Protozone11: it’s weird
Sanity TV (2017 – ongoing)
Performances of Sanity TV will take place over the first weekend, on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of May at 8pm, allowing the set-up to remain on view until the closing of the exhibition.
“Sanity TV is a performance-for-video work in development. It is an extremely experimental work for me that takes the form of a talk show in which the audience is imaginary and the “guests” – that range from objects to people- are invited into an imaginary dissociative conversational space by myself, the host.
This particular work emerged from hitting a conceptual wall while at a residency last summer. My fellow resident artists became my guests and the dialogues, which seem abstract- discussing vampires, kinetic human sculpture and flower kingdom hierarchies- revealed more intense, layered conversations about cruelty, identity on the margins, and self/hood/objecthood in the African diasporic context.
I’ve since decided to take this work further by including it in a live performance; very soon it will develop into a series produced summer 2017. This work feels important, yet effortless; it achieves my goal of working with my strengths as an improvisational performer while instantly critically engaging my ongoing inquiry into psychodynamic theory.” [Autumn Knight]
Knight privileges the rehearsal as an open space, with works like Sanity TV, she is able to rely on their structures to allow improvisation to enliven each new performance. The processes of development, the rehearsals, develop like scores––allowing future revisitations of their protocols to then allow the work itself to continue to grow.
Knight’s work first appeared at Shedhalle on the SHED in February 2021, and later these works moved into the physical Shedhalle in Protozone3: You’re So Busy. In Protozone6: Are You Coming? Knight revisits “Letto”, another performance-for-video work, that calls on collaborators to perform a loose score that reveals moments of intimacy and longing between two performers in their home and in their beds.
Autumn Knight (b. 1980, Houston, U.S.A.) is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video, and text. She has presented work at The New Museum, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The 2019 Whitney Biennial and Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, among other venues. Her performance work is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem where she was also a 2016–2017 artist in residence. Knight attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and holds an M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University. She is the current recipient of the Nancy B. Negley Prize at the American Academy in Rome (2021-22).
QUEER TRUST is an attitude that draws from and relies on the in-between. It has shaped the work at Shedhalle as a space for process-based art since 2020 and is also the basis of Protozone8. The exhibition shows artistic works and ways of working that trust in relationships and processes beyond fixed attributions. The participating artists share intimate, vulnerable, open, and courageous artwork. In doing so, they question (gender) identities as well as artistic, scientific, and social traditions and classifications.
open every Sat 14-20h & Sun 14-18h
29.10. 20h BEAST! Performance by Tarek Lakhrissi
04.-06.11. The Institute for embodied creative practices by Isabel Lewis
in collaboration with Josephine Baan, Nina Emge, Izidora l Lethe, Ceylan Öztrük, Tyra Wigg and international academies
“…explores bestiality as a philosophical and political concept by drawing on the stigma that historically frames queers and PoC as monstrous. Through read- ings of my recent romantic/radical poems accompanied by the lyrical vocals
of Makeda Monet and the electronic music of Victor da Silva. BEAST! explores utopian queer passions, rituals for lost ones, dark corners to protect oneself in, erotic dreams, and… you’ll see. All the poems are from my last poetry book LE SANG! (BLOOD!) published by Lafayette Anticipations.”
‘The Institute for embodied creative practices’ was hosted at Shedhalle by Isabelle Lewis from 3-6 of November during Protozone8 – Queer Trust.
We are grateful for the collaboration with Joseph Baan, Nina Emge, Izidora I LETHE, Juliette Uzor, Tyra Wigg, HGB Leipzig, HSLU Luzern, ZHdK Zurich and many more international art schools.
The Institute for Embodied Creative Practices is an ambulatory corpus of particular concerns and the sensorial methodologies for addressing them founded by artist and choreographer Isabel Lewis.
Lewis (*1981, Santo Domingo) is a US artist with Dominican roots. She studied literature, dance and philosophy and is now active in theater, dance and music. Her work expanded the field of contemporary art to include the format of Occasions. With persistent experimentation and research methods that emerge from bodily experiences, Lewis creates alternative forms of sociality between human and non-human actors. The artist’s body of work to date includes the formats Occurrences, Arrangements, Activations, Expanded Viewings, Sensory Parcours, as well as workshops, listening sessions, and lecture performances. The focus of her fundamentally collaborative practice is on affective bodily experiences that engage all the senses.
The Institute of Embodied Creative Practices was supported by Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur & Callies Berlin
Curated by Philipp Bergmann & Thea Reifler
Sunny Pfalzer was hosting their ‘Becoming Justin Bieber’ Workshop, a somatic dance karaoke gathering, during Zurich Art Weekend at Shedhalle!
Thank you for everybody who joined. Together we discovered how the choreographic gestures of pop cultural music videos felt in our bodies. Resisting through slow-motion awkwardness, we all became our own versions of Justin Bieber & Co. ♪
Assistance Sculptures: Nico Rueda
Pictures by Vaida Mikliusiene
Curated by Philipp Bergmann & Thea Reifler
in the framework of Protozone8
Shedhalle brings together three artists for their first major institutional collaboration in Switzerland. Selma Selman, Mikołaj Sobczak, and Nicholas Grafia, friends who come from very different backgrounds, will spend a two-week-residency-period at Shedhalle. Together they will develop a spatial installation with their drawings, paintings, sculptural and video works.
And they will work on a new performance that will be presented on 16th and 17th of December, exploring the possibilities of experimental and political theatre. With references to absurdist performance and humorous play, they focus on social reality. They draw on narratives that are derived from socially stigmatized individuals and their bodily histories, but also their resilience and resistance.
Curated by Phila Bergmann & Thea Reifler
Curatorial Assistance: Vanessa Bosch
Graphic Design: Studio Yukiko
19.12.2023 – 15.01.2023
Sa 14–20h & Su 14–18h
At this moment, we make time for “timing-out”. In the middle of our five year endeavor PROTOZONES 2020-2025 we take some time to gather and reflect on our curatorial practice. As part of this, we invite collaborators who are already in the process of preparing contributions for future Protozones. All together, we wish to create a common space of gathering, inviting you for workshops, games, screenings and food.
We are looking forward to spending this time together with you. Lucie Tuma, Michelangelo Miccolis, Phila Bergmann & Thea Reifler.
Pictures: “How to create comfortable resting positions with _____”, Engy Mohsen and Gabriel Hensche, 2022, game session at Iron Velvet, New York. Photo: Cristian Chironi
Saturday 15.04. 18-22h
Sunday 16.04. 11-18h
At this moment, we make time for “timing-out”. In the middle of our five year endeavor PROTOZONES 2020-2025 we take some time to reflect on our curatorial practice. This process is accompanied by a screening program of video-works by artists who are already preparing contributions for future protozones
TouchMeTell by melanie bonajo
+Closing Gathering with Aga Pedziwiatr (DIVAS), Byungseo Yoo, He Shen und Chaos Angel (for more info see rider “Program”)
28.05. 14-18h & 29.05. 14-18h
With: Angela Goh, Autumn Knight, Kris Lemsalu, Pontus Pettersson, Michael Portnoy
We are reclaiming the weird.
Not the uncanny, or necessarily the strange, but the weird as that which is out of place, a refusal in plain sight, a blurring of boundaries and relations. By challenging dominant perspectives, which have historically framed what is the “correct” narrative, weirdness becomes a space of knowledge production.
We invite a selection of artists and thinkers to imagine together how weirdness can create alternative and inclusive futures.
June 09-11, Zurich Art Weekend (free entry!)
Fri, June 09, 17:00 – 23:00
18h Angela Goh, Body Loss (2017) PERFORMANCE (Swiss Premiere)
19h Angela Goh, The Concert (2022) FILM (European Premiere)
19h45 Michael Portnoy, Progressive Touch (2020) FILM
20h Kris Lemsalu, New untitled performance in collaboration with Maria Metsalu
22h Michael Portnoy, Progressive Touch (2020) FILM
Sat, June 10, 14:00 – 20:00
19h Angela Goh, The Concert (2022) FILM
Sun, June 11, 14:00 – 18:00
17h Angela Goh, Body Loss (2017) PERFORMANCE
17.06. – 6.08.
open every Sat 14-20h & Sun 14-18h
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