Wilhelm Klotzek uses sculpture, text and spoken word as interchangeable forms of narration and storytelling. He situates his work within the context of growing up in the former GDR and during its dissolution, often drawing on the structural and social divisions that still prevail. Activating a given space or a set of objects into dialogue, the artist performs part factual, part fictional accounts that examine the German history and language. This can be seen in his installation Das architektonische Trio (2012) where he plays three different parodies of cultural figures critiquing the changing urban landscape and the politics of architecture. In this as in his other works, Klotzek uses forms of interplay to humorously probe national and personal identity.
At Gasworks, Klotzek aims to further explore the use of humor in his practice, positing stand-up comedy as an absurd form of performance art. With the artist native tongue shaping much of his practice, Klotzek will experiment with the use of English and to what extend it might affect his work.
Wilhelm Klotzek lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He has exhibited widely in Germany including: Atlas at Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2013, Danke ....Ende at M1 Arthur Boskamp Sti!ung, Hohenlockstedt, 2012, Freitag der dreizehnte at Diplomausstellung, Haus am Oranienplatz, Berlin (2012), Poststudio Tales at District-Kunststi!ung, Berlin, 2012, Focus academy at Preview artfair, Berlin, 2012.
This residency is funded by Goethe Institut London.