performer, director, media artist & festival curator
DIANA WESSER (Leipzig/Germany) is a performer, media artist and festival curator mainly in the field of art in public space. After taking courses in classical Ballet and Modern Dance, she studied media art at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig/Germany to postgraduate level, while gaining further qualifications in contemporary dance and improvisation practice. Together with English architect and critical writer Helen Stratford she founded the artist duo 'urban (col)loabortory' in 2005. In 2006/2007 she held a teaching position at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig and in 2008 she founded the “Werkstattmacher” program to encourage young performance artists at LOFFT Theatre Leipzig. She is working as a curator for several site-specific performance festivals including most recently the conference and performance festival ‘play! LEIPZIG – Movement in Public Space’ in collaboration with Centraltheater and Dance Archive Leipzig.
Her works provide a critique of performativity and theatrical aspects of everyday life. Through videos, performances, walks and participatory projects she investigates social and cultural codes, how they become apparent in the body and its relation to space. She realised numerous performances particularly in public space in collaboration with Marina Quesada (Argentina/Germany), Hermann Heisig (Germany) and theaterKUNST Copenhagen among others. Her dance films are screened on festivals all around the world.