Symposium Beijing / 30.05 – 01.06. 2014 /
CAFA Art Museum
Day 2: HOW DOES CULTURE INFLUENCE THE ARTISTIC WORK OF A COLLECTIVE?
Niels Betori Diehl and Barbara K. Prokop started to collaborate in 2006, when they began working on interdisciplinary largescale exhibition projects based on theme complexes arising in their individual research and practices. They met while studying at Katharina Sieverding’s class of Visual Culture Studies at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Niels Betori Diehl was born in Rome, Italy in 1975. He studied architecture in Rome and in Berlin, where he moved in 1999. Here, he completed his BFA in Architecture in 2004 and his BFA and MFA with distinction in Art at the Universität der Künste in 2010.
Barbara K. Prokop was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1973 and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her MFA in Studio Arts at the Concordia University in Montréal in 1998 and moved to Berlin in 1999. Here, she completed her MFA in Art with distinction at the Universität der Künste in 2010.
Among their collaborative projects are HARDCORE GLAMOUR at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, UEBERMODELS at PROGRAM, Berlin, including the UEBERMODELS reader and the NBDBKP Collection, exhibited for the first time at the
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna. Alongside their communal projects, Niels Betori Diehl and Barbara K. Prokop are both engaged in their individual art practices, which over time have become increasingly intertwined thematically as well as aesthetically. They work in a variety of media such as video, sculpture and installation.
Currently they are completing a book project in dialogue form, titled Niels Betori Diehl and Barbara K. Prokop – Volume I, which, beside documenting their communal and individual practices, is understood as a critical analysis of current forms of
presentation of artists and their work.