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. 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 as supervisor. From 2007 until 2012 she was responsible for the artistic program of the Polish Institute in Berlin, from 2011 until 2014 she was member of the ERC-research project “To each his own reality. The notion of real in art in France, West Germany and East Germany and Poland from the 1960s to the end of the 1980s.” at the German Forum for Art History in Paris. Since 2005 she has been also working as a filmmaker. She realized ca. 80 short-films and reportages, among others for the german TV-chanels RBB, WDR, Deutsche Welle, as well as for the polish television TVP. Her documentary “My Heaven is Full of Music” (2009) was enclosed 2011 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) in Seyðisfjörður, Island. In May 2017, Aneta Panek was invited for an artist residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, where she staged a punk opera she has been developing over three years within the framework of her artistic PhD.
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-Avantgardes since Francois Villon!“ with Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski as scientific supervisor, at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Institut für zeitbasierte Medien und Variantologie and with Alain Fleischer the director of the FRESNOY (Tourcoing, France), as an artistic supervisor.
Her particular interests are alchemy, transmutation, subversion, and rebellion as means of self-liberation and self-discovery. Her work, based on “other knowledge” and artistic research, is about the necessity of visualization and associative speculation in formulating and deconstructing theories and questioning reality.