Werner Düttmann Fellowship at Akademie der Künste Berlin

Seita, Sophie. Werner Düttmann Fellowship at Akademie der Künste Berlin. [Professional Activity]

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Sophie Seita has been awarded the prestigious Werner Düttmann Fellowship by the Akademie der Künste (German Academy of the Arts).

The transdisciplinary Werner Düttmann Fellowship is a cross-sectional residency and working fellowship in Berlin. Made possible in 2017 by the family of Werner Düttmann in honour of the architect of the Academy’s building on Hanseatenweg and long-standing President of the Akademie der Künste (1971–1983), it has been awarded annually since 2018 to promote international young art talent in all fields.

The JUNGE AKADEMIE supports international artists from all of the arts sections of the Akademie der Künste by providing residency and work fellowships as part of an interdisciplinary artist-in-residence programme. The three-month studio residencies offer fellows time, space and resources to focus on their art in a new environment. With this, the JUNGE AKADEMIE programme creates an open space for artistic research and the production of art and knowledge, which is actively shaped by each year's group of fellows together with mentors and members of the Akademie. It is an essential responsibility to maintain this free and protective space for artistic expression and exchange, experimentation and encounters across political and cultural borders.

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Sophie Seita's fellowship and residency project:

How do we tussle with (in)direct communication and emotional expression, with clarity and opacity; what form do we give to a feeling that’s both gestural and embodied, but also abstract and conceptual? This project will create a new body of work around graphic scores, textiles, and queer performance. The scores will be created through a series of graphite and charcoal drawings and then screen-printed onto floor-length fabric curtains. I will then work with musicians to record them as sound pieces. These ‘talking textiles,’ as I’ve provisionally called them, will depart from expansive dialogues with other queer artists and local communities in the UK and Germany. Given their experimental nature, inspired by asemic writing and mid-century graphic music notation, my own scores remain unfixed and open to interpretation. The final outcome will be an exhibition of all of the ‘talking textiles’ inside a fabric-and-sound installation. At the end of the fellowship, I hope to invite my collaborators and members of the public to a collective performance of the textile scores through sound, BSL/GSL, and movement. What unites all of the individual elements of this project is an interest in the potential of language, its formation and deformation, its claim or resistance to making sense, its pleasures and calls to action. Committed to curiosity, not-knowing, and surprise, this project practises and invites close attention, queer intimacy, care, and openness.

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Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

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26 Mar 2024 13:31

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26 Mar 2024 13:31



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