Observatory Working Group
Place of Residency
Daria Nazarenko grew up in Russia, is still studying in the Gonzalez-Foerster class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, and focuses her artistic interest on the environment constructed by human hands. She has already worked on three space-opening perfor- mances with Kati Menze, among others at PACT Zollverein Essen.
Nazarenko curated group shows at the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, among others, and on an international level: in Moscow and Paris. Workshop experience including from the series »Trick17« at the Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig.
In my artistic practice, I observe urban and postindustrial environments focusing on chorographical quality of daily routines. I am interested in the togetherness of body and space, considering that every movement hides a moment of irritation.
Often, I do research trips – It is important to me that my work has a space-opening component, and does not just take place in the designated theater space. All the developed projects are done in collaboration with other artists, designers, activists, dancers and audience – And that collaboration is based on mutual appreciation and empowerment. As an artist I feel the urge of being a platform.
Year of participation
Observatory Working Group is a temporary research group between performance, social practice and art. It consists of dancers Marius Ledwig and Kati Masami Menze, performance artist Daria Nazarenko and visual artist Nils Sehnert.
For CC Ringenberg #2, the four participants invented a participatory research project called LANDING POINTS. In this, they will focus on Bruno Latour's term: becoming terrestrial. To become terrestrial means to create a common ground – a ground that is not seen as a capital investment for resources, but as living space. This task can only be accomplished collectively with a multiplicity of voices and acteurs – human and non-human.
In the first phase, three workshops will be developed with the aim to find instruments for an active survey of the regional living space. In this process, the habitat, together with all its entities, will be considered as a powerful starting point and benchmark for the resulting practice. The workshops aim to invite the people of Hamminkeln to take part in a performative research, held by Kati Masami Menze, Daria Nazarenko and Marius Ledwig. An additional material research will be provided by Nils Sehnert.
In the second phase, a form will emerge from the collected material for a Gesamtkunstwerk in and around Ringenberg Castle. These results will be presented in a publicly accessible, installative archive.