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Amy J. Klement (born in NJ, USA in 1968) got a degree in Arabic from Georgetown University and then realized that art and creative expression were her true calling. After five years in NYC working as a photographer and costume designer, she moved to Berlin in 1997. Since then—living between cultures and languages—her work has evolved to include performance, sculpture, video, and spoken and written word. In it she poses questions about the significance and symbolism of outer shells, myths, numbers, and language, and explores the practice of patience and handwork through her crochet interventions in the public space.



Performances / Interventions:


2014   'Color Guard' – with the Performunion, 'Olobianco' Performance Festival, Magdeburg
    'The Lettuce Eater' – ‘De Nada’ 17th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Ibiza, Spain
    ‘The Web’ – ‘Animal / Homme’ residency at Bouffanges, Creuse, France
   

‘Gropiusstadt Knits and Crochets’ – knitting and crochet intervention in the open space, part of the ‘Gropiusstadt bewegt sich’ Festival, Berlin-Neukölln

   

‘Taking a Line for a Walk’ – ‘1, 2, 3’ event during the Month of Performance Art, Berlin, and ‘Survival’ International Performance Festival, Berlin

   

Performance with the Physical Poets from Japan, Myfest on May 1, Bullenwinkel, Berlin

    ‘World Redesign’ – with Michael Steger, opening of the 1st annual workshop week,  Philippine High School of the Arts, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Philippines
2013   'The Funneling 2: Flaggen', & 'A Dress Full of Color and Joy for the Women of Jeju', KEAF–Korean Experimental Arts Festival, Seoul and Seogwipo, Jeju Island Sound Korea
    'Backstube – Brotzeitgeschichten', baking intervention during one-week residency at Konstapoteket, Hökarängen, Sweden
    'Kali – The First Cut Is . . .'  – With Christoph N. Fuhrer, Lars Crosby, and Heike Kujus, CUT Performance Festival, Berlin, part of the Month of Performance Art, Berlin
    'Living Bauhaus' – With the OpenSpace PerformUnion, at MyFest and the East Side Gallery, Berlin 
    'Collective Invention' – Performance based on the eponymous image by Rene Magritte with sounds by Lady 4 Jane, part of the 'Love Loopers' performance evening at Loophole, Berlin
2012   '(F)LIGHT' & 'Naked Kitchen' – With the OpenSpace PerformUnion, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn
    'Typewriter II' – With Christoph N. Fuhrer, part of the 'Looping Love' performance evening at Loophole, Berlin 
    'Die Loreley' – Part of the 'Kanaldisko' action with Tom Albrecht, 14th 48 Std. Neukölln, Berlin
    'F(L)IGHT' & 'Naked Kitchen' – 'Escape' Performance Festival, BLO-Ateliers, Berlin
    'Zucker und Peitsche' – With Michael Steger, ESCAPE Performance Festival, Supamolly, Berlin
   

'Guerilla Art Parade' and 'Guerilla Performance' – Group performances directed by Kim Baek Ki (Korea), BLO-Ateliers and the streets of Berlin

2011   'Typewriter I – Row, Row, Row Your Boat' – Performancetage at Café Stadler, Berlin
    'The Mathematical and Performative Aspects of Crochet' – Performance lecture, University of New Mexico, Las Cruces 
    'A Coat of Divide for Abraham Lincoln' – Crochet intervention at the Lincoln Memorial in Louisville, Kentucky, part of the Lex Lac Lou Performance Art Congress
    ‘Die Eintrichterung' / ‘The Funneling’ – HUNGER International Performance Festival, Berlin
2010   ‘Soft Stones’ – Crochet intervention with Berliner cobblestones, MyFest Berlin 
    The Isminator’ – Diverse Universe Festival, Berlin
2009   ‘Make Your Mark’ – Potato-printing intervention with Rudina the pig, 'Literaturherbst', Pfullendorf, Germany
    Ein Kleid voller Farbe und Freude für das Trümmerfrauendenkmal’ – With the OpenSpace Performunion, 48h Neukölln, Berlin
    ‘23h Anarcho-Häkelrunde’ – Kunstraum Art-Uhr, Berlin
2008   ‘Anarcho-Häkelrunde’ – 'Stasi-Dada', Berlin
    ‘The Ejaculator’ – Concurrent with the exhibitions 'Spermaflut', Berlin, and 'The Sperm Project', Barcelona 
2007   ‘A Sperm Is Born’ – December 24, , King Kong Klub, Berlin
    An Advent of Sperm’ – Galerie Frei Ruum, Berlin
    ‘A Sperm A Day’ – Public crochet intervention January 1 – December 31, 2007
    Dressing Matka Polka‘ – Public crochet intervention with the women of Ratiborz and the OpenSpacePerformUnion, Raciborz Festival of Arts, Raciborz, Poland 
    Prime Subtraction’ and ‘American Spirit’ (with Ornicart) – 15th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Innsbruck, Austria
    ‘The Fibonacci Numbers of Sperm‘ – OpenSpace Festival of Free Arts, Berlin
2006   ‘Anarchic-Crochet Circle’ – An ongoing public crochet intervention in the public space
    ‘Body Bag Pinata’ – 13th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Sacramento, California, USA
    ‘How many sperm can a woman produce in 24 hours?’ – A multi-media performance of crochet and patience & ‘A Baptism of Sperm’ – Viva Performance Festival, Montreal, Canada
    Das Menetekel’ – For the opening of the exhibition 'Chaos Kreist', Schillerpalais, Berlin
2005   ‘Traces of Identity III – Traces of Neukölln’ – With the OpenSpace Performunion, Kunstnacht in Kindl Boulevard, Berlin 
    ‘Traces of Identity II – Traces of Münster’ & ‘Management of Internal Controls’ – 12th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Münster
    ‘Baggage of the Body’, ‘Metamorphosis’ & ‘Mine’ – Diverse Universe, Estonia/Finland
    ‘Traces of Identity I’ – Traces of the Artist – Part of Ich Schiller mir ein Denkmal, Schiller Palais, Berlin
2004   ‘There Be Mermaids – What for?’ – 11th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Open Space, Berlin
2003   ‘Metamorphosis of Leda’ – 9th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Open Space, Berlin
    ‘A Tale of Love’ – Told to music by Lady 4 Jane, 'The Power of Love – Infochill', Michaelkirche, Berlin
2002   ‘Caught in the Web’ – Crocheted dolls & fairytales, 8th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Berlin 
    ‘This Fragile Shell’– A globe crocheted in 3 Days, 7th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Paris
    ‘A Seminal Monument’ – Performance sculpting, MauerStripFest am EngelDamm, Berlin
    RestCycling Festival – Performance sculpting, RAW Tempel, Berlin 
2001   ‘A Cosmos from the Chaos’ – Crocheting, baking & fairytales, 6th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Schloss Bröllin
2000   ‘Head’ – Performance sculpting, 5th SoToDo Performance Art Congress, Schloß Bröllin
    ‘Tree-Of-Life’ – Performance sculpting, OpenSpace MauerStripFest on Engeldamm, Berlin

 

 

Exhibitions/Installations:

2011   'Spermatopia', part of 'Café Schönstedt' in the Gefängnis (prison) Neukölln, 13th 48h Neukölln Festival, Berlin 
2010   ‘Pr(a)egnant’, Galerie Frei Ruum, Berlin
2009   Video and photo documentation of ‘Ein Kleid voller Farbe und Freude’, Nacht und Nebel, Berlin 
2008   'Threading Trends', group exhibition, Alte Post, Berlin
    ‘The Sperm Project’, El Escaparate, Barcelona
    ‘Spermaflut’, Lid Schaufenstergalerie, Berlin
2007   ‘Giant Sperm’, installation, OpenSpace Festival of Free Arts, Berlin
2006   ‘ChaosKreist’, solo-show, sculpture/photos/video, Schillerpalais, Berlin 
    Textil-Kunst Berlin, Max-Taut Schule, Berlin
2005   ‘The Platonic Forms’, installation with music by Lady 4 Jane, TekTek, Berlin
2004   'There Be Mermaids', video installation with live music by Antonello Marafioti on Maybachüfer, during Nacht & Nebel Neukölln, Berlin 
    International Assemblage Art Exhibition, Gallery24, Berlin
2003   Paradise – M.A.I.S. exhibition in the bunker under Alexanderplatz, Berlin
    International Assemblage Art Exhibition, Gallery24, Berlin
    Fashion in Art / Art in Fashion – Berliner Kunst, Berlin
    Sicherheit 03 – Galerie Pozzo Pozozza, Berlin
2002   Schöner November, Prenzlauerberg, Berlin 
    Künstler Helfen Kinder, Emporium am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
2001   Movin' Art Gallery, Berlin 
    Art Event III, Galerie Widder & Klafki, Berlin
2000   'BUGS', OpenSpace, Berlin
1999   'WIRED', OpenSpace, Berlin
1998   Magic Garden, Stiftung Starke, Berlin
1995   Common Boundaries Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
1994   Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
1992   ‘Finding Common Ground in NY’, State University of New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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