Claudia Splitt

Works for Live Art Denmark
2007: “Recycle” at Berliner Luft 3

Recycle
The German singer and performer Claudia Splitt dissected love songs in a performance that explored the emotional reality behind the seeming shallowness of famous love songs. Claudia appeared dressed like a 1950s pin up model, draped over a large suitcase on an otherwise empty stage, reminiscent of a doll who was going through the extreme emotional states of a break up. Her song “Recycle” was studded with allusions to famous love songs, thus integrating herself into a long line of pop culture artists. On a video with German subtitles the song was repeated, and in between the numbers she approached the audience with a patter that presented her as a less artificial, somewhat more “real” persona. But of course that, too, was part of the game. The performance invites a reading as a meditation on how, in an age of pop culture re-using and re-cycling any experience and emotion in endless feedback loops, it has become a challenge to claim and own original, real feelings.

Videostill: Peter Sloth Madsen

Videostill: Peter Sloth Madsen

About the Artist
Actress and singer Cludia Splitt studied Applied Theatre Science in Giessen, Germany, and founded the Band MadonnaHipHopMassaker in 1994. In addition to her work as a singer, she performed in numerous theatre and film productions. to working as a singer, she has starred in  theatrical productions; among others with Stefan Pucher, Tim Staffel, Rene Pollesch, John Jesurun and Lose Combo.

“Recycle” is the successor to “Feedback”; her first song and spoken word performance, produced by Volksbühne and shown at Prater, Berlin, in February 2006. Since 2007 she has worked with the band Loop Moss. She started the band as a solo performance project, using samples and quotes. It gradually became a band as playbacks were replaced by instrumentalists and live sounds.

Videostill: Karl Stampes

Videostill: Karl Stampes

Claudia does not seem to have a private website currently. There is some information about her work in film on this IMDB page.

Om liveart_dk

Liveart.dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.