This week, Berlin’s art schedule is busier than ever with the ongoing MONTH OF PERFORMANCE ART in full swing. Saturday, Mike Hentz, New Jersey native graphic designer, photographer, musician and performance artist, will create a 200 square meter stage for his Kreuzberg performance. The artist offers a sensory experience, to include “a chaotic cacophony of colour, music, scents, objects and action” and they “are more of a process-oriented happening and pool of existential test arrangements.” Adding to the already colorfully creative energy of the the independent project space, Mind Pirates, the performance promises to be anything but boring.
Participants in Heintz’ performance: Matsuyama Yuko, Pipe Lange, Sergey Kleyn, Karen Boehne, Melanie Marx, Daniel Herrmann, Veronika Schuhmacher, Daniel Nechvatal, Gerard Couty, Rotraut Pape, Jennifer Mulinde, Nina Vitanova, Ninon Liotet, Kissing Couples, Mike Hentz and the Mindpirates.
Mike Hentz – mikehentz.com
Hentz a trained violinist, was trained at the music-theater in Paris before he engaged himself in performance art in the late seventies. Living in Düsseldorf at the times, he co-founded the performance group “Delta Minus t” and recorded the album “Death Opera”. In the eighties he was significantly involved in the 3. “Padlt Noildlt” festival in Graz, Switzerland and held several visiting professorships at the “Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg” besides being an actor at the operahouse in Frankfurt.
In 1980 he was co-founder of “Frigo” and “Radio Bellevue” as well as the “European Media Art Lab“. In the nineties he developed and produced several TV projects for cable and satellite such as “Van Gogh TV” and “Piazza Virtuale” as well as “Universcity TV”.
Furthermore the taught at the institute for art and technology in Moscow, Russia at the university in Riga, Lettland. Hertz also worked for the polish television in Warsaw, where he created a concept for media art. From 2003 to 2008 he taught intermedia creation.