Natalie Mik is a Korean-German performer and writer.
Natalie Mik's practice involves the reassessment, collection and preservation of intangible cultures and bodies with regards to ethnic and historical contexts. She is interested in exploring the performative and the post-fetishist potential of collections. The psychophysical existence of the archivist, and the performance of collecting itself are also considered to explore themes of historiography, memory and decolonization.
Mik's works are usually realized as words (written or spoken) and bodily movement. Her curatorial projects are presentations of more complex, research-based investigations. With a focus on human interactions and social processes, her work seeks to counterbalance the modes of artistic production and presentation that have overvalued the status of the object over the immaterial, rationality over spirituality and the eye over other senses.
Her ongoing projects include Project Embodied, an anti-archival collection of time-sensitive art through the memory of writers; Physical Thinking, an action series of sensory and physical studies that examine the potential of the body as a living archive; and Movements, a collection of archetypal and culture-specific movements, gestures and postures. She is the co-founder and director of Grab Bag Studio, a community art project space in Long Beach, California.
b. 1984 Germany, lives/works in Los Angeles & Duesseldorf
2012 MA, Cultural Studies, Seoul National University / South Korea.
2009 BA, Asian Studies, University of Bonn / Germany.
2005 Dancer, Ballethaus Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duesseldorf.
2003 Ausbildung, Ballet and Modern Dance, Ballethaus Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duesseldorf / Germany.