All posts filed under: Program 2016


LINE UP 22h DJ Warm Those Buns Up DJ Set cimonfinix 22h30 Phonetic Phony Audioperformance Kai & Grace 22h45 Womb Club Dance & Videoinstallation by Carmen, Jesica, Goingshow and Jade 22h50 Scarlet (Hao) & Sherry Yuan Audiovisual Performance by Hao and Sherry 23h10 #cautionwetfloor Performance Cimon & Léo 23h30 Haze’n’hofer Concert by Yannik 00h15 senseless DJ Set Jan 1h45 the Queens of Chateau Coq Drag Show by Dennis & Daniel 2h neoliebe DJ Set by Angelo

Lecture Series and Conference on Transculturality – Beyond Purity

This lecture series and seminar will frame the 2nd edition of a transcultural and cross-disciplinary graduate semester program entitled “Transcultural Collaboration,” a new educational format and initiative involving various art universities from Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore. The program rests on the fundamental need to discuss and understand “globalization” and the questions and issues arising therefrom. It is obvious that globalization not only involves the expansion of production, consumption, and communication, but also the problems, and the potentials, of differentiation/distinction, of provoking otherness, of different forms of cultural evolution and blending, and of influencing power structures.

You wanna risk a life without risk?

Lecture by Jörg Huber and Daniel Späti
Taking a risk is usually more often associated with danger than with a chance that opens up new perspectives. In our daily life we are trying to secure and assure as much aspects possible, which starts with prenatal diagnostics even before we are born. We are (made being) afraid of the unknown and uncertain because it’s BEYOND of our control. …

Can the Biennial save the world?–The case of the Taipei Biennial 1996-2016

Lecture by Manray Hsu
The contemporary art biennial is a global phenomenon. As part of cultural apparatus of modernity, the art biennial, like international expos, tends to be future-oriented, often with an optimistic, or even utopian tone. Just as modern utopian promises have been constantly broken, biennials (again, like expos) rarely if not never live up to what they propose to show on the exhibition level, let alone the social changes promised. Hence the so-called “biennial bashing,” prevalent in art circles around the world.

Vision of Salome

Yuki Kihara’s illustrated lecture entitled Vision of Salome, centers on works she has produced in the last decade or so where she features herself in the guise of ‘Salome’ – a Samoan woman in Victorian mourning dress appearing in across video, live performance and photographic mediums while subverting historical cross-cultural representations of Pacific people, unpacking the myth of the Pacific as paradise and critiques the imposition of European concepts of gender and sexuality onto colonized peoples.

Heavy Metal and the Evolution from Identity to Interity

Lecture by Jörg Scheller
In the late 1960s and early 70s, Heavy Metal emerged as a distorted, extreme version of blues, rock’n’roll, rock and hard rock. It was only in the late 70s that it turned into a fully-fledged genre with clearly delineated boundaries and distinct characteristics: heavily distorted guitars, double-bass drumming, virtuoso solos and aggressive vocals. Soon, notions such as “true metal” (Manowar) or “classic metal” were used to stress that Heavy Metal was a self-contained, independent movement. …

Protest Culture and Students Movement in Hong Kong & Taipei

Lecture by Joshua Wong
This discussion round will reflect on forms of protest culture in Hong Kong and Taipei. First, the invited guests will give an insight into the events and political situation at the time of the protest, and will bethink the effects and consequences on the different social and political contexts.

Alternative Narratives, New Perspectives, Different Truths

Elizabeth de Roza talk was about Project 50/100. It was a series of events that ran parallel to SG50 (a celebration of Singapore 50 years of celebration). The series of events offered alternatives, new perspectives and a platform of possibilities that were not part of the main SG50 celebration. Project 50/100 created counterpoint to what is out there as well as a bringing into being or to wider consciousness of what is not there. A kind of “uncovering the unseen, unheard and unacknowledged, reclaiming and reaffirming physical, artistic and intellectual neglected spaces, and hence enriching through diversity”.

The Function of Art during the Umbrella & Sunflower Movement

Yenchen Wang and Wen Yau
This talk will focus of the function of art in protest culture, while examining different positions in the context of Taipei and Hong Kong. During the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong many protesters started creating art on the streets. For the students involved in the “Umbrella Revolution”, their art was a primary vehicle of expression.

Film Screening: The Double Life of Li Xianglan

A Film by Mei-Juin Chen
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Many historians place the start of the conflict in China with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. This one-hour documentary offers a unique perspective on the political and cultural upheaval that followed. It traces the rise and fall of Li Xianglan, a.k.a. Shirley Yamaguchi, who deftly navigated the clash of nations to become one of Japan and China’s biggest movie stars during World War II. …

The Assumption of the Virgin

The Assumption of the Virgin is a space that showcases a range of individual photographs highlighting femininity, body, gender identity and sexuality. Through countless of discussions about personal experiences of sex, sexuality, gender roles, body image; the lasting image was to create an intimate, personal and intense visual and sound platform. The setting of the bathroom with red lights, highlights the use of personal space when one needs to use the bathroom, but also an underline of ‘sexiness’ and also erotic sense.

Self-Presentations Participants

Every participant is asked to give an insight to her/his artistic work as well as about her/his personal background like cultural origins, important ethical values, concerns and current issues they think are relevant. It’s suggested to think of a way to present the work in a different way than usual, which is rather experiential oriented (for example by doing, showing, performing, interacting,..) instead of (too much) talking and it explicitly should not be a regular “power point presentation”.

How it feels to be a bag of flesh

To recapitulate, certain dualisms have been persistent in Western traditions; they have all been systemic to the logics and practices of domination of women, people of colour, nature, workers, animals – in short, domination of all constituted as others, whose task is to mirror the self. Chief among these troubling dualisms are self/other, mind/body, culture/nature, male/female, civilized/primitive, reality/appearance, whole/part, agent/resource, maker/ made, active/passive, right/wrong, truth/illusion, totaVpartial, God/man. …

Beyond Benevolence: Hong Kong as a Global “Raceless” City

Wednesday, 14. September 2016, 7:00pm

Lecture by Prof. John Nguyet Erni
Chair Professor in Humanities and Head of the Department of Humanities & Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Many in Hong Kong have identified the city as “half-sovereign” or “conditionally sovereign,” as the times of post-1997 have brought about new ruptures and shifting boundaries of citizenship in economic, cultural, and legal terms. The work of deciphering questions of belonging and multicultural existence is still ongoing, and has in fact intensified in recent times. …

Exploring Yau Ma Tei & Sham Shui Po

The Group started exploring Apliu Street where Takuro showed where all electronic devices can be found for the amplifier workshop. Afterwards everyone was free to decide whether to explore the neighbourhood freely or join a guided tour by Nuria from Sham Shui Po to Yau Ma Tei, passing by different art spaces of these neighborhoods.

The Phantom of Zurich

‘The Phantom of Zurich’ Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jörg Huber & Daniel Späti
As an introduction to this lecture series we will briefly outline some fundamental aspects about the topic of „Beyond Purity“ first. In a second step we focus on the concept of purity in relation to „Switzerland“ and „Zurich“. …
Today we define all surfaces as PURE. There exist in fact only surfaces, which in turn lie on other surfaces. These surfaces all touch each other, touch us, in one way or another. Dirt – that which is BEYOND PURITY – seems not to exist. …

Contemporary Reception and Social Integration of Refugees in Zurich’s Northern Outskirts

Excursion, 26 August 2016

Thomas Schmutz, Head of Communication, Refugee Organisation Zurich

Temporary Shelter at Times of Massive Immigration Interventions by Social Design / Design Activism Students; Temporary Communal Housing Alternative Container Construction at Times of Lacking Normal Houses / Living Space; „More than Living“ Innovative Business Opportunities for 2nd Generation Migrants / “Accompanied Professional Restaurant Training” for Underprivileged Migrants / “Refugees’ Choir” by Hombis Salon Manager

Disciplining & Excess in Zurich

Excursion, 25 August 2016

Speaker & Guides: Marc Latzel, Photographer & Alex Bücheli, Safer Clubbing/Nachtstadtrat/Bar- und Clubkommission Zürich & Niels Michel, ERZ Zurich (Disposal & Cleaning Department, City of Zurich) & Owner Club “Klaus”

Walk around Langstrasse, one of the central districts of Zurich (Kreis 4/5), earlier known as the red light disctrict, still known as the nightlife centre of the city, but more and more gentrified today. The walk should cluster two central and also contrasting aspects of Zurich, which are cleanliness/normativity/strategies of disciplining on one hand and drugs/excess/nightlife on the other. The walk included visits at various public spots and backyards, a meeting with a club owner in a club and ended up at Letten, where the world famous open drug scene of Zurich used to be, which is used as a public river bath today.

Visit Manifesta exhibitions

24.08.16 What People Do for Money – that is the existential question addressed by Manifesta 11. It deals with a topic which concerns all of us. Why do some people earn more than others – for the same work? Why are men often quicker than women to climb the corporate ladder? Why is social status still measured by one’s profession and position? Is the passion with which “workaholics” pursue their jobs simply a pretext for their alienation and exploitation? And there is more: how do you go about finding work in a country that is foreign to you? And how does a fully digitised world work in which robots have finally replaced us – and labour as a concept has become obsolete? These questions are associated with some of the most urgent socio-political issues of our times but they rarely offer up quick and easy answers. Neither does Manifesta. Instead, thirty artists from all over the world were invited to collaborate with hosts of their choosing from within Zurich’s diverse workforce in order to uncover their working conditions. …