Performance is probably one of the art forms that are most sensitive to the role that social interactions play and that they also mainly interpret as physical experiences. Moreover, the body, and its specific function within the medium of performance, is the domain in which the social comes alive and is present in a very visceral way. Performances and Installations can be seen as poetical compositions that transforms life in odd actions and living images. It’s not about presenting answers or concrete statements to social and politic subjects, but rather an offer activating the spectator to find their own interpretations or associations. At the center of my work is an encounter and exchange between people: a possibility to initiate alternative and bold thinking processes.
Short introduction about the term Social Sculpture
Social sculpture is a phrase to describe an expanded concept of art that was advocated by the German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), in the seventies of the last century. Beuys created the term "social sculpture" to embody his understanding of art's potential to transform society. As a work of art, a social sculpture includes human activity that strives to structure and shape society or the environment. The central idea of a social sculptor is an person/artist who creates structures in society using language, thoughts, actions, and objects. Social Sculpture revolved around four main axes:
body awareness - spatial awareness - creativity - collaboration
The position of the body in surrounding environment/location. The concept focus on the relations between the bodies to each other, movement, objects and surrounding space / environment. Participants are engaged in physical movements and actions, changing roles, decision-making, exchange of ideas and interrogating performativity. Sculptural and textile materials will be introduced as working tools.
Two of my projects are built exclusive on the concepts of Social Sculpture:
Performance Unfolding - Unwrapped
participative performance and workshop based on the concepts and principles of Social Sculpture
Schoolproject Hier & Jetzt (Here & Now)
A interdisciplinary project which focus and tailor made for pupils and children. It is also based on the concepts of Social Sculpture