Bitsy Knox – W’etter,

Performance
Apr 10, 2024

In her inaugural performance as guest lecturer this May at Kunstraum, Bitsy Knox will enter into a correspondence with the rain. As Knox´s prerecorded voice mixes with the amplified sound of rainwater being pumped into the Kunstraum, a subjectivity emerges that is indivisible from the ontogenesis of bodies and materials in the space. Unfolding along an indeterminate dramaturgy, Knox investigates the porosity of the authorial ‘I’ as it finds itself in a heightened state of attention, conditioned by its constructed environment. A large lump of locally-sourced clay becomes the medium through which a shared language of call and response emerges. Its changing shape over the next four weeks attests to a collective exchange between Knox, the students and the weather. 

Bitsy Knox is a trans-disciplinary artist, radio maker, and writer. In recent years, she has performed or exhibited work at n.b.k. (Berlin), Klosterruine (Berlin), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Kunstverein Bielefeld, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Martin Gropius Bau (Berlin), TENT (Rotterdam), Exile Gallery (Vienna), Organhaus Art Centre (Chongqing), MACBA (Barcelona), and W139 (Amsterdam). Her writing has appeared in publications by e-flux, TABLOID Press, Pure Fyction, A Prior Magazine, and Sternberg Press, among others. Bitsy hosts theSomething Like on Cashmere Radio (Berlin) and 96.5 CHFR Hornby Island Community Radio. In recent years, she has worked with Performance Space New York, Kunstverein in Hamburg (with Montez Press Radio), Kölnischer Kunstverein, and Wellcome Trust/Mindscapes/Gropius Bau on radio programming. Bitsy Knox grew up on the unceded and ancestral territory of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada. She lives in Berlin, Germany.

This performance is the first of three public events. On April 24, the artist Harkeerat Mangat will be a guest at Kunstraum and on May 8, there will be a screening of the films of Ellie Epp. All three events take place in the context of the Seminar Embodied Correspondences. A Practice-Based Seminar on Improvisation, taught by Knox.

Additional opening times on April 24 & May 8, noon - 4pm.