Siegmar Zacharias’ works develop formats of performances, lectures, installations, juxtaposing theory and materiality. They are situated between labour and humour, do-it-yourself low tech and high-tech. They have been presented nationally and internationally in theatres, festivals, conferences, galleries, green houses, the woods, and up in the sky. Questions such as co-authorship, the function of the audience, affect- and experiential knowledge production are crucial to her work.
She is a founding member of the collective SXS Enterprise, an international collective with the documentary film maker Xander de Boer and composer and musician Steve Heather. Coming from different disciplines SXS Enterprise explores the field of performance as a possibility of aesthetic reflection and experience. They have explored different genres such as live film, story telling, rock opera, musical, lecture performance and choreography. With them they tackled, subjects such as fear production, togetherness, community, economy, happiness, and the relation to the non-human.
She has developed an artistic research that involves, experimenting with forms and formats of writing, drawing, real time text production, and engineering situations of knowledge production in the field of performance. This practice collides approaches from philosophy, with pop culture, science and para-science. Observing and realising the entanglement of the relations of human and non-human actors into an ecology of performance.
She initiated WOW – We work here, a research and exchange platform of Berlin based female artists, that engages in forms of articulating artistic practice through the specific perspective and conditioning of living and working in Berlin.
Siegmar teaches seminars and workshops colliding philosophical investigations with performance methodologies, regularly at DasArts, Amsterdam, DOCH, Stockholm, Folkwang Universität Essen, HZT Berlin.
Next to her artistic work she has been teaching rhetoric, conflict management and negotiation mostly to worker representatives in the corporate world, since 1991.
Siegmar was born and raised in Romania, studied philosophy, and comparative literature in Freiburg, Berlin and London and Performance at DasArts in Amsterdam.