Urbanity is a key component of Kerstin Honeit’s work and its social, cultural and political complexities inform her artistic practice. As a Berlin “native”, the city’s constant transformation forms a crucial background for the staging of her multifaceted productions.
Honeit’s work is mostly research based. She employs different media, such as performance, video and photography. One of her central elements is the study of hegemonic images and visual structures within medial productions. She negotiates personal stories, issues of gender, identity construction and stereotypes; time and again, disembodied voices in film-dubbing and lip-syncing are made the subject of her videos, installations and performances.
Her works include “Becoming 10” (2009/10), “On & Off” (2010), “Joint Property” (2013) and “Pigs in Progress” (2013), all of which were on view in her first solo show at balzer projects in 2016. Most recently, she completed and presented “Talking Business”, a three-channel video installation (2015) and “Ich muss mit ihnen sprechen” (Installation, photography and video, 2015). Both works are further contributions to Honeit’s ongoing investigation of the voice, embodiment and the technologies of audio-visual sychronization. Since early 2016, she has been working on “mi castillo, tu castillo”, from July to October 2016 as the current Artist in Residence and Scholarship holder of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
In 2010 Kerstin Honeit (*1977 Berlin) finished her studies in Fine Arts and Theater Design at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, Berlin. A year later she was the 2011 scholarship holder of the Berlin artist postgraduate programme Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprogramm. Since 2014 Honeit is teaching at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (künstlerische Mitarbeiterin, class of Bjørn Melhus). Her recent work has been shown among others at Gallery 400 in Chicago, CCNY in New York, at the Site Gallery Sheffield, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, at Videonale.15 Kunstmuseum Bonn, KV Kunstverein, Leipzig and balzer projects, in Basel.