Jagoda Szmytka is a Polish-German artist, composer and curator based in Offenbach/Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She works interdisciplinary in the fields of fine art, music and theater, creating installations, performances (»box of presence«, »box of happiness«), writing and directing operas, musicals, theater plays (»for hands and voices«, »LIMBO LANDER«, »LOST«, »DIY or DIE«, »JUSTICE«), composing electronic and instrumental music (portrait album »BLOODY CHERRIES«).

The main subject of Szmytka’s creative output, according to the motto »art should be for the people, with the people, about the people« is »human being« and »human life in its present condition«.

To »bring art to the people« and to »tie art with life« Szmytka extends her artworks, plays and music compositions out of galleries, theaters and concert halls into public spaces. To permeate people’s daily lives, she not only uses the City as the stage, but as well applies transmedia and multimedia techniques; she communicates art content via multiple channels involving audience in the performance. This way »art stays playful«, »artwork becomes a playground« and »audience, as player, wins presence«.

Szmytka’s projects often are sustained for a longer period of time. This extended in time duration, on one side, allows to build up stronger relationship with the audience in form of community projects, and bridges art to architecture through »habitation of the art space«.

Is this »living art«, or is this »art of living«? Perhaps simply »human art« meeting human »ups« and »downs«, »tailor-made«, »user-friendly« – art for everybody – reaching out, accessible and inclusive.

To achieve inclusion and to communicate through art with brighter audiences Szmytka not only uses various channels and media, but as well applies into her work wide spectrum of aesthetic, styles and genres, so that everyone may find something »suitable« or »applicable«.

Additionally, she develops and applies »uncanny valley« technique – she uses well-known and well-liked by the audience forms and genres, like selfie booths, TV shows, TV series, games, or just daily life situations. At the end – art belongs to life and fulfills the norms of contemporary humanism.

Szmytka is a founder and an artistic director of cultural platform »PLAY« and a singer-songwriter of art-pop ensemble »ENTER«, both formed in 2015. She studied composition in the class of Prof. Wolfgang Rihm at the University of Music Karlsruhe. In 2018 she has been elected as chairman of the »VERY« association. As artist and as composer she was frequently supported by the German Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) and German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat). She was artist-in-residency at Villa Serpentara (ADK) in 2017 and over many years artist-in-residency at ZKM (Center for Art and Media). In close cooperation with the ZKM, »LOST« was created in 2015, a transmedia composition developed across various platforms and formats. In 2016 she was awarded the German Music Authors’ Prize (GEMA).



Artist & Composer

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