A Resource for Performing Artists, Scholars and Audiences.
My art practice evolves around the themes of performative context of space, as well as the performative aspect of making and experiencing art. My interest in space and site-specific action stems from my studies in sound art in Germany and Japan, which eventually led me to study 'Live Art and Performance Studies' at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki (TEAK) in Finland.
As a performance artist I am centrally concerned on modes of non verbal poetic encounter with strangers in public places.
I take the tradition of site-specific art as a starting point of departure, while addressing social, political and cultural conditions of a site. I create places for negotiation of diverse cultural, physical, and emotional knowledges like the modern speed dating for singles vs. deep encounter in a poetic sense. I aim to provoke passers by to behave and experience a particular social-poetic practice.
My thesis is, that the moment of a poetic encounter may irritate, disclose, or unsettle, but at the same time has the potential to be a stimulus to the public space and the residents. This moment has the power to activate, to give shape to public places through actions, and to creat space for shared human experiences.
an essay written by Ilka Theurich