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Heike Liss works in a variety of media, including video, photography, drawing, sculpture, site-specific installation and public intervention. Heike takes her cues from everyday life—the world and the people around her. She studied Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen before attending Mills College, where she received a Master’s degree in Studio Art. Heike’s award-winning work has been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and at film festivals. She has collaborated with choreographers François Verret and Sonsherée Giles, musicians Theresa Wong and Caroline Penwarden, multi-media artists Ellen Lake, Nomi Talisman, and Michael Trigilio, painter Soffia Saemundsdottir and poet Lyn Hejinian, to name a few. Since 2014 Heike is performing live visuals with her long time collaborator and travelling companion Fred Frith, as well as other musical improvisers such as Ikue Mori, Lotte Anker, Thea Farhadian, Andrea Parkins, Shelley Hirsch and Bérangère Maximin. She lives and works in Santa Rosa and is a visiting professor at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia where she teaches transdisciplinary art.


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