Hentz… Bigger than Life!
Cirkulacija 2 is happy to announce Mike Hentz, artist and educator, organizer of many international collective art projects – ranging from performances, situations and platforms. He will be in Ljubljana from 24th May to 2nd June 2016.
25th May 2016, 18.00: a lecture by Mike Hentz: “Live Art as Research of Culture and Life” at AVA Trubarjeva 5, Ljubljana
28th, 29th May 2016: a closed group performance/ workshop led by Mike Hentz: Klima | Dekadenz with 15 participants at Cirkulacija 2 Ljubljana
1st June 2016, 21.00: performance-publique at C2
Mike Hentz (1954), Swiss / American, living in Berlin. Hentz is a visual and poly-media artist, performer, musician, and was co-author of several pioneering projects in media art in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a professor at the art academies in Hamburg (HFBK Hamburg, 1989–1997) and in Stuttgart (Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, 2003–2007) and since 2009 he has been teaching at film and media department at the RISEBA Riga. He is a co-founder of several cutting-edge artistic projects/platforms/groups as: Minus Delta T (documenta, Kassel, 1987), Hotel Pompino/Van Gogh TV (Ars Electronica, Linz, 1990), Van Gogh TV/Piazza Virtuale (documenta, Kassel, 1992) and Ponton Media Art Lab.
From his rich artistic biography the Minus Delta T project is extreme: the project took many years to perform – from 1980 to 1985. Transporting a large stone (five and half ton) across Europe to Asia. In Rome pope consecrated the stone, in Austria it was met by kanzler Bruno Kreisky, in Iran they tried to reach Homeini…, in-between…
Interview with Mike Hentz by Eda Čufer – World of Art
Stefan Doepner remembers working with Mike Hentz in 1995 in Hamburg – in the project of “Treujanische Schiff” (derivation of the ships original name: Treu). The ship was tugged in Hamburg harbour near to the fish market and became a platfrom for the local artistiv and culture scene for half the year. It reactivated and dynamized the local scene which was already falling apart to individual artists.
During that time at Hochschule für bildende Künste / Hamburg Mike Hentz with some students launched Die Garage – a room for internet, digital and interactive media. Borut Savski adds information that Marko Košnik was partipating with the people from this Garage (Ulf Freyhoff in Monika Glahn) when in 1997 at Radio Student Ljubljana they initiated the Xtended Live Radio platform – at that time one of the first projects of meaningful use of “real-time” streaming media.