Embassy of Foreign Artists     

Michaela Schwentner

*1978, Linz, Austria, lives and works in Vienna
Residency period: April until June 2016

My most recent artistic practice consists of reenactments, performative interventions in public space and performances and tableaux vivants for film and stage settings. In my works I examine and usecinematic and theatrical elements. The act of staging — be it a video piece, a performance or an action or intervention in public space — for me is a kind of new terrain which I explore intensely with an essayist approach, mostly combined or put together in the context of moving images.

I reflect philosophic phenomena in society and transform them into new pieces with high poetic potential. I extract the reflections from their original context and turn them into staged or restaged pieces — images, ideas, and phrases are performed as if they were figures.

Michaela Schwentner’s website

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