Simon Niemann

Mediation of performance art as aesthetic practice

In his research project with the title “Mediation of performance art as aesthetic practice”, Simon Niemann investigates the specific characteristics of performance art from the perspective of mediation. Here mediation is not treated as a secondary process to the artistic product, but instead is itself considered an aesthetic practice. Focusing on the demands that performance art makes of a new definition of mediation that is to be developed, a system will be developed that allows performance art as a specific form of public discourse with its own artistic quality to be made accessible to children, young people and adults. 


Simon Niemann completed his training as a theatre teacher at Theaterwerkstatt Heidelberg in 2010. He then studied cultural studies and aesthetic practice (BA) and staging of arts and media (MA) at the University of Hildesheim. In addition to his own independent directing and performance projects, he is also part of the theatre collective Fort Nox. Since 2010, he has worked as a freelance theatre teacher, leading various workshops, seminars and training sessions. He worked at Theater für Niedersachsen in the 2015/16 season. He then spent three years working as a theatre teacher at Theater Osnabrück in the field of acting and dance. Since summer 2019, Simon Niemann has been studying for a PhD at the University of Hildesheim with a research project entitled “Mediation of performance art as aesthetic practice”.