Ulf Aminde experiments with human images. He reveals his own vulnerability and challenges the participants in his films as well as the viewers themselves. Aided by a camera and strategies drawn from performative documentary film, theatre, Actionist art, music and, above all, dialogue with people from highly diverse walks of life, Aminde produces his works in many settings . These include prisons, facilities for the disabled, drug help centres, on the street, at Ikea, in employment offices, at the apartment of his cousin, in psychiatric facilities and in a Taiwanese opera. He has also updated Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 (the ‘Farewell’ Symphony) as the earliest art-strike opera. In his projects – which he plans as cooperative efforts – he always tries to critically examine his role as initiator and director. For Aminde, film is a tool that renews and describes the relationships between individuals. As an artist he sets up a social machinery that creates a complex, exuberant terrain made of reality, fiction, fictional identities, empathy and voyeurism. Figures with widely different origins happen upon each other; social standards, authorities and hierarchies are shown to be changeable, and all extend into the artist’s expansive, stage-like installations . His works revolve around transformation, transition, change and repressed social behaviour. Simultaneously, they are experiments in which the role of art itself is at stake.
Ulf Aminde studied visual arts with Lothar Baumgarten at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK), where he graduated as a master student in 2004.