Interviews


DVD-Edition


edited by Andrea Saemann and Katrin Grögel
edition fink - Verlag für zeitgenössische Kunst. www.editionfink.ch

The DVD-Edition presents video interviews of eight American and European women pioneers of Performance Art. The artists, now between 63 and 74 years old, played an important part in the 1960s and 1970s in establishing and developing this, at the time, new art form. They were interviewed for Performance Saga by Andrea Saemann and the artist Chris Regn (b. 1964, co-director of the Hamburg archive «bildwechsel - dachverband für frauen/medien/kultur»).

In this dialogue between artists, the first women performers talk about their work and the conditions under which it arose, giving glimpses into how they think and position themselves. The Edition provides an informative and accessible introduction to the study of Performance Art and offers keys to understanding how it came into being.


Interviews 01-08 (Excerpts)

Duration: 7 minutes








Interviews 01-08


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Interview 01 - Esther Ferrer


Video, French with English subtitles, recorded in 2003 in Paris and in 2006 in Bern, published 2007, duration 55 minutes
The Edition includes a brochure (German/English) with a text by Annamira Jochim.

The Spanish artist Esther Ferrer participated in a performance for the first time in 1967: a concert of the ZAJ group. Since then, she has developed a very special type of minimalism in which conceptual rigor and the absurd go hand in hand. Performance is still Esther Ferrer's primary interest. She has also exhibited objects, installations and photographs in many international shows.

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Interview 02 - VALIE EXPORT


Video, German with English subtitles, recorded in 2004 in Cologne, published 2007, duration 37 minutes
The Edition includes a brochure (German/English) with a text by Sibylle Peters.

The performances, installations, films, photos and ideas of the Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT have challenged the gaze and attitudes of the art public for four decades. VALIE EXPORT has an unerring sense for the critique and decoding of power structures. Her film work and involvement in feminist issues led to her first Expanded Cinema actions in 1968, today recognized as milestones in cinema and performance history alike.

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Interview 03 - Monika Günther


Video, German with English subtitles, recorded in 2003 in Essen and Lucerne, published 2007, duration 47 minutes
The Edition includes a brochure (German/English) with a text by Helge Meyer.

Monika Günther likes modest means and the power of the present moment. She follows the lead of her intuition, her encounters and found objects. In her work, the German artist Monika Günther evolved from painting to process art and performance in 1982. Since then, she continues to work without a script for her actions in public, both in solo performances and in duos with her long-standing partner Ruedi Schill.

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Interview 04 - Carolee Schneemann


Video, English with German subtitles, recorded in 2003 in New Paltz, NY, published 2008, duration 50 minutes
The Edition includes a brochure (German/English) with a text by Katrin Grögel.

Already in the early 1960s, the canvas was too constricting for the American artist Carolee Schneemann. She began to extend painting into space and use her body. At the Judson Church in Manhattan, she created revolutionary performances with many participants that she called Kinetic Theater. With Fuses, she created the first sexually explicit film that militated for the right to a feminine esthetics of desire. Carolee Schneemann continues to maintain a fluctuating line between the private and the political.

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Interview 05 - Ulrike Rosenbach


Video, German with English subtitles, recorded in 2003 in Rösberg near Cologne, published 2008, duration 53 minutes
The Edition includes a brochure (German/English) with a text by Inge Hinterwaldner.

Ulrike Rosenbach was among the first European artists to work with video and performance in the 1970s. Like her early video live performances, her current video sculptures and medial installations are characterized by the innovative and experimental use of different media. Her multifaceted oeuvre continues to involve the central themes of Nature and Culture.

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Interview 06 - Joan Jonas


Video, English spoken with German subtitles, recorded 2003 in New York City, published 2008, duration 53 minutes
The Edition includes a booklet (German/English) with a text by Katrin Grögel.

Joan Jonas-€™ artistic production takes place at the juncture where performance, video, drawing and installation merge. Since 1968, she has been engaged in a continuously growing complex of work dealing with questions of identity, transcultural exchange and narrative strategies. This American artist's interdisciplinary explorations have inspired younger generations of artists throughout the world.

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Interview 07 - Martha Rosler


Video, English spoken with German subtitles, recorded 2003 in Brooklyn, NY, published 2008, duration 57 minutes
The Edition includes a booklet (German/English) with a text by Mary Paterson.

The American artist Martha Rosler is a sharp-tongued critic and commentator. Her committed and humorous appraisal of the geopolitical and sociocultural situation is explicitly geared for a broad public. Rosler is best known for her conceptual photography, installations and texts, but her live and video performances of the 1970s are still considered milestones today.

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Interview 08 - Alison Knowles


Video, English spoken with German subtitles, recorded 2003 in New York City, published 2008, duration 52 minutes
The Edition includes a booklet (German/English) with a text by Martina Papiro.

Alison Knowles is a founding member of the New York Fluxus group and has participated in its actions and exhibitions ever since its inaugural concert in 1962. She considers Art as a process: what counts for her is the act, not the object. The dimension of sound often plays a significant role in her performances, which are radically undramatic and deeply rooted in everyday life.

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