Berlin — Transart Institute is pleased to announce human/ not human/ superhuman – the body in performance and intervention, an exhibition featuring Transart artists earning their MFA degree during the institute’s 2014 summer residency.
Curated by An Paenhuysen, human/ not human/ superhuman presents work by Jamie Hamilton, Mikkel Niemann, Christian Gerstheimer and Rosina Ivanova, all of whom use the body as a departure point in exploring the interface between the “human,” the “not human,” and the “superhuman.”
Ivanova’s performances feature the artist talking nonsense while canoeing through bodies of water or walking over land. Niemann engages with the tension activated in the body between states of activity and inertia. Hamilton’s suite of drawings and handmade book document his “sky walks” along a high wire, performances involving a balancing act between mind, body, and what he deems the “non me” (i.e. plants, minerals, and cosmic bodies). Gerstheimer explores the body as property through tactical, kinetic site-specific interventions which comment on the movement of humans and commodities across national borders.
An Paenhuysen is a freelance writer, curator and arts educator. Her doctoral dissertation examined cultural criticism of Belgian avant-garde artists in the 1920s. Recent curatorial projects include Land Art at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (2011—2012), Pause. Valeska Gert: Bewegte Fragmente at Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (2010—2011) and Gesture draughtsmanship—Deaf Culture / Hearing Culture (2012) at Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin (2012). Paenhuysen’s writing is featured in The End of the 20th Century: The Best Is yet to Come : [a Dialogue with the Marx Collection] (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2013) and she is a regular contributor to Spex, ArtSlant, and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. Paenhuysen is also an enthusiastic blogger.
human/ not human/ superhuman – the body in performance and intervention
Lindner Project Space: Großbeerenstraße 34 10965 Berlin
2–7 pm Thursday through Saturday & by appointment
On view through August 1