Claudia Kappenberg

108 London Road

St Leonards TN37 6LT

nat.: German


Media and Performance Artist and Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton, UK. 

Founder-editor Intl. Journal of Screendance.



2016 Doctor of Philosophy (PAR), University of Brighton

1996 -1998 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, London

1993 -1996 BA (hons) Fine Art, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK

Since 2000 Freelance camera operator and video editor, working for Tate Modern, Tate Britain, ROH, ENO, The Roundhouse, galleries and communities


Since 2003 Principal Lecturer, School of Art / School of Media, University of Brighton, UK. Course Leader MA Performance and Visual Practices, tutor BA Performance and Visual Art, since 2016 tutor BA Moving Image, mentor for various Postgraduate courses 

1998 - 2002 Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, teaching on the BA Fine Art/ 4D

1998 - 1999 Visiting Lecturer, BA Television and Communications, London Guildhall University

Guest lecturing: Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich (2009/2012/2013), École des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble France (2007/8), University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007), Hazira performing Arts, Jerusalem Israel (2001)


Selected performances

2018 Ultra Banking, Platform 1, The Music Rooms, Hastings UK. With Trevor Watts, Olie Brice, Yumino Seki, Lisa Harmer, Andrew Downs

2017 A Space Without A Use, Durational performance, Performance Arcade, Wellington NZ; Hastings Fringe, Hastings UK; Liquidscapes, Dartington Hall UK.

2014 -16 Slow Races, Scooter Murmuration, Bucket Race, and All Human beings are useless and equal in uselessness, Dear Serge, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill UK (2014); The Space, St Leonards Warrior Square, St Leonards (2015); Acts Re-Acts 3, Wimbledon London (2016); Hastings Fringe, Hasting Pier (2016)

2014 All human beings are born useless and equal in uselessness, IDOCDE/ ImPulsTanz Vienna (2016); Cockpit Theatre London (2015); Vogelfrei Darmstadt (2015); Performance Space London (2015); Body and Space, MDDX University London (2014); Labouring with no Matter, Brighton (2014); Performing Process, Coventry University (2014); Ludus Festival, Leeds University (2014); Body Festival Bath (2014); Symposiumn Monika Ross, UoB (2014)

2013 Difference between one who knows and one who undergoes, Site/Space London; Vogelfrei, Darmstadt (D); University of Roehampton UK

2013 Honey Hat, live performance at Anatum’s Abode, London, UK, Video screening at Light Moves, Limerick, Ireland (2014)

2012 Royal Pleasures/ Fürstliches Vergnügen, performance intervention with White Market, KunstTreffpunkt, Damstadt (D)

2009 Launch of White Market, collaborative performance project with Dorothea Seror, Gasteig Munich (D), performing in Italy, UK and Germany (2009 – 2014)

2008/ 09 Upon the Place beneath, performed with LOST PARADE, at University of Brighton, UK (2008); Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin and Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Ireland (2008); Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, UK (2009)

2007/ 8 Extreme Ironing, performance, Soundwaves Festival, Brighton (2008); Vogelfrei, Biennale 07 Darmstadt, Germany (2007)

2002 - 05 Flush, or The Possibility of Moving towards an Impossible Goal, site-specific outdoor performance, as part of ‘News From Nowhere: Visions of Utopia’, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, London (2005); as video installation for ‘Controlled Democracy’, The White Space Gallery, London (2004); Centre D’Art en Ile, Geneva, Switzerland (2002)


Selected screenings

2018 Shore Variations (Video 2018) video installation, Coastal Currents, The Printworks Hastings UK

2014 Honey Hat (video 2013), screening at Light Moves, Festival of Screendance, Limerick Ireland

2007 Moebius, video (2007), video installation and screeenings at festivals in the UK, Australia 2009, South Africa 2008, Japan 2008, USA 2008/07, Spain 2007, Brazil 2007, Greece 2007 

2006 Long Wave, video (2006), selected for Reeldance, Australia 2007; Dance on Screen on tour in Italy, 2006; Dance on Screen, The Place Theatre, London 2006

2001 Aeolus (Solo Show), site-specific film installation, Aldwych Underground, London UK

1999 Words in Silence (1998), video installation in the old police cells of Brighton Townhall, Soundwaves Festival, Brighton UK (2011); Sprituell/ Virtuell, Hofkirche Munich, Germany (2010); Hazira Performing Arts, Jerusalem, Israel (2001); Alba University, Beirut Lebanon (2001); Gallery Piano Nobile, Geneva, Switzerland (2001)


Selected Commissions

2014/15 Video documentation of live events at Raven Row, London UK.

2004- 2006 Video documentation of live events at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, and the Duveen Galleries, Tate Britain, as well as video documentation of Artist’s interviews for the Department of Conservation, Tate Modern, London UK

April/ May 2005 Pioneering First British Sign Language Teaching Module for distribution on the internet, produced by Frances Elton/ City University, London

Dec 2004 The Sounds of Christmas, video projection for installation project with artist Christian Marclay, Tate Modern, London

July 2004 The Streets Where We Live, video project with students of Haverstock School, London, commissioned by RisePhoenix and the Roundhouse, London

2003/2004 Video based Gallery Tours in British Sign Language for PDA and gallery interpretation, directed by Antenna Audio for Tate Modern

2003/2004 Video Glossary of Art Terms in British Sign Language for Tate Modern website, London

2003/2004 Educational Videos in conjunction with Tate Modern Exhibitions, such as the Sigmar Polke Show and for CommonWealth

June 2003 Shinglestreet, a Dance for the Camera project with choreographer Rosemary Lee, directed by Simon Whitehead

April-June 2003 Citizenship, video project with students of Haverstock School, Camden, London, commissioned by RisePhoenix, London

June 2001/2002 New Horizons, video as travel document, a project with deaf teenagers and in collaboration with Artist Anthony O'Flaherty, Frank Barnes School, London

Dec 1999/Jan 2000 Journeys, video project with members of the deaf community, Camden Arts centre/ Swiss Cottage Library, London, with screening at Tate Modern, Nov. 2000; Gallaudet University, Washington DC 2002; Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam, NE 2003; London Disability Film Festival, National Film Theatre, London UK 2003

Nov 1998 D.Halbermensch; video commissioned by the Pascal theatre Company, London, touring Germany/ Switzerland

March 1997 Salome, video artist in multi-media opera project, commissioned by the Education. Dept. of the Royal Opera House, director Henk Schut,

April 1996 Spirit of an Age, video project with elderly people, commissioned by the Baylis Programme of the English National Opera, composer Karen Wimhurst


Selected Publications and Research

2017 Kappenberg, Claudia. “The use of Uselessness.” Performing Process. Ed. H. Blades. Bristol: Intellect Publishing, 2018.

2017 Kappenberg, Claudia. “Arrows Fly.” Zeno’s Paradoxes, Ed. Christian Patracchini, London: Zeno Press, 2017.

2017 Kappenberg, Claudia. “Incognito”. Dancing Museums. Ed. Marisa Hayes. Repères, Cahier de danse. Val-de-Marne: la Briqueterie. 2017

2017 Kappenberg, Claudia. “Too Much Self.” La Syncope dans la performance et les arts visuels - Syncope in Performing and Visual Arts, Ed. FTJ Dalmasso and Stephanie Jamet. Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit, 2017

2016 On: All This Can Happen, The International Journal of Screendance, Ed. C. Kappenberg with Sarah Whatley. Vol 7 (Autumn 2016)

2016 Kappenberg, Claudia. “An Interdisciplinary Reading of Entre’Acte.” The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies. Ed. D. Rosenberg. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2016.

2015 Kappenberg, Claudia. “The politics of discourse in hybrid art forms.” Art in Motion/ Art en Mouvement. Ed. Franck Boulègue and Marisa C. Hayes. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015. 21-29/ 30-39.

2015 Invited Keynote at Light Moves, Festival of Screendance, Limerick, Ireland, 20 Nov 2015.

2014 Abandoning to Worklessness, invited paper, Bildevidenz, Freie UniversitäT Berlin D.

2013 Kappenberg, Claudia. “Film as Poetry.” After Deren, The International Journal of Screendance, Eds. C. Kappenberg and D, Rosenberg. Vol 3 (Autumn 2013): 101 – 119.

2012 Scaffolding the Medium, second issue of The International Journal of Screendance, Eds. C. Kappenberg and D. Rosenberg. Wisconsin: Parallel Press, Vol2 (Spring 2012)

2011 Invited Keynote at Symposio Pensar la Videodanza III. Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2010 What If Festival, Co-Curated by Lucy Cash, Becky Edmunds, Claudia Kappenberg and Chirstinn Whyte, Siobhan Davies Studios, London, publ. in Dance Theatre Journal, Eds. L. Cash, L. and T. Schmidt (Spring 2011)

2010 Kappenberg, Claudia. “The Logic of the Copy, from Appropriation to Choreography.” International Journal of Screendance Vol 1 (Spring 2010): 27-40.

2006 Kappenberg, Claudia and Liz Aggiss. “Hilde Holger, Spirit and Maracas.” Anarchic Dance. Eds L. Aggiss and B. Cowie, with I. Bramley. London: Routledge, 2006.