Zierle & Carter


About Zierle & Carter’s Working Process

Interdisciplinary, multi-sensory and site and context responsive, for more than a decade, Alexandra Zierle (DE) & Paul Carter’s (UK) practice has spanned performance and live art, socially engaged practice, video, sound, installation, and photography.
Through their collaborative practice, Zierle & Carter examine what it means to be human, addressing notions of belonging, dynamics within relationships, and the transformation of limitations. Their work sites an embodied investigation into human interactions and encounters, acting as an invitation to venture into the spaces in-between the external and internal, permanent and transient, spoken and unheard. The work fundamentally explores society’s conventions, traditions, and rituals, often flipping them on their head, reversing orders, and disrupting the norm.
From museums and galleries, to empty cinemas, city parks, snow covered mountain plateaus, world war two bunkers, craters of volcanoes and bases of glaciers, for more than a decade their work has been widely exhibited internationally throughout Europe, Canada, United States, South America, Australia, in Asia and Africa. Activities include the inaugural Venice International Performance Art Week, Federation Square (Melbourne), CIPAF (Cyprus), Grace Exhibition Space (New York), Rapid Pulse (Chicago), Bildmuseet (Umeå), and a world premiere triptych at The National Theatre and The Barbican for SPILL Festival of Performance 2015 (London). In 2016 the duo exhibited a retrospective show in China at the Chongqing Changjiang Contemporary Museum for the PARABIOSIS - Chong Qing Chang Jiang International Contemporary Art Exhibition, and created two works for the Sacred: Homelands Festival, curated by Nikki Millican.
In an academic capacity, Zierle & Carter have worked as Visiting Lecturers in the UK, USA, Sweden and Australia and have lead workshops internationally, including guest lecturers on PAStudies in Kaunas (LT), IPA in Bucharest (RO) and in addition to facilitating the Marathon Workshops in Athens and Cyprus, have ran independent workshops in Germany, Sweden and China.