Opening: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Kevin Aeschbacher, Ali Al-Fatlawi, Muriel Baumgartner, Jürgen Beck, Søren Berner, Elisabetha Bleisch, Tashi Brauen, Ruth Erdt, René Fahrni, Goran Galić, Hans X. Hagen, Seda Hepsev, Alex Herzog, Susanne Hofer, Benny Jaberg, San Keller, Petra Köhle, Sandra Kühne, Georgette Maag, Albert Mauerhofer, Wanda Nay, Alicia Nogueira Leceta, Karim Patwa, Leila Peacock, Jessica Pooch, Ilona Ruegg, Giampaolo Russo, Sämi Scherrer, Astrid Schmid, Pascal Schwaighofer, Veronika Spierenburg, Regula Spörri, Valentina Stieger, Nicolas Vermot-Petit-Outhenin, Latefa Wiersch, Teres Wydler
Die Versammlung (The Assembly) is a joint project of Shedhalle and the artists of the cultural center Rote Fabrik. Its goal is to develop artistic methods and formats beyond the limitations of individual work and the institutional framework of Shedhalle.
The institution–originally an initiative from the Rote Fabrik artists and transformed to an association in 1987–is situated at the heart of the building where the studios, kindergarten, dance studio, printing workshop and wood and metal workshop, Theater Hora as well as Aktionshalle are located. The last collaboration between Shedhalle and its neighboring artists took place in 1999. Since then the conditions on site have changed fundamentally: tenant turnover has increased with contracts limited to five years. Of the fifty people currently working in one of the city-funded studios, only five have been here since the beginning of the
transformation of the factory site into the cultural center, Rote Fabrik, in the late seventies. For Shedhalle it is essential to include the artists as well as the other initiatives of Rote Fabrik in its research about today’s position and role of critical art institutions.
Die Versammlung is also an exchange between generations and about working experiences onsite. It is an intense collective debate regarding what it means to be working at Rote Fabrik today, a place where artists ultimately find themselves because of specific cultural and political premises and conditions. How can these chance encounters between different positions and experiences be deployed and artistically transformed? And how can different aspects of individual authorship, of curatorial positions and institutional hierarchies be sounded out and deferred?
In recent weeks the space of Shedhalle became a place of debates in which artistic positions drew nearer and misunderstandings took shape.
The common work will not be completed at the time of the opening, but will continue throughout the exhibition, among others on Wednesday nights, within a program of studio visits, concerts and screenings initiated by the participating artists. Details on the Wednesday Evening Program from 02.12.17 on shedhalle.ch
Since the fall of this year, Shedhalle is run by Annette Amberg, Paolo Do, Egija Inzule, Salvatore Lacagnina and Adriana Lara.
Die Versammlung has been realized in collaboration with the printing workshop of Rote Fabrik.
Shedhalle is supported by funds of the city of Zurich.
Tuesday through Sunday 12pm – 20pm