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Silvia Beck is a visual artist based in Berlin.

She studied fine arts and philosophy, as well as german language and literature at the University of Mainz. Since 1989 she lives and works in Berlin. She was honored with the Advancement Award of Rhineland-Palatinate and got working grants and scholarships from Berlin Senate Administration for Culture and the Berlin Cultural Endowment Foundation. 2015 she was Artist-in-Residence at Q21 International, MuseumsQuartier Vienna. She holds a professorship at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld.

Early on she was interested in interdisciplinary exchange between visual and performative arts and technologies by exploring new (digital) approaches to artistic expression. She works with a variety of media – such as drawing, photography and text, performance, video and sound. Her multifaceted practice always engages with the exhibition space in the form of site specific configurations and arrangements.

Silvia Beck’s various exhibitions, lectures, and books primarily fall within long-term work cycles that are interconnected: These cycles range the relationship between neurosciences, surveillance and control (Brain User’s Evolution, Complicity Report) to an investigation of globalization, media realities and identity (global loop, Management of Visions, Parallel Systems) and finally to the questioning of art and artistic role models in a transitional society (Viola Kamp Super Label, Komplex 200X).

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Silvia Beck's work focuses on the structures and mechanisms of power systems in culture and society by exploring invisible codes, Appropriated texts and images are taken up affirmatively, analyzed sharply, and countered critically by using subversive humor. Her narratives of double identities, undercover agents and super artists are blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality.

Starting from interventions in public space and places untypical for contemporary art such as Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig and Collegium Maius Krakow (Rhetikus 1995), Archenhold Observatory Berlin (Extender 1996) and Natural History Museum Berlin (Experiment Mensch 1999) Silvia Beck has developed a site-specific approach for her exhibition practice.
Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Musée d'Art Moderne Strasbourg (Der Rhein, 1996) Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden (Kammerspiele,1999), Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum, Krefeld (Staffellauf 2004), rk Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin (barriere/frei 2010), Galerie Wedding Berlin (Unsichtbare Manöver 2015), Kunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam (Geheimnis 2016), Q21 MuseumsQuartier Vienna (As Rights Go By, 2016), ISELP Arts Contemporains Brussels (Comnuties 2017) and Kunsthalle Bratislava (Na Hrane 2020).