Jörn J. Burmester
Jörn J. Burmester
Jörn J. Burmester Born 1962, lives in Berlin, works anywhere.
Jörn J. Burmester is a performance artist, curator and organiser. He came to performance art through independent theatre, followed by studies of Applied Theatre Studies at Justus-Liebig Universität in Gießen/ Germany and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, graduating with honours in 1995.
Still mobile between genres, today his passion is performance art in all its manifestations. He devises and shows solo work and collaborates with a variety of individuals and groups across Europe and internationally. Among his interests are the use of text in performance art and combinations of art and criticism. Solo pieces, which have been shown internationally, include Performance art ist live. Theatre is death, Random Rants, Sorry and the performance installation Kritik der Weltmaschine. In 2016, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Dada movement, he developed, produced and performed in Neo Neo DADA, an extreme cabaret-style group performance featuring 16 performers from all over Europe. Neo Neo DADA was presented successfully at Sophiensæle, Berlin and Bone 19 festival, Bern/ Switzerland. He has been comissioned to create a 24 hour durational performance in the baroque church Abbatiale de Bellelay in Switzerland in May 2016. This performance will include first results of his current research in relations between the moving body, colors and spaces.
Burmester was the founder and host of Performer Stammtisch, a Berlin network of performance artists (2003-2013), helped to organise the Month of Performance Art – Berlin (2011-2015), and is a founding member and was the founding president of APAB e.V., the Association for Performance Art in Berlin. He frequently organises and curates performance events, most recently the festival Performance im Hochhaus, which took place in Berlin in December 2016 and presented a durational and a short duration work each by ten international performance artists living and working in Berlin.
He is the recipient of several grants and residencies, including several production grants for large scale group works by the Senate of Berlin and Hauptstadtkulturfonds, a work and research grant from the Senate of Berlin in 2015, a DIVA residency with liveart.dk in Copenhagen in 2011 and a Saari residency by KONE foundation in 2013.