Olga Kozmanidze (b.1985) is an art worker whose practice encompasses music, sound art, performance, somatics, and design. Through participatory, immersive, and interactive formats she explores the possibility of mediating the affect and enhanced sensitivity both in social and more-than-human contexts. She co-founded Sentire: a performance series, where proximity and touch between two persons transformed into sound, allowing a deep sensory experience. Sentire is currently funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education for a research project at the University of Humboldt, Berlin. As a somatic practitioner, Olga facilitates workshops for groups to explore our primal {and common} language – movement. Appearances have included: Conference "Music, media, art education", Berlin (2020); Malá Inventura Festival, Prague (2019); CTM Vorspiel, Berlin (2019, 2018); Just Mad, Madrid (2017); Satellite Art Show/Art Basel, Miami (2016). Olga is currently based between Berlin and Pescara, Italy.

Artist statement

Olga’s work centers upon body-based artistic practices that are inclusive of the "other", be it a person, a group, and also objects or a thing. Searching for the “otherness” also within herself, she creates works that sometimes question notions of subjectivity and agency. Olga is interested in two aspects of human experience: the patterned, algorithmic; and the explorative, creative. Her artistic work engages a transitioning between these aspects through: awareness, creative dynamics and facilitating the possibilities for connectivity.

Emerging inter-subjectivity is often explored in the form of participatory performance. Inspired by the paradigmatic shift from substantial to a processual concept of the body, Olga creates environments for emerging relations with the "other". Such relations are explored by means of her major medium-performing body. Her conceptual frameworks often rely on scores, codes, or systems allowing the disruption and re-imagining of the previously established order. The processual becomes the frame and context for resonating bodies looking for, maintaining, or ceasing contact.

Took part (selected)

2019 Eufonia, Berlin
2019 Malá Inventura Festival, Prague
2018 Project Space Festival, Berlin
2018 Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Berlin
2018 KlangKellar festival for experimental music, Berlin
2018 CTM Vorspiel, Könnig Otto, Berlin
2017 Wärmflasche sound and performance art festival, Green House, Berlin
2017 Scope sessions, Spektrum, Berlin
2017 "Berlin International Performance Art Weekend", Luisa Catucci Gallery, Berlin
2016 "Satellite art show", Miami art week, USA
2016 «Archstoyanie», Nikola-Lenivetz, Russia
2016 CIPAF international performance art festival, Cyprus
2015 «Archstoyanie», Nikola-Lenivetz, Russia
2015 «Moscow Music Week» at Mars Gallery, Moscow
2015 «Prepared Wednesdays» festival for experimental music, GCCA, Moscow

2021: "Museo Laboratorio", Città Sant'Angelo, Italy
2017 "Just Mad Art Fair", Madrid
2016 «10 new» at Solyanka VPA Gallery, Moscow
2016 «Zvukochto» at Graund Gallery, Moscow
2016 «Antimuseum» at Elektromuseum, Moscow
2015 «Art-dictionary: A-art, F-feminism» at NII DAR Gallery, Moscow.

Conferences, symposiums:
2020 "Music, media, art education", Berlin
2019 Reihe: interacting with body, electronics and space, Berlin
2018 Linux Audio Conference, Berlin

2018 on, Unfold:community for unfolding perception, Berlin
2018 MAVOtech IV by Tomomi Adachi, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin
2018 Vokale Räume by Maulwerker and Cristian Kesten, Ballhous Ost, Berlin
2018 on, "y" with Martina Marini Misterioso
2016 on, a member of MovLab Community, Spektrum, Berlin
2016 on, co-founder, performer, researcher in "Sentire"

2022 Summer school of margins by Robida, Topolove, Italy
2017 "Just Mad Art Residency", Aviles, Spain
2016 «Break Through» performance series at the world smallest performance space, Kreativquartier, Munich
2016 New Synchronicities within CIPAF international performance art festival, Cyprus

Grants, Prizes:
2019 German Federal Ministry of Education and research (BMBF) for 3-year research in "Sentire: social interaction through sound feedback", Humboldt University, Berlin
2019 Special prize at the contest "New instruments for music therapy" by the Deutsche Musiktherapeutische Gesellschaft and Frankfurt Music Messe in 2019.
2018 Initiative neue musik berlin e.V. (for Sentire project)
2016 STEP Beyond travel grant winner

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