Claus Carstensen studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1977-83 and at the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen 1979-83.
From 1980 onwards he has put out publications and worked with Peter Carlsen on various projects, as well as making exhibitions, films, concerts and publications with Peter Bonde 1981-88. 1993-2002 he was a professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1986-1993 he resided in Cologne but has since lived in Copenhagen.
Carstensen has participated in a large number of group and solo exhibitions, including at the Museum Sønderjylland in Tønder, Køge Skitsesamling (2007), Museumscenter Aars, Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen (2006), Randers Kunstmuseum (2005), Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst (2004), Esbjerg Kunstmuseum (2003), Overgaden in Copenhagen (2002), Aarhus Kunstmuseum (2002, 2000, 1995, 1989), Carnegie Art Award (2000), Museumsbygningen in Copenhagen(1999), Galerie Møllerwitt in Århus, Louisiana in Humlebæk (1998), Arken – Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj (1996, 1997), Galerie du Temple in Paris (1995), Galerie Mikael Andersen in Copenhagen (1995, 1993, 1990), Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum (1995, 1987) and Borås Kunstmuseum (1993).
In 1992 he was Denmark's representative at the Sydney Biennalen and the São Paolo Biennial in 1994. In 1997 he contributed to the Venice Biennial and had the solo exhibition "Crossover" at ARKEN.
Besides arts, Carstensen writes poetry and has published several anthologies, collections of poetry and art books of his own works. His art is on view several public fora, including the Goethe Institute in Copenhagen and the conference centre Farumparken both of which he has decorated.
Claus Carstensen is represented in a number of Danish museums: Statens Museum for Kunst, the Department of Prints and Drawings, Århus Kunstmuseum, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum, Vejle Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg kunstmuseum, Randers Kunstmuseum, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum and Louisiana in Humlebæk, as well as Rooseum in Malmö, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz and Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz.
Superflex all studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and always exhibit jointly under the company name Superflex.
Their work bridges various cultural fields and they cooperate with people from many different occupational groups. Besides the Biogas plant in Africa the group have started their own record company, Superflex Music, which has put out several albums.
Superflex's projects always involve the audience and encourage active participation. As an example, Superflex make it possible for people to broadcast programmes on the internet on www.superchannel.org which serves as an open platform for different forms of dialogue.
Superflex have exhibited at home and abroad, including Louisiana (1997), New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (1998), Kunsthalle Wien (2000), Berlin Biennalen, Barbican in London (2001), Kunstverein Wolfsburg (2001), Rooseum in Malmö, Gwangju Biennial (2002), KIASMA in Helsinki and the Venice Biennial (2003), Schirn kunsthalle in Frankfurt (2004), Kunsthalle Basel, Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen, Istanbul Biennalen (2005), Art Basel (2007), Art Festival Haugesund in Norway (2008).
They have initiated seminars and received Danish Critics' Award in 1997.
Superflex are represented on several Danish museums e.g. Statens Museum for Kunst and The National Museum of Photography, as well at Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig.