Claudia Kappenberg is a performance and media artist. Her work draws on dance and the visual arts to create minimal choreographies for live site-specific events as well as screen-based work.
Interventions take place in hybrid spaces such as urban forests, gardens and transitional places, in which urban and social patterns converge with natural elements. Constructed as ritualistic activity or repetitive loop the projects combine the cyclical aspect of nature with the obsessive quality of labour.
Projects borrow from the everyday, appropriate, recycle and remake, and challenge the familiar credo of productivity and outcome through a deliberate squandering of effort and time. Production is turned into process and functionality into play.
Claudia completed an MA Fine Art/Film and Video at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 1998 and taught on the BA Fine Art until 2002.
Since 2004 she lectures at the University of Brighton, UK and is Course Leader for the MA Performance and Visual Practices.
The Use of Uselessness, at The Importance of Being [Un]necessary, 4th IDOCDE Symposium, part of ImPulsTanz Vienna, July 29-31 2016
Slow Races, ACTS RE-ACTS 3
25 February 2016, 5 - 8pm
An intervention devised by Claudia Kappenberg and performed by Andrew Barker, Kate Brown, Andrew Downs, Andrew James, Claudia Kappenberg, Katy Pendlebury, Nic Sandiland.
A playful intervention where garden gnomes – commonplace ornaments – gather and loiter in loose configurations that gradually with no clear objective move through spaces. In defiance of the exhausting pressures of modernity, the gnomes claim their right to dawdle and defend the importance of uselessness.
LIGHT MOVES, Festival of Screendance
The politics of discourse in hybrid art forms,
Keynote, 20 November 2015
All Human Beings, VOILA MIxed Tape
13 November 2015, 7.30pm. £14 (Early-bird £10)
Cockpit Theatre, London. An evening of bilingual, hand-picked comedy acts, stand up, short plays and music.
Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH
Box Office: 020 7258 2925
Slow Races, St Leonards Warrior Square
10 October 2015, 2 - 5pm