The Strange Half-Absence of Wandering at Night

Image by Jana Nowak

The Strange Half-Absence of Wandering at Night

In this audio walk, participants accompany a female protagonist through a park area at dusk. She embodies the spirit of fictional and real women who claimed their freedom to wander, thus challenging the restrictions and conventions of their culture and time. The audio piece mixes narrative, text excerpts, music and field recordings. The sun sets while the participant walks, bringing out other qualities of this environment.
Image above by Jana Nowak

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  • Location: Berlin, Treptower Park, Leipzig, Rosental & Weimar, Ilmpark
  • Show: B_Tour Festival 2015 in cooperation with Tanzarchiv Leipzig
  • Year: 2015

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.
Work in Progress

  • 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

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. While listening to the audio track, the participant receives a manicure in the gallery space.

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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 in India (and other countries): 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 was enacted during the exhibition at 1Shanthi Road gallery, in which individual participants received a manicure from the artist.


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 each person in the audience is listening to over headphones. Both parts (live and recorded) are synchronized with each other and switch back and forth seamlessly, therefore creating an analogy to the topic addressed: how headphones can create a personal, immaterial space.

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

For everyday use

series of videos and photographs
Kräfte Messen

For everyday use

  • In this series of photographs and videos, everyday objects and elements react/ interact with each other in unexpected ways.
  • Location: Academy of Media Arts Cologne
  • Year: 2007

Nash Equilibrium

video-sculpture

Nash Equilibrium

The main protagonists of the video are two white water balloons. Hanging by invisible threads, they both have a needle attached that is sticking out to each side. Slowly they begin to unwind...

  • Collaborating Artist: Thomas Hawranke
  • Year: 2013

present views of past streets

experimental video with binaural recording

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.

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. The cameras worked as a black box: each one of us took a few pictures  following very detailed instructions with one camera and then sent it back on its way. The second camera was used to photograph the messengers: Friends and family took the two cameras on their trips and delivered them in the respective city.

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

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 migrants in 21 cities within 13 countries, which were contacted via social media. The audio comprised stories and reflections on the subject of home and homelessness, childhood and growing up in different countries. At the same time, the participants received instructions on how to walk and what to photograph, including a map of the path they had walked. The digital images were sent to the artist directly afterwards, while the drawings of the maps were posted, creating the only analogue trace of the activity.

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

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 a small stream and are based on objects built by Moritz Schreber, a German doctor from the 19th century who developed prosthesis for children. The experiments he did on children had deeply traumatic effects – which became visible especially with his son Daniel Paul Schreber’s biographical account on schizophrenia and the experience in sanatoriums.

  • 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.

45 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". Both stories describe scenarios that can be compared to the internet in many ways, though they were written many years prior to its existence.

"Reflexão" consists of two parts: a website with texts that reflect on different aspects of the internet and modern life taking Borges’ stories as a starting point; and an interactive feedback installation that works with the help of a webcam and a hexagon built with mirrors, in front of which a computer monitor is placed.

About

Lives and works in Cologne, Germany
The German-Brazilian media artist Johanna Steindorf was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in various countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America, a fact that has greatly influenced her work. In Germany since 2006, she has been working with participative performances, audio, photography and video. Often using narrative and mobile strategies, her work focuses on the subject of migration, nomadism, gender and walking. She holds a bachelor’s degree from PUC-Rio de Janeiro in Visual Communication and a diploma from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. At the moment, she is a Ph.D. candidate and scholarship holder at the Bauhaus-University Weimar’s Media Arts department. There, she is researching on the artistic strategy of the Audio Walk and its relationship to the subjects of gender and migration.

 

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