Observatory Working Group
Place of Residency
Kati Masami Menze was born 05.02.1998 in Germany. From the age of eight, she was raised in Tokyo before she studied at Folkwang University of Arts. Since her first Production “LIMINALITIES” at in the Vacant Harajuku Theater in Tokyo, she is working as a performer, creator and builds bridges to other disciplines.
She has shown her works at institutions as PACT Zollverein and her current Dis-Tanz Solo research is supported by Dachverband Tanz. She is also based in Essen as a coordinator between the freelance network IG Tanz Essen and the space l lab.
Performance Media Art
In her work she often takes the role of a storyteller, to question the existing structures and our constant reproduction of toxic cycles with humor.
She is focusing on the „Liminal space“, the space which exists in any kind of theme between multiple realities to underline the fact that we always have a choice as a collective. Her artistic vocabulary is orientated in bodypractices. It is often used in combination with other resources.
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.