Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Send Diana an email.
I create two kinds of work, one using personal experiences to express universal ideas and the other, using cultural, social and political absurdities to express and create alternative positive spaces for and with people. I primarily make works that require direct audience engagement and collaboration in order to be complete.
I don’t limit myself to any medium and like to engage people outside the gallery context, either in public spaces, bars, on social media or directly in their own homes. I use humor, fun and positivity as an entry point to delve into complex critiques while creating safe spaces for people to collaborate and interact with me and my work. My processes are research based and often long form, where I create multiple works under a single umbrella over the course of one year or longer. I believe art can impact people and in turn bring about positive change.
Diana Arce is an Alaskan-born Dominican, raised in a multicultural equivalent of the Brady Bunch family. She was lucky enough to be mentored by an amazing anarchist, atheist law professor, who convinced her to pursue social sciences through making art.
Diana developed Politaoke, the non partisan political speech karaoke bar in 2007, which she toured across the United States during the 2008 Presidential election. The success of the US tour and subsequent international shows led to her founding Artist Without a Cause, a non-profit that develops collaborations between activist-artists and social justice groups.
Diana has discussed her work on NPR, BBC Outlook, Deutschland Radiokultur and ARD and has been featured in Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008, Metro New York, The New Amsterdam News and the german publication IQ Style. She has lectured and led workshops internationally on her work methodologies, artistic activism and multicultural representations in the museum context. She has a BA in Cultural Studies and Experimental Film from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and an MFA in Art in Context from the University of Arts, Berlin, Germany. She also hold degrees from the Academy of Rebellion and School for Creative Activism.
She’s survived an apartment fire, lived in a commune, traveled internationally and multiple times across the continental United States and once shepherded a herd of sheep in Hawaii. Her website’s name is pretentious but she decided not to change it because she had it for too long and a make up artist in Chicago bought dianaarce.com.
Fellowships, Grants, Residencies
upcoming Transfolk Artist Residency, Loviisa, Finland
Project Grant, Center for Artistic Activism
Residency, School for Creative Activism, Center for Artistic Activism, Berlin, Germany
Residency and Workshop, body // language // archive, MIKUB e.V., Otocac, Croatia
Residency, Schmeide, Hallein, Austria
Residency, Tactical Technology Collective Info-Activism Camp, Italy
Workshop, Academy of Rebellion, Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Fellowship, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
Project Grant, Politaoke USA Tour, Bauhaus Universität Kreativfond
Fellowship, Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm (Congress Bundestag Young Professionals Program) Berlin, Germany.
Project Grant, Congratulations You’ve Now Been Naturalized, Hampshire College, HIP
Project Grant, Hampshire Independent Projections (HIP)
Exhibition and Screenings
Politaoke, German Election Series, 4 Shows Aquarium bei Südblock, Berlin, Germany
Politaoke, Open Engagement, Oakland, CA, USA
Politaoke, digital spring, Salzburg, Austria
1884 to 1915 – an artistic position, National Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia
Politaoke, Politaoke Presented by Morefair Democracy, Desearch Repartment, Akademie der Künste der Welt, Colognem Germany
Die Lichtenberg Norm, Galerie Zwitschermaschine, Berlin, Germany
Politaoke, Die Populisten, Theater Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
Alumni Exhibition, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Kulturpalast, Galerie Zwitschermaschine, Berlin, Germany
Politaoke, Open Knowledge Festival, Berlin, Germany
Politaoke, Netzkultur: Die stumme Masse, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
Roma Image Studio, Galerie im Saalbau, Berlin, Germany
Politaoke, Under the Mountain Festival, Jerusalem Season of Culture, Jerusalem, Israel
Die Deutschen, divus/ umelec, Prague, Czech Republic
Master Exhibition , Art in Context, UdK Berlin, Germany (collaboration with Michael Vogtländer)
Dead Collective, Collectives and Egoists, Galeria Casa Clotilde, Barcelona, Spain
Dispatch, Threewalls, Chicago, IL, USA
Urban Witches, Not Bitches, neurotitan gallery, Berlin, Germany
Night of Women’s Film, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY, USA
Politaoke USA Summer Tour, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; Contemporary Art Institute of Detriot, Detroit, MI; RagTag Cinema, Columbia, MO; Echo Park Film Center and 7 Dudley Cinema, Los Angeles, CA; Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Flex Film Festival, Gainesville, FL; Stardust, Orlando, FL; Hart Wizten Gallery, Charlotte, NC; SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH; Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Reed College, Portland, OR, among others.
Loft Spectacle III, Kay Salon, Berlin, Germany
Politaoke, Gerber 3, Weimar, Germany
Temporary Borders, solo exhibition Acud Galerie, Berlin, Germany
70 cm, NewYorkRioTokyo e.V. and EXNPOP, Berlin, Germany
Eye AM Women Behind the Lens: Episode 5, MMN Network, New York, NY, USA
Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?, Elastic Arts Foundation Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Experimental Films by Diana Arce, EXNPOP, Berlin, Germany
Desired Escape, Short film included in installation from a workshop with Shelly Silver at Kino Arsenal, Berlin, Germany
Corporate Practice: Junior Executive Training, Performance at Chashama Arts Space, New York, NY, USA
Congratulations, You’ve Now Been Naturalized, Video-Sculpture Installation with Live Performance, Hampshire College Film and Photo Gallery, Amherst, MA, USA
Three Films about Culture, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA, USA
Un Viaje and Self Study Course, Mt Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA
Un Viaje, Hampshire College Fleeting Images, Amherst, MA, USA
Artist Lectures & Workshops
“The Attention Economy & Cultural Capitalism of the White Savior Art Market“ Open Engagement, Queens Museum, NY
“DIY Build Your Own Utopia“ The Bigger Picture, Central St. Martins, University of Arts, London
Digital is Not Enough: Talk to People and Write Things Down Digitally Engaged Learning Conference, Central St. Martins, University of Art, London, September 14-15.
“Reaching Other Audiences: Art for Social Change“ The Politics of Open, London, UK
“Against Neutrality – decolonising the dancefloor?” Panel, CTM Festival, Berlin, Germany
“Cultural Appropriation & Pursuit of the Next Big Thing” Round Table, Indie Magazine, Berlin, Germany
Black in Berlin #8 TOWN HALL Strategies of Resistance, Berlin, Germany
Artistic Activism, Workshop, 2nd Conference in Critical Migration and Borders Studies, Queen Mary University, London, UK
Migration and Activism, Workshop panelist, 2nd Conference in Critical Migration and Borders Studies, Queen Mary University, London, UK
“Studio Museum in Harlem: A Biography.” Lecture, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
“Culture Jamming, Subversion & other Methods of Creative Political Strategy.” Workshop, Fix Europe Campus, European Alternatives, Germany
Politaoke und AWAC, Hacks & Hackers, Berlin
“Everyone has a game plan until you punch them in the mouth. Artists as Collaborators & Saboteurs in creating Social Change” 5. Weltkongress der Hedonistischen Internationale, Germany
“Multicultural Representation in the Art Museum Context” Seminar, Summer Academy Evangelical Student Foundation, Villigst, Germany
“About the Initiative Roma Image Studio in reference to the Studio Museum in Harlem” Lecture with André Raatzsch, Galerie im Saalbau, Berlin, Germany
“Using Other Methodology to Expand Your Practice” Seminar and Artist Talk, Akademie für Kunst (Academy of Art), Munich, Germany
Politaoke, Kunst Apotheke Salon, Side by Side Studio, Berlin, Germany
Artist Lecture, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. USA
“Three Films about Culture” Film Screening and Artist Lecture, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA. USA
Film Screening and Artist Lecture, Mt Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA