Socially engaged performance art and films:

connect, 2018

 

 

 

All works © Sylvia Schwenk

Sylvia Schwenk creates community.

Sylvia creates new perspectives of the everyday and the familiar that break down barriers. Sylvia's practice looks at the relationship between performance and regular behaviour, reflecting upon the significance and beauty of commonplace activities and spaces.

Themes of community and communication run through Sylvia’s practice, which unites art with social considerations. She works closely with communities in projects that explore local issues, creating works of art that are both context-responsive and universal in their presentation.

Schwenk is a multi-disciplinary artist. Sometimes she creates works which are participatory works of performance art that emphasise engagement,collaboration, dialogue and audience activation. Other times she captures moments, spaces or actions with photographs, films, text and/or installations.

Schwenk is an artist of international standing who performs and exhibits her work in art galleries, international film festivals and spaces in Europe, the USA, Canada, India and Australia. She is the recipient of numerous commissions, awards, grants and scholarships. Her work is held in public and private art collections. Her short films are exhibited and screened internationally. Her works of socially engaged performance art are performed in everyday situations in spaces as diverse as prisons, Naval bases, football grand finals, public transport, model airplane fields and art institutions. Her commissions to create works of performance art include: the Royal Australian Navy (to commemorate the 100th anniversary); Art Fairs (Sydney and Melbourne); Art Month projects (lawns of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney); and the European Union (on the German and Dutch border).

Schwenk completed her Doctorate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia. She also studied at the Köln International School of Design and the Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany. She has completed artist residencies with the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, DE, aadk Blanca, ES, the Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, AU, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, AU, HMAS Penguin, Sydney, AU, and albb Saigon, VT.

Schwenk also presents conference papers and lectures about her research on performance art and her artistic practice internationally.




Sylvia Schwenk creates community.

Sylvia creates new perspectives of the everyday and the familiar that break down barriers. Sylvia's practice looks at the relationship between performance and regular behaviour, reflecting upon the significance and beauty of commonplace activities and spaces.

Themes of community and communication run through Schwenk’s practice, which unites art with social considerations. She works closely with communities in projects that explore local issues, creating works of art that are both context-responsive and universal in their presentation.

Schwenk is a multi-disciplinary artist. Sometimes she creates works which are participatory works of performance art that emphasise engagement,collaboration, dialogue and audience activation. Other times she captures moments, spaces or actions with photographs, films, text and/or installations.

Schwenk is an artist of international standing who performs and exhibits her work in art galleries, international film festivals and spaces in Europe, the USA, Canada, India and Australia. She is the recipient of numerous commissions, awards, grants and scholarships. Her work is held in public and private art collections. Her short films are exhibited and screened internationally. Her works of socially engaged performance art are performed in everyday situations in spaces as diverse as prisons, Naval bases, football grand finals, public transport, model airplane fields and art institutions. Her commissions to create works of performance art include: the Royal Australian Navy (to commemorate the 100th anniversary); Art Fairs (Sydney and Melbourne); Art Month projects (lawns of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney); and the European Union (on the German and Dutch border).

Schwenk completed her Doctorate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia. She also studied at the Köln International School of Design and the Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany. She has completed artist residencies with the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, DE, aadk Blanca, ES, the Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, AU, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, AU, HMAS Penguin, Sydney, AU, and albb Saigon, VT.

Schwenk also presents conference papers and lectures about her research on performance art and her artistic practice internationally.


We live in a time of disconnect and confusion. Continuing inequality, an uprising of populist alt-far-right governments and movements, Brexit, Trumpism, climate change, terrorism (international and domestic), and toxic social media are leading us toward a world of anger and fear. In these times the need for people to connect with one another is more relevant and greater than ever before.

connect’ by Sylvia Schwenk is a work of social importance that has a powerful positive message to empower us to create the world we want to live in. The project is a catalyst for change that reminds us of our own humanity by allowing us to see ourselves in others.

connect’ presents stories and interactions that build intrigue about who we are and how we relate to one another. The project includes multi-channel films showing a social and visual portrait of over 160 people – from local communities in the USA (New York City), Germany (Schöppingen, Berlin), and Spain (Blanca) – sharing their private stories and thoughts in an honestly refreshing way, as they answer 5 universal questions and offer a gesture of love.

We live in a time of disconnect and confusion. Continuing inequality, an uprising of populist alt-far-right governments and movements, Brexit, Trumpism, climate change, terrorism (international and domestic), and toxic social media are leading us toward a world of anger and fear. In these times the need for people to connect with one another is more relevant and greater than ever before.

connect’ by Sylvia Schwenk is a work of social importance that has a powerful positive message to empower us to create the world we want to live in. The project is a catalyst for change that reminds us of our own humanity by allowing us to see ourselves in others.

connect’ presents stories and interactions that build intrigue about who we are and how we relate to one another. The project includes multi-channel films showing a social and visual portrait of over 160 people – from local communities in the USA (New York City), Germany (Schöppingen, Berlin), and Spain (Blanca) – sharing their private stories and thoughts in an honestly refreshing way, as they answer 5 universal questions and offer a gesture of love.

We live in a time of disconnect and confusion. Continuing inequality, an uprising of populist alt-far-right governments and movements, Brexit, Trumpism, climate change, terrorism (international and domestic), and toxic social media are leading us toward a world of anger and fear. In these times the need for people to connect with one another is more relevant and greater than ever before.

connect’ by Sylvia Schwenk is a work of social importance that has a powerful positive message to empower us to create the world we want to live in. The project is a catalyst for change that reminds us of our own humanity by allowing us to see ourselves in others.

connect’ presents stories and interactions that build intrigue about who we are and how we relate to one another. The project includes multi-channel films showing a social and visual portrait of over 160 people – from local communities in the USA (New York City), Germany (Schöppingen, Berlin), and Spain (Blanca) – sharing their private stories and thoughts in an honestly refreshing way, as they answer 5 universal questions and offer a gesture of love.

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