Mike Andrew Hentz
Mike Andrew Hentz, born on July 2d, 1954 in New Jersey (USA), is a graphic artist, photographer, musician and performance artist, based in Berlin. Besides his artistic work, focused mainly in new media and performance, he teached worldwide.
Son of an American engineer living in Italy, Austria and Switzerland he learned classical violin and was trained in musical theatre in Paris.
On the 70’s he established in Dusseldorf were he co-founded the performance group “Deficit Delta T” publishing an album called Death Opuses. Besides, he organized the festival "Padlt Noidlt" in Zurich. With Minus Delta T he travelled world wide performing in public space, art galleries and festivals, touring around and making research about identity and culture of the diverse realities. In the 80’s Hentz had several guest professorships such us the one in the college for pedagogic arts in Hamburg. He also worked as an actor in the Frankfurt opera house.
During the same years he co-founded the Broadcast radio programs "Frigo", "Radio Bellevue" and the „European Media Art Lab“ in 1989.
On the 90’s he begun with the tv projects “Van Gogh TV”, “Piazza Virtuale” and the “Univercity TV” all interactive television events shared through cable or satellite and developed in a performative basis. Later on he extended his sphere of activity to the East European countries, teaching in “The Institute of Art and Technology” in Moscow and at the University of Riga. In Poland he worked in cooperation with the Polish National Television to spread and establish a Media Art channel.
From 2003 Hentz is head of the Newmedia faculty in the Academy of arts in Stuttgart and is performing in festivals and performance venues around the World.
Interviewed by Christopher Hewitt in Berlin