Biography

Claudia Hill is a cross-disciplinary artist who transforms textile into profound objects. Her work ranges from costume design to participatory projects and visual concepts.

In New York during the 1990s, Claudia began working in costume design as well as founding her eponymous clothing line. She presented her collections in form of multi-media events during New York Fashion Week, collaborating on installations, conceptual performances, videos and presentations with a wide range of artists such as the musician Skúli Sverrisson, the artist Nelly Agassi and the innovative firm Asymptote Architecture. Her passionate engagement with performance art draws greatly on her own background and training in dance.

Now based in Berlin since 2008, Claudia works on visual concepts and costume design for performances with the choreographer Meg Stuart and on artists’ films, such as with Michaël Borremans or Boris Achour. She was commissioned to design costumes for the choreographer William Forsythe and for the New York based ensemble The Wooster Group.

Critic Leora Barish wrote about her work: “Hill’s approach is typically playful, iconoclastic, sensual but aesthetically refined, intellectually elegant. Experimentation is always balanced by a scrupulous clarity of purpose, so that each detail is justified, and the whole is graced with dignity and integrity.”

Claudia continues to develop her ideas in visual concepts, costume and participatory projects, which to her, offer a rich and challenging whole.

“I am interested in making objects that create possibilities for personal encounters and function as mediators: A project that illustrates this well, is a durational proposal I developed in 2011, when I wove a poncho from personal, recycled textiles and sent it on a journey around the world to artist friends. The documentation of their interaction with the poncho is collected in form of a travel journal, and is to be published as a book.”

CV

Cross-Disciplinary

2016

Triangles—Developing a Toolset for Ephemeral Sculptures

2011–…

Traveling Poncho—editor and initiator of a durational book project in collaboration with international artists (Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mark Borthwick, Takashi Homma, Takehito Koganezawa, AA Bronson and others), worldwide, ongoing

2013–2014

Stitching Collective—commissioned by Foundation for Movement Notation to complete one of Noa Eshkol’s wall carpets, now at Neugerriemschneider, Berlin.

2013

Tape Graffiti—visual interventions in association with Damaged Goods Productions, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Buda Kunstencentrum, Kortrijk; Machsan 2, Tel Aviv

2012

Moments—visual concept and performance in collaboration with Meg Stuart (USA, choreographer), ZKM Karlsruhe

2005

Wasserwünsche—installation and performance in collaboration with Nelly Agassi (Israel/USA, artist), and Ori Drummer (Israel, musician), Art Forum Berlin.

2002

~ISM—installation, participation in an exhibition for the opening of The Lincoln Modern, Singapore.

1999

Colorlab—installation and performance in collaboration with Ariko Inaoka (Japan, photographer). DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn.

Costume

2016

Tanz im August, Internationales Festival Berlin—key visual (poster, program, magazine), Berlin

2016

On The Rocks—performance sculpture by Lucie Tuma (Switzerland), Gessnerallee, Zurich

2016

7 Dialogs—dance performances composed by Matteo Fargion in collaboration with Ivo Dimchev, Tim Etchells, Beth Gill, Étienne Guilloteau, Hetain Patel, Lucy Suggate, and the Dance On Ensemble. Holland Dance Festival, Den Haag; HAU, Berlin; Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen; San Sebastian, Schauspiel Frankfurt e.a.

2015

Korinna und Jörg—documentary performance by Laurie Young (Canada/ Berlin), Sophiensäle, Berlin

2014

Hunter—costumes and visuals for Meg Stuart (USA, choreographer) at HAU, Berlin; La Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kaaitheater, Brussels; deSingel, Antwerp; Münchner Kammerspiele; Gessnerallee, Zurich; La Bâtie Festival, Geneva; PACT Zollverein, Essen; Usine C, Montreal; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna e.a.

2013

Sketches/Notebook—costumes, visuals and performance for Meg Stuart (USA/ Germany) and collective. HAU, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; Münchner Kammerspiele; Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Ghent; Kaaitheater, Brussels; MuseumsQuartier, Vienna; Gessnerallee, Zurich; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; PACT Zollverein, Essen e.a.

2012

Untitled—artist film by Michaël Borremans (Belgium, artist) and Meg Stuart (USA, choreographer)

2012

Séances—artist film and exhibition by Boris Achour (France, artist). La Triennale, Paris

2011

Breaking the Circle—dance/fashion film with Meg Stuart (USA, choreographer), JF Carly (Belgium, camera) and Waldemar Pokromski (Poland, award- winning make-up). Screened at film festivals in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Burgundy e.a.

2010

Look Stranger—feature film by Arielle Javitch with Anamaria Marinca (Romania/UK, lead actress), Michael Simmonds (USA, camera), shot in Serbia, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival

2007

Hamlet—The Wooster Group. Performed in New York, São Paulo, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Berlin, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Santiago e.a.

2004

Poor Theater—The Wooster Group. Performed in New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw e.a.

2003

Decreation—William Forsythe (USA, choreographer), Ballet Frankfurt. Performed in Frankfurt, New York, Paris, London, Zurich, Amsterdam, Berlin e.a.

1996–1998

numerous theatre and film productions, among others All my Sons with Arthur Miller (USA) at the Roundabout Theatre, Broadway, NYC

1995–1996

Rent—co-design for original production, Broadway and U.S. tour

1997

Admission to United Scenic Artists of America

Clothing

2010–2011

Presentations of Limited Edition Collection in Berlin, Paris, Tel Aviv, Brussels

2005

Presentation through Eo Bocci (Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, Alexander McQueen) in Paris

Presentation in Tokyo

2004

Shop opening in Berlin

Official Member of German ASEM delegation, representing German design at ASEM 5 in Vietnam

2001

Exclusive contract with Japanese distributor Look Inc., Tokyo (Marc Jacobs, Christophe Lemaire e.a.)

Show at New York Fashion Week. Art direction by Daisuke Nakayama (Japan, artist), choreography by Guta Hedewig (USA, choreographer)

2000

Film project with Daisuke Nakayama (Japan, artist) and Ariko Inaoka (Japan, photographer), presented at 7th on Sixth, New York Fashion Week

Presentation in Tokyo through Look Inc.

Show at New York Fashion Week. Art Direction by Asymptote Architecture (USA), Music by Skuli Sverrisson (USA/Iceland).

1999

Installation and presentation during New York Fashion Week

Presentation in Tokyo through Look, Inc.

1998

Formation of own company to develop and distribute signature and derivative collection

Documentary about Claudia Hill by NHK, Japanese state television