kate hers Transmigration in Artistic Practice.
Screening from 7PM; Presentation 8.30PM.
hers, video still from Missing, 2006
in Artistic Practice is a screening and artist presentation
of three projects by the Korean-American artist kate hers, whose
works in performance, video and other media deal with issues of
language and identity.
 is a performative autobiographical documentary
video. In her late 20s, the artist, adopted as an infant and raised
in the United States, returned to South Korea in an attempt to find
her birth parents. The video documents performances, interventions
and text from her adoption documents as well as her appearance on
a South Korean television program while on the quest for her birth
parents. It investigates the phenomena of Korean adoptees returning
to the land of their birth and addresses the issues of belonging
and transnational identity. It also questions the `forced migration`
through adoption and unveils its mental, emotional and cultural
Education for Finding Face in the 21st Century 
is a performance video made in Korea. Closely related, but not bound
to Missing, this provocative performance is formed of two
different footages: the first one an intervention realised in a
crowded street in Korea, and eventually interrupted by police officers,
questions the status of the young unmarried pregnant women in the
country. Here we see the artist incarnating a pregnant high school
girl in her uniform laughing hysterically in the crowd. In the se-cond
part of the video we witness again her uncanny laughter as well
as these words spilling from her mouth I had an abortion when
I was 18. This harsh critique of the Korean society tries
to frame the personal in broader politics.
work Das deutschsprachliche Projekt consists of two parts
and deals with learning a new language and living in a foreign country.
In the first part, made in 2008 , the artist realized
a rather extreme durational performance where she stopped speaking
her native language for three months and spoke only in German, a
language she was not yet fluent in at the time. The second part
of the project  is an ongoing one year interactive
performance which she publishes on her blog (germanproject.estherka.com).
It is made up of short videos in which she introduces online spectators
to a new word (swear words, slang, idioms) in German on a daily
basis. The project, which can also be described an educational series
of video podcasts, tries to explore the notion of cultural identity
kate hers has a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University
of California, Irvine and studied at the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago (BFA). She currently lives in Berlin.