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.”
Triangles—Developing a Toolset for Ephemeral Sculptures
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
Stitching Collective—commissioned by Foundation for Movement Notation to complete one of Noa Eshkol’s wall carpets, now at Neugerriemschneider, Berlin.
Tape Graffiti—visual interventions in association with Damaged Goods Productions, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Buda Kunstencentrum, Kortrijk; Machsan 2, Tel Aviv
Moments—visual concept and performance in collaboration with Meg Stuart (USA, choreographer), ZKM Karlsruhe
Wasserwünsche—installation and performance in collaboration with Nelly Agassi (Israel/USA, artist), and Ori Drummer (Israel, musician), Art Forum Berlin.
~ISM—installation, participation in an exhibition for the opening of The Lincoln Modern, Singapore.
Colorlab—installation and performance in collaboration with Ariko Inaoka (Japan, photographer). DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn.
Tanz im August, Internationales Festival Berlin—key visual (poster, program, magazine), Berlin
On The Rocks—performance sculpture by Lucie Tuma (Switzerland), Gessnerallee, Zurich
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.
Korinna und Jörg—documentary performance by Laurie Young (Canada/ Berlin), Sophiensäle, Berlin
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.
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.
Untitled—artist film by Michaël Borremans (Belgium, artist) and Meg Stuart (USA, choreographer)
Séances—artist film and exhibition by Boris Achour (France, artist). La Triennale, Paris
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.
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
Hamlet—The Wooster Group. Performed in New York, São Paulo, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Berlin, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Santiago e.a.
Poor Theater—The Wooster Group. Performed in New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw e.a.
Decreation—William Forsythe (USA, choreographer), Ballet Frankfurt. Performed in Frankfurt, New York, Paris, London, Zurich, Amsterdam, Berlin e.a.
numerous theatre and film productions, among others All my Sons with Arthur Miller (USA) at the Roundabout Theatre, Broadway, NYC
Rent—co-design for original production, Broadway and U.S. tour
Admission to United Scenic Artists of America
Presentations of Limited Edition Collection in Berlin, Paris, Tel Aviv, Brussels
Presentation through Eo Bocci (Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, Alexander McQueen) in Paris
Presentation in Tokyo
Shop opening in Berlin
Official Member of German ASEM delegation, representing German design at ASEM 5 in Vietnam
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)
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).
Installation and presentation during New York Fashion Week
Presentation in Tokyo through Look, Inc.
Formation of own company to develop and distribute signature and derivative collection
Documentary about Claudia Hill by NHK, Japanese state television