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.
See for example:
D E A R S E R G E, De La Warr Pavilion
5 July 2014, 12 - 6pm
Slow Races was conceived for the Dear Serge programme of the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill and plays on the local history of motor racing, but aims for slowness and stillness rather than speed. The programme includes Scooter Murmuration, performed on the grounds of the DLWP by a group of mobility scooters; Bucket Race, a game for passers-by; Gnomes Race, a slow migration of figures through the De La Warr Pavilion and All Human Beings Are Born Useless And Equal In Uselessness, a provocative speech which challenges the ubiquitous utilitarianism of Modernity, performed in the award-winning bandstand of architect Niall McLaughlin.