Herma Auguste Wittstock (Germany)

Biography

Herma Auguste Wittstock was born in 1977 in Peine, Germany. He currently lives in Berlin and works all over the world.

Education:

2004-2005: Master Class of Birgit Hein and Marina Abramović, salve  University of the Arts in Braunschweig
2000-2004: Class of Marina Abramović, cough University of the Arts in Braunschweig
1999-2000: Class of Mara Mattuschka, Braunschweig University of Arts

Achievements:

March 2007: House of Artists (Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Artist in Residence) in Worpswede, Germany
November 2006: The German-Czech future fonds in Prague

Statement

The main topic of my shows is finding the limits of the audience and my own, internal. The limits between strength and pain.

The most important thing is to transfer the energy from my performances to the audience. Discover new paths together with viewers.
My body is my temple, my main focus.

People, objects and places have their own logic. Each situation can be a performance, just as I am a spectacle of my own self, I try to simplify my everyday life and shove it into a new context, playing with time and concentration.

In my group shows, I'm interested in other artists' ways of working and thinking, and how their ideas change when they come together. My own opinion becomes clearer through exchanges of views.

Two years ago, I changed the layout of my work to prepare my shows. Playing with the place where I perform is interesting to me more and more. In the beginning I go to places, I feel the air, smell, atmosphere and situation. No picture can convey this to me. That's why I sometimes choose unusual places, streets ... whatever. And then the most interesting thing is to take advantage of this situation. I see people on the street and then I know if I want to do an interactive show or not. I use the situation and materials that I have with me or find. Sometimes I know the subject beforehand, but I love how much more I and the audience learn from spontaneous situations. However, the exhibition is not so spontaneous as preparations start a few days earlier. Without any plans, but it sprouts inside me and mostly it has a clear form before I start the show.

Skills

Posted on

9 May 2011

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