birds, in Utterslev in the last 2 weeks of Corona crisis. From here, I make associative connections to plastic-wrapped swan paddle boats on the lakes in central Copenhagen; a swan strangled in 2013; swan evacuations in times of Avian flu and swan figures in the fairy tales of H.C. Andersen.

"This connection of everyone with lungs", mentioned in the essay, refers to a collection of poems by Juliana Spahr. www.ucpress.edu/book/978052024295…eryone-with-lungs

"Swans' nest", the fairytale by H.C. Andersen, can be read here (in Danish): www.andersenstories.com/da/andersen_f…er/svanereden
Original languageEnglish
Publication date29 Mar 2020
Media of outputStreaming
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2020


  • Danishness
  • COVID-19
  • Ecology
  • sensory ethnography
  • Nationalism
  • H. C. Andersen

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