Biography [archive]

CiCi Blumstein dancing Makeshift Body.
Video: Elena Klaudis
CiCi Blumstein’s work seeks out and vibrates in the unknown spaces between body & film, science & performance, architecture & theatre, transforming the physical and personal into a form that others can experience directly. Born in Germany, she has been working in the UK as a filmmaker, choreographer, installation and performance artist since 1989. She continues to explore experimental and improvisational concepts, which have been at the core of her practice over the last 20 years.

CiCi is fascinated by movement, and plunges into improvisations with buildings, humans and other creatures. She creates performances, cinematic environments and multi-media installations, often in challenging locations and conditions. Her Bag O’ Bones series of works is concerned with architectural space and the body. Makeshift Body is a series of works and labs / workshops, exploring multi-media performance based on Butoh and Contact Improvisation movement forms, and developing movement-loving camera devices and filming techniques.

CiCi has studied film, literature, languages, psychology, pedagogy and natural sciences, and trained in cinematography & film production, butoh & contact improvisation and physical theatre in the UK, Germany and the USA.

CiCi’s films Cytomotion and Plant Life have been shown at international festivals & events, and her article Makeshift Body – Navigations in Felt Space was published in Contact Quarterly [USA].

You can find a selection of CiCi’s recent commissions & projects in Featured Works, and earlier works under Archive. Recent projects & commissions include: Feature Creature – performance & installation at Tate ModernUnbekannter Ort [Unknown Place] – film & architecture installation with rubble field; Makeshift Body : Cytomotion – film installation with suspended sculptural projection in Lucent, a group show at the AVIT Audio-Visual Arts Festival; Walker Books DVD – an in-depth film portrait featuring award winning children’s author Martin Waddell; Fresh Page – a series of art events, community & schools workshops, kinetic video installations, sculptures, and documentary films. Summer Reading Challenge – panoramic film habitats featuring top children’s authors in an interactive website …