Observatory Working Group
Place of Residency
Nils Levin Sehnert, who grew up in the Ruhr area, studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Katharina Grosse and Rita McBride. In addition to past group exhibitions at cultural institutions such as KIT, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and K21, he is currently working on a cross-district and participatory project in public space in Düsseldorf. As a DJ and music producer, he is a member of the collective »Version Eins«, which regularly organizes musical interventions in Düsseldorf's public spaces.
The works are shifting his authorship to other beings by either participation or the reconfiguration of non human expressionism. A spirit of collaboration is inherent in his work.
In his artistic practice he focuses on a sociological perspective. He is particularly interested in the low threshold and the performativity of material to challenge dynamics of social distinction between humans and non humans. This includes the use of smart colors, molding technics and arrangements of collected materials.
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.