Date 22. Februar 2014
Place Upper foyer
With Katalin Pöge (artist)
The young Berlin-based media artist Katalin Pöge approaches digitalism from a sociological point of view in her temporary exhibition in the Upper Foyer at the Berliner Festspiele. The installation “Schau mir in die Pixel, Baby” (with Jana Dörfelt) is an invitation to make your face unrecognisable through a highly pixellated mask. Where is the line between a ban on covering one’s face and the right to your own picture? For “Chatroulette-Begegnungen” the artist sat for 24 hours at a chat roulette, a notorious website for spontaneous video chats between strangers. Katalin Pöge asked her partners questions and took their portraits in screenshots that she had converted into large-format oil paintings in China. “Schlaf mit mir” is mediation on intimacy and distance that is sunk into itself: a bed, a film of a sleeping person and a room that can be locked.
Katalin Pöge was born in 1982 in Strausberg. She studied at the Berlin Weißensee School of Art and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She works in the area of sociological field studies in digital communication. Katalin Pöge lives in Berlin and has taken part in various exhibitions to date in Berlin, Bernau, Vienna, Tübingen and Halle.