Proto-Club4: Timing Out Closing Weekend
Closing Gathering 29.05. 18-22h
Protozone11: it’s weird
Sobczak’s practice combines painting, video and performance art. In his performative work – frequently in collaboration with Germany based artist Nicholas Grafia whose work is informed by his Filipino and African-American background – Sobczak employs avant-garde concepts of postwar Polish theatre (such as Tadeusz Kantor) for his contemporary concerns about queerness in a time of political radicalisation.
His paintings are equally invested with theatricality, complex figuration staged in dense tableaux, often based on the compositions of 19th century paintings, juxtaposed with popular culture subjects. Sobczak’s central project is to create contemporary history paintings by populating his paintings with representations of outstanding protagonist of LGBTQ activism, queer and emancipatory countercultural milieus and resistance movements, in imaginative company with provocatively phantasmic characters and creatures representing Sobczak’s genuine vision of transgressive utopia. Simultaneously, these new visionary communities are mirrored in the distorted images of an underworld of regressive and ambiguous political narrative depicted in mannerist and infernal mise-en-scenes.
Mikołaj Sobczak (b. 1989) graduated the Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw (PL) in the Studio of Spatial Activities, followed by a scholarship at Universität der Künste Berlin (DE), and studied as well at Kunstakademie Münster (DE). He is also a resident artist at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (NL). He works in video, paintings and ceramics, often including performative collaborative actions as well. His most recent exhibitions include shows at Kunsthalle Münster (DE), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), MUDAM (Luxembourg), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), Museum Ludwig (Cologne).
In his work, Sobczak is focused on political issues and historical policy. Emphasizing the perspective and life of marginalized subjects, he builds narratives, and tracks down the reasons for current global and social issues.
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The effects of climate change as well as of war are impacting not only the worldwide supply with fossil fuels but also very basic food supply, especially in the global south. Proto-Club3 responds to the current crisis by bringing together two artistic perspectives on the complex question of how to treat and preserve food as our basic resource of survival.
Kindly supported by Kompotoi
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