Victoria Holdt (*1992) is a Swiss artist who lives and works in Basel. She is interested in exploring the
interplay between the body, materials, media, and various systems and is currently working on projects that
aim to seamlessly connect the realms of video and sculpture. In her artistic work, she delves into materials,
contemplating the synergy between ceramics, latex, hide glue, acrylic glass, and video. In her work, human
behavior and emotions, including language and word play, play a significant role. She often incorporates a
touch of irony or humor, viewing them as powerful tools to disrupt established relations and reshape
Translated excerpts from the text written in German for the show MUSCLE MEMORY in
Kunstraum Aarau 2023 by Marius Quiblier:
It’s like riding a bike. Muscle memory refers to a
movement pattern that becomes ingrained in our memory through the constant repetition of a physical
process. When a process is repeated enough times, an individual can develop a novel intuition and empower
themselves to react in a specific way to a particular sequence without conscious thought.
the artwork “Muscle Memory” (2023) by Victoria Holdt, found footage video collages are originally
projected onto organic forms crafted from animal glue, also known as hide glue. This version of the work
was created specifically for post-gallery.online. The collages include excerpts from choreographies by
Britney Spears and Judy Garland, two trained performers who have undergone the Hollywood machinery and
risen to international stardom. Both tirelessly train until their performance and personality intertwine.
At the same time, Holdt shows newly hatched turtles instinctively crawling towards the sea, migratory
birds heading south, and cells dividing. The conditioning of the human body meets natural intuition. The
artist speaks of cycles, repetition, and habit. Through fluid transitions between individual sequences
and an overarching ambient sound, the segments shed their individual status and merge into a cohesive whole.
Holdt seeks a precise transition point at which the conditioning of the body transforms into
automatism, detaching itself from active decisions and following a blind intuition. Body over mind or mind