Performance, 20 min.
About Phase 1 in Zurich 2023
This year, in 2023, the first phase of the Transcultural Collaboration (TC) program lasted four weeks and took place at the Zurich University of the Arts. Being presented with different input lectures around the topic of protection the TC-participants dealt with current challenges to democracies all around the world, the colonial legacies that persist in Switzerland, exchanged with several artists connecting their practice to an understanding of community and collaboration and did some local “field trips” around the city of Zurich. The participants shared their own artistic practices through different mediums such as performances, talks and meditation exercises.
The time spent together was intense. Participants still had to get to know each other, a shared language and understanding had yet to be found, common ground needed to be established, differences acknowledged, and one’s own place in the group needed to be found.
After two weeks of inputs, getting to know each other and discussing the possible guidelines for collaboration the participants got to work on smaller group projects during two weeks.
The works all connected over the topic of protection and found different ways to approach the questions of what protection actually means, which conditions create safety and when protection can tilt into over-protection and oppression.
The result of these collaborative works can be seen in the following.
𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 protection 𝘵𝘰 connection 𝘵𝘰 communication, 𝘢 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘛𝘩e 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 Wabisabi, conceived and performed by Christian Del CONTE, Senri SUZUI, Raymond FREY and Guan-Ying HU, 𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 being exposed to the uncanniness 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. Based on the 𝘉𝘈𝘉𝘌𝘓 𝘛𝘖𝘞𝘌𝘙 𝘚𝘛𝘖𝘙𝘠 the group reflected on different modes and 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳𝘴 protection brings about. The performance was set in a installation made out of 𝘵𝘸𝘪𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴, associated with “𝘣𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦” 𝘢𝘯𝘥 “𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯”, 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘶𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺. The accompanying musical 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦-𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘳𝘩𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘮 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱t 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 during the performance and worked like an intensifier while the performers slowly started to cut down the installation in a ritual act. R𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 humanity nowadays the performance posed the question: What i𝘧 𝘸𝘦 𝘨𝘰 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘨𝘦…. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 creative 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 involved c𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴. The final presentation was the first and only full performance, therefore the group had to figure out a way to rehearse leaving the structure intact for the actual performance.