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Call for Applications «Architecture Matters»
Illustration: © Maria Rehli
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia supports a wide variety of architectural projects in Switzerland and abroad, such as exhibitions and publications. It is also responsible for organising Swiss contributions to Venice Architecture Biennale. Since the 2020 Biennale has been postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pro Helvetia is now launching a special call for proposals: «Architecture Matters» is intended to strengthen reflection and discourse on contemporary architecture.

Find more information here.

Illustration: © Maria Rehli
Latifa Echakhch selected for the Swiss Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Latifa Echakhch. Photo: © Pro Helvetia/KEYSTONE/Christian Beutler.

On jury recommendation, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has chosen to entrust the Swiss Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia to the artist Latifa Echakhch. Living in Fully (Switzerland) with a French-Moroccan background, she has gained considerable international renown over many years in the contemporary art world. Latifa Echakhch has made a name for herself thanks to the fine balance between forcefulness and fragility in her interdisciplinary installations, her visual language including surrealist and conceptual elements, and her use of symbols that – in her own words – are both political and poetic.

More information here and in the press release.

Thank you Salon Suisse 2019
© Samuele Cherubini
The final evening of the 2019 Salon Suisse coincided with the closing weekend of the La Biennale di Venezia, and took place last Saturday 23 November at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. A lot of emotions, experiences, debates and amazing guests took part in ' s l o w ' hosted by Céline Eidenbenz, Victoria Muhlig and Anja Radomirovic, and organised by Pro Helvetia. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful journey. It is now time to slow down, until next year!

 
The 2019 Swiss Pavilion has come to a close!

The Venice Biennale 2019 ended a few days ago, after an exhibition period of almost seven months. The Swiss Pavilion was a great success thanks to the curatorship of Charlotte Laubard with the new commissioned work by artist duo Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. It was incredibly well received by the Swiss and international media, and was often picked among the best pavilions of the Biennale, notably on artsy.net, news.artnet.com, theartnewspaper.com, garage.vice.com, Vogue Italia, W Magazine, designboom.com and many others. We are sadden to close up this edition but excited for the new projects to come at the Swiss Pavilion!
 

Throwback to the 3 weekends of s l o w

The Salon Suisse 2019  ' s l o w '  presented one opening event during the Biennale's opening days supplemented by three long weekends of events, talks and cultural happenings with invited guests such as artists, art historians, performers, musicians, cooks, choreographers, medical doctors and others, to explore the meanings and values of slowness as the main tool to question productivism and our society.

More images and information here.

Rein Wolf - New jury member for the Swiss Pavilion 2021

From December 2019, Rein Wolf will be directing the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam, NL. Alongside his dictartorship, he will pursue his role as juror for the Swiss Pavilion of the 2021 and 2023 Art editions of the Biennale di Venezia.

More information here.

Follow the 2020 Swiss Pavilion's team touring around Switzerland

The project team for the 2020 Swiss Pavilion is currently touring around Switzerland to get material for the upcoming their exhibition presentation in Venice in May 2020. To follow the team's moves across the borders of Switzerland: 

https://swissbordertour.ch

Read more here.

Throwback to Salon Suisse 2019 opening!
Photo: Samuele Cherubini
The Salon Suisse offers a series of performances, talks and cultural events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion. The 2019 programme engaged with slowness and art bringing together a diverse array of artists, art historians, performers, musicians, cooks, choreographers, medical doctors and others for a participatory programme which included meditation, tea ceremony, gardening, lectures and yoga. Participating artists included Hamish Fulton, Isabel Lewis, Vidya Gastaldon and more.

To see more images click here.
Closing performances during the Biennale's final weekend

22 – 24 November 2019
Closing performances at the Swiss Pavilion during the Biennale’s final weekend


During the closing weekend of the 58th Venice Biennale, taking place from November 22–24, 2019, the Swiss Pavilion presents reading performances by artists and performers Marbles Jumbo Radio and Julie Cunningham.

These final performances take place in the garden and sculpture hall of the Swiss Pavilion, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 22–24, every day from 10am to 1pm, and from 3pm to 5pm.

The official catalogue of 'Moving Backwards' is out!

The official catalogue of ‘Moving Backwards’ at the Swiss Pavilion is now out!

The publication includes statements by the artists, and various authors, experts and activists. It also comprises an essay by curator Charlotte Laubard on the viewers’ experience of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz’s installation at the Swiss Pavilion; an essay by scholar André Lepecki on queer temporalities and poetics in relation to the notion of “moving backwards”; as well as a postface by Marianne Burki, Head of visual arts at the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

The catalogue is edited by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz with Charlotte Laubard, and published by Skira Geneva. The catalogue can be pre-ordered now at www.skira.net, and will be available to purchase at the Venice Biennale bookshop, among others.

Salon Suisse 2020 announces Salonnière
Pro Helvetia announces architect and curator Evelyn Steiner as Salonnière for the Salon Suisse in 2020

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is pleased to announce Evelyn Steiner as next year’s Salonnière for the programme of the Salon Suisse taking place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi during the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (23 May to 29 November 2020). Evelyn Steiner will be directing and hosting the Salon Suisse in 2020 around a theme to be released soon. 

More about Evelyn Steiner here: https://biennials.ch/home/ProjectDetail.aspx?ProjectId=55
Salon Suisse 2019 – s l o w continues in September, October and November
Photo: Victoria Mühlig, Céline Eidenbenz and Anja Radomirovic, 2019. © Samuele Cherubini.

After a successful launch of the Salon Suisse  s l o w  coinciding with the opening of the 2019 Venice Biennale, the programme continues with three autumn salons in 19-21 September, 17-19 October and 21-23 November 2019

For this year's Salon Suisse, the Salonnière Céline Eidenbenz (middle) with her co-Salonnières Victoria Mühlig (left) and Anja Radomirovic (right), were interested in questioning the rhythm of creation and its intrinsic slowness in a time governed by productivism and rapidity. 

Click here for more information about the Salonnières.

Hamish Fulton | Salon Suisse s l o w

While walking artist Hamish Fulton is currently exhibiting 7 pannels at Stadelhofen train station in Zurich titled Connecting the Footsteps of 21 Walks, let's look back at the artist's 1 hour 'walking performance' that took place during Salon Suisse in Venice in the courtyard of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia last May. This year's Salon Suisse is titled 's l o w ' and is about slowing down our processes and finding one's own rhythm.

Currently in Zurich: https://haeusler-contemporary.com/hamish-fulton-tableau-zu…/

Salon Suisse during the summer
Vidya Gastaldon, Kashmir Yoga Practice at Salon Suisse on 11 May 2019 in Venice. Photo: Magali Le Mens.

Salon Suisse: Retour de Venise
Saturday 17 August, 2.30-9.00pm
Jardin botanique alpin (JBAM), Meyrin, Switzerland

As an extension of the collateral event Salon Suisse at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia on the theme " s l o w ", the event “Retour de Venise” (return from Venice) takes place in Meyrin, near Geneva in Switzerland, with a whole day of discovery and relaxation. As part of the programme FACM@JBAM#2019! the event takes a stand on slow practices by offering guided strolling, a yoga workshop with artist Vidya Gastaldon, a presentation of the Venice Biennale with the 2019 Swiss Pavilion curator Charlotte Laubard, and the 2019 Salonnières Céline Eidenbenz and Victoria Mühlig, ending with a slow food buffet in the garden with a mural film projection by artists Chonja Lee, Jérémie Gindre, Vidya Gastaldon, accompanied by a dj set by Nevena Pulj.

Further information here.

ARTIST TALK with Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz in Berlin

ARTIST TALK ALERT

PAULINE BOUDRY / RENATE LORENZ
WITH IRENE REVELL AND LISA LONG
27 JULY 2019 | 6:00 PM | JSC BERLIN

On the occasion of their solo exhibition ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS at JSC Berlin, artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz will be in conversation with curator Irene Revell and curator of the exhibition Lisa Long. 

The conversation will focus on the various political threads running through their moving-image installations. The discussion will also examine Boudry / Lorenz’s use of staging both on- and off-screen, and how the exhibition works as a choreography for the viewer. In addition, the talk will feature their new work Moving Backward (2019), which is currently on view at the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennial.

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. The moving-image works featured in the exhibition are Telepathic Improvisation (2017), Silent (2016), I Want (2015), and To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013). All draw on musical scores, scripts, and speeches, adapted and interpreted by performers. Collectively, the artists and performers explore the works’ various political and sexual potentials, examining power relations among themselves and with the viewers.

ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS is part of horizontal vertigo, a year-long program at the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION in Dusseldorf and Berlin, curated by Lisa Long.

More information here: https://biennials.ch/home/ProjectDetail.aspx?ProjectId=39 
And here: https://www.facebook.com/biennials.ch/posts/2349518861751449

SPOTTED: Golden Lion's winner, the Swiss Pavilion 2018, featured in the freshly released music video by American singer Fantastic Negrito.

Fantastic Negrito - "The Suit That Won't Come Off" (official video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZjsDTwWXM0 

 
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
PAULINE BOUDRY/RENATE LORENZ
ONGOING EXPERIMENTS  WITH STRANGENESS at Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin

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.
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Swiss Pavilion record launch and finissage events during the final weekend of Biennale Arte 2022
The Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, titled The Concert and conceived by Latifa Echakhch, in collaboration with Francesco Stocchi and Alexandre Babel, will come to a festive ending with the launch of the project’s record during the finissage weekend of Biennale Arte 2022.

Although over the past seven months, sound has been absent from The Concert at the Swiss Pavilion, the finissage weekend is all about sound, acoustics, electric and electronic – with six concerts at three venues.

Detailed finissage weekend programme, venue and access information and further information on the musicians can be found below. 

Friday, 25 November 2022
Venue: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
 
19.30: Alvin Curran, solo performance (45)
Democratic, irreverent and traditionally experimental, Alvin Curran is a legendary figure. Co-founder of the radical music collective MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA (MEV) in the 1960s, he makes music with all sonic phenomena - a volatile mix of lyricism and chaos, structure and indeterminacy, foghorns, fiddles and fiddle heads. While his more than 200 works for solo, ensemble and off-concert situations make use of recorded natural sounds, pianos, synthesizers, percussion, boat horns and accordions, his celebrated solo performances are a compendium of his world, which reveals itself in intimate and constantly renewed forms.
 
20.30: Cage, Lockwood, Oliveros: Works for 5tet (45)
Rebecca Lenton - flute
Theo Nabicht - contrabass clarinet
Dorian Fretto, Louis Delignon, Corentin Mariller - percussion
 
playing
John Cage, Five (1988)
Pauline Oliveros, Earth Ears (1983)
Annea Lockwood, Bayou Borne for Pauline (2016)

Three major artists of 20th century classical and experimental music, celebrated by five exceptional performers. John Cage, Annea Lockwood, and Pauline Oliveros: three names that evoke an intimate relationship between sound and acoustic space. The number pieces that John Cage developed in the 1980s, from which the piece Five is derived, determine a strict temporal framework in which the performers choose the moment when sound will intervene. In Annea Lockwood's work, this framework opens up and frees itself from clear boundaries to bring into play evocations of nature. More precisely, in the case of Bayou Borne, the forks of a river near Houston, Texas. Pauline Oliveros, a crucial figure in electronic and acoustic music from the 1960s onwards, reminds us of the importance of what she refers to as deep listening. Earth Ears is a piece in which the musicians' use of their own ears transforms their way of playing together.
 
During this entirely acoustic concert, we might ask ourselves whether listening to the world around us defines a universal space.
 
To perform these pieces, Berlin-based flautist Rebecca Lenton and contrabass clarinetist Theo Nabicht, both featured on the record The Concert, are joined by Swiss-based percussionists Corentin Marillier, Louis Delignon and Dorian Fretto.

Rebecca Lenton
Born in the UK, Rebecca Lenton studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and the Musik-Akademie Basel, Switzerland. She lives in Berlin and has been a member of the internationally renowned Ensemble KNM Berlin since 2002, as well as being a regular guest with Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Contrechamps and Ensemble Resonanz. She is the founder and Music Director of Germany’s first adult amateur ensemble for New Music, the KNM campus ensemble.
 
Theo Nabicht
Berlin based clarinetist Theo Nabicht is one of the most sought-after improvisers and interprets of contemporary music. He is a long-standing member of the Ensemble KNM Berlin and a regular guest with the Klangforum Wien and the Ensemble Modern. Since 2007, Theo Nabicht has been playing t Wolfgang Stryi’s Selmer contrabass clarinet with the kind support of a patron who wishes to remain unnamed. In recent years, this rare instrument has been at the center of his work, which sees Nabicht expand its sound spectrum and develop its repertoire.
 
Dorian Fretto
The Geneva based percussionist Dorian Fretto is mainly active in contemporary music with the percussion collective Eklekto, for whom he has taken over artistic direction duties in 2022. He has worked extensively with composers such as Kenji Sakai, Philippe Leroux, Oscar Bianchi, as well as with Ryoji Ikeda for the premiere of the latter’s Music for percussion in 2016. Involved in both modern and classical music, he works as guest with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Würth Philharmoniker and the Opera de Marseille.
 
Louis Delignon
An active member of the percussion collective Eklekto, Louis Delignon divides his activities between working closely on new works by living composers, projects engaging with early music practices, and his own compositional work. A regular performer and composer for theater, he is also a percussionist in the group Lolomis and the ensemble Bella Terra with Michel Tirabosco.
 
Corentin Marillier
The musical universe of Corentin Marillier is situated at the crossroads of experimental and traditional music.​ After a master's degree in contemporary music, he obtained a master's degree entitled Music, Art & Performance at the Hochschule Musik Luzern under the direction of Alexandre Babel. He also plays the Javanese gamelan and the Iranian zarb, which he studied with Keyvan Chemirani and Jean-Pierre Drouet. He collaborates with IRCAM, the Royaumont Foundation and the Philharmonie de Paris on artistic projects with an educational vocation. He is a founding member and an artistic advisor of the Lucerne-based collective SoundTrieb.
 
21.30: Félicia Atkinson, Solo voice, piano and electronics (40)
Félicia Atkinson is a musician, sound and visual artist living on the wild coast of Normandy. She has been composing music since the early 2000s and has released numerous records and a novel on Shelter Press, the label and publishing house she co-runs with Bartolomé Sanson. Best known for her solo performances, which combine voice with piano, electronic and pre-recorded sounds, Felicia Atkinson has also collaborated with musicians such as Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Chris Watson, Christina Vantzou and Stephen O'Malley, as well as with the ensembles Eklekto (Geneva) and Neon (Oslo).
 
Félicia Atkinson uses musical composition as a means of dealing with imaginative and creative life. Her layered compositions tell abstract stories that alternately stretch and bend time and space, of which the artist may be the narrator without necessarily being the protagonist. This is particularly the case with her latest album, Image Langage, which she will present in Venice.
  
Saturday, 26 November 2022
Venue: Swiss Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale
 
16.00: Launch of the record The Concert
Titled The Concert, this record is co-signed by Latifa Echakhch and Alexandre Babel and published by Shelter Press. The launch of the record will take place in the presence of Shelter Press co-founders, Félicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson.
 
The record is a complementary and inseparable partner piece to Latifa Echakhch’s exhibition and the catalogue published in April 2022 by Sternberg Press. As the concluding phase of the project, the record appears only after the closing of the exhibition, because it is the resonance of its sensory score. It reactivates the experience of the physical journey of the installation, without imposing itself as a transcription or an illustration. Through its texture, its temporality and its totality, the record stands as a resonance of the rhythms that have structured the pavilion, the harmonies that have composed it and the sounds that have traversed it.
 
16.30: Alexandre Babel-Florian Bach, "Asphalte" (22)
17.00: Alexandre Babel-Florian Bach, "Asphalte" (22)
Performance for solo drums as a sculpture by Florian Bach
 
An entirely black drum set, covered in bitumen, sits in the middle of the darkened Swiss pavilion. It is operated by Alexandre Babel, musician and co-curator of the exhibition The Concert. The near-darkness in which the room is immersed allows us to make out the contours of the action and affects our discernment and the relationship between what we see and what we hear. The drums, an instrument from popular culture, take on the role of soloist and tap into a sound continuum composed of beats, rhythms, impacts, noises and resonances. Both a performance and a sculptural object, Asphalt takes the audience through a visual and auditory experience that challenges our perception of light and movement.

Saturday, 26 November 2022
Venue: COSMO
 
20.30: Kassel Jaeger, solo electro-acoustic performance (35)
For this new concert, Kassel Jaeger proposes an in-depth exploration of three interdependent and inseparable elements of any musical experience: sound, the acoustics in which it unfolds, and our listening. In a game of diffraction between timbre, resonance and formal development, he will propose a performance constructed in resonance with The Concert and the sensory and emotional experiences which the work invites.
 
François J. Bonnet (a.k.a Kassel Jaeger) is a French-Swiss composer and writer based in Paris. A member of INA GRM since 2007,  he became its director in 2018. He has published several books: The Order of SoundsThe Infra-WorldAfter Death (all published by Urbanomic) and The Music To Come (Shelter Press). He is the co-editor of the SPECTRES book series (Shelter Press) and the Recollection GRM and Portraits GRM record series (Editions Mego). He also produces radio show for national radio France Musique. His music has been played in renowned venues and festivals all over the world.
 
Kali Malone presents Does Spring Hide Its Joy (60)
Kali Malone's 'Does Spring Hide Its Joy' ft. Lucy Railton & Stephen O’Malley
Kali Malone - sine waves
Stephen O'Malley - electric guitar
Lucy Railton - cello
 
It is a particular pleasure to close this concert series with Does Spring Hide Its Joy, a piece by composer Kali Malone for cello, sine waves and electric guitar.
 
Performed by Kali Malone, Stephen O'Malley and Lucy Railton, Does Spring Hide Its Joy is based on the principles of non-linear composition. Its central elements are its adjustable duration, the implementation of just intonation and the beating interference patterns resulting from the superposition of frequency spectra. The saturation of the guitar blends with the richness of the cello, the feedback interferes with the precision of the sine waves. The gradual but constant changes in harmony challenge the listener's perception of movement and open up a space for contemplative attention.
 
Since its premiere in 2020 at the Funkhaus in Berlin, Does Spring Hide Its Joy has been performed on numerous European stages including the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, Bozar in Brussels, Haus der Kunst in Munich, and the Munch Museet in Oslo. Its ever-changing textures have been tried and tested by a wide variety of sound systems, including those of several of the most important festivals of current and contemporary music, such as Unsound in Krakow or Sonic Acts in Amsterdam.
 
The compositions of Kali Malone implement specific tuning systems in minimalist structure for pipe organ, choir, chamber music ensembles, and electroacoustic formats. Malone’s music is rich with harmonic texture through synthetic and acoustic instrumentation in repetitive motions and extended durations. The music emits distinct emotive, dynamic, and affective hues which bring forth a stunning depth of focus. 
Kali Malone has performed extensively in Europe and North America at Musica Festival, Berlin Atonal, Moogfest, Kanal Pompidou, Elbphilharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, and Radio France. Her commission projects and residencies include the Ina GRM, Berlin Monom, The Richard Thomas Foundation, MACBA Barcelona, Macadam Ensemble, Orgelpark, Elektronmusikstudion and Tempo Reale. She collaborates and performs with various artists, including Stephen O’Malley, Lucy Railton, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Leila Bordreuil, Drew McDowall, Caterina Barbieri, and Ellen Arkbro. In 2016 she co-founded the record label and concert series XKatedral, together with Maria W Horn, in Stockholm.  
 
Stephen O’MALLEY is a musician, composer, curator, and visual artist who has conceptualised and participated in numerous drone and experimental projects for over two decades – SUNN O))), KTL, and Khanate being among his best-known projects. Wildly prolific, O’Malley’s oeuvre defines a breadth of multidisciplinary interests. Music characterised by its physical extent, experimental approaches, plasticity involving a deep commitment to valve amplification. It includes collaborations with a wide range of experimental musicians and composers, including Scott Walker, choreographer Gisèle Vienne, the authors Dennis Cooper and Alan Moore, Alvin Lucier, Fujiko Nakaya, Jim Jarmusch, experimental music research centres IRCAM, INA-GRM (Paris), EMS (Stockholm) and many others. A tireless live performer who has toured extensively and has performed over 1000 events worldwide since 2000. His live performances feature a reverberating fog of electric guitar minimalism – sorcery that challenges boundaries of space and time.
 
Lucy Railton is a cellist, performer and composer who has been active on the international experimental scene for over a decade, releasing albums on Modern Love, Editions Mego - GRM Portraits and PAN. Her work, born of a longstanding engagement with classical and contemporary music, lies somewhere between modern instrumental practices, electroacoustic composition, improvisation and expressive concrete music. Over the years, she has engaged in a series of interdisciplinary collaborations, including with Beatrice Dillon, Russell Haswell, Peter Zinovieff, writer Laura Grace Ford, choreographers Akram Khan and Sasha Milavic Davies, and has performed in projects by Pauline Oliveros, Iancu Dumitrescu, Mary Jane Leach, Cally Spooner, Matmos and Philippe Parreno.
 
Venues and access information:
Swiss Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale: Please note that press accreditation or ticket to the Biennale Arte 2022  is required for this event.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi: No reservation needed. Please note that there’s a limited capacity.
COSMO: Registration from here. Additional tickets will be available at the entrance.

 
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Details of the Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the Biennale Arte 2022 revealed
In the beginning was the end: Latifa Echakhch’s cycle of life 
 
The Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the Biennale Arte 2022 is titled The Concert and conceived by Latifa Echakhch, in collaboration with percussionist and composer Alexandre Babel and curator Francesco Stocchi
 
The exhibition plays with harmonies and dissonances, with the mixed feelings of expectation, fulfilment and disappearance. The sculptures are part of an orchestrated and enveloping experience, a rhythmic and spatial proposal that allows viewers to experience a fuller perception of time and of their own body.  
 
Through The Concert, Latifa Echakhch raises the question whether art, similar to music, only begins to exist once silence and emptiness take over.
 
“We want visitors to leave the exhibition with the same feeling they have when they come out of a concert. That this rhythm, those fragments of memory, still echo,” says Latifa Echakhch. “The Biennale is an eruption of artistic greatness every time. A wave that culminates in a cathartic grandeur only to then recede, leaving a deserted landscape of abandoned buildings.”