Bettina Pelz is a curator and a writer, a researcher and an academic teacher.
Curatorial action is proactive. In research, production and discourse, a curator engenders a multitude of processes, all of which are characterized by an ongoing alteration of perspective. These processes are shaped by the continuous oscillation between regarding and evaluating: sounding out and locating, collecting and gathering, producing and controlling, publishing and taking responsibility, reviewing and reflecting, discussing and contextualizing, documenting and disseminating, generating and concentrating can be part of the curatorial act. The nucleus of a curatorial position forms itself in the way of how these diverse stress fields are synchronized.
Over the last twenty years, her curatorial work is dedicated to art-in-context projects. Her transdisciplinary projects are hosted at art institutions and in public space, in postindustrial ensembles and cultural heritage environments. She has been the founding curators of several sustainable art projects in Europe and Africa. Internationally she has been involved in projects in Belgium, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Mali, Mexico, The Netherlands, North-Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South-Africa, Switzerland and Tunisia. In tandem with Aymen Gharbi, she directs INTERFERENCE Tunis.tn and SEE DJERBA Houmt Souk.tn since 2016.
Focus on her research is light in fine arts. From 2015 to 2017, she was a visiting professor at the University of Fine Arts Saarbrucken and founded the academic network “Light In Fine Arts (LIFA)” in tandem with Prof. Daniel Hausig. In 2015, she founded the transdisciplinary format LICHTCAMPUS at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, in tandem with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Greule. The following editions took place at the Unversity of Applied Science and Art in Hildesheim.de in 2017 and at the University of Applied Sciences Wismar.de in 2019.
Since 2004, she is an academic teacher on professionalizing of the arts at the University of the Arts Bremen.de. From 2005 to 2011, she was an academic teacher on “Professional Practice On Cultural Policies And Productions” at the University Oldenburg.de. From 2008 bis 2010, she led the study program “Contemporary Curatorial Practice” at the Center For Lifelong Learning at Stiftungs-Universität Hildesheim.de. Since 2014, she is teaching on artistic, curatorial and cultural practice in Tunisia.
Since 2016 | Tunis.tn and Wetter/Ruhr.de | Gharbi-Pelz-Studios
Since 1996 | Wetter/Ruhr.de | Studio Bettina Pelz
1993 – 1996 | Hagen.de | Sociocultural Center | Artistic Director
1989 – 1993 | Ahlen.de | Sociocultural Center | Artistic Director
1985 – 1988 | Muenster.de | Studies
Since 2016 | Bremen.de, Tunis.tn and Wetter/Ruhr.de | Home
1963 | Born in the “Münsterland”.de