Lusco-Fusco

video-installation
Lusco-Fusco

Lusco-Fusco

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.

  • Location: W139, Amsterdam
  • Show: Circular Permutation in between negative and positive space
  • Year: 2015

Parlor Talk Berlin

audio-performance
Parlor Talk Berlin

Parlor Talk Berlin

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.

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  • Location: Blockbuster Exhibitions, Berlin
  • Show: 7:1 Brazilian Artists in Berlin
  • Year: 2014

Parlor Talk Bangalore

audio-performance
Parlor Talk Bangalore

Parlor Talk Bangalore

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.

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  • Location: 1Shanthi Road Gallery, Bangalore
  • Show: two art inhibitions (with Claudia Reiche)
  • Year: 2014

Of One's Own

lecture performance
Of One's Own

Of One's Own

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.

  • Location: Quartier am Hafen, Cologne
  • Show: Floating Gestures
  • Year: 2013

Nash Equilibrium

video-sculpture
Nash Equilibrium

Nash Equilibrium

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...

  • Collaborating Artist: Thomas Hawranke
  • Year: 2013

present views of past streets

experimental video with binaural recording
present views of past streets

present views of past streets

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.

still here, sometimes there

remote audio-walk
still here, sometimes there

still here, sometimes there

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.

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  • Shown at: Jung Art Berlin 2011
  • Year: 2011

dupla exposição

collaborative photography project
dupla exposição

dupla exposição

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.

  • Collaborating Artist: Ana Hupe, Rio de Janeiro
  • Show: Galeria Lunara, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Year: 2010-2012

Detournement

photography
Detournement

Detournement

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.

Education towards Beauty

objects, performance & photography
Education towards Beauty

Education towards Beauty

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.

  • Location: Academy of Media Arts Cologne (diploma)
  • Show: temps d'image, Düsseldorf, 2009
  • Year: 2009

Maid in Brazil

photography
Maid in Brazil

Maid in Brazil

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.

  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Show: KHM (2008) and 7:1 Brazilian Artists in Berlin (2014)
  • Year: 2008

Reflexion

the internet and the magical realism of Jorge Luis Borges: web-art & interactive installation
Reflexion

Reflexion - the internet and the magical realism of Jorge Luis Borges

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.

  • Location: Pontifícia Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (diploma)
  • First Prize: Rio faz Design 2006
  • Year: 2005

About

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.

Research

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.

Recent Interview

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.

About
  • Location: Cologne, Germany
  • Email: info(at)johannasteindorf.de
  • Résumé: resume_js.pdf
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