Approved: 25.01.2008

Birgit Deubner

Approved: 25.01.2008

I make multidisciplinary installations and performances. Allegorical syntheses of traditional and new media; folk tale, parable and contemporary culture; drawing and dance performance..
recent projects:
Chorus / in vain I will away (2010)
This body of work begins it's life as the conclusive project of my MFA studies at Goldsmiths University. For now I would like to keep words

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Artist Statement

I make multidisciplinary installations and performances. Allegorical syntheses of traditional and new media; folk tale, parable and contemporary culture; drawing and dance performance.. recent projects: Chorus / in vain I will away (2010) This body of work begins it's life as the conclusive project of my MFA studies at Goldsmiths University. For now I would like to keep words short and leave you and me some room to think things through before casting ideas too firmly on a project which has reached a beautiful conclusion. However I would like to take some time to think and research somewhat further. I also see this work as the reaching of a major goalpost, sophisticated and presented beautifully. Yet I would like to continue working as there is much room to make more work aiming yet further. I give you some words around which I am thinking and will return with a description when thoughts have settled. (no order): Identity and body Renaissance painting and contemporary practice Inquisition and 21st century cultural divisions Body, choreography, narrative, abstraction, haunted, uncanny, fear, threat, weakness and strength "Dungbeetle and Sisyphus" (2008) A public performance about absurd achievements and asking what makes something purposeful? Searching for inherent and interpreted purpose in daily activities. A project in two parts to coincide with the Liverpool Independent Biennial. The Artist uses Mythological Characters, insect life and Folk Tale Protagonists and brings them together in a place they have never met before. This could be a conversation, a play, a dialogue or monologue, but Birgit Deubner creates an unusual performance for the public realm, for an unsuspecting audience; and a film for exhibition in gallery contexts as well as waiting rooms and all manner of public spaces that are frequented and lingered in. Part one of Dungbeetle and Sisyphus was performed and filmed in the architecturally and heritage rich part of old Liverpool. The overall feel of the film moves from a slow build up in which the artist slowly makes her way down a small back street to a lively interaction with chance pedestrians taking small parts in the film. Part two, filmed in Germany took on an altogether more cinematic feel, with wide open expanses of fields, evoking stillness and touching on a certain romance. Question of man and nature arise.. Not always easy to answer in a critical contemporary art context but certainly a subject worth engaging with. Thank you to Leon Seth for the camera work! (Sisyphus : punished in Tartarus for his misdeeds in life by being condemned to the eternal, futile, hopeless task of rolling a large stone to the top of a hill, from which it always rolled down again for all of eternity.) Devotional Choreography / Khoreia (the archive was filmed and edited in the years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) One catalyst for this installation is the divisive force with which I see many people respond to cultural identities that differ from their respective indigenous one. The project specifically investigates ritual movements made during devotional practices; the visual poetry of movement and gesture, which devotees of religion have over centuries developed to honour and express their faith and which are common to them all. The exact choreography differs, but as in any good performance on a stage, individual choreographies combine to a potentially holistic whole. I am seeking out what is shared between and across cultures, unifying emblems of what make all of us equally human and I am temporarily taking the role of a choreographer of an interplay; a chorus; a series of pas de deux between cultures. (ORIGIN of Choreography: from Greek khoreia 'dancing in unison' (from khoros 'chorus' ) + -graphy) The grammar and composition employed within dance is transferable applied to life: For a harmonic performance, a certain generosity and empathy towards fellow performers is required. These movements and rituals are shown as a multi-screen-projection-installation, exploring the aesthetics of an endlessly repeated choreography which is entwined with faith and prayer and which is also allegorical of individual cultural heritage. The ambition is to orchestrate a 'dance' about cultural kinship.

CV & Education

Public realm 2010 - Wish we were where?, ArtSide Art Festival, Southend on Sea 2009 - Dungbeetle and Sisyphus I, Twelve 3 minute sections of the film shown on the BBC Big Screen hourly for 6 weeks until mid march. , Liverpool Solo exhibitions 2007 - 'Devotional Choreography / Khoreia', 5 screen projected cine film installation, Anglican Cathedral Liverpool, Liverpool Group exhibitions 2011 - New Decade, Pop-Up Gallery / curated by Nolan Browne, 42 Store Street, WC1E 7DB, London 2011 - SHUNT @ ICA, invited by Robin Spalding from the SHUNT collective, ICA;, London 2010 - Affordable Art Fair / Recent Graduate Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 2010 - Goldsmiths MFA Show, Goldsmiths University, London 2010 - Locus Solus, Benaki Museum, Athens / Greece ( 2010 - Pause and Eject, Shoreditch Town Hall , London 2010 - Surreal Nightmares, SHUNT, London 2009 - "Fear and Optimism" curated by Josh Tennant; showing Dungbeetle and Sisyphus I & II, Bloc Projects & Workstation , Sheffield 2009 - Devotional Choreography I and II, QUAD, Derby 2009 - Portobello Film Festival, Portobello Film Festival, London 2009 - Reliquaries of Empires Dust, Museum Man hosted by Bereznitsky Gallery, Berlin 2008 - "Big Hope" , "Devotional Choreography / Khoreia", 5 channel film installation, Hope University, Hope Park / Liverpool 2008 - "Slowness" curated by Vanessa Bartlett. Showing part 2 "Dungbeetle and Sisyphus", 3 screens, - Red Wire - , Victoria Street Liverpool, L1 2008 - "The Baltic Frame", showing part 1: "Dungbeetle and Sisyphus", one screen film projection, Arena Studio and Gallery, 4 Jordan Street, Liverpool L1, near the A-Foundation / Greenland Street and Novas in Liverpool 2008 - "The Liar the Witch and the Wardrobe", 2 screen cine film installation of "Devotional Choreography", Bridewell Gallery , Liverpool 2006 - "Bracket This III", 'Devotional Choreography', 3 monitor digital film installation, Arena Art Studios, curated by Tomas Harold, presented by 'Mercy' , Duke Street, Liverpool Degree shows 2010 - MFA final Show, Goldsmiths University Curated projects 2011 - Last Fridays Shorts , TAP / Coexist, Southend on Sea 2010 - Encounters With the Line, Film Event, , CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts , Glasgow, UK Live/Performance 2008 - "Dungbeetle and Sisyphus" part 1 , public space, Cheapside, Dale Street, Victoria Street, Crosshall Street, Dale Street, Cheapside - Liverpool, L1 2006 - 'Journey with Restraints', performance, walking with a set of lead wings on my back, public, Bold Street Area, Liverpool Projects 2010 - Dungbeetle and Sisyphus in San Francisco, tbc, San Francisco, USA 2008 - "New Media Gallery for Birds"- A Repatriation Program for Parakeets / developing new audiences , creating art installations to be situated inside bird boxes at outdoor locations, with camera feeds connecting to internet / gallery , various locations / awaiting invitations to venues 2008 - "The Watchers / 7 Giants", Installation , I am looking for a new venue for this project. (The components of the installation are ready to be installed.) , any enclosed space with a minimum height of 3.2 meters and minimum ground space of approximately 60m square. Site specific 2007 - 'Forest / Babel', Installation, public art, Mysore / India 2007 - 'Journey with Virgil', Installation; public art, Mysore / India Publications 2011 - The Catlin Guide 2011 / New Artists in the UK 2010 - Cardboard Folly, curated and produced by Emily Speed; Cardboard Folly (Print): ISSN 2044-9771 2008 - 'City and Gender', Helen Jarvis, Jonathan Cloke, Paula Kantor, published by Routledge, 'Journey with Restraints' on the front cover; 978-0-415-41569-9 2007 - Independents Biennial Liverpool 2006 Souvenir Edition / post events catalogue