Performing Arts Roman Hagenbrock

  • Roman Hagenbrock © John Lui
    Artist Talk by Roman Hagenbrock at Red Gate Studio in June 2016
  • Roman Hagenbrock © John Lui
    Artist Talk by Roman Hagenbrock at Red Gate Studio in June 2016
  • Roman Hagenbrock © Goethe-Institut China
    Documentary „à propos: philosophie“: Screening and discussion at Goethe-Institut China
  • Roman Hagenbrock © Goethe-Institut China
    Roman Hagenbrock at Red Gate Open Studio
  • Roman Hagenbrock © Roman Hagenbrock
    Live Video Performance at Goethe-Institut China “This Is Beijing If I Say So”
  • Roman Hagenbrock © Goethe-Institut China
    Live Video Performance at Goethe-Institut China “This Is Beijing If I Say So”
  • Roman Hagenbrock © Goethe-Institut China
    Live Video Performance at Goethe-Institut China “This Is Beijing If I Say So”
  • Roman Hagenbrock © Goethe-Institut China
    Live Video Performance at Goethe-Institut China “This Is Beijing If I Say So”
After studying audiovisual media in Berlin, Roman Hagenbrock served as cameraman and editor for various web series and short films. For some time now, he has been exploring how images influence the human body and its movements.
                   
On 19 June 2016 he screened his documentary à propos: philosophie at the Goethe-Institut China, followed by a Q&A session with dramaturge Beate Absalon. À propos: philosophie accompanies Jonathan and Neal, two German boys taking part in the International Philosophy Olympiad for secondary school students. Different as the participants may be, thanks to their passion for philosophy they’re all used to getting funny looks from their peers at school – and even from their parents at home. Now they find out there are kindred spirits all over the globe. À propos: philosophie explores thinking as a sensuous activity and tells the story of a friendship.

On Summer Art Night 2016, which was initiated by M Woods in conjunction with several galleries and cultural institutions in Beijing’s 798 art zone, Roman Hagenbrock presented his video performance This Is Beijing If I Say So at the Goethe-Institut China on 25 June 2016. Using live camera shots, film sequences, objects and audio fragments, in its six chapters the video looks at the co-dependence between human bodies and the city and how images and image production in a city like Beijing influence our bodies. The upshot is a fantastical Beijing, an imaginary intermedia landscape through which only visitors can move.