In their “Essayistic Video Performance” Las Venice, reknowned cultural critic Andrzej Wirth and videomaker and performance artist Thomas Martius embark on a philosophical investigation of the “original” city of Venice and its replica, the casinohotel “The Venetian” in Las Vegas. For their performance at Hitparaden 1, Andrzej and Thomas performed a live conversation in the light of a multi channel projection of the video essay that added an entertaining and enlightening extra layer of content to the complex structure of the video work.
About the Artist
Thomas is a theatre director, performance- and video- artist, writer and stage-designer residing in Berlin, Germany. Leaving a career in business behind, he turned to performance art in 1988, and graduated from the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany, 1994. Independent artist since then. Teacher of Video Arts at Freie Universität Berlin, 1996-present. Various “artist in residencies” and scholarships, such as Emily Harvey Foundation (Venice, Italy), Brown Foundation Fellows Program (Dora Maar House, France), Watermill Center (NY, USA). Martius has more than a hundred international performances, theater-projects and videos to his credit.
Thomas Martius website is the only artist’s page we ever saw that is password protected. You can, however, visit the Las Venice project homepage for much more information and the complete original video material.