Residency: Digital Arts and Environment

Artwork Sarah Wenzinger und Alla Popp Alla Popp/Sarah Wenzinger

Residency: Digital Arts and Environment

The two artists Sarah Wenzinger und Alla popp have been invited by Goethe Institut Kigali in cooperation with Rwanda Arts Initiative to stay in Kigali for an artist residency of two months.

Relocating narratives is a digital performance project in the Urban Space of Kigali.
Digital media and performance artists Alla Popp and theater director Sarah Wenzinger are
invited to the Goethe Institut Kigali as part of a residency under the themes digital and
environment and will work closely together with the Rwanda art center.
Rewriting and relocating is a way of reassembling the narratives of the past, which form our
visions about the future. Western narratives tend to reproduce systems of ideas without
subjecting them to fact-checking or real exchange. Under the theme complex of digital and
environmental, the planned work focuses on collective research rather than finalized
answers.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:
Sarah Wenzinger is a project director from Berlin. She studied theater directing the HFS
Ernst Busch and conceives performances and participative cooperation projects with
contemporary art Institutions and research-based works.
In her work, she explores immersive forms between performance, ritual, politics, and
discourse at the intersections and blanks of the working systems.
She realizes interdisciplinary projects in different contexts of the Berlin Biennial to collective
DIY festivals and conceives participatory mediation formats. She was a one-year scholarship
holder of a Program of the European Creative Network for Culture in five European cities
and is jury member of a Foundation for gentrification-critical artistic interventions in public
space.
Alla Popp is a digital media and performance artist with a background in state administration
and Master of Science degree in political management. Born in Russia, she studied digital
art and media at the University of Art and Design Offenbach. Her work is mainly focused on
the emancipatory potential of the digital technology for the future of humanity at large. She is
interested in promoting awareness about its conscious utilisation and probable
consequences of the contrary.
Through experimental electronic music, spoken word and immersive setups, she seeks
ambivalent situations taking place at the interface of the human and the inhuman existence
and speculates on various states of mind, relationships and self-perception, altered by
socially and emotion-ally intelligent digital technologies.