Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2018

Jul, Aug, Sep

Vika Kirchenbauer | Visual Artist

Vika Kirchenbauerm, Photo: Rita Macedo
Vika Kirchenbauerm, Photo: Rita Macedo

Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist, writer and music producer currently based in Berlin. In her work she explores opacity in relation to representation of the ʻotheredʼ through ostensibly contradictory methods like exaggerated explicitness, oversharing and perversions of participatory culture.

She discusses the troublesome nature of ‘looking’ and ‘being looked at’ as well as its affective impacts on the individual in larger contexts including labour within post-fordism and the experience economy, modern drone warfare and its insistence on unilateral staring, the power relationships of psychiatry, performer/spectator relations, contemporary art display and queer representational politics as well as the everyday life experience of ambiguously gendered individuals.

Her work has been exhibited in a wide range of contexts including Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Bonn Museum of Modern Art, ICA Artists’ Film Biennial, Donaufestival Krems, Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images Festival Toronto, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival and European Media Art Festival.

She has has given lectures at institutions such as New York University, Goldsmiths University of London, the University of Copenhagen, the Berlin University of the Arts, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the Academy of Arts Kassel.