Jasmin Schaitl is a visual artist, performer, organizer, lecturer and associated artist at the Angewandte Performance Laboratory at the University of applied Arts Vienna, where she also graduated in 2012. An important aspect in her work is collaboration with artists from various fields such as sound art, dance, choreography and design. She also shares her approaches to performance through leading workshops in universities, institutions and performance festivals all over Europe. Since 2017 she is researching on the intersection of materiality, haptics and memory within performative practices including her interest in neurosciences. Since 2020 she is part of the artistic research project DEMEDARTS Dementia.Empathy.Education.Arts at the University of applied Arts Vienna, funded by the Austrian Science Fund.
The main medium of expression in her work is the body: in performance, sculpture, drawing and video.
Within the field of performance and sculpture, she is researching the connection of, and effect between the haptic sense and the memory. This includes the exploration of audience involvement, participation and objects or materials that are to be touched. Jasmin examines how durational pieces and intimate one-on-one performance and installation settings affect and change the perception of time and space for an audience. Her goal is to raise individual awareness and heighten senses to perceive what is in front of us and what surrounds us. The aspect of perceiving time more consciously intends to provide a frame to be aware of a possible fullness within the emptiness, an appreciation of the unspectacular. This emphasises the underestimated meaning of beauty within details, through mere dedication on one matter.
Her Duo-Monography “Entering Continuities” was published together with Matěj Frank by ATHENA-Verlag (co-published by the Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw) in 2019. It includes numerous solo- and duo works of both artists in picture and texts, as well as articles from six international authors about their duo- and solo-works.
Since 2013 she regularly collaborated with artists of various disciplines:
Matěj Frank (CZ/PL) –visual art/sculpture;
Tereza Silon (CZ) – dancer/artist;
Christian Konrad Schröder (AT) – sound art
Laura Oriol (FR/US) – butoh/meditation/movement;
Elisabeth Schiling (DE) – dance/choreography;
William “Bilwa” Costa (US) – sound/performance/visual.
Jasmin Schaitls work has been supported through several national and international Institutions e.g.: Austrian Federal Chancellery Section Art, various Austrian Cultural Forums worldwide, KAAI Theater Brussels, workspacebrussels, SeMA Nanji Artist Residency Seoul (KR), Ex Teresa de Arte Actual (Mexico), Bludny Kamen (CZ), klub solitaer e.V. (DE), WUK Vienna, Bildrecht GmbH (AT), Tanz*Hotel | Artist at Resort (AT), im_flieger (AT), KOÏNZI-Dance e.V. Hamburg, and others.
She presented her work at: Ujazdowski Castle CCA (Warsaw), Galeria Entropia (Wroclaw PL), Projektraum Deutscher Künstlerbund (Berlin), KINDL – Center for contemporary Art Berlin, BAINS Brussels, Künstlerhaus (Vienna), BRUT (Vienna), frei_raum (Vienna), zeitraumexit (Mannheim), Pragovka Gallery (Prague), HaMiffal (Jerusalem), das weisse Haus (Vienna), Matični Dum (Opava CZ), Fabrica – Center for contemporary Art (Brighton UK), Galerie M. Stock (Vienna), Klub Solitaer e.V. (Chemnitz DE), Bildraum Bodensee (Bregenz AT), PLATO Gallery (Ostrava CZ), KUMU Art Museum (Tallinn EE), Tartu New Theatre (Tartu EE), TENT (Rotterdam), Forum Landi (Belém BRA), Sanatorium Gallery (Istanbul), MIXER Gallery (Istanbul), VOX Populi Gallery (Philadelphia US) among others.
She participated in international festivals, such as PERFORMATIK Brussels Biennial of Performance Art (BE), Pelzverkehr Festival für Tanz und Performance (Klagenfurt AT), Konteksty Festival of ephemeral Art Sokolowsko (PL), Interakcje Festival (P. Trybunalski PL), ZABIH International Festival of Performance (UKR), Venice Performance Art Week (IT), CREatURE (Kaunas LT), Draw to Perform Symposium (UK), Begehungen (Chemnitz DE), Tempting Failure Festival (Bristol UK), MPA – Month of Performance Art (Berlin), Tinderbox Series at Mobius (Boston US), Dimanche Rouge (Tallinn and Helsinki), IPA – Platform for Young Performance Art (Istanbul), among others.