Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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Adelheid Mers

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Adelheid Mers

With my work, I am interested in grasping instances of not systems, but constellations. I want to understand how an organization functions at a given time, how an artist currently works, how a community enacts its culture at the moment we intersect. This snapshot character is what counts, and it can only be achieved performatively. What comes into play then are the different ways we speak and gesture, the metaphors we mobilize in being at home in belief systems, the fluidity we do or do not allow in communication with documents and with other people. The question is how to recognize agency among the rules we carry in our bodies and in our constitutions. Fundamentally, this work is carried by a supportive and generative, not a judging or revealing attitude. For the work I am offering to participate in NJAPF with, I initiate a sequence of interactions that lead to a personalized game/choreography.

The process is based on conversation with individuals, ideally in groups of at least two. It has been developed with student volunteers in my studio in Chicago, at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. The engagement should take about 90 minutes to create the game. Some additional time may be required to create the outcomes, which depend on the wishes of participants. They might be diagrams, drawings, photography, videos, or any combination thereof.





$2,000 - $6,000

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773.324.5520 x1014.