Andrea Schneemeier (born 1969) is an artist who studied at the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, and at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts(HISK), Antwerp. Schneemeier’s work, often in the form of videos and interactive installations, raises critical social-political questions and investigates the place of individuals in the complex social strata. Recent exhibitions include: Prague Biennale, Prague, 2007; e-flux video rental, Arthouse at the Jones Center – Contemporary Art for Texas, Austin and Extra City – Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, 2006; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, roARaTorio, Paris, 2005; Active Image – Media Art in Hungary, C³ Center for Culture & Communication, Budapest, 2005; Andrea Schneemeier – Stillife, C³ Center for Culture & Communication, Budapest, 2004; Andrea Schneemeier – Centrelyuropdriims, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, 2004; and Aura – After the Age of Technical Reproduction, C³ Center for Culture & Communication, Budapest, 2003. Schneemeier lives and works in Berlin and Budapest.
National Identity and Violence
Andrea Schneemeier’s work stages performance or (interactive) exchange, which intervenes in the public sphere in order to address and counter the consensus on normalcy and violence, including the idea of national identity. By using the “color code” for national identity in the Netherlands—orange—Schneemeier attempts to generate conversation with passer-bys in the market or a square in Utrecht about their ideas of national and Dutch identity, and furthermore, their experience of being a “victim” of that idea.