Der Hauptpreis 600 EUR, geht an  Julia Frankenberg

Zweiter Platz, 250 EUR: Paulette Penje

Der 3. Preis, 150 EUR geht an Linda Werner

Works by Julia Frankenberg  are done in a variety of media: performances, installations, texts and in all of these her formal language is diverse, politically charged and creative in its use of artistic means or historical sources: e.g. the arrangement of shapes and gradation of colours in the installations,  the rhythm of formal elements, citations from art history and mythology. Her installations analyse the issues of female health, desire, gaze, socio-political emancipatory challenges by involving public at large and by inviting people to participate in an open discourse. E.g. her audio work: the dialogue between Paracelcius and Sophia (the mythological symbol of female wisdom) is witty without falling into trivial and deeply critical of the history of science and of knowledge – traditionally presented from male perspective.  Her works are unconventional, they address the feminist issues without falling into didactic and banal.

Paulette Penje ‘s public performances are deeply subversive, revealing the contradictions running between Berlin aspirations to present itself as the dynamic growing metropole open for arts and culture innovations as opposed to the profound social, economic and cultural disasters aggravating the local societies. Her disruptive intrusions into public spaces challenge  the  notions of public order and test the limits of the allowed and the forbidden. They’re addressed to the surrounding public challenging conventional perceptions of norm, especially in the post-pandemic reality, thematising public behaviour as opposed to the private – e.g. the act of lying on the floor or on the ground or spontaneous dancing in public. Her painting performances are experimental in terms of use and application of colour onto the medial surface, whereas the technique of spitting and licking off the colour from the surface subverts the traditional male dominated perspective on painting and puts different accents on the process of creative art-making.

Linda Verner’s mirror computer screen installations based on the use of the special software utilising human data archives for determining of the human psycho-types shows her experimental and critical approach to new technologies from innovative artistic perspective. Her installation involves public participation and feedback, questioning our perception of machines and the influence of the new technologies on our lives. Her face recognition installations critically engage with algorithms  and robots that anonymously evaluate humans by measuring skills, intellect and abilities judging by physiognomic data: like the distance between facial features and shapes of the wrinkles. It’s common knowledge that the new technologies  AI and robots will determinin to an ever increasing scale our  future by transforming human-machine interface. Linda Werner’s works thematise this process. In the long run it’s up to each of us to decide if the human-psycho type of each of those who make the test developed by Linda Werner is true or false. But once algorithms are used on a larger scale by big companies while hiring or evaluating personnel or making other life important decisions the dilemma gets deeper raising more ethical questions at stake. 

X-treme Women Art Prize Berlin is curated by Dr. phil. Lily Fürstenow-Khositashvili. It has been initiated to support women in arts by artist Martina Singer and Lily Fürstenow winners of the 2021 Bundesprogramm Neustart Kultur/Deutscher Künstlerbund Scholarship from which they allocated part of their money for the X-treme winners. X-treme Women Art Prize Berlin 2022 has been sponsored by Sammlung Schirm.

X-treme Berlin 2022 Jury members were: 

Dr. Eckhard Fürlus / UdK Berlin

Cathrin Mamoudou /Volkssolidarität Berlin/

Alina Nosow

Martina Singer

Pauline Stopp

Paula Carralero Bierzynska

Das Preisgeld für den X-treme Women Art Prize Berlin wird von der Sammlung Schirm gestiftet

The winners of X-treme 2021 were:

  1. Pauline Stopp
  2. Alina Nosow
  3. Sarah Degenhardt

Video. Paulette Penje. Spukfiguren & Synergien. (Nummer 5)

Poster. Pauline Stopp. Odem. Gips, Handschuhe. 2021

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