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Sandra Man is an artist working in live performance, video and writing. For the past six years she has been working mainly outdoors, on a new relationship between body and landscape. Sandra regularly collaborates with dancers and performers, they move and speak in/with the environment. In her choreographed live performances she focuses on encounters: Between earth and moving/speaking body, between performer and audience, the landscape becomes a common ground that connects participants and attenders. In her videos she shows performers interacting with remote hybrid techno-natural landscapes: e.g. a coal mining area, a power plant high up in the mountains near a melting glacier, a garden inside the crater of a volcano. In her texts, spoken live or in videos, sometimes projected or printed, Sandra offers a sensitive description of the world, the words literally touch what surround us. Sandra’s work is strongly multi-disciplinary. In all the media used by her she aims to re-connect inside and outside, investigating our contemporary geo-existence as human bodies on earth.

Sandra studied literary studies at the universities of Vienna, Paris III and St. Petersburg. She graduated in 2006 with a thesis on the difference between art and philosophy and holds an MA in philosophy. She was part of the InterArt graduate school at Freie Universität Berlin, receiving a PhD scholarship 2009-2012. Having worked in parallel as artist and scholar, she gave up her academic career and since 2011 she is focusing solely on her artistic work. She collaborated with the visual artist Moritz Majce, and from 2015-2021 over the course of several project cycles, they created together Space Choreography, a multi-disciplinary genre, cross-fading performance and installation art.

Sandra regularly receives grants and fundings by the Berlin Senat, the German Hauptstadtkulturfonds (HKF), the national performance network (npn), the Fonds Darstellende Künste and the Dachverband Tanz. Her work is shown in Berlin (Tanzfabrik, Sophiensaele, HAUNT Front Views, Tanznacht Berlin Festival, Künstlerhaus am Flutgraben), Vienna (wuk performing arts, imagetanz Festival, Tanzquartier Wien, Werk X), Klagenfurt (Künstlerhaus, Kunstraum Lakeside).

Together with the artists Clément Layes and Moritz Majce, Sandra is the artistic director of Flutgraben Performances, the largest and most continuous artist run performance series in Berlin and Flutgraben Performances Residencies.

During the first German lockdown in spring 2020, Sandra founded the text platform Stream. Live Art Writing, which went online on the Tanzfabrik Berlin website in September 2020. An open collective of currently 12 authors publishes on Stream about performance, dance, choreography.

Together with Felicitas Zeeden, dramaturge of Tanzfabrik Berlin, Sandra created Facing Nature, a series of public structured encounters with numerous artists (Jefta van Dinther, Liz Rosenfeld, Jared Gradinger, Luiza Prado a.o.) exchanging on nature in live art.



Works (Selection)

- Lethe | Live Environment | Tanzfabrik Berlin | Nov 2023
- Facing Nature | Structured Encounters | Tanzfabrik Berlin | Oct 2022 + Feb 2023
- Aeon III | Recall | Live Environment | Tanzfabrik Berlin | Sep 2022
- Telos | Space Poem | Video, 30min | Premiere in the frame of In Return | Open Spaces Festival Berlin | Feb 2022
- Nackte Erde | Space Poem | Video, 1h30min | Presentation in the frame of Routes of Empathy. Curated by Stella Geppert | HAUNT Berlin | Oct 2021
- Bellevue | Text Object | Garden of Duets. Exhibition at The Impossible Forest. Artistic direction: Jared Gradinger | Berlin | Aug-Sep 2021
- Public Elsewhere 06 Die Straße | Audio Installation | Sonic City, Exhibition. Artistic direction: Mischa Leinkauf and Daniela von Damaros | Berlin | Aug-Sep 2021
- Aeon II | Live Installation | Tanznacht Berlin | Jul-Aug 2021
- Public Elsewhere 05 The Gift of Three | Live Triangle Installation | Flutgraben Performances | Berlin | Dec 2020
- Public Elsewhere 04 The Visitors | Live Triangle Installation | Flutgraben Performances | Berlin | Nov 2020
- Nackte Erde | Space Poem | Video Installation | Flutgraben Performances | Berlin | Oct 2020
- Aeon | Space Choreography | Tanznacht Berlin | Sep 2020
- Public Elsewhere 02 The Attenders | One on One Installation | Flutgraben Performances | Berlin | Jun 2020
- Public Elsewhere 01 The Readers | Remote Text Performance | Flutgraben Performances | Berlin | May 2020
- Chora (Echo) | Video Installation | Flutgraben Performances | Kunstfabrik at Flutgraben | Berlin | Nov 2019
- Chora (Growing Time) | Space Choreography | OpenSpaces Festival | Tanzfabrik | Berlin | Nov 2019
- Erdkörper | Video Installation | Die Lange Nacht des Tanzes | - Center for Choreography Bleiburg / Pliberk | Gmünd | Aug 2019
- Unter der Schädeldecke | Outdoor Audio Installation | Flutgraben Performances | Kunstfabrik at Flutgraben | Berlin | Jun 2019
- Unter der Schädeldecke | Live Performance with Sergiu Matis | Flutgraben Performances | Kunstfabrik at Flutgraben | Berlin | Apr 2019
- Choros (IV.4) | Das neue Leben. Exhibition. Curated by Nora Leitgeb | Künstlerhaus | Klagenfurt | Mar 2019
- Choros (VI) | Space Choreography | District Berlin | Berlin | 2018
- Choros (V) | Space Choreography | WUK performing arts | Vienna | 2018
- Choros (IV) | Video Installation | Montag Modus | Collegium Hungaricum | Berlin | 2018
- Narkosis | Space Choreography | OpenSpaces Festival | Tanzfabrik | Berlin | 2017
- Choros (III): Koroška | Video Installation | Kunstraum Lakeside | Klagenfurt | 2017
- 3AM – Filaments and Voids | Kunstfabrik at Flutgraben | Berlin | 2017
- Choros (II) | Kunstfabrik at Flutgraben | Berlin | 2017
- Narziss Echo | Space Choreography | imagetanz Festival | Brut | Vienna | 2017
- out of b/order Festival. Scores N°12 | Tanzquartier | Vienna | 2016
- Choros (I) | Uferstudios | Berlin | 2016
- Teilung | 24th Quinzena de Dança de Almada – International Dance Festival | Almada | 2016
- Thinking Ideal Paradise by Claudia Bosse | theatercombinat | Tanzquartier | Vienna | 2016
- Festung / Europa | Space Choreography | Sophiensaele | Berlin | 2015
- So Gut Wie Genug | Ballhaus Ost | Berlin | 2013
- Jetzt Wird’s Ernst (Das Spiel ist aus) | Ballhaus Ost | Berlin | 2012
- Im Areal | Sophiensaele | Berlin | 2011
- Ich stelle immer die selbe Frage | brut Künstlerhaus | Vienna | 2011
- Ein Aufenthalt (hin und her und auf der Stelle) | Ballhaus Ost | Berlin | 2011
- Die Umsetzung (Es war einmal und Ein Aufenthalt und Die Umsetzung) | Ballhaus Ost | Berlin | 2011
- Die Umsetzung (Es war einmal und Ein Aufenthalt und Die Umsetzung) | LOCALIZE Festival | Potsdam | 2011
- Denken im Affekt | Theater Nestroyhof – Hamakom | Vienna | 2011
- Humanities Un-Plugged | Kunstfabrik | Berlin | 2010
- Quick and Dirty | Kulturpalast Wedding | Berlin | 2010
- GLITZ | Contemporary Art Project | Berlin | 2006–2009
- Amusement | Akademie der Bildenden Künste | Vienna | 2007
- Farbenhäuser und Lichtgewächse | Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Universität für Angewandte Kunst; aut – Architektur und Tirol | Vienna/Innsbruck | 2005
- Alfred Dürer. Geometrie und Zahl | Projectspace Kunsthalle | Vienna | 2003
- Liquid / thecrystalweb° | Leopold Museum | Vienna | 2003



Publications (Selection)

- The Puppet, the Puppeteer | in: Stream Live Art Writing | July 2022
- Die Puppe, der Spieler | in: Stream Live Art Writing | April 2022
- Present 01-03 | in: Stream Live Art Writing | September 2021
- Three Questions | with Nicola van Straaten | in: Stream Live Art Writing | January 2021
- Chora. Moving Space | in: Stream Live Art Writing | January 2021
- Körper, Raum, Text, Publikum, Bewegung. Zu unserer Zusammenarbeit bei Aeon. The Stay | with Laura Siegmund | in: Stream Live Art Writing | November 2020
- What Forms the Present? | with Marita Tatari | in: Stream Live Art Writing | October 2020
- A New Sensualism (extended) | in: STREAM Live Art Writing | September 2020
- Choros, Chora, Aeon. Raummythentrilogie 2016-2020 | in: WUK performing arts ZWEI | April - Juni 2020
- A New Sensualism | in: WUK performing arts VIER | Oktober - Dezember 2018
Raum Berg Körper, Choreographien des Offenen | in: DIE BRÜCKE Nr. 8 | Brückengeneration 5, Aug./Sept 18
- Sprache, eine Falte des Raums | with Bernd Bösel | in: Martin Heidegger: Die Falte der Sprache, hg. von M. Friedman und Angelika Seppi | Turia & Kant | Wien | 2017
- Publikum ohne Gefühl und Verstand | in: Sublin/mes #5 | Wien | November 2015
- NoTon. Man spricht mit, man hört mit... | in: Die Stile Martin Heideggers, hg. von Patrick Baur, Bernd Bösel, Dieter Mersch | Alber | Freiburg im Breisgau | 2013
- Wir Schreiben Lust | in: Hélène Cixous: Das Lachen der Medusa, hg. von Esther Hutfless, Gertrude Postl, Elisabeth Schäfer | Passagen | Wien | 2013
- Eine Sendung für Alle und Keinen | in: Publicum. Formationen des Öffentlichen in künstlerischen und ästhetischen Praktiken, hg. von Dietmar Kammerer | transcript | Bielefeld | 2012