The video works that are presented at American artist Madeline Stillwell’s first solo exhibition in Hungary chiefly concern themselves with the human body. These filmed documentations of the artist’s performances address the formal ways in which the body functions, the indirect rules of this functioning, and the processes of eliminating these rules.
In the performances, which are realized in urban or industrial surroundings, the environment and its characteristic materials are also emphasized. Waste material found in the street, in abandoned places, or in construction sites, can be seen to have the same significance here as the artist’s own body–therefore it is the living body itself that becomes the subject which initiates such processes.
These works balance on a line between control and chaos, order and disorder, and simultaneously encourage the viewer to reconsider everyday emotional dis/orientations.
Madeline Stillwell (USA, 1978) is a multimedia and performance artist, who has lived in Berlin since 2008. A professor of Performance at the Evangelische Hochschule Berlin für Soziale Arbeit, she received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2008), and her BA in Studio Art and Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College (2000), where she simultaneously trained in music, dance and theatre. Her live performances and videos combine material, body, and voice, often incorporating found or existing urban environments. Her work has been performed and exhibited internationally, including the Kassel Kultur project of Dokumenta 13, the Kunstverein Göttingen, and Bázis Gallery at the Paintbrush Factory in Cluj-Napoca.
She has been a guest lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, at Bard College Berlin (ECLA), and at the Lüdwig Maximillians Universität. Her work can be found in such prestigious collections as the Deutsche Bank Collection and the Stoffel/Young Collection.