Lusco-Fusco is a video-installation that addresses the subjects of night and darkness, sleeplessness, dream and memory, as well as bi-nationality and migration.
Autobiographical narration is mixed with short excerpts from a novel by Clarice Lispector and a popular children’s song by Vinícius de Moraes.
While listening to the audio track, the participant receives a manicure in the gallery space.
The audio track was developed based on interviews with two Brazilian manicurists living and working in Berlin. Migration and belonging, as well as contact and intimacy are important aspects to this work.
As foreigners, immigrants, urban nomads and women, how do we negotiate personal space and how is this influenced by the circumstances we live in?
In an attempt to create an approximation to these questions and to the participants, a situation was dislocated and recreated from a place regarded as a typically feminine domain: the beauty parlor.
The title is a reference to both the conversations that form the basis of the audio work, as well as to the performance that I enacted during the exhibition at 1 Shanthi Road gallery, in which individual participants received a manicure.
The performance and accompanying audio work "parlor talk" were developed during the bangaloREsidency in Bangalore, India.
The work is based on Virginia Woolf’s essay “A Room Of One’s Own”.
During the performance, fragments of different texts addressing questions of personal space are used and projected in space through both a live performance and a pre-recorded audio file that can be listened to on the headphones each person in the audience is equipped with. Both parts (live and recorded) are synchronized with each other and swith back and forth seamlessly.
The main protagonists of the video are two water balloons. Hanging by invisible threads, they both have a needle sticking out to the side. Slowly they begin to untangle...
Expanded video work that deals with the subjective experience of walking through an urban space that you've never physically been to.
I recorded a tour of San Sperate, Sardinia, in Google Street View while still in Cologne, Germany - and without ever having been to Italy or Sardinia. As a sound layer, my own voice was recorded, commenting sensations, observations and the sounds that I would imagine to experience while walking through the actual village.
During a workshop in San Sperate, I proceeded to take the exact same tour as I had virtually, and record the sound with in-ear-microphones, capturing the spatial atmosphere. In the last step, the recording was added to the video, merging different layers of time and space as well.
This remote audio-walk was carried out simultaneously by 40 women living as immigrants in 21 cities within 13 countries.
Stories and reflections on the subject of home and homelessness, childhood and growing up in different countries could be heard. At the same time, the participants received instructions on how to walk and what to photograph. Images and maps were drawn after taking the walk were sent in directly afterwards. All the interaction and exchange occurred over the internet.
Collaborative work with the artist Ana Hupe.
Over a period of 14 months, two disposable cameras travelled back and forth from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. Friends and family took them on their trips and delivered them to one of us. The camera worked as a black box: each one of us took a few pictures and then sent the camera back on its way.
Detournement explores the different narratives lost objects – especially clothes – might evoke in the beholder.
During a period of four years, I both collected images of found objects and staged different situations with my own clothes.
This work consists of a series of objects accompanied by photographs and a three- channel- video-installation.
The objects are absurd prosthesis for small rivers and are based on objects built by Moritz Schreber, a German doctor from the 19th century, developed for children with deeply traumatic effects - especially on his son Paul Schreber – known for his writings on his own schizophrenia.
Serie of portraits made in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Women working as domestic helpers in private residencies were asked to chose their favorite location within their employer’s home for their portraits.
This project was based on Jorge Luís Borges' short stories “The Library of Babel” and "The Garden of forking paths". Although written many years prior to its existence, both describe scenarios in which many parallels can be drawn to the internet.
"Reflexão" consists of two parts: a website with texts that reflect on different aspects of the internet and modern life; and an interactive installation that works with the help of a webcam and a hexagon built with mirrors, in front of which a computer monitor is placed.
Born in Quito, Ecuador, raised in various countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America, Johanna Steindorf is a German-Brazilian media artist working with participative performances, audio, photography and video. She studied at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Over the years Steindorf participated in different group exhibitions in Brazil, India and Germany. She is a PhD candidate in Media Arts and a scholarship holder at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar.
A PhD candidate since 2012, Johanna is currently researching on the artistic strategy of the Audio Walk and its relationship to the subjects of gender and migration.
Between April and May 2014 Johanna Steindorf was an artist in residence at the Goethe Institute in Bangalore, India. Read a recent interview with the artist in The Hindu.