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Freya Hattenberger [Videonale.11]

* 1978 in Offenbach am Main GER, lives in Cologne GER
Studied at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln GER and at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main GER 


Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Freya Hattenberger. Solo, Galerie Petra Nostheide-Eycke, Düsseldorf GER [S]
         Images against Darknes. Bilder gegen die Dunkelheit, KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf GER

2011 Metaphorical Staircase, Galerie Alexander Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main GER [S]
         Transfer, Musée des Beaux Arts Nantes FRA

2010 CASAMATTA, Kunst.Unterirdisch, Bunker Tullstrase 5, Dortmund GER [S]
         Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen GER

2009 Kunstfilmtag 09, Art Association Malkasten Düsseldorf GER
         Radical Performance, special video exhibition of imai on Art Cologne 2009

2008 Video Performance. Modelle der Selbstbetrachtung, Ausstellungshalle für Zeitgenössische Kunst,    
         Münster GER
         Attr:Action – October Contemporary 2008, Hongkong CHN

2007 höchstpersönlich, Galerie Uschi Kolb, Karlsruhe GER [S]
         Der verborgene Sinn weggeworfener Dinge, MARTa Herford GER




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Sirene, 2007, 3:30 min., colour, sound [VIDEONALE.11]

A still frontal shot shows the artist herself sitting behind a microphone. She is not using it in the usual way to amplify her voice, however. Not one sound leaves her lips and yet she manages to make herself heard. She encircles the microphone with her lips, moves them back and forth and almost puts her mouth completely over it. Through the exact positioning of the speakers, feedback sounds emerge, and thus what are actually inaudible frequencies can be heard as a howling through the room. Freya Hattenberger plays with the oscillations, makes them sound out and modulates them by moving her mouth, which forms a resonance space. She calls this workSirene, referring to the warning signal but also to the mythological Sirens, who with their entrancing voices lured seafarers to their death in the watery deep. The artist is also a Siren, for she enchants through the use of her body, but at the same time by means of her intelligence and technical knowledge. This work captivates us with the dichotomies it represents: body ? spirit, technology ? sensuality, mythology ? physics, taking up the tradition of feminist video performances. In figurative terms, we watch how the woman makes herself heard within the patriarchal [language] system in a way that is both sensual and intelligent ? by applying her knowledge of physical properties and by using her body.

Marion Scharmann

Freya Hattenberger