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NEWSLETTER 20.08.2015


The Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris opened in 1985 as the first of Pro Helvetia’s offices abroad. Located at the heart of the French capital, it serves as a platform for Swiss arts and culture. The centre attracts around 40,000 visitors a year and has become firmly established in the Paris cultural scene. A special programme in celebration of the 30-year anniversary is due to be launched after the summer break. The holiday lull is also coming to an end elsewhere. Outdoor art in Val-de-Travers, festivals in Marseille and Zurich, and the Industrial Art Biennale in the faraway Ural mountains – these are just some of the cultural highlights in Switzerland and abroad as autumn approaches. 


Centre Culturel Suisse Paris – 30 years

As part of this year’s anniversary programme, the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris has designed «PerformanceProcess», a format combining exhibition and festival. The interdisciplinary show provides an overview of Swiss performance art from 1960 to the present day. In the course of three months, 46 Swiss artists, ensembles and groups from the visual and performing arts will be presenting performance-related works and documentation. The jubilee programme officially opens on 18 September in the presence of Federal Councillor Alain Berset and runs until 13 December. www.ccsparis.com

Performance in Engadin, photo art in the Verzasca valley

The first two projects in connection with Pro Helvetia’s «Kulturelle Vielfalt in den Regionen» (cultural diversity in non-urban regions) initiative are due to start shortly. On the weekend of 22/23 August, art interventions will take place in Scuol as part of the «Nukleus NAIRS» event, featuring a light installation in the historic «Büvetta Tarasp» drinking hall, the performance «AM KAMIN – eine Reparatur» as well as other musical and artistic surprises. Further activities are to follow. The Verzasca FOTO festival for its part will offer residencies this year, supported by Pro Helvetia. An exhibition by artists in residence Karen Paulina Biswell and Christian Lutz is scheduled to open on 4 September in Sonogno and last up to 4 October. www.nairs.ch, www.verzascafoto.com and www.prohelvetia.ch


And... action!

Onomatopoeia, i.e. words that imitate what they describe, is at the heart of the exhibition «Action» at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, featuring works by Christian Marclay. The artist is particularly interested in relations between art, music and pop culture. Comics represent the focal point of his works, but the show also includes video animation and paper art. The exhibition opens with a «vernissage» on 29 August and is scheduled to run until 15 November. It is supplemented by an extensive support programme comprising art picnics, tea ceremonies, vocal performances and more. www.aargauerkunsthaus.ch

Outdoor art in Val-de-Travers

«Môtiers 2015 – Art en Plein air» invites artists to display work outdoors in a natural environment. This year – the 7th edition of the event – 71 art practitioners from all over Switzerland have been selected to create and place art objects in a way that forms a link to the local landscape. There is no all-encompassing topic, but some reference to the history, geography or the social and economic circumstances of Val-de-Travers should be included. The exhibition can be viewed up to 20 September. www.artmotiers.ch

Dance any which way, yeah!

Three cheers for the international Zurich dance festival YEAH YEAH YEAH! A Compagnie Gilles Jobin piece inspired by quantum physics, an electric rockography in dance form by Lucie Eidenbenz, a car ballet, 18 dancers on 16 square metres, blindfolded dancers – this and more is what awaits audiences from 19 September to 4 October at the Rote Fabrik theatre in Zurich. Programme and tickets at www.yeahyeahyeah.ch/

Literary event on Lake of Geneva

«Le livre sur les quais» is again pitching its tents on the lakeside of Morges this year in September. It encompasses around 300 authors, 160 of whom from Switzerland with all the country’s linguistic regions represented; readings, film screenings, a programme for children and adolescents as well as events held on ships on the Lake of Geneva. Visitors are invited to stroll around, browse, join debates or simply take time and read. Pro Helvetia supports the event with regard to the important role it plays in the field of literary outreach. The festival runs from 4 to 6 September. www.lelivresurlesquais.ch

Ten years Translation House Looren

Translation House Looren in the idyllic village of Wernetshausen a few kilometres from Zurich represents an important partner for Pro Helvetia in all matters of translation and the promotion of translation. It is there that the Swiss Arts Council provides translators of Swiss literature with opportunities for residencies, workshops and encounters with Swiss authors and publishers. To mark the tenth anniversary of Translation House Looren this year, actors Claudia Carigiet and Jürg Kienberger have prepared a literary and musical programme called «Teufelsbrücken» (devils’ bridges). Starting in Wernetshausen on 5 September, the show will subsequently go on tour up to 17 December with stops in Bellinzona, Lausanne, Domat/Ems and Sils Maria. www.looren.net

Music in space – space for music

«ZeitRäume Basel» is all about space and sound. This newly created biennial festival for new music and architecture offers sound installations, spatial compositions, music theatre and landscape music. Several world premieres of pieces by Swiss composers including Beat Furrer and Jannik Giger, a sound installation by Walter Fähndrich and the incorporated award ceremony for the «Schweizer Grand Prix Musik 2015» promise an exciting mix in a format that is well embedded in the Basel music scene. The festival is on from 10 to 13 September. Further information: www.zeitraeumebasel.com


Spotlight on Swiss art work at Festival Actoral

There is a strong focus on arts and artists from Switzerland at this year’s «Actoral.15, festival des arts et des écritures contemporaines» in Marseille. The festival invites authors, stage directors, film makers, choreographers and poets to share their view of the world with audiences. Participants from Switzerland include Milo Rau, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Thom Lutz and Yan Duyvendak, whose «Sound of Music» has been chosen to open the event. The multi-disciplinary programme comprising performances, visual arts, readings and music offers a glimpse of the rich diversity of contemporary writing and other artistic creation. www.actoral.org

Helvetic arts in a Russian motorbike factory

The Ural mountain region, formerly a centre of Soviet industrialisation and famous for its constructivist architecture, finds itself on the boundary between Europe and Asia, as well as between industrialisation and post-industrialisation. This is the context in which the «Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art» in Yekaterinburg explores the relations between contemporary art and industrial heritage. Six Swiss artists have been invited to this year’s event, among them David Siepert and Stefan Baltensperger with an intervention in the «Irbit Motorcycle Works» factory. 9 September to 10 November. www.uralbiennale.ru

Posters from Lucerne on Beijing walls

Lucerne can justifiably call itself «poster city». No fewer than 19 out of 100 best posters 2014 in the German-speaking world originate from this town in central Switzerland. A poster exhibition featuring works from 20 Lucerne-based studios is currently on tour in the Far East, with a stop scheduled at «Beijing Design Week». Held in parallel with this event is a workshop on artist books, where graphic designer Sonja Zagermann from Zurich and the Geneva studio Gavillet & Rust will be working together with Chinese artists on editing concepts and draft designs for artist books. www.bjdw.org

Long Indian night of literature

On 25 September, New Delhi will again be hosting its long night of literature. The format was set up jointly by Pro Helvetia New Delhi and Goethe Institut in 2010. It offers a platform for exchange on contemporary European literature. Among those reading from their works this year will be Andrea Bianchetti, a poet from Ticino. www.prohelvetia.in

Pan-African arts symposium

Visual and digital arts will represent a major focal point for Pro Helvetia Johannesburg from 2016. With this in mind, Pro Helvetia has invited a delegation of Swiss arts representatives, including Giovanni Carmine, Director of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, and Daniel Morgenthaler, Curator at Helmhaus Zurich, to visit South Africa this autumn already in order to forge contacts with African art practitioners during the «Joburg Art Fair» and the «PAN!C Symposium». The central aim is to raise awareness of contemporary African art and to boost it not only on the African continent itself, but also around the world. www.panicplatform.net and www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za


Residency at Gasworks London

Up-and-coming young artists from Switzerland can now apply for a fully financed residency at Gasworks in London. Practitioners from all visual arts disciplines who are at the beginning of their career and not older than 35 are entitled to apply. The deadline for applications is 5 October 2015. www.gasworks.org


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Editor: Isabel Drews

Translations: Martin Striegel

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