Beate LINNE, Germany
Lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.
Beate Linne is a performance artist born in 1967 in Germany. She studied Fine Art, Architecture, Pedagogy, as well as German language and literature in University of Kassel, and University of Hildesheim. Since 2007 she has performed in Europe and Asia, given workshops and organised performance art festivals.
Linnes' work investigate core issues of life and the condition of being a human through creating live-actions with her body. Her performances often test the corporeal and mental limits of herself, questioning the social manners and learned norms of behaviour.
By using her body as a tool of creating powerful live-images, Linne considers performance as an opportunity to express herself in her ongoing examination into the ideas of freedom and conventionality of thought. At the heart of her work is an encounter and exchange between people: a possibility to initiate alternative and bold thinking processes.
I consider Performance as an opportunity to express myself by means of creating images and live actions with my body. I deal with basic issues of live, by exploring behaviour, testing limits and asking questions.The most important aspect is the encounter and the exchange between the people – and the possibility to initiate thinking processes and open the mind. In my performances I deal among other things with issues like deprivation, death, and confidence.The actions and materials often have a symbolic character. And usually I perform with great physical exertion, establishing a relation between my body, material and other people. I also like to involve the audience in the performance, so that they become an active part in it.
I don’t repeat my performances usually. But I work mostly over a longer period with the same materials. The choice of it for me is very important. I deal thoroughly with the material, so that I learn to know it very well and a kind of personal relationship arises. (Sometimes I collect material or I produce it by myself). This material has a kind of symbolic character and I use it as a basic element of the performance. With them and my body I try to create unusual or sometimes surreal images and situations.
Beate Linne’s participation at Guangzhou Live is generously supported the Goethe Institute in Hong Kong and the consulate general of Germany in Guangzhou.