Candice Breitz (Johannesburg, 1972) is a Berlin-based artist. Most recently, her work has focused on the conditions under which empathy is produced, reflecting on a media-saturated global culture in which strong identification with fictional characters and celebrity figures runs parallel to widespread indifference to the plight of those facing real world adversity. Following the completion of her works 'Love Story' (2016) and ‘TLDR' (2017), she is currently working on the third part of a video trilogy that critically probes the attention economy. Breitz has been a professor at the HBK Braunschweig since 2007.
Kerstin Honeit is a Berlin based artist working with experimental documentary moving image formats. In her film works she researches the mechanisms of representation in the production of hegemonic image worlds, in connection with cultural as well as linguistic modes of translation, especially in the cinematographic context. The focus here is on the politics of the (film) voice and especially on how voice as a queering event within moving images can unsettle the gaze regimes of dominant culture. Against the background of Honeit’s artistic practice, the publication ‘Kerstin Honeit. Voice Works / Voice Strikes’ (ed. McGovern) has just been published by b_books. Honeit has taught at various art academies such as Kunsthochschule Kassel and HGB Leipzig. Since October 2022 she has been sharing the professorship for spatial concepts with Candice Breitz.
The class focuses on concept-based practices that seek to build a bridge between lived experiences of the world and possible artistic strategies for engaging the world. Students in the class choose their formal language relative to the content they wish to articulate. Moving image practices, photography, text-based practices, performative practices and social interventions are all prominent within our ongoing dialogue. We welcome artistic approaches that seek to critically consider questions of gender, class, race and other markers of identity; as well as practices that engage meaningfully with social and political challenges of the past, present and future.
From WiSe 2022/23 to SoSe 2023 Kerstin Honeit is sharing the professorship for spatial concepts with Candice Breitz.