The German conceptual artist Nora Schultz creates expansive installations and sculptural sound pieces. Performance art and video are part of her practice as well, and in her installations, these media and her sculptures complement each other.
In the past, home-built and improvised printing equipment often constituted the point of departure and nucleus of her sculptural and performative interventions, which probed the significance of the mechanical production of images, its internal dynamics and the artist/author’s changing position vis-à-vis its operation. More recently, she has employed various cameras (GoPro, video drone, etc.) as automated “co-producers” whose contributions to the creative process she cannot fully control. Everyday objects, language, recording systems, and cultural displacements play key roles in Schultz’s art, as do the observation and critical activation of the exhibition space and the artist herself as the work’s producer. In performative interactions, she often develops large installations that involve and take possession of the venue’s structure and sometimes project beyond its confines. Design processes, actions that bear a causal relation to the materials used, and the relative placement and interrelation of objects and performative acts lend her artistic interventions an air of barely restrained energy.