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Artist Spotlight: Sarah Bild

Sarah Bild is driven by impulse. Her improvised and performative work allows her to re-appropriate her own body, defying conventions of the dance world. Despite boasting an impressive dance career, Sarah now wishes to blur the boundaries between dance, art and theatre. All types of movement, by definition, can and should be dance.

The notion of the Body-Mind is vital in her practice. Sarah believes that the body and mind are not two separate entities, but rather one force. Her work is a mixture of her whole being and her life experiences up to this point. Her history, emotional baggage, spiritual-self and her physical place all feed her mind, her body and her work.

Leipzig offers a very specific sense-of-place for Sarah. The city her father had to flee during WW2, Sarah is very aware of the pull that Leipzig has for her. Although her father’s story brought her here, it is the experience of being here and the effect it has on her body that are the key focus. For her upcoming work at the Alte Handelsschule Sarah wants to experiment with the concepts of imprisonment and escape. She is inspired by the past but her own body and experience of self in the present will drive her performances.

Sarah “offers herself up as an everyperson”

Highlighting the importance of sharing time and space with her audiences, Sarah lays focus on the movement of her body and not her facial expressions or her specific identity. This allows her presence in the space to be interpreted in many ways. The intimate act of sharing breath with those who watch her perform, feeds her impulses and movements.

A further relationship is present in Sarah’s work. Not only is there exchange with the audience, she is often accompanied by found objects. Utilising metal for her time at the PILOTENKUECHE residency, she is aware how these objects actively present themselves, guide her, produce obstacles and engage with her. The weight of the metal, its weathered appearance and the rusty colour aid the exploration of her own body.

Sarah’s upcoming performance in Almost Tension will add new dimensions to the exhibition. As she moves in and around the space and amongst her fellow artists’ work, the exhibition space alters. Whoever is present for Sarah’s impulsive performances will enter into an exchange of breath, time and space.


Written by Rosie Shackleton

To see more work from Sarah Bild come to the following exhibitions:

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
sound performance by Tomas Nuñez
duration performance by Sarah Bild

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Audrey Newton

Audrey Newton lets materials find their own identities. Through her work, latex, resin and silicon all speak for themselves. Attempting to remove herself from the artistic process, Audrey anoints herself the ‘chill mum’ that allows her materials do their own thing. This practise-driven artist lets her work find its own voice; one meant to be heard differently by the audience who view it.

“Trawling through the states of matter,” Audrey experiments with what materials can do, especially latex.

She feels that she didn’t “stick to” latex rather latex “stuck to” her. Inspired heavily by the work of Eva Hesse, Audrey is aware of how the materials she has chosen are impermanent and transient, reducing her “artist’s footprint”. As the latex dissolves, discolours, degrades and alters, its identity too evolves and presents itself anew. The work is active and establishes its own presence.

images by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Audrey’s pieces are true inhabitants of space, not just mere visitors. Using her surroundings as the starting point, Audrey presents work that then disrupt this space. The materials change and converse with and amongst themselves. They occupy the space of their own accord. In line with Jane Bennett’s notion of ‘Vibrant Matter,’ Audrey wants to emphasise the “vitality of nonhuman bodies.” Objects are anthropomorphised and given life; independent of the artist.

The audience is heavily considered in Audrey’s work.

Her abstract, vibrant and ever-changing pieces are not intended for linear interpretation. She wants the viewer to create their own narratives. The life-span and meaning of otherwise ephemeral materials is expanded through audience participation.

Leipzig has made Audrey green with…inspiration! With work subconsciously driven by her surroundings, she has noticed that her current work uses green taken from the surrounding Leipzig. She is also utilising “formal” shapes resembling the bricks of the PK studio. Audrey’s work evolves in conjunction with the space she and her materials find themselves in. In the upcoming exhibitions, how will Audrey’s work introduce itself? What narratives will the audience create? And how will the work occupy the exhibition space?

Written by Rosie Shackleton

images supplied by artist


To see more examples of Audrey’s work visit her website, and you are welcome to the following exhibitions.

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

i think you’re brilliant. i don’t think I’ve ever told you that, but it’s true.

solo exhibition

vernissage:
27 Mar
8PM

open:
27 Mar – 15 Apr
Wednesdays
8PM

Helmut
Kohlgartenstr 51
04315 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Austin Turley

Austin Turley is all about “finding that sweet spot.” Exploring the patterns, subtleties, rhythms and various properties of different materials, Austin aims to present a series of work that extend through the two upcoming PILOTENKUECHE exhibitions.

Through collecting and exploring his physical surroundings and the objects therein, Austin aims to “investigate the system”. Curiosity is what pushes him. He tries and tests new materials to find out what they can do and how he can utilise them. Continually being spurred on by his past work, he has noticed there is a core to his practise. This core stems from his music making. Where he used to question why he picked specific notes during composition, he now asks why he picks new materials.

“Painting and working” have been a constant feature of Austin’s life.

With his mum being a painter herself, Austin found it an easy skill to acquire. It continues to be the foundation that he draws upon in his current work. Later acquiring “working” experience as a glass caster and as a stone carver, Austin familiarised himself with new tools that allow him to extensively explore the properties of the materials that he encounters.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Serendipitous stones inspired him in his current work. After observing how his young son interacted with stones and gravel, Austin decided to join him in the sand pit and began collecting stones from the courtyard of his Leipzig residence. Austin sees his current work as truly a “family affair”. He collects the stones, his wife cleans them and his son inspired the whole process, .

From Leipzig to Lisbon; the PILOTENKUECHE residency will be followed by another in Portugal.

Austin is already thinking about what he will produce on his following artist residency, aiming to adjust the scale of his work to fit the different sized studio spaces. For Lisbon he will be thinking small and has already begun working on gel prints based off scans of mottled glass. These prints then produce topographical-like patterns and designs which are different with every scan. The work of this artist is clearly never done and “the more work [he] makes, the more ideas come.”

Written by Rosie Shackleton


For more work from Austin Turley visit his website, and you are welcome to the following exhibitions:

Almost Tension

vernissage:
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE
Franz-Flemming-Str 9
04179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Tomas Nuñez

Tomas Nuñez produces work that is “seriously silly”. With accessibility, engagement and simplicity at the forefront of his practice, for his time at the Pilotenkueche, Tomas wants to produce art that is flamboyant, noisy, interactive and, most importantly, fun!

Predominately a sound artist, Tomas aims to sneak past the “gatekeepers of music”.

Through growing up in the DIY band culture of Sydney, a scene that invents spaces outside of the ‘realms of money-making’ and the hetero-normative definition of what a band and music should be, Tomas knows there is not one linear way to make music. For him, this environment is about friendship, community and experimentation, a key focus for his upcoming work at PK which he claims “needs collaboration” and audience involvement. He is also looking forward to possible collaboration with other artists in the residency and is planning shows in and around Leipzig, so he can keep performing during his time here.

Touring groups of deaf, blind and autistic individuals around artistic spaces, Tomas became very aware of the rule and restrictions of the public art sector. Working at The Museum of Contemporary Art and other installations such as Sculptures by the Sea in Sydney, it became clear to him that the gallery and art environment is one dominated by the middle-class, intellectual masses and is linear in its need to maintain a quiet and contemplative aura, one that excludes many.

The marriage between boxing and music will be Tomas’ main focus in his residency here at Pilotenkueche.

Approximately a year ago, Tomas began dancing around the boxing ring, and not just in the DIY music space; a combination prompting consideration of sound and space. The transformation of the boxing ring from an intimidating place to one of comfort and even “solace” was an important one for Tomas, building upon his work in museums and the questions of which spaces are accessible and welcoming.

After the first visit to the Alte Handelsschule Tomas has begun to think about what he will produce during the residency. He intends to produce “speed balls” (rubber coated objects with microphones attached) which will perform the purpose of a punching bag to be kicked, touched and interacted with by the visiting audience. Emphasising the similarities between music and boxing; their sensual, stimulating nature and their dependence upon collaboration and active involvement, Tomas’ work promises to get us all involved.


Written by Rosie Shackleton

To see more work from Tomas Nuñez go to his Vimeo or visit our upcoming exhibitions:

Almost Tension

vernissage:
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE
Franz-Flemming-Str 9
04179 Leipzig