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Moving Backwards by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
Salon Suisse: s l o w opens tomorrow!
Salon Suisse: s l o w  opens tomorrow Saturday 11 May in the courtyard of the art school, Accademia di Belle Arti, Dorsoduro 423, from 15.00 - 23.00.

Directed by Salonnière Céline Eidenbenz, the opening event will all be about "Choosing the rhythme" with artists inviting you to take part in: a slow walk with Hamish Fulton, a performance with Isabel Lewis, a yoga class with Vidya Gastaldon, slow food buffet, foot & hand massage and more!

The Salon Suisse offers  a series of performances, talks and cultural events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion and will continue over 3 subsequent weekends in Septembre, October and November 2019.
Kick off of the Biennale Preview Days
The Preview days have kicked off today Tuesday 7 May and go ahead until Friday 10 May before the official public opening! 

Visit the website: http://movingbackwards.ch/

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz are presenting their new commissioned work "Moving Backwards". Starting with the feeling of being pushed backwards by recent backlashes, Moving Backwards explores resistance practices, combining postmodern choreography and urban dance with guerrilla techniques and elements of queer underground culture. To the end that disadvantage might turn into a tool, Boudry/Lorenz start their experimental setting with a reference to the women of the Kurdish guerrillas: To deceive their enemies, they used to wear their shoes the wrong way round to walk from one place in the snowy mountains to the other. The traces showed that they were walking backwards, but actually they were walking forwards, or the other way around. The artists ask, if we can use the tactical ambivalence of these backwards-forwards movements as a means of coming together, re-organizing our desires, and finding ways of exercising freedoms.
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz – Exhibition at Julia Stoschek Collection

26 April – 28 July 2019 

ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS is Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz’s most comprehensive exhibition to date. Spanning the ground floor and first-floor cinema of the collection’s Berlin gallery, the show comprises four large-scale moving-image installations, stage elements, lights, and sculptural objects that, according to the artists, experiment with possibilities “between protest and resistance,” a reference to Ulrike Meinhof’s 1968 essay “Vom Protest zum Widerstand.” 

Julia Stoschek Collection, Leipziger Straße 60, 10117 Berlin. www.jsc.art
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia announces team of architects for Architecture Biennale 2020
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has commissioned a team of architects comprising Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Fabrice Aragno and Pierre Szczepski from Laboratoire d’architecture in Geneva to create the Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the 2020 Architecture Biennale in Venice. Their project was chosen out of 51 applications. It deals with the spatial perception of Swiss borders.

The 5 dossiers of the 2nd round and the jury report
The 51 dossiers of the 1st round

The International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale Architettura) in Venice is one of the most important platforms for architecture and urban planning in the world. The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia for the second time conducted a competition to choose a team, which is to represent Switzerland at the 17th edition of the Biennale opening in May 2020. Out of the 51 applications submitted, seven teams were picked to present their project. Five of these projects were subsequently selected for a second round. At the unanimous recommendation of the Biennale jury appointed by Pro Helvetia, the assignment to create the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion went to Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Fabrice Aragno and Pierre Szczepski from Laboratoire d’architecture in Geneva.

The project 
The winning team had opted for the politically topical theme of «borders», exploring it as a spatial phenomenon. The project also raises the question of how borders are perceived by people who actually live close to them. In what different ways do people experience borders? How do we relate to them? What spatial and physical dimensions does a border take on? In order to find some answers, the team actively involves inhabitants from the catchment area of the Swiss borders. Drawing from this research, the team aims to create an exhibition that speaks specifically of Swiss borders, but also raises for debate the subject of borders in general.  

The project team  
Mounir Ayoub, architect and journalist; Vanessa Lacaille, architect and garden designer; Fabrice Aragno, film director, producer and cutter; and Pierre Szczepski, painter,  sculptor and model maker. All four work together at Laboratoire d'architecture in Geneva. The firm combines architectural and landscaping experiments with research and writing activities.

The jury 
The jury was made up of Céline Guibat (jury president, architect EPFL, SIA, Zurich, Sion), Anna Hohler (architecture critic, UNIL, SIA, Lausanne), Verena Konrad (architecture curator, Vorarlberg, Austria), Lukas Meyer (architect ETH, FAS, Bellinzona) and Rob Wilson (architecture writer, The architects’ journal, London, UK).  

Full Programme of Salon Suisse 2019: s l o w is out!
The full programme of Salon Suisse 2019: s l o w is now available. Opening on 11 May at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, it goes ahead with three weekends; in September, October and November. Check it out
s l o w – Salon Suisse 2019 title announced
s  l  o  w
The Salon Suisse 2019 offers a series of performances, talks and cultural events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. 

In the piano nobile of the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi where the Salon Suisse takes place, s l o w questions the rhythm of creation and its intrinsic slowness. In an art world governed by the scopic dimension, slowing down would make way for sensoriality and resistance to productivism. This year, the programme engages with slowness and art by considering topics such as acceleration, bedding, slothing, hypnosis, and more. It brings together a range of participants from diverse backgrounds. Through a participatory programme based on an interdisciplinary approach,  s l o w  fosters resonance, proximity and conviviality. 

This year’s Salonnière is Céline Eidenbenz (Director Valais Art Museum) with co-Salonnières Victoria Mühling (curator) and Anja Radomirovic (architect), the Salon Suisse 2019 will open on Saturday 11 May at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, followed by 3 subsequent weekend at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi on 19 – 21 September17 – 19 October; and 21 – 23 November 2019.

Complete programme of Salon Suisse 2019 is coming soon!
Charlotte Laubard in conversation with Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz at HEAD Genève
Telepathic Improvisation, Still. Installation with HD, 20 min. 2017 Performance. Marwa Arsanios, MPA, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch. Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects and Marcelle Alix.
Join the conversation between artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz and curator of the Swiss Pavilion 2019 Charlotte Laubard, head of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Genève on 13 March at 6:30pm, as they discuss the intentions of the up-coming new exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale: "Moving Backwards".

Since the beginning of their collaboration in 2007, the artists have been reflecting on the conditions of visibility and existence of the other besides the categories that define our identities, through performances and installations.

More information: https://www.hesge.ch/head/en/event/2019/talking-heads-pauline-boudry-and-renate-lorenz-artists
Charlotte Laubard in conversation with Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz at ZHdK
Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz. Photo by Bernadette Paassen
On 14 March 2019 at 6pm, join curator Charlotte Laubard and artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) as they discuss their up-coming exhibition "Moving Backwards" at the Pavilion of Switzerland at Biennale Arte 2019. 

Admission is free and the conversation will be in English. 

More information: https://www.zhdk.ch/veranstaltung/38385
L'Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio a Venezia presents: "The Practice of Teaching? Students vs Professors"
L'Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio a Venezia presents:

The Practice of Teaching? Students vs Professors

Saturday 10 November 2018 at 2PM
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810 Venezia

‘The Practice of Teaching’ section at the 16th Venice Biennale gathers the works of architects who are also professors at the Academy of Architecture – USI located in Mendrisio. At times, the installations directly show the results of the teaching activity, while at others the reference is evocative, dialectical, or indirect. However, a recurring motif in all these interventions is the enrichment that the activity of teaching brings to architectural culture and its practice. Students discuss it in a public meeting with professors of the Accademia di architettura.

Participants include: Walter Angonese, Michele Arnaboldi, Valentin Bearth, Riccardo Blumer, Martin Boesch, Frédéric Bonnet, Mario Botta, Quintus Miller, João Nunes, Valerio Olgiati, Jonathan Sergison.

Open to all and the discussions will be held in Italian and English.
The curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2018 "Svizzera 240" invite you to join the launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior"
The curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2018 "Svizzera 240" invite you to join the book launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior"

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 7pm
Never Stop Reading
Spiegelgasse 18, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

In collaboration with Park Books, the curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2019, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg, Ani Vihervaara, invite you to join the launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior" this Thursday at the Never Stop Reading book store in Zurich. 

During the event, the curators will present the image research that acted as the basis for the Svizzera 240 project in discussion with contributors Dr Emma Jones and Professor Martin Steinmann. Imogen Macpherson and Luca Bazelli will show a collection of documentary images of contemporary Swiss interiors. And last but not least, graphic designer Martin Stoecklin and the curators will discuss and contrast the development of the ‘house tour’ in its two dimensional (book) and three dimensional (pavilion) formats, leading to a discussion on how the Swiss Pavilion Svizzera 240 both responds to, and incites, critical debates within contemporary architecture.

All of which you can experience, in less than an hour, with a drink in your hand.
Swiss Pavilion 2019 curator Charlotte Laubard participating in the «Schnittmengen» panel discussion at Kunstmuseum Basel
"Care or cure? Curatorial ethics today"

2 October 2018, 8–9:15 pm
Kunstmuseum Basel
Gegenwart, St. Alban-Rheinweg 60, 4052 Basel
Foyer, on the ground floor

The Swiss Pavilion 2019 curator Charlotte Laubard will participate in "Care or cure? Curatorial ethics today", one of the panel discussions in the «Schnittmengen» series, organised by the University of Basel at Kunstmuseum Basel.

The recent phenomenon of ever more frequent and ubiquitous largescale exhibition formats –often dubbed with the critical term „biennalization“– both has the potential of shifting the focus of the (predominantly western) art world to other, less visible art scenes, artists and locations, but has also been criticized as a new form of colonial gesture and as catering to purely economic motives. 

Given these debates, how can one define the scope of action of the individual actors–artists, curators, critics, visitors–within this context? What curatorial or artistic forms can we imagine that are neither paralyzed by the current state of global exhibition making, nor ostentatiously embrace the rhetorics of social change through curatorial practice? What curatorial approaches does and should global exhibition making engender? Is bigger always better? And how can the personal, aesthetic and political interest be developed into a certain „curatorial ethics“(Maura Reilly)?

These questions will be discussed by Charlotte Laubard (curator of the Swiss Pavilion, commissioned by Pro Helvetia, at the Venice Biennial 2019) and Nora Sternfeld (documenta-Professor Kunsthochschule Kassel).

The series of eikones-talks „Schnittmengen“ is conceived and moderated by Katharina Brandl and Claire Hoffmann. The talk will be held in English.

Svizzera 240 at the Centre culturel suisse in Paris
Installation view of “Svizzera 240: House Tour” at the Swiss Pavilion at the16th International Architecture Exhibition–La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE
Svizzera 240 – A lecture by Swiss Pavilion 2018 architects Alessandro Bosshard and Li Tavor

25 September 2018, 8–10 pm
Centre culturel suisse
2-38 rue des Francs-Bourgeois / F-75003 Paris
Reservation: http://ccsparis.com/billetterie

On 25 September 2018, Alessandro Bosshard and Li Tavor, two of the architects behind "Svizzera 240: House Tour", will present the team's research that led to the Golden Lion Award winning project at this year's Swiss Pavilion at the 16th La Biennale di Venezia.
Event Calendar
June 2019
11 Apr 2019
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has commissioned a team of architects comprising Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, from Laboratoire d’architecture in Geneva, and Fabrice Aragno and Pierre Szczepski to create the Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the 2020 Architecture Biennale in Venice. Their project was chosen out of 51 applications. It deals with the spatial perception of Swiss borders.
2nd round
27 Feb 2019
«Moving Backwards» by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz will transform the Swiss Pavilion 2019
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Moving Backwards, 2019 (detail). Installation with film, curtain, stage, bar, publication and performances

Artist duo Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz will transform the Swiss Pavilion into a vast immersive installation at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Entitled «Moving Backwards», the project explores, in a time of massive backlash, resistance practices, combining guerrilla techniques, postmodern choreography and urban dance, as well as elements of queer underground culture.

The exhibition is curated by Charlotte Laubard, who is appointed by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia as curator of the Pavilion of Switzerland at Biennale Arte 2019. 

04 Feb 2019
20 Nov 2018
Paleoanthropologist Marcia Poncé de Leon reports on human perception of space. Photos: RMphotostudio
For our German readers: Marcel Bächtiger, one of the four Saloniers of this year’s “Salon Suisse”, has written about the October salons of Salon Suisse 2018, which took place in Venice last month. Read "Aus dem Leben eines Saloniers, Teil 3” on the website of our media partner Hochparterre, check it out here

The “Salon Suisse”, initiated by Pro Helvetia, will continue with the final weekend of the 2018 programme from 22-24 November at Palazzo Trevisan Degli Ulivi.

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG​
14 Nov 2018

A look back at the October Salon of Salon Suisse 2018!

Salon Suisse 2018 – October Salon: Investigating space as medium
13 Nov 2018
Salon Suisse 2018 – September Salon: Reconsidering the cultural value of architecture
02 Nov 2018
First round of competition for Swiss Pavilion at Architecture Biennale 2020 announced!
The Venice Architecture Biennale is considered one of the most respected platforms for architecture and urban design worldwide. In light of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition due to open in 2020, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has launched its second general competition for the exhibition project at the Swiss Pavilion.
This year, 51 dossiers were submitted to Pro Helvetia and in accordance to the competition regulations, seven projects have been selected for the shortlist of the competition.
These seven projects have been chosen by Pro Helvetia based on the recommendation of a specialised jury:
  •     «Les villes suisses se jettent à l'eau», a project of Paysage n’co sarl: Valérie Hoffmeyer, Monique Keller and Sylvie Kleiber - Geneva
  •     «Open Limit», a project of LVPH Architectes: Laurent Vuilleumier and Paul Humbert - Pampigny
  •     «The seven rules», a project of studioSML: Sara Cavicchioli, Léo Collomb, Max Collomb and Lisa Collomb - Lausanne
  •     «Thicknesses of the Swiss border», a project of Le Laboratoire d'architecture: Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Fabrice Aragno and Pierre Szczepski - Geneva
  •     «True Story», a project of Patrick Arnold and Benjamin Groothuijse - Zurich
  •     «VILLA SVIZZERA», a project of Josephine Eigner, Michelle Geilinger, Dennis Häusler and Jan Westerheide - Zurich
  •     «Walla», a project of Mikael Blomfelt, Roger Boltshauser, Andres Bosshard, Veronika Spierenburg and Sabine von Fischer - Zurich
In the first round of the selection procedure, the jury conducted three stages of evaluation, which resulted in seven projects remaining in the competition. In stage one, the projects submitted were closely assessed and compared. Each jury member was instructed to personally rate the 51 entries and to pick a selection of them for the actual evaluation. Stages two and three consisted of comparing the results and cutting the number of projects retained down to seven.
The seven projects will be presented again to the jury in a meeting on 16 November 2018. The candidates that will be selected based on their presentation will be able to pursue and develop their projects for two months before the final assessment.
Pro Helvetia and the independent jury will nominate the final project for the Swiss Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2020 in the course of 2019.
24 Oct 2018
Under the title “Lantern for fire flies”, Salonnière Laura Tinti presents a combination of lecture and light installation. In her exploration, we abandoned the immutable and protected scenography of the historic city centre to get to know an interstitial area of the mainland that is full of life. A site-inspired lighted installation, a prototype of a new possible scenario, was initiated at sunset.

By using an ideal connection between Venice and Zurich, the formal reality of the red light district in Zurich-Alstetten and the spontaneous streetwalkers’ patch of Via Fratelli Bandiera will be compared. Social experiments, creations of urban spaces dedicated and created in an ad hoc manner, as well as customary rules of the Italian territory were all discussed.
«Lantern for fire flies»
24 Sep 2018
Salon Suisse 2: Exploration 1 “The Anatomy of the Lagoon” video out!


14 Sep 2018
«Salon Suisse 2018» En marge de l’architecture video now out!
30 Aug 2018
Now on Biennials.ch: "Who is who" of contributors of Swiss Pavilion and Salon Suisse

New on Biennials.ch – A "who's who" of all the contributors of the Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia!

Visit the page to find out more about all the talents behind the projects of the past editions of the Swiss Pavilion and Salon Suisse.