DEFIBRILLATOR gallery presents SPARMANN | STERTZ
SPARMANN | STERTZ
featuring GERMAN performance artists
MARCEL SPARMANN and LISA STERTZ
THU 02.27.14 @ 8 – 11PM
MARCEL SPARMANN (GERMANY) is a live artist born in GERA, GERMANY. he studied theatre and performance art at THE UNIVERSITY of HILDESHEIM and ENVIRONMENTAL ART at GLASGOW SCHOOL of ART. his specific interest reaches across the media spectrums and includes influences from dance, spatial based art, video and installation. this approach has led him to develop a specific understanding for shared spaces and situations which could be seen as ephemeral intersections between political, philosophical and social based questions. he works as a performer and teacher in solo and collaborative projects all over EUROPE. until 2013 he also worked as a teacher and assistant director for PAS | PERFORMANCE ART STUDIES.
LISA STERTZ is a performer and dancer born in COTTBUS, GERMANY. she studied european media studies at the UNIVERSITY OF POTSDAM and the UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES POSTDAM. currently she is a M.F.A. candidate in performance at the SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. in her work, STERTZ questions the state of the human body in space, seen in the widest sense. with the help of her self-titled approach to her art “VOLUNTARY RESTRAINTS” she aims to direct a focus on either the human body itself or the body in resonance with other bodies, materials and cultures. in more general terms, she seeks to put different ways of perception on display. her work is thus nurtured by solo performances and collaborative works equally. lately she has performed at DOCK11, BERLIN (2014), LINKS HALL, CHICAGO (2013), 6018 NORTH, CHICAGO (2013), SOULKITCHENHALLE, HAMBURG (2013), GRüNTALER9, BERLIN (2011-2013), WITTGENSTEIN HOUSE, VIENNA (2011), HAUTE éCOLE d’Art ET DE DESIGN, GENEVA (2011).
STERTZ’S performance, LEFT OUT, is a critical approach to the notion of ‘capitalism’ and therewith ‘society’ and ‘community’. WALTER BENJAMIN wrote in his fragments that capitalism is a religion without salvation. no hope, but desperation. no salvation, but dept. GIORGIO AGAMBEN picked up this thought and stated is his book PROFANATIONS that we are currently living a shift in value and that in respect to capitalism as religion we would have to “profane the unprofanable”. a capitalistic religion, he says, is about to create an absolute unprofaniable, because in difference to christianity, capitalism generalizes the structure of segregation into all possible fields (not only religion). thus we find ourselves in the sphere of consumerism. we are in this world and we function in this world. – LEFT OUT seeks to draw a picture on that constant dual moment of ‘functioning’ and ‘modes of being’ and, thus, questions the state of living.