Although he inevitably works with other people as a director of theater, performances and films, for Ulf Aminde it is the clash of his interests, expectations, and desires with those of the others that becomes the subject and core of his work. Alternatively as accomplice, rival, and/or companion of “people on the verge of a crisis,” those that have an interest in the relationship of an individual to society, he develops images that negotiate questions of identity, social roles, and, thus, his own position as artist. The structure of his work corresponds to the movement of a pendulum in which he radically shifts himself to the center of the work, while at the same time putting himself at the mercy of the uncertainties of its outcome. He insists that his counterparts open themselves up to his needs just as he confronts the needs of his “actors.”
Amindes work has been shown at the Berlin Biennale 4, at the Volksbühne Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and the MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. He gives workshops and teaches at several art schools; including the UDK in Berlin, Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, Burg Giebichenstein Halle and HGB Leipzig. Last year Aminde was a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. He is represented by Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin.
This talk is a prolog to a workshop Aminde will be doing with Anders Smebye titled “Yes, I would like to join your workshop, but I will absolutely not be part of any performance”, which will take place in the Academy Room at Kunstnernes Hus in the forthcoming weeks with students from the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts.