There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love.
– Erich Fromm, “The Art of Loving”
July 2015, artist Lisa Stertz presented a three-day performance series entitled »LOVE.« at SomoS, which constituted the practical part of her M.A. thesis pursued in the European Media Studies program of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. The theoretical component has now been published by the Akademikerverlag. To celebrate this occasion SomoS invites you to the book launch of »LOVE.«. Lisa Stertz will introduce her work and exhibit documentation of the performance series itself.
About Lisa Stertz
Lisa Stertz is a German artist based in Berlin. In her work she aims to direct attention to the human being on a bare, existential level. She uses her own body as the raw material to draw from and to act upon. Central to Stertz’s work is the notion of freedom and the human handling of it. Her work aims to pose questions related to identity, culture, understanding, acceptance, respect, honesty, reason and gratitude. It is important for Stertz to show that given or chosen structures are not only burdens to live with, but give raise to new forms of behavior, i.e. achievement. In her point of view one only feels free within a (self-)created frame. Freedom and restriction are in a dialectical relationship. Every restriction implies a possibility.
Stertz’ performances have been presented at Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago (2014), DOCK11, Berlin (2014), Links Hall, Chicago (2013), 6018 North, Chicago (2013), Soulkitchenhalle, Hamburg (2013), grüntaler9, Berlin (2011-2013), Wittgenstein House, Vienna (2011). Lisa Stertz’ solo presentation »LOVE.« was presented at SomoS July 1 – July 3 2015. More information ->