Monday, December 5, 2011

complete bodies

So at which point is a body complete? A body of work, a human body, a body?
Missing parts complete or deplete the body? The work? The picture? The photograph...? I am currently looking at bodies that have lost limbs in tragic and violent circumstances. But is the tragedy really timelessly, continually present or is the presence of absence in a way fabricated and nourished by projection of expectation not met (the expectation of having or seeing a 'complete' body with no 'absences'...)..?

Documentation or creation of a different perception..?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

exhibition view of Chorus / in vain I will away

Chorus / in vain I will away
medium: c-type photographic print
size: full and half size editions are available
More information:
It began with Dante's Divine Comedy.. images of purgatory and hell... The treat of what could happen to one's senses, the inability to escape such a destiny.. a nightmare.. 

Fusili's painting of an incubus sitting on a sleeping woman, who writhes in nightmare fused with his poem of how in vain she wills away also influenced this project. As did Ciaroscurro painting and a now distant past in working in Physical theatre. 

Serious concerns within this work are my long-term involvement in working with the body in unconventional ways; a conversation with classical painting; a keen interest in political - societal concerns developed from an engagement with folk tales, mythology and religious parables.

To me the work is politically informed, the value of being human, the ease with which humanity is lost, dehumanizing takes place all too easily, and normality is in state of flux in which loss of identity of another easily occurs un-noticed, un-objected. My personal fear is fed when I perceive the fragility of an individual in society but I live with an undercurrent of optimism with which I believe in the strength of the potentially same individuals.

Another political position of the work is its engagement with the female body searching for ways of claiming it as universally significant body not representative of female concerns but universally human concerns. Attempting to distance a female body from the; easily falling into narrow enclosures of; feminist discourse is generally a problematic endeavor, but I am searching for ways to speak about humanity without falling into league with a gender camp. Of course feminism is in this time of recession a concern of refreshed urgency.
This project is trying to address a universal aspect of timeless and also very contemporary human condition.
Be it the literary journey of Dante through purgatory and the circles of hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy or parallels in contemporary life, the ugly and the beauty of human experience and capability.
I don’t think I propose answers or fixed positions in my work, rather questions, observations, sometimes serious, at other times with elements of humor. I search and I always find more question which lead to further searches. I work at highest possible quality across a spectrum of mediums, incorporating drawing, film, photography, installation, light, ambience. I locate my practice in concerns rather than a particular medium.

If you have more questions about the work or if you are interested in the project for exhibition or purchase please contact me;

Thank you to Kiwoun Shin for the photographs!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

My work has been screened, staged and exhibited in several countries among others:

America 2010 - performance and intervention / public spaces/Art event
Germany 2009 - performance and film/ gallery
India 2007 & 2008 - installation and photography / public space and pop-up gallery window
Cambodia 2006 - performance / public space
Morocco 2004 - installation / public space
Austria 2001- collaboration dance and film / gallery

and in the UK among others:

SHUNT events 2010 & ICA London 2011
Affordable Art Fair London 2010,
QUAD in Derby 2009,
Independent Biennial Liverpool 2006 & 2008,
Portobello Film Festival London,

awards/special merit:
Catlin Art Guide 2011
Warden Purchase Prize, Goldsmiths University 2010
Axis Web Artist of the Month, November 2008

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cultural immersion Language and Art lessons

I offer Cultural immersions in Art and Language, this is most interesting for those with some existing language proficiency. We can approach these lessons in a practical or theoretical way, you can use them for hobby interest or for preparations for further study. Perhaps you are considering a visit to Germany and want to build up confidence in your language skills with a focus on Arts or Social Issues, Politics, Environmental Affairs? All of these are themes that I share a passionate interest in. Included in the subject Art can be contemporary Dance, Fine Art and Conceptual Art, we can visit Art Exhibitions, Museums or approach your German Language practice with practical Art lessons. You can combine any aspects of my lesson repertoire (Art, several approaches to Yoga, Languages, basic Drama) with either English or German as instruction languages. These lessons are not available as one hour sessions, the shortest I offer is 2 hours for practical Art Practice and 3 hours for excursions with conversation throughout and tea and summary conversation at the end of the session.

Workshop Leading and assisting for drama, arts, working with children, young people, adults, OAPs, people with learning difficulties and speakers of other languages. I have a lot of experience working with shy learners and enjoy the challenge of raising interest in a project with those who are easily distracted.

Private & Group Art Tuition, German and English Language lessons, Yoga practice and basic drama workshop skills, which are very useful in raising confidence, group dynamic building and also suitable as a way of getting the body moving as exercise while engaged in focused but expressive free play. As I offer a range of lessons in different fields I would like to begin with the fundamental basics: All of the lessons I offer are in skills that I am passionate about and enjoy sharing. I can offer combination classes in which I can give Art lessons in German or a mixture of German and English, depending on the language level of the participants.

Hourly rates during the summer months are £20 per hour, discounts are available for regular students on weekly 2 hour sessions (payable in advance) and on second and subsequent 3+ hour sessions.


Birgit Deubner was born in Cologne Germany, her father a painter introduced her to naive Eastern European styles of painting from an early age. A radio program about Matisse sealed the decision to become an artist in order to never retire.

Anthropological study, latin, history and philosophy at a progressive school in Cologne further nurtured her position.


exhibitions and events:

2011 Pop-Up Gallery, Fitzrovia, London, UK. curated by Nolan Browne

2011 ICA invited by Shunt, London, UK. invited by Robin Spalding

2011 Catlin Art Guide (publication, UK), on sale nationwide, selected by Justin Hammond

2011 Last Fridays Shorts, TAP / Coexist, Southend on Sea, UK, selected by Michaela Freeman

2010 SHUNT, London, (UK), curated by Robin Spalding

2010 Art Murmur, Oakland, (USA)

2010 Benaki Museum, Athens, (Greece) Out of the box Intermedia curated by Sozita Goudouna

2010 Affordable Art Fair, London, (UK), Emerging Artists (works sold to collections) curated by Jessica Hall

2010 Southend on Sea Art Festival, Kent, (UK), invited by Coexist

2010 Pause and Eject II, Shoreditch, London

2009 Portobello Film Festival, London, (UK)

2009 Quad, Derby, (UK), curated by Alfredo Cramerotti

2009 Pause and Eject I, Brick Lane, London, (UK)

2009 Workstation, Sheffield (UK), curated by Josh Tennant from Red Wire Liverpool

2009 BBC Big Screen (UK), 6 weeks of hourly 3 minute screenings of 'Dungbeetle and Sisyphus',

2008 Slowness, Red Wire Gallery, Liverpool, (UK), curated by Vanessa Bartlett

2008 Liverpool Independent Biennial, commissioned piece 'Dungbeetle and Sisyphus', Arena Gallery, Greenland Street area, Liverpool, (UK), curated by Tony Smith

2008 The Liar the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bridewell Gallery, Liverpool, (UK), curated by Vanessa Bartlett
2008/1 research, UK-Istanbul overland journey

2007 6 months research and production residency South India, with 2 exhibitions in public spaces.

2007 Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool (solo)

2006 Siem Reap, Cambodia

2006/10 Independent Biennial Liverpool, (UK), public spaces performances with lead wings

2006/08 Independent Biennial Liverpool, (UK), Bracket This 3, curated by Tomas Harold, presented by Mercy

Sunday, March 20, 2011

exhibition in London

New Decade
curated by Nolan Browne
42 Store Street

Private View
Thursday 31st March 7-9pm

Exhibition runs until May 8th, 2011

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Sunday 12pm-6pm, or by appointment