Aneta Panek – film maker & performance artist
Works in-between performance, visual arts and film
Aneta Panek was born in Warsaw. She studied art history at the University Paris 4 Sorbonne, where she particularly worked on the questions of intermediality in arts, the uncanny in the media and on artistic exchanges between the three countries: France, Germany and Poland – notably in the framework of her master memoir entitled “On the use of photography in the work of Alain Fleischer” and her DEA dissertation about “Geometric abstraction in France, in Germany and in Poland in the fifties”, both with Prof. Serge Lemoine, former director of the Musée d’Orsay, as supervisor. From 2007 until 2012 she was responsible for the artistic program of the Polish Institute in Berlin, and worked later on, from 2011 until 2014, as a researcher within the ERCresearch project “Ownreality” at the German Forum for Art History in Paris. Since 2005 she has been also working as a filmmaker. She realized ca. 90 short-films and tv-reportages, among others for the German tv-channels: RBB, WDR, Deutsche Welle. Her documentary “My Heaven is Full of Music” (2009) was enclosed in the collection of the Museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Her experimental short film “Tarot Reading” (2015) has been selected for various art film festivals around the world, among others: the New York Independent Film Festival, Berlin Short Film Festival and Peach Moon Art Festival in Tokyo. Her experimental film-collage “Lullaby for a Witch” (2016) run at the List í Ljósi Festival (Art by Light Festival) in Seyðisfjörður, Island, as well as recently at the Nasty Women UK Exposition in London. In May 2017, Aneta Panek was invited for an artist residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, where she staged her punk opera, a work she has been developing over the last three years within the framework of her artistic PhD. In October 2017 she has been selected to participate in an artist residency on Jersey Island, with Sue Hill, artistic director of the Wild Works, an international theatre company working with the landscape. Aneta Panek has been working with the greatest artists from different domains; classic opera, subculture, dance, chanson, electronic music – among others with: Max Raabe, Simone Kermes, Dieter Meier, Zazie de Paris, FM Einheit, Mona Mur, En Esch, Yoriko Maeno, Martin Buczko and many others.
Her last piece, a punk opera, was premiered on May 11. and 13. at the former cinema for silent movies Delphi in Berlin. At present Aneta Panek lives and works in Berlin, as film maker and performance artist. She currently works on a PhD dissertation entitled „Alchemy and Punk. Transmutation, Subversion and Poetry in Punk Avant-gardes.“ with Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski from the University of Arts in Berlin as scientific supervisor, and with Alain Fleischer the director of the FRESNOY, Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing, France), as artistic supervisor. Her particular interests are alchemy, transmutation, subversion and rebellion. Her work is based on speculative realism, combining materialism and metaphysics, as well as on artistic research; it is about the necessity of visualisation and associative speculation in formulating and deconstructing theories and questioning the sensible reality.