© DKB, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin 2013

Dr. Heidi Salaverría is a philosopher, lecturer, and performance artist, born in Caracas, Venezuela, living in Hamburg.

She holds a PhD in philosophy (SCL), and is currently working on an Aesthetics of Doubt.

The focus of her work is the idea of a non-identarian subjectivity and, thereby, of a critical common sense, dealing with the intersection of aesthetics and politics, problems of recognition, and the question of agency.

In 2015, she joined the network project Hyper Cultural Passengers and became part of the concept and curator team. This cooperation of artists, philosophers and other cultural activists questions the myth of the autonomous, and thereby self-sufficient, subject and proposes instead the figure of the hypercultural passenger.

Salaverría has worked at various German universities, amongst them the University of Hildesheim, the University of Flensburg and Lueneburg, and the Music Conservatory of Nuremburg. She has given lectures and workshops in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, and Spain.

She has studied philosophy, art history, art, and psychology. Study and research stays in Buenos Aires, Hamburg, and Philadelphia. Research Areas: Pragmatist philosophy (Peirce, James, Dewey, Rorty), Kant, Poststructuralist Philosophers, particularly Levinas, Butler, Rancière.

Since 2002, she has been working as a performance artist in projects, which include the participation of the audience, seeking to overcome the gap between the metaphysics of certainty and the ordinary. Lately, she introduced the method of “philosophical drawing,” in which participants communicate via abstract drawings of philosophical concepts.

© Tom Fichtner, Performance Philosophy Festival, Leipzig 2016.

Heidi Salaverría realized lecture performances and performance projects in various cities, amongst them ICI Berlin, Pact Zollverein Essen, Kampnagel Theater Hamburg, ZKM Karlsruhe, State Theater Stuttgart.