Hidden Mother - Ulrik Nilsson and Magdalena Meitzner - is a contemporary music duo based in Stockholm, Sweden, focused on scenic music. What distinguishes Hidden Mother from other groups in this genre is that they incorporate performance art within their shows. Music by composers like Hanna Hartman, Lisa Streich and Magdalena Meitzner is mixed with performance art by artists like Marina Abramovic, Rebecca Horn and Hector Meinhof.
The members are professional percussionists, but Hidden Mother is far from a traditional percussion ensemble. The instruments they use are often different sound objects and electronics.
Hidden Mother has performed at festivals such as Ruhrtriennale (Germany), Aterteater (Italy), Transart (Italy), Kluster (Sweden), Vindöga (Sweden), Resonans (Sweden), Kulturtemplet (Sweden) and Sound of Stockholm (Sweden).
The "hidden mother" photographs appeared shortly after the birth of photography in the mid 19th century. At that time the exposure time could easily exceed the patience of a child. This was a problem because even the smallest movement could result in a blurry photo. One trick used was to cover the mother (or a father, nanny or photo assistant) with a blanket and place the child in her lap. The mother could then hold the child steadily and perhaps whisper threats (or promises of candy after the session) in the little rascals ears. Usually the photo was put under an oval mat which would leave only the child visible.
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