Veronika Witte

Multimedia Art

Veronika Witte creates a reflexive place, which shows identity as a complex construct. In her work, she applies a wide variety of media and art-forms including video, sculpture and installations as well as collaborations with other artists and scientists in interdisciplinary projects and scenic installations. Often her work conducts research along the border where different art disciplines meet. A central focus in all of her works consists of the role our bodies play in our present society and as a resource for future creation. Veronika Witte is interested in the limits of the body, in the ending of its up to now given ‚fatality’ and in the desire to reinvent oneself over and over again.

Originating in classical sculpture, Veronika Witte works on an enlarged „portrait concept“ which she pursues in a multi-disciplined scheme creating a space where art, theatre and sciences meet. She invents questionnaries, interviews and surveys or uses other pseudo-scientific approaches.
In her installations and video-sculptures, she experiments with performative strategies of constructing one´s self making the influence of life-science and the new bio-technologies on our self perception visible. Always she´s been drawing our attention to subjects of fundamental importance: How is our identity constructed? Which meaning has the biographical, social, cultural and scientific context concerning to our bodies and identities? And how do new developments influence our „social body“?
At the end of her studies an independent sculptural production is built with videos, objects but also with large scale scenic installations. Her work is always balanced on a fine line where objects and identities lose their apparent clear shape. Dr. Ralf F. Hartmann

Veronika Witte studied at the Ecôle Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris/FR. She was invited to numerous exhibitions thoughout Europe and received several awards. Since 1999 she has been working closely with theaters (1999-2005 staatsbankberlin, leading the installation part; and creating stage design until now at the Saarland State Theater/DE and at the State Theater Bielefeld/DE).

Artist Info

Veronika Witte


Biography


Born in 1962 in Ahaus-Wessum, Westfalen, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Education and career

2006

Guest professor, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris/F

2003

Mentoring program, Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin/DE

1993-1994

M.A. Fine Arts, Diplôme supérieure en arts plastiques, ensba, Paris/F

1988-1993

Studies of Fine Art, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris/F

1984

M.A. Pedagogy,  University of Muenster/DE

Awards and Grants

2014

Award winner, vkunst – media art prize 2014, Frankfurt am Main/DE

2010

OPEN ACADEMY, Artists in Residence, Hanoi, Hue, Saigon/VR
Staatskanzlei Für Kultur des Saarlandes
Saartoto Stiftung Saarland
Maecenia Stiftung für Frauen in Kunst und Wissenschaft Frankfurt/DE

2007

artmix III, MinistËre de la Culture, Luxemburg/LU

2006

Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt art IT, Berlin/DE
Erwin und Gisela Steinerstiftung, Munich/DE
Kulturamt Berlin-Mitte/DE

2005

Bundesministerium für Bildung, Forschung und Wissenschaft
Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin
Marli Hoppe-Ritter Kunststiftung

2004

Stiftung Kulturfonds, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur Berlin

2003

Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin

1997

Grant by the Kunststiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg/DE

1995

Grant by the Institut pour des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques, Paris/F

1994

2nd International Performance Price, Konstanz/DE
Grant by Erasmus for Bezalel Fine Arts University, Jerusalem/IL

Selected solo exhibitions

2016

Das prachtvolle Gelb läuft über blasse Blätter, Museum of Culture, Hue/VR
The affective turn or the skin is faster than the word, with Mika Karhu, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2015

Das prachtvolle Gelb läuft über blasse Blätter, Goethe Institut, Hanoi/VR

2014

Ao dais, Goethe Institut, Hanoi/VR

2013

Ortstermin, Gallery Nord, Berlin/DE

2012

Wenn Delphine von Walgesängen träumen, Gallery ABTART, Stuttgart/DE

2011

hier ist woanders, Kunstverein Viernheim/DE

2010

Kurt-Kurt, Berlin/DE
Liquid Identities-biofacts, Muncipal Gallery, Saarbruecken/DE

2008

wenn ich Çichí sage, luege ich, PENG! Raum für Kunst, Mannheim/DE

2007

wish you were here, Sophiensaele, Berlin/DE

2004

unexpected bodies, Kunsthaus Essen/DE
Discode, Gallery Zagreusproject, Berlin/DE

2003

ce n¥est pas la peine de pleurer, staatsbank, Berlin/DE

1999

Oh Tichy, Art Foundation Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart/DE

1998

Installations gonflable, La Gallery, Ecole des Beaux- Arts, Poitiers/F

1997

Das Luftschloss des Emaues de Charenton, Heart Gallery, Mannheim/DE

1993

Kunst VORORT, Zeche Blumenthal, Recklinghausen/DE

Selected group exhibitions

2017

Kolonie Wedding | Berlin Contemporary Art in Finland, HYVINKÄÄ ART MUSEUM, Hyvinkää/FI
Narcissus, GRADSKA GALERIJA FONTICUS, Groznjan/RS
BEHOLD THE MAN, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg/DE

2016

Things to come, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig/DE
Embodiments, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Menagerie ñ Animals in the Artzoo, Gallery Toolbox, Berlin/DE

2015

Me Naiset, Gallery Toolbox, Berlin/DE

2014

The inner wealth, Conference of the Visionaries, Berlin/DE
Revolution, Galerie Nord/KV Tiergarten, Berlin/DE
mon amie, vkunst, Gallery Greulich, Frankfurt/DE

2013

La Grande Migration, Millenaris Park, Budapest/HU
Der Blick zur¸ck nach vorn ñ 10 JAHRE ABTART, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart/DE
On Dinh Dong, District, Berlin/DE
SaarART, Museum Haus Ludwig, Saarlouis/DE

2012

Fragmente, Muncipal Gallery, Mannheim/DE
Ortstermin, Reformationskirche, Berlin/DE
KuBa, Kulturzentrum am EuroBahnhof e.V., Saarbr¸cken/DE
The universe is built on a plan, SAVVY Contemporary in cooperation with WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Loopingstar, Video Art Festival in the public realm, Saarbruecken, Forbach/DE

2011

Projection numÈrique n∞2, une proposition des artistes video de Stèphane Pichard, Cinéma Accattone, Paris/F
Preview Aftershow, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
PREVIEW BERLIN, with WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
The End of the Dream, MicaMoca & WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
w u r m l o c h, Gallery Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin/DE
private views – public images (HerzogenArt), KING KONG Contemporary Art Project, Mannheim/DE

2010

OPEN ACADEMY, Hanoi, Hue, Saigon/VR

2009

Space Matrix, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Inselglueck, Gallery Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin/DE
minimalism, Gallery Vanessa Quang, Paris/F

2008

Selbstausloeser, berg19 gallery, Berlin/DE
artmix III, Konschthaus beim Engel, Luxemburg/LU
between fact and fiction, MediaArt from Berlin, Gallery of the Arts, Berlin/DE
re-construction of time, Gallery artMbassy, Berlin/DE

2007

Berlin-Roma, Preview Berlin, Gallery artMbassy, Berlin/DE
artmix III, Kulturbahnhof, Saarbruecken/DE
Inselglueck, Gallery Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin/DE

2006

Magma, Goldrausch, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin/DE
Preview Berlin, with Goldrausch, Berlin/DE
Offices, Gallery Nord-Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin/DE
Lametta, Projektraum 218, Berlin/DE
Quatre chants pour frachir le seuil, Ludwig Museum for Contemporary Art, Aachen/DE

2005

site specific, Liget Gallery, Budapest/HU
Einstein on the Beach, Parochialchurch, Berlin/DE

2004

Gallery Zagreusprojekt, art forum, Berlin/DE
Ich du er sie es, Gallery Nord-Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin/DE
Koerperbilder-Projektionen, Shedhalle Zentrum f¸r Kunst, Tuebingen/DE
POLISHED, Parochialchurch, Berlin/DE

2003

Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Gallery Immanence, Paris/F
Berlin, Podewil, Berlin/DE
Der Ring der Nibelungen by R.Wagner, listening installation, staatsbankberlin/DE

2002

A-topia, Goethe Institute, Athens/GR
Koerperutopien, Volksbuehne, Berlin/DE
Internationaler Kunstpreis, Kunstverein, Cologne-Huerth/DE

2001

body check, Gallery Riemann, Euroszene Leipzig/DE
MaschinenTheater/figurative-kinetic art since Tinguely, Muncipal Museum, Heilbronn/DE
Muncipal Museum, Magdeburg/DE
Einstein on the beach, opera installation, staatsbankberlin/DE

2000

haute definition, Gallery Nathalie Pariente, Paris/F
ici on peut toucher, Gallery TnB FRAC, Rennes/F
nous nous sommes tant aimÈs, Palais des Expositions, Paris/F

1999

review, Heart Gallery, Mannheim/DE
keep your standart, Gallery Artis/ Maurer, Darmstadt/DE
Stipendiaten der Kunststiftung, Baden-Wuerttemberg/DE
Kunstverein Heilbronn, Villa Merkel Gallery, Esslingen/DE
Heimat, Kunstverein Eislingen/DE

1998

On Being an Angel, Sophiensaele, Berlin/DE
Theatre Pumpenhaus, Muenster/DE
Theatre SzkËne, Budapest/HU
Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim/DE

1997

Deutsche Nacht-Russische Nacht, Kunsthalle Mannheim/DE
Traverse, Mannheimer Kunstverein/DE
Jeune Peinture, Paris/F

1996

Skulptur Sued-West, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe/DE
Europ¥ Art, Genf/BE
Stelle Cadenti, Rassegna dí Arte Contemporanea, Bassano/IT

1995

Nayttelytila, Gallery Vapauden Aukio, Helsinki/FIN
p-Eins, p-Zwei, p-Drei, Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin/DE
International Performance Festival, Konstanz/DE
Theater im Pumpenhaus, Muenster/DE
le Palais (ensb-a), Paris/F