Sebastian Hirn has realized a large number of art installations and projects as freelance director for theater and opera – ranging from unusual productions of classical operas or plays to performances or videos. His method of working transcends established disciplines and moves within the space between fine art, theater/dance, and music. He wrote a new German version of the recitatives in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, initiated an instrumental version of Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel, installed a series of truck accidents in Munich, and installed a deconstructed fishing boat in a swimming pool which became part of a series of happenings. He also works as stage and video designer and taught at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. His work has been shown at various theaters, festivals, or art spaces such as Wiener Festwochen, Wuppertaler Bühnen, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Münchner Volkstheater, Mozartfestpiele Schwetzingen, Oper Dortmund, Schauspielhaus Bochum, MaximiliansForum München, Theaterhaus Jena, Oper Nürnberg, Rote Fabrik Zürich, and Lothringer13, Munich.
Lisa Hörstmann is an art historian currently doing a PhD at the Department for African Art at Freie Universität Berlin. Her thesis deals with issues of transnationalism and ambivalence in South African settler primitivism in the first half of the 20th century. She has published various texts on this topic and received scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service and Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit. She previously worked as fine arts officer for the City of Munich’s Department for Arts and Culture, curatorial assistant for MaximiliansForum in Munich, and research associate for Galerie Bastian in Berlin.
Sebastian Hirn and Lisa Hörstmann have been working together since 2012. In 2015, they began their work on outposts of resistance, a documentary video and performance piece that was shown in different variations at SpielArt Festival Munich (2015), a former paint factory in Munich Sendling (2016), Werkstattkino Munich (2016), Ballhaus Ost Berlin (2017), and Lothringer13 Munich (2017). They were artists in residence at SFAI and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2018. outposts of resistance has received support from the City of Munich, Erwin and Gisela von Steiner Foundation, the Senate of Berlin, and Verein Ausstellungshaus für Christliche Kunst.
The residency at SFAI has provided us with a unique opportunity to continue our project and interview American soldiers who were stationed in Iraq during and following the invasion in March 2003. The chance to travel to and across the USA has taken our project to another level by adding multiple new perspectives to it. The amount of support given to us as German artists by a significant American institution has made us aware of the relevance of our work and, more importantly, of the voices whom we try to give a platform to be heard.
It was a great honor to be part of a group of artists that have such a respectful, considerate and equal way of dealing with each other. Neither of us expected such deep personal connections and we are both very grateful for the friendships that we have made.