Ines Schäfer

video and performance

2022

BODYSSEY II

video – sound – performance – 2022 / live performance 18 minutes / recording cut to 8 minutes

sound: Sula Bassana

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Sound Carpet / Klangteppich

Let the tapestry of sound touch you.‘

For about 3 months I wove a carpet from old tapes. While I was weaving, I recorded the sounds of the environment. The idea was to embody the imaginary sound carpet.

During the performance I hung up the carpet and played the recorded sound. Permanently my weaving noises could be heard live, but also in the sound recording. As long as the sound was playing I was weaving and at the end I lay down under the carpet.

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Listen to the sound carpet…

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Sound Carpet / Klangteppich, performance 45 min, Rundgang Kunsthochschule Kassel

photo 1 top left: Kim Vishnoir

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NOMMER C’EST TUER, group exhibition with the performance class (Kunsthochschule Kassel),  Mounira Al Solh and Lina Majdalanie at Galeria Kollektiva, Kassel. The exhibition resulted from a workshop with the lebanese theatre/writer/performer Lina Majdalanie based in Berlin.

Workshop Biokhraphia: What does your own biography mean to you? How do you introduce yourself? What do you focus on? Do you sell yourself enough? Is that what it’s all about? Which predefined rules do you follow and how can you free yourself from them? Is there a possibility to tell everything? – We asked ourselves these questions and presented our own biography in an exhibition in form of an art work

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Stumm, performance 3 hours, Galeria Kollektiva Kassel

First day: I showed a 3 hours performance behind the glass vitrine of the exhibition room. I was alone with my self-portrait painted in oil. I shared thoughts about my whole life, intimate feelings and experiences, asked questions to the audience and interacted with my oil painting. The glass wall between me and the audience left the words I spoke mute, so that they perceived only the movements of my mouth and body. The performance consisted of quiet to very violent movements; of feelings between sadness, pain but also security and break-out.

photos: Andreas L. Berg

photos: Dave Schmidt

photo 1: Mounira Al Solh, photo 2: Dave Schmidt

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Second day: I sat in the glass vitrine for 4 hours and continued painting my oil portrait and showed photos of the performance before.

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2021

BODYSSEY

With my current project BODYSEEY, I am going deep into the exploration of my own body. It releases inteeme feelings. It raises the question of one’s own sense of pain and how far the patience of endurance goes.

What awaits you? An eternal search for the invisible. Days, months, years. A tugging, a twinge, a pull into the dark nothingness. Loud, warm, cold. Relaxation, stress, a coming and going of renunciation. A finding of the hidden perseverance. Leaving it to time. Flowing.

Was erwartet dich? Ein ewiges Suchen nach dem Unsichtbaren. Tage, Monate, Jahre. Ein Ziehen, ein Stechen, ein Sog ins dunkle Nichts. Laut, warm, kalt. Entspannung, Stress, ein Kommen und Gehen des Verzichts. Ein Finden des versteckten Durchhaltens. Es der Zeit überlassen. Fließend.

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Bodyssey, video: 5:27 minutes, 2020/21

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The poppy talks to you, video 1:12 minutes, 2021

This video was made during a group work called RITUALS. *Walk or drive for 15 minutes and then see what happens on this place.*

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2020

BOUNDARIES

Wo ist der Körper / Wo bist du / Was ist Zuhause / Wo ist dein Zuhause / Schau auf die Straße / Was ist, wenn du kein Zuhause hast / Wo sind die Grenzen / Schau nach draußen / Sie sind zu / Halte dich fest / Du bist so fern / Du kannst mich sehen / Nimm was du brauchst

where is the body / where are you / what is home / where is your home / look at the street / what if you don’t have a home / where are the borders / look outside / they are closed / hold on tight / you’re so far away / you can see me / take what you need

photo: Pascalina Krummenauer

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Boundaries, video performance, 9:39 minutes, Kassel

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Boundaries, performance ca. 10 minutes, Kassel Königsplatz 2020

photos: Fabian Schäfer

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Boundaries, performance, ca. 9 minutes, Amsterdam 2020

„About Long Distances on Saturday“
an exhibition by the Performance Class, Kunsthochschule Kassel

“What? Amsterdam? Is it about the Red Light? The historical? Selfies? Cyborgs? About global warming threats and flooding of the sea? An alleged China Town? Deep Listening? Is it about personnal stories? The Body? Perception? Languages? Dutch Masters? Family complications and traumas? Prejudices? Is it about temporality?”
After a prompt study trip to Amsterdam, we students from the Kunsthochschule Kassel presented short performances and interventions stretching from VrijPaleis up until Rongwrong, going through San Serriffe, Radio Jajaja Nenene, Café de Waag and other public locations.

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2018

Mirror of illutions, performance 8 minutes (Between lines), 2018

On the occasion of the „Stories“ collected by André van Hope on the typewriter, 12 young artists from different cities in Germany came together as a collective in the Stellwerk Kassel. The exhibition „Between lines“ shows their personal interpretation of a story in the positions of painting,

My selected story:

Kleine Kartoffeln

250g Quark

Milch

Frühlingszwiebeln

Kräuter (Petersilie, Lauch, Kresse)

photos: Manfred Schäfer

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2017

Öl, Honig, Schokolade, performance ca. 15 minutes, 2017

In the performance Öl, Honig, Schokolade I applied the materials oil, honey and chocolate one after the other to my face and pressed it onto the glass pane. I smeared the materials and recorded the resulting imprints with a paper.

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2016

Nasen, performance over several days, 2016

In my works, I have long been concerned with human bodies in art, ideals of beauty and their alienation. With my project Nasen I tried to look critically at the ideals of beauty and approach them thematically with performances and video installations.With this performance, I wanted to make people a little more sensitive to the topic of beauty ideals and one’s own body and collected many plaster noses from different people and exhibited them while I was at it. During my performance, people started comparing their own noses with others and fell straight into this beauty illusion.

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photos: Kim Vishnoir

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Nasen, video 5:14 minutes, 2016

In the video art work Nasen, I started to express with my own thoughts on the ideals of beauty and put on various plaster casts of the noses, I had collected them earlier, and looked at them individually in the mirror. I commented on them with a reduced expression on my face and finished the process again with my own nose and own satisfaction.

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Schöppe-Stiels-Kallchen & sein Meister, video 5:03 minutes, 2018

In the video art work Schöppe-Stiels-Kallchen & sein Meister, a day at the construction site is shown. With the lifting block, the employee hands on objects one after the other. The master tries to finish building his planned wall with the increasingly strange things. I made masks with grotesque faces to exaggerate the expressionless people through the rutinised working day. I exaggerated the absurdities of everyday life and played with them.

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