Arts Fort Worth


Body (as Place)

Fort Worth Gallery - Body (as Place)

Exhibition on Display: March 3 - March 18, 2023 | Works by Iris Dittler


Iris Dittler´s work can be located at the point of intersection between contemporary dance and visual art practices. She investigates physical states in various media like drawing, installation, performance and video.

The focus lies on the perception of the body, sentient felt configurations of tensions and tactile – kinesthetic experiences. She is interested in what can be found there in latency as an internal physical and psychological architecture. Her drawings can be seen as seismographic notations of those internal processes. The objects are manifestations of physical states in collision with the material of the everyday world.

Her installations are choreographed situations. Groups of objects are set into spatial relations and frequently presented in combination with live performances. She is interested in how a sequence of gestures can create a body and reflect upon what it actually means to make a sculpture.

Her projects are process-oriented and demand an active confrontation with the given architectural space. She oscillates between galleries and theatre spaces, creating site-specific installations for the audience to be drawn back to their own physical constitution in the very presence


Iris Dittler, born 1985, is a visual artist and performer based in Vienna (AT). She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Gunter Damisch and at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris with Anne Rochette. Her art installations as well as her performances are transdisciplinary. They create an interplay between contemporary dance and fine art developing an artistic vocabulary that is unique to Dittler’s approach. At the center of her work is a thorough investigation of our physical-psychological existence.

Iris Dittler had solo exhibitions at international venues, such as APNOE at Roussin in Paris (FR) FROM WHICH / WHAT / WHO DID THIS / YOU DERIVE ? at Fünfzigzwanzig gallery in Salzburg (AT), Issir- at 3 bis f in Aix-en-Provence (FR), The Incommensurable Movement of Spacing at Inner Space Gallery in Dallas (US), Incongruent Sites at MUSA in Vienna (AT), and abita sotto la lingua at Palazzo Bottigella Gandini in Pavia (IT). Her performances were staged throughout Europe, such as at Centquatre-Paris, Tanzquartier Wien (AT), as well as at Théâtre de l’Étoile du Nord and Marcelle Alix Gallery in Paris (FR).

In 2013 Iris Dittler participated in the Advanced Research Lab for Visual Arts with Matt Mullican in Italy. She received a scholarship for the artist residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2014. Iris Dittler also received the Austrian State Scholarship for Fine Arts and the City of Vienna’s Grant for Emerging Artists in 2016. In 2018 Iris Dittler was awarded the prestigious Theodor Körner Price.

“Iris Dittler’s formal vocabulary moves back and forth between the body (her body), thought (the object as idea), and the object (proper). The latter is born at a point in the body, and sometimes takes the shape of a line or a posture. Its properties and proportions are meticulously tested in the process. None of the pieces created by Iris Dittler exist without having received the validation of the body. Composed of the perfect equilibrium between contradicting qualities, such as straight and curved, empty and full, transparent and opaque, her artworks are brimming with an organic sensation. These bodily experiences immanent in Iris Dittler’s works are at once their membrane, their envelope, their frame, and their skeleton.” (Diane Pigeau)


produced by Iris Dittler and Nicolai Gütermann.
Video, Duration: 30 min

Objects, Choreography, Performance: Iris Dittler
Sound: Andreas Trobollowitsch
Camera, Editing: Nicolai Gütermann
Video, Duration: 13 min and 10 min

Concept, Installation & Choreography: Iris Dittler
Choreography & Performances: Asher O´Gorman, Len Hanak-Hammerl, Klaus Kleinschuster, Monika Swoboda
Sound: Andreas Trobollowitsch
Camera & Video: Nicolai Gütermann
Production: D.ID Dance Identity
Video, Duration: 33 min



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