56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia
09 May - 22 Nov 2015
15 Oct 2015 until 17 Oct 2015
«Salon Suisse» Three: «YES and NO»

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Salon Suisse Three: YES and NO
Structured by: Juri Steiner and Stefan Zweifel
At Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere
Door opens at 7pm on the 15, 16, 17 October 2015

The third Salon «YES and NO» approaches Dada’s negation of the negation and the Dadaist Rastaquères grand NO and duplicate DA-DA-YES. The Salonniers also look into the underexplored relationship between Dada and the African continent, as a means to develop alternative scenarios for the future and explore potential links of the Helvetian reference system of a «Genève internationale», with institutions such as the Red Cross and the United Nations in regard to current applications of the Salon’s subtitle, borrowed from Madeleine Albright, «The World Is A Mess». With a special contribution by Phillip Van den Bossche (Mu.ZEE) & Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF).

15 October

Private guerilla negation (Tristan Tzara)

7 pm
Doors of the Palazzo Trevisan open to the public/bar.
7.30 pm
Presentation by Vincent Baudriller on the utopian potential of the contemporary theatre beyond negation. Milo Rau will talk about his theatre-practice of re-enactments and it’s cathartic potential. Can a No become a Yes? Followed by drinks and a panel discussion on 'Dada, Scandals, law suits and the limits of art’. After the break the Switzerland-based artists of knowbotiq (Yvonne Wilhelm and Christian Hübler) will stage a performance entitled ‘b(l)ack dadaism: kotomisi un-inform’. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of Dada in 2016 knowbotiq are preparing in collaboration with DJ Fred Hystere a series of small and raw live sets of postdigital stagings. They review different aspects of the avant-garde movement in order to create postcolonial and queer references, to propose actual relations and to emphasize the historical complexity of Dada. Finally film-documents of tribunals in art will be screened.

16 October

A collage of opposites – on DADA, Africa and its Diaspora
Today's program is curated by Phillip Van den Bossche, Director Mu.ZEE Ostend, Belgium.
Afternoon program:
2–4 pm
A visit to the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale‘Personne et les autres’ with Phillip Van den Bossche. Meeting point: Pavilion of Belgium in the Giardini della Biennale
Evening program:
7 pm
Doors of the Palazzo Trevisan open to the public/bar
7.30 pm
Panel discussion with this evening’s curator Phillip Van den Bossche, film director Wanuri Kahiu and novelist Nnedi Okorafor looking into the underexplored relationship between Dada and the African continent. After this the bar will be open and food will be served. In the second panel discussion Phillip Van den Bossche will discuss with Wanuri Kahiu and Nnedi Okorafor the 'multiple archives' and myriad voices of renowned philosopher, political scientist, and public intellectual Achille Mbembe. Followed by the screening of ‘Pumzi’ by Wanuri Kahiu, a science fiction film about futuristic Africa and the post-apocalyptic world.
17 October

No Show & MTV goes DADA
Afternoon program:
2–4 pm
A visit at the Lido to the mobile version of the No Show Museum with it’s Director Andreas Heusser. The No Show Museum is the world’s first museum dedicated to 'nothing' and its various manifestations throughout the history of art. The museum exists mainly virtually, but also has a real  exhibition space, a converted postbus, which is parked on the Lido especially for the Salon Suisse. Meeting point: 1.15 pm at the Palazzo Trevisan or at 2 pm at the Vaporetto stop Lido.
Evening program:
7 pm
Doors of the Palazzo Trevisan open to the public/bar,
7.30 pm
Welcome by the Salonniers followed by a talk with Andreas Heusser, Director of the No Show Museum. The second part of the evening is dedicated to the world famous artist and singer of YELLO: Dieter Meier. Meier fits perfectly into the ‘No Show’-context as he is  the inventor of ‘Le Rien on Or’. Under the title MTV goes DADA’ Meier will present his early films ‘Acrobatics’ and videos by YELLO such as ‘Planet Dada’. Meier’s performances are often compared with the esprit dada and nonsense. Meier himself would rather link his early actions with Situationism. In the same way the music by his associate Boris Blank is usually compared to techno. Well, well: Techno was there before Dada was there. Dieter will bring along his guitar!

The October guests of the Salon Suisse in order of appearance are:

Vincent Baudriller
Former Co-Director of the Festival d’Avignon and current Director of the Théâtre de Vidy in Lausanne. Baudriller is searching for a theatre which is disconcerting and challenges our perception, ‘a contemporary theatre for contemporary people’. 

Milo Rau
Swiss theatre director, playwriter, journalist, essayist and scientist. Milo Rau was awarded the Swiss Theatre Award in 2014. He became well-known for his re-enactments of court trials. 

knowbotiq (Yvonne Wilhelm, Christian Hübler) 
knowbotiq is working on the interface of art, media and society and develops figurations and assemblages which question the balance of power, cross translocal geographies and enable forms of epistemic disobedience.

Phillip Van den Bossche 
Art historian and curator of the ‘Salon Suisse’ program of 16 October. Phillip Van den Bossche is Director of Mu.ZEE – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ostend (Belgium).

Wanuri Kahiu
Wanuri Kahiu is a Kenyan film director. Afrofuturism is a recurring theme in her work and she has stated that African people and cultures have been engaged in Afrofuturistic thought for centuries. Wanuri Kahiu has received several awards and nominations for the films which she directed, including the awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009.
Nnedi Okorafor
Nigerian-American novelist of fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. She is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings combining politically complex science fiction, lyrical fantasy and memorable characters for both children and adults.

Andreas Heusser
Artist and curator. Since 2013 Heusser has been Director of the ‘Openair Literatur Festival Zürich’ and has been running the interdisciplinary art space ‘Das Institut’. From 2011 to 2013 Andreas Heusser was responsible for the entire cultural program of the Kaufleuten in Zurich as their program manager.  

Dieter Meier
Dieter Meier is a Swiss artist and musician. He became known to a broad international public as the front man of the electropop duo YELLO. In 2013 the Kunsthaus Aarau presented all aspects of Meier’s work as a conceptual and performance artist, filmmaker, musician, essayist and poet in the exhibition ‘Conversations’. 

Partner of «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
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