Sylvia Schwenk is a German born artist who lives and works in Sydney Australia and Berlin Germany. Sylvia creates works which focus on inter-human relational practices that emphasis collaboration, dialogue and audience activation. Her practice is interdisciplinary and looks at the relationship between performance and the everyday, reflecting upon the significance and beauty of commonplace activities and spaces. Sometimes Sylvia simply captures a moment, and other times she creates socially based interventions that are performed in the urban landscape of different cities by local participants who do not usually go to art galleries.
Sylvia performs and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally, with shows in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United States, and Vietnam. She is the recipient of numerous commissions, including a recent commission from the European Union to present a public work of participatory performance art on the German and Dutch border. Sylvia has also received many awards, grants and scholarships, and her work is held in public and private art collections.
Sylvia has studied at the Sydney College of the Arts,
University of Sydney Australia, the Köln International School of Design, and the Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany. She has completed artist residencies
with the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen,
Germany, and albb Saigon, Vietnam and is the artist in residence at the Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania at the moment.
Sylvia is also an emerging writer and presents conference papers and lectures about performance art and her artistic practice. The University of Sydney will publish her Doctoral thesis 'Performosis and the expanded field of performance art' in September. Sylvia will also present a conference paper and participate on an international panel selected by the Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA, on 'Art Publics/Public Arts' at the American Anthropological Association Conference in Montreal Canada.