Orion Maxted (1977; England) is a performance artist and curator based in Berlin and Amsterdam.
His work takes a sideways look at language and cognition. Taking the Paris 1968 slogan ‘Take your dreams for Reality’ to demonstrate a working strategy - that the reality we perceive is not as fixed as it may appear but open to change through art. He sees performance (in a gallery, theatre or street context) as a frame to place and exchange thought, and hence considers his process part composer – positioning and transforming thoughts in time and space; and part sculptor - taking reality as material.
Orion completed his undergraduate degree in Music & Visual Art at Brighton University, England in 2006. He has worked with several international performance groups including protoPLAY and Non Grata; and worked as a producer and mentor for Testing Grounds an artist development organization operating in the UK and internationally.
Selected solo works include:
Hondae Reality Exchange (Korean Experimental Arts Festival, 2011).
Alexanderplatz Reality Exchange (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2011).
Flow (Creature Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania, 2013).
BANANA (Korean Experimental Arts Festival, 2008; A Foundation, Liverpool Biennale, UK, 2009; Maximum Perception Festival, New York, USA, 2010).
Conceptual Hardcore (Korean Experimental Arts Festival, 2010).
Ex-Voto After The Collapse Of The Waterfall, La Muga Caula, (La Muga Caula Festival, Catalonia, Spain, 2010).
2(two) (with protoPLAY, Shunt Lounge, London, UK; Diverse Universe Festival, Parnu Art Museum, Estonia, 2009).
Man Walks Onstage and Makes An Announcement (Korean Experimental Arts Festival, 2012; Gwangju Media Festival, South Korea, 2012).