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Birgit Ramsauer

I was born in Germany in 1962. Since 1992 I have been based in Berlin and NYC while travelling extensively to show my work, lecture and teach at various art schools and universities both in Europe and the USA.

I work with various media (installation, video, photography) but I see myself primarily as a performance artist, who not only aligns her own body and personality with different social environments, but also deliberately leaves behind visible traces. In the tradition of American and German Performance Art, I interfere with external contexts and mark the random remnants that other people unknowingly leave behind.
During my performances I act as a presenter and visual translator of the everyday, rather unimpressive human actions that can take place all over the world, and I often look for the active participation of the audience. As a detective would do in a crime scene, I collect evidences that allow me to initiate an analysis of the sociological and cultural context in which my actions are taking place.

As an international performance artist I live and work in Berlin and New York.
After my education at Fine Art Academy Nuremberg I became known for my public art projects in metropoles – especially my project ART : HOME – LESS (scholarship Daad regarding NYC, Kolodzei Foundation/USA regarding Moscow, Triangle foundation France regarding Marseille, Museum oft he forbidden Art + Haus am Flutgraben regarding Berlin). I developed my performance language further in „Sand in the Gear“, Chicago, „Heteropias“ Moscow, Berlin and „People Drawing“ Berlin, Moscow, Strassburg, Nuremberg, „Spinet – an experiment on total art work“ NYC, Berlin, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Odessa. As well there are present performances in sound installations like „18 Scenes with Meier“, Arpmuseum Rolandseck, and „Ich bin keine Bildhauerin!“ Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen where I developed the special form of imaginary performances and scultpures.I was supported by Else Heiliger Fond der Adenauer foundation, ifa foundation, Drexel foundation, Atlanta Nexus Center foundation , Kurt Eisner foundation.

I am teaching at Cooper Union, City College, Columbia, NYC, Atlanta Tech, TU Dresden, HKS Ottersberg, Art Academy Riga, Art Academy Nuremberg. As an experimental video artists I am member of Millennium Film Forum ,NYC and founded the International Munich Art Film Festival. As well I was juror at the International Short Film Festival Hamburg.

Collections

My work has been widely shown internationally in museums and galleries.
As well it is present in collections all over USA, Europe and Russia.

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