imai - inter media art institute
Darija Šimunović M.A.
NRW-Forum, Ehrenhof 2
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Freya Hattenberger was born in Offenbach am Main, Germany in 1978. The central point in the work of the Cologne based artist concerns aspects and needs of the body and its relation to social and ecological environments. Mainly, Hattenberger works in a performative way in video performances, video and sound installations, and photography.
The actions take place in front of the camera. They are measured precisely for being recorded. There she examines questions of autonomy and representation. The framing of each piece functions as comment on cultural attitudes and mediatized perception. The body appears as communicator and medium of the argument – and is therefore linked to technical processes like feedback and distortion. Sound and the use of voice as indicators are key elements of her work.
Freya Hattenberger studied in the classes of Jürgen Klauke, Marcel Odenbach and Matthias Müller and received her M.A. with honours from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2006. In 2008 she received the Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff-Bursary as well as the award for young artists of NRW (2008) and the prize for Expanded Media (Medien im Raum), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2007).
Freya Hattenberger spent artist residencies in Paris, Dijon, Valenciennes and Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited at (i. a.) NCCA – National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Galerie Rudolfinum (Prague), Transmediale Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Ausstellungshalle für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Münster), Kunsthalle Bremen, MARTa (Herford), Videotage (Hong Kong) and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.
Works of Freya Hattenberger are in the collections of the Musée de Beaux Arts (Nantes) and the Museum am Ostwall (Dortmund) as well as imai – inter media art institute (Düsseldorf).