Welcome to what will be an ongoing explorative introducing text about the upcoming exhibition Intimate Estrangement. A text that will evolve with time, and finalise as we get closer to the opening date August 27th 2020.
The birth of the exhibition comes from the ideas and writings of Constructive Alienation and Queer Phenomenology. From the Xenofeminist Manifesto of the collective Laboria Cuboniks - especially: “alienation is the labour of freedom’s construction” as well as Patrica Reeds subsequent research, Sara Ahmed’s work on Queer Phenomenology and Reza Negarestani’s text Where is the Concept?
is an exhibition with the conviction that through disorder, through disruption or the non-normalized perspective we can gain new knowledge and new insights, which in the long run will lead to new outlook, positioning and behaviour. Perhaps something we otherwise would not have encountered.
is a love declaration to the alien, to the extraterrestrial, may it be within this society or in our Self’s. Perhaps something the outside world told you to cast away...
Introducing three perspectives through three oeuvres:
A live music improvisation with video, streaming on the opening night by Katrina Burch
. Her compositional experiments aim to touch invisible spaces between thought: sonic tracings of discretized memories, and impressions of infinitesimal changes. In flux one might hear slow transformations of a baby’s voice in silent tempo, their soft breath impressing upon the ears of the heart. In Waves (Aqua Mercurialis) is a composition of audiovisuals and poetry that is the soft culmination of four years of healing a traumatic abortion.
A series of new works by Christopher Füllemann
, that are the fruit of a research around notions towards possible care and resilience. The series was made as a protective spell called Nothing new but new moons to bring collective care against normalcy in the midst of global turmoil. Füllemann’s sculptures consist of human-transformed material together with plants and herbs to create an evolving substance that grows and infiltrates in various (un)defined shapes. This exchange, or rather, this alliance is constantly effected, materially, by each other and furthermore are potential sites for growth allowing rituals to offer protections. Each work is fragmented, transitioning between organic and artificial to create extension of ideas for future bodies.
A tingling installation by Yael Wicki
consisting of green grass and light pink plant growth light. Her work is based on her own experience and perception from the perspective of a person dealing and living with a mental health condition. How both systematic and energy based limitations challenges the everyday living, and yet, how these new enforced conditions becomes the starting point of an emancipation, how to let go of the Known and experiment with the Possible. For the opening night, Yael Wicki will activate the space with a reading reflecting on Constructive Alienation, System theory and Queer Phenomenology through a phenomenological analysis.
”2020 marks a point of return to rethinking alienation” - Burch (member of Laboria Cuboniks) writes, and so does this exhibition. As the title suggests, Intimate Estrangement takes you on an inner journey through the work of Burch, Füllemann and Wicki, inviting you to embrace your distant connection, the alien you.
The exhibition reflects the theory and methodology of Constructive Alienation. and is curated by Swedish curator Sofia Wickman in collaboration with Italian curator Giulia Busetti and Swiss artist and curator Yael Wicki. It will open on August 27th 2020 at the Off-Space Mikro in Zürich and will be on display for one month.
The project group of Intimate Estrangement and the Estrangement Sessions cosists of Yael Wicki (CH), Phillippe Lehmann (CH), Giulia Busetti (IT)
Katrina Burch (CA)
is a visual artist, pianist, producer, and electroacoustic composer. The moniker Yoneda Lemma (since 2013) is inspired by the erotics of abstractions. Weaving between reciprocities of life and poetry, its forms are often kaleidoscopic and personal, containing discrete elements and life histories that repeat into phantasmagoric impressions. Multivariate sources are culled from field recordings, composed instrumentals, and synthetic and/or algorithmic improvisations. Her works have been shared widely, such as at the New Forms Festival (Vancouver); Muzeum Sztuki (Łódz); Tate Britain, Café Oto and the ICA (London); at the HKW (Berlin); Bienal SESC de Dança 2017 (Saõ Paulo) (among other locations). Katrina’s artistic work is often led by her earlier experiences as an archaeologist excavating along the Peruvian north coast desert. Her educational background includes a bachelor in Buddhist studies and Indigenous studies, and master’s degrees in Anthropology and Archaeological Science. In philosophical spirit, Katrina aspires to bridge these worlds through sensorial ethnographies of cosmic diplomacy, with an emphasis on the sonic, political frequencies, and anthropologies of care. Katrina is a member of the Xenofeminist international collective, Laboria Cuboniks. In 2015, Laboria Cuboniks collectively published the manifesto Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation.
Christopher Füllemann (CH)
is a Swiss artist based in London-UK. His works are playful compositions highlighting an economy of proximity and relations that resist dominant structures. His recent researches are exploring forms of intimacies and present them as fundamental approaches to create a space for collaborative work and shared knowledge. Working at the intersection of performance and sculpture, he is interested in emphasizing the experience of material as living organisms. Füllemann has been working on collaborations with artists and performers, including Florence Peake and Eve Stainton at The Place in London-UK, at U-Jasdowski Center for Contemporary Arts in Warsaw with the collective KEM, and last year on sculptures for Simone Aughterlony’s performance in Berlin-DE and Zürich-CH. He is currently working between London-UK and Zürich-CH on new researches around the politics of kinship and new collaborative works.
Yael Wicki (CH/CHL)
is an artist and curator and lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Her practice is multidisciplinary and thinks through the subjects: order vs. disorder, emotions, mental illness, navigation and neo-rational philosophy. In 2018 she graduated with a Master of Arts CCC from HEAD-Genevé with top marks in ’Constructive Alienation - an Epistemological Revolution’. 2014-2015 she was curatorial assistant to Adrian Notz at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich. She has exhibited in 2019 at the Plateaux Festival in Samstagern, 2017 at Mikro Zürich, 1.1 in Basel, and 2016 at Laocale Due in Bologna. For the 2016 summer residence at the Space Station, she has curated, together with Mohammed Almusibli, the programme DisOrder Group, which is dedicated to the theme of mental illness, in the form of various artistic interventions.