Sebastian Neubauer (born 1980 in Hameln) studied at the Hochschule für Bildende in Künste in Braunschweig and held the grant of the Kunstverein Hannover together with Özlem Sulak at the “Villa Minimo” studio house for the past two years. During the two-year grant period he further developed his wide-ranging artistic activities that encompass films, performances as well as the curating of readings and event series.
All his works focus on dealings with text and language and their relationship to image and music. Text, image and music appear on different levels in Sebastian Neubauer’s work, commenting more on each other than forming an entity. In the videos and performances “Freiheit und Verantwortung” [Freedom and Responsibility] or “Schliesst Eure Augen!” [Close Your Eyes!], Neubauer misuses for example the subtitles of existing movies for unconventional Karaoke versions. The subtitles sung by Neubauer or other participating performers balk contentuality and rhythmically at the musical interpretation, transforming themselves into disconcerting prose. In the film project “239,” Neubauer annotates images from the history of film and media with spoken text. Text and images modules are, however, separated from each other and recombine by chance in ever new ways. Explanation, commentary, subjective association, personal memory and narrative merge to form ever new text-image relationships.
The range of Neubauer’s artistic activities also encompasses the production of the short film “Beine brechen” [Breaking Legs] by the director Florian Krautkrämer and with Lars Rudolph in the main role. A particularity of the film produced in the silent film aesthetic is likewise the relationship between text and image. Unlike in the classic silent film, the commentary or dialogue texts do not appear between scenes, but are integrated into the image instead and were even once written on the wall during the film scene.
Sebastian Neubauer also called attention to himself during his grant with a series of monthly events in his studio called “Villa Vaudeville.” Aside from performances and presentations by artists from Hannover and Braunschweig, Neubauer was also able to invite such nationally-known guests as the filmmaker Michael Klöfkorn, the philosopher Marcus Steinweg or the author Thomas Kapielski. The evening of the lively series full of surprises were embedded in a total artistic concept. Each event with titles such as Casa Zierngiebel, Casa Holzway, Casa Cottonly etc. were staged with elaborate costumes by Sebastian Neubauer together with the co-organizers Tom Schön, Dennis Bettels and Per Olaf Schmidt as ironic pictorial allegories that serve as the motif of the invitations. The series will come to an exceptional conclusion in conjunction with the exhibition of the grant holders. Instead of once a month, the series with take place once a week in the Kunstverein during the duration of the exhibition. All the staged picture allegories will likewise be presented along with the costumes.