Prof. Patricia Hoeppe
was appointed to Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences as Professor for Intermedia and Performance Art in 2012. She is significantly responsible for the conception and development of the Master’s Degree Programme Performative Künste in sozialen Feldern/Performative Arts in Social Fields, which are the main focuses of her cultural research.
Her work is based upon the apprehension, configuration and make-up of social, societal and cultural fields and environments. She uses performance arts and installations to seismographically capture the challenges related to social situations, formulate cultural solution-choices and enable the participants in the field to then shape these themselves. Her work involves the passers-by, participants and performers, just as much as it does social and cultural situations, locations or entire cities (s. Performed City).
Her works have been shown, among others, at the Sydney Biennale, Vivid Festival of Light/Sydney, Art Cologne, Fotoweek Düsseldorf /NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) Forum, Unicef Hamburg, Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders) Berlin, Museo Contamporena Santiago de Compostela/Spain, Italian Embassy/Istituto Culturale Berlin, Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin, Löwenpalais/Stiftung Starke Berlin, Art Tower Los Angeles, Kulturbrauerei Berlin, Museum for Communication Berlin and Frankfurt a. M., Orangerie Frankfurt a. M., Cabaret Voltaire Zurich/Switzerland. www.patriciahoeppe.com.
Patricia Ines Hoeppe has, among others, a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Meisterschülertitel from Rebecca Horn) and Communication Design/Experimental Media Design (Maria Vetter’s class) from Berlin University of the Arts, a certification in Art Therapy (Masterclass with Katharina Gutknecht Artaben School for Art Therapies Berlin), State license as Heilpraktikerin (alternative medicine) and Physical Therapist with additional qualifications in psycho-motorics. In addition, she has studied psychology, art pedagogy and the history of modern art. She has professional experience in all of these areas. She studied Fine Arts at the Bezalel Art School Jerusalem (Guest), Gerrit-Rietveld Academy Amsterdam (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and at the Berlin University of Art (Master Pupil). In 2016, Patricia Ines Hoeppe had the position of Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney in the Summer Term and since then, she has cooperated with various European universities and art institutions.
“I position myself in the artistic research in which situations are understood to be a research field: social questions as situations are reacted to performatively, thus having an impact on societal and cultural fields. I understand my teaching to be the imparting of these methods as well as inspiring others to create open works of art. This includes finding empowerment through methods of performance art, visualization and the embodiment methods of intermedia art. By these means, it seems possible to me to respond to the social questions of our time and thus form society and culture.
Patricia Inez Hoeppe developed this methodology in a pilot project that was conducted in 2012-2014 in a city with a population of 15,000, 70% of which were immigrants. The city council requested that she develop and execute an art project for the entire city that would reveal the status quo of integration as well as support the integration and communication between its citizens. This community and city-work is based on the main idea of positioning oneself in the democratic system and allowing all others to do the same. Her methodology is in alignment with the concept of “Education for Democratic Citizenship.” The settling and negotiating of cultural integration is performed using interdisciplinary methods including systemic formation work, gestalt work, early drawings, temporary installations as well as performance art:
The performers work in Three Lines of Action, first in the systemic-performative Inner Line of Action, in order to gain a deeper look at the structure of their city. In Outer Line of Action, using the knowledge that they have won in the Inner Line of Action, they intervene and formulate in a real urban space. Finally, in Public Line of Action, they anchor these specific democratic skills in their respective city through, for example, citizen-happenings.
Publications: Patricia Ines Hoeppe: Performed City; PPI 2015
“How do we experience Europe and how do we take part in this experience? Perform Europe! is the call for artistic settlement with one’s own attitudes and actions and for a performative development of a common Europe. Performer and participants create an emotional map of Europe: the “EuropeScan”. They are then asked artistically depict similarities, overlapping areas, fears and conflicts. Where are our societal fault lines? Where are the borders or bridges between the cultures? A collage and a vivid portrait of Europe emerges piece by piece, of places, memories and visions from which, then, an impulse for action emerges. The artistic research project aims to empower emotional and artistic approaches to citizen participation. It hopes to encourage citizens to develop ideas and then turn these impulses into action. Patricia Hoeppe applies the method of Three Lines of Action (cf. Performed City), a methodology which she personally created and developed. The project will be continued in other European countries and is linked digitally cross-border through statements from interviews and video recordings which accompany the artistic performative process.
press release February 20, 2018
©Idea, Conception, Execution and Direction: Patricia Ines Hoeppe
The Big Arrival
“The Big Arrival addresses the arrival and settlement of over one million refugees in Germany and the consequentially resulting individual and also societal situations. This work-in-progress strives for a cultural integration of diversity, which serves as a performative platform where refugees, students and citizens can recognize their fears, grasp or conceive inconceivable experiences, work through them and find a stand point. Through different stations, the participants, comprising over 200 unaccompanied minor refugees, students and citizens are able to experience cultural participation in the democratic social system. The applied performative methods are democratic processes. Using mimetic and poetic methods, one’s own position can be settled and negotiated with others. Here, Patricia Inez Hoeppe applies the method of Three Lines of Action (s. Performed City). Competencies experienced through the arts are evidently transferable. Cultural education through Performance Art seems to be a meaningful path to cultural integration” from a Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences press release.
Performance-Parcours: Perform Democracy!
Democratic Skills for Citizens
“The (per)forming of society is not only the responsibility of politics and politicians, it is the responsibility of its citizens! In the Performance-Parcours PERFORM DEMOCRACY! we make art and at the same time experience democracy. Together, with friends and strangers, we create a performative collage of Europe that spans over 5 stations, crossing generations, social strata and nations, and at the same time we learn about democratic-cultural skills and demonstrate that: Europe is diverse and everyone’s participation counts!”
Text from an invitation to PERFORM DEMOCRACY! Cooperation between the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and the Deutsche Kinderschutzbund (an NGO organized to protect the rights of children) together with the Frankfurt Museum for Communication.
Patricia Ines Hoeppe has been continuously developing her Performance-Parcours, which she created in 2013. In the meantime, it has been performed over 10 times in cooperation with the Frankfurter Kinderschutzbund and Frankfurter schools. Performance-Parcours is very much in demand by the schools.
Participatory Urban Development
is a model project within the research lab "Ressource Nachkriegsmoderne"/ FB1 Architecture and urban development for the post-war modernization of housing developments and adaptation to today's needs. Prof. Patricia Inez Hoeppe has established the platform „Partizipativer Städtebau (Participative Urban Development) / Sozialraumgestaltung und Bürgerpartizipation (The shaping of societal spaces and civic participation), in which the residents and citizens of the respective settlements are invited to experience their quarter through cultural performances and then formulate them socially and culturally.