Proto-Club4: Timing Out Closing Weekend
Closing Gathering 29.05. 18-22h
Protozone11: it’s weird
Artist duo Zheng Mahler’s collaboration with the artist and filmmaker Tiffany Sia Hellscrape conjures a series of animated videos produced by a generative adversarial network (styleGAN) algorithm trained on a dataset of media images of significant sites in Hong Kong’s 2019 anti-extradition protests. The dataset was scraped from Google image searches of Harcourt Road, Tamar Park and PolyU and trained for one hour.
The resultant morphing landscapes hover in a liminal state, between the known and unknown datasets, moving through horrific trans-imaginary moments of time where multiple threads collapse into one.
The images are also a synchronic map of the artists IP address details at the time and place in which the image search was undertaken that simultaneously function as a particular, mutated typology of the media’s site-specific representation of the protest sites themselves.
Consequently, the images are viewed as formal agglomerations of art historical and photographic landscape conventions weighted towards the cinematic spectacularization of protest.
Amidst so much resistance against surveillance, facial recognition and the technological apparatus of the state within the protest, the work raises questions around the queasiness of using AI generated imagery and the reappropriation of the ongoing “capture” that unfolded in those months, and comes to take on the subject position of the state itself in order to critique it. Snippets of concrete poetry composed by Sia, leaks from her forthcoming book Too Salty Too Wet 更咸更濕, a hellish scroll about affect, geography and the occult in Hong Kong, are additionally threaded into the images, woven in the style of voice-over text or subtitles which come to embody what film theorist Michael Chion describes as a kind of talking and acting shadow – “These images although static contain hundreds of threads of time, and a voice emerges from this void as an atemporal, spectral being – ‘a special being’”.
Our times of political unrest are at once etched into our digital timelines, our bodies and our dreams. Accordingly, these phantasmagorias challenge traditional images of landscape photography and painting, these images asking, what does the landscape of affect look like?
Zheng Mahler are an artist (Royce Ng) and anthropologist (Daisy Bisenieks) duo working together on research intensive, community based, site-specific projects often utilising digital media, performances and installation to explore relationships between art and research practice. Drawing from each other’s respective backgrounds, they examine the limits as well as the methods and strategies of expanding both their familiar disciplines while experimenting with new interdisciplinary possibilities or cross pollinations, where anthropological approaches are applied to art practice and artistic methodologies are utilised as research exercises in the studies of anthropology.
Together they have presented their work in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including at the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich, Switzerland (2014 and 2016), PERFORMA: New Visual Art Performance Biennale in New York City (2015) Parasite, Hong Kong (2016) Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2017), the Akademie der Kunst der Welt in Cologne, Germany (2019) and Shanghai Biennale XIII (2021)
The presentation of the selected zines from ZINE COOP as part of the work Hellscrape was made in collaboration with VOLUMES.
ZINE COOP is an independent publishing collective based in Hong Kong. They collect, curate and educate through zine publications, workshops, and exhibitions. Founded in 2017, they operate across Hong Kong, Japan and Canada without a fixed or hierarchical membership system.
VOLUMES is a non-profit organisation and collective created in Zurich in 2013 to support the local and international DIY-facet of art publishing and introduce it to a larger audience in Switzerland. Exploring the creativity gravitating around the practices of small scale art publishing, they create events such as book fairs, exhibitions, performances, workshops, projections, talks, symposiums and curated libraries. Anne-Laure Franchette, Patrizia Mazzei, Gloria Wismer
Please buy your tickets online via https://langenacht-zuerich.ch/ or register for free to participate in the cooking via firstname.lastname@example.org
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