A Space Without A Use (2017) Performance Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand

A Space Without A Use (2017) Performance Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand


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 in experimental film and performance practices.



Maya Deren Play and Ritual, talk and screening at Neue Kunstverein Wuppertal, 9 November 2017

Millets, anthology and publication by Zeno Press, with essays by Richard Skinner, Maria Fusco, Steven J Fowler, John Boursnell, Liz Zumin, Paolo Inverni, Jeremy Evans, Robin Bale, Nicola Woodham, Claudia Kappenberg, Giovanna Coppola, Clover Peake, Tasha Haines, Christian Patracchini

British DanceFilm at the Cinematek de Bruxelles, a programme of historic and contemporary dancefilm introduced by Claudia Kappenberg, 6 October 2017.    See also blog post for Center for Screendance

Too Much Self, chapter in Syncope in Visual and Performing Arts (Paris, Editions Le Manuscrit, 2016, or at Amazon)


other news:

Maya Deren, Filmemacherin und Voodoo-Expertin - Ausstellung zum 100 Geburtstag auf der DOCUMENTA 14. Beiträge fürs Radio von Rebecca Hillauer, mit Claudia Kappenberg. Beitrag im Deutschlandradio Audio-Archiv 09/06/2017.  

C.Kappenberg, Poetry, Patterns, Passages, paper for Cinema as Ritual in Transfigured Time. Symposium Neues Kino Basel/ Universitat Basel. 20/05/2017

C.Kappenberg, Panorama Vidéodanse Anglais, for L'UNIPOP/ Cinéréseaux. Cinéma Jean Eustache Pessac, Bordeaux. 11/05/2017

Choreocinema: Counterpoints (15*) + ScreenTalk with Siobhan Davies & Miranda Pennell
Hosted by Claudia Kappenberg
24/01/ 17 / 18:30 / Cinema 3

October 2016: New International Journal of Screendance issue online: Special issue on “All This Can Happen” by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton, edited by Claudia Kappenberg with Sarah Whatley.

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