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  • Anna Witt: Routineübung, Performance in Public Space, 2022, Photo: Joanna Pianka, KÖR Niederösterreich

Worst fear, best fantasy
Workshop with Anna Witt

08.12, 12am

Anna Witt’s artistic practice is performative, participatory, and political. She creates situations that reflect interpersonal relationships and power structures as well as conventions of speaking and acting. Passers-by in public spaces, or specifically selected people and groups, are drawn into her experimental arrangements, usually in a directly physical way. The tasks range from repeated imitation of specifically coded gestures to the development of complex choreographies, and are developed in close collaboration with the participants.

Together with the workshop participants, a public or semi-public space will become the stage for a collaboratively developed performative intervention. The social rules and norms inscribed into a place and the people operating within it always act as a mirror for the prevailing social order as well as existing class and power relations. It is precisely these interfaces—between personal and political desires and the social construct surrounding us—that will be explored experimentally through these performative interventions in which the body, as a form of expression, will play a central role.

In the last years, Anna Witt took part in numerous exhibitions in Austria, Germany and internationally. Her work had been shown at SEMA Seoul Museum of Art; Secession Vienna; 1st Vienna Biennale at MAK; Gallery of Contemporary Art Leipzig; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Austrian Cultural Forum New York; Kunstmuseum Bern and at MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, among others and she had solo exhibitions at Museum Belvedere 21 Contemporary, Vienna; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, and Gallery Tanja Wagner, Berlin, at Marabourparken Museum Stockholm and Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina, Kosovo. She took part in Aichi Triennial 19, 13; Lux/ICA Biennial of Moving Images, London; 6. Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art and Manifesta 7 in North Italy and is the winner of the Outstanding Artist Award 2020; Otto Mauer Prize 2018; Art Prize ‘Future of Europe’ in 2015; BC21 Art Award in 2013 and Art Prize Columbus Art Foundation in 2008.

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Thu 08 Dec 2022, 12am

16 – 19 h
Language: German, English if necessary

Please register via office(at)gak-bremen.de
Max. 15 participants

In cooperation with HfK Hochschule für Künste Bremen and the seminar Workshops as Artistic Practice by Prof. Mona Schieren.

Please note: On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 pm, Anna Witt will give a lecture as part of the Freie Kunst lecture series at the HfK Bremen. Location: HfK Bremen, Auditorium, Am Speicher XI 8, 28217 Bremen

 

This programme is part of publics&publishings, a collaborative project between GAK, Künstlerhaus Bremen as well as Kunsthalle and Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven, which is being developed as part of “dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.

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