Performance Process: An Approach

The breadth and diversity of Swiss performance art from 1960 to the present is being celebrated in Basel through an exceptional institutional collaboration between Museum Tinguely, Kaserne Basel and Kunsthalle Basel in partnership with the Centre culturel suisse in Paris.

Together these institutions illuminate performance practices in Switzerland — whether looking back to when Jean Tinguely blew up the Basel Carnival Committee in a performance act in 1974, or looking to the future, with new performances by established and emerging artists. Spanning five months, from 20 September 2017 to 18 February 2018, this project has its roots in the multidisciplinary exhibition and festival PerformanceProcess held in 2015 at the Centre culturel suisse in Paris. Building upon and expanding that effort, the Basel institutions join forces to examine this powerful art, each from its own distinct perspective.

Museum Tinguely: «60 Years of Performance in Switzerland»
Performance has become the medium of choice for numerous Swiss artists, in disciplines as varied as dance, theatre, sculpture, and the live arts. Museum Tinguely will be presenting its own performance art panorama in «60 Years of Performance Art in Switzerland», which will present more than fifty different artists, as well as several live happenings and interdisciplinary events. The focus will be on the incredible variety and topicality of performance art in all its many guises.

Massimo Furlan_Blue Tired Heroes_©Pierre Nydegger
Massimo Furlan_Blue Tired Heroes_©Pierre Nydegger

Kaserne Basel: «Performing Choreographies»
Kaserne Basel proudly presents artistic works between performance and choreography, where bodies move within a spectrum ranging from exhibited objecthood to organised choreography through time and space. In «Myousic», Dimitri de Perrot and Julian Sartorius investigate the relationship between performance and audience, thereby consciously creating deceptive perceptions. This is followed by Marie-Caroline Hominal’s work «Silver», an intoxicating club performance. Moreover, she invites members of the audience to join her for an intimate performance «The Triumph of Fame» in her backstage dressing room. The fatigued and old «Blue Tired Heroes» by Massimo Furlan stroll through Basel’s inner city as men of experience dressed in Superman costumes. Foofwa d’Imobilité performs his «Dancewalk» and offers an artistic perspective to walking along the border between Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft; he additionally utilises «Condanced Histories» to dance his way through 125 years of dance history. Employing bright pink, flesh-like scenery along with wooden tools, ropes and electronic music, Hahn Rowe and Simone Aughterlony go against standard conventions in their performance «Biofiction» and generate a queer awareness as opposed to normative classifications. La Ribot, the diva of the Geneva dance and performance scene, combines the wildness and refinement of her own body in «Distinguished Hits 1991-2000» to scrutinise herself while in constant metamorphosis. The very same evening, guests can take part in an extravagant concert experience featuring OY and Mr. Milano. Partially visible, partially invisible, audible or tangible, the invited artists each come up with new rules for the performance event.

Kunsthalle Basel: «New Swiss Performance Now»
Kunsthalle Basel will be devoting a whole month to contemporary performance art in Switzerland with an exciting selection of new and recently developed works by a group of young and established Swiss performance artists. Bringing together both artists regularly making performance art and visual artists who use the medium when it best expresses an idea, the show is conceived as a «live exhibition» in which no documentation, scripts, props, or other traces of performances will be exhibited. Instead, for one month, and within special opening hours, numerous performances and a vibrant program of ephemeral actions and events will unfold on the upper floor of Kunsthalle Basel.

Marie-Caroline Hominal_Silver_©Marcin Maziej
Marie-Caroline Hominal_Silver_©Marcin Maziej

Museum Tinguely
20 September 2017 – 28 January 2018 – Exhibition
19 September 2017 – Vernissage: Massimo Furlan, Katja Schenker, Ioannis Mandafounis & Aoife McAtamney, Gianni Motti
13-14 October 2017 – San Keller
15 October 2017 – Christoph Rütimann, Gregory Stauffer
18 November 2017 – Anne Rochat, Roman Signer
19 November 2017 – François Gremaud & Pierre Misfud
2 December 2017 – Marius Schaffter & Jêrome Stünzi, Gisela Hochuli, Yan Duyvendak, Martina-Sofie Wildberger
19 January 2018 – Museumsnacht Basel
25 January 2018 – John M Armleder & Christian Marclay
26 January 2018 – Christian Marclay

Kaserne Basel
Mo 25.9. / 6.30 pm Foofwa d’Imobilité: «Dancewalk.Workshop»
Mo 25.9. / 2 pm Dimitri de Perrot: Lecture «Erzählen mit dem Klang» / Hochschule für Musik
Tue 26.9. / 8 pm Dimitri de Perrot & Julian Sartorius: «Myousic»
Tue 26.9. / 9.30 pm Marie-Caroline Hominal: «Silver»
Tue 26.9. / 2 pm Foofwa d’Imobilité: «Basel.Dancewalk (Stadt-Landschaft)»
Wen 27.9. / 8 pm Foofwa d’Imobilité & Jonathan O’Hear: «Condanced Histories»
Fri 29.9. / 8 pm La Ribot:«Distinguished Hits 1991-2000»
Fri 29.9. / 3 – 9 pm Marie-Caroline Hominal
Fri 29.9. OY & Mister Milano Concerts Doors: 9.30 pm
Sat 30.9. / 2 & 4 pm Massimo Furlan: «Blue Tired Heroes»
Sun 1.10. / 7 pm Simone Aughterlony & Hahn Rowe: «Biofiction»
Sun 1.10. / 3 – 9 pm Marie-Caroline Hominal:«The Triumph of Fame»

Kunsthalle Basel
18.1.2018, 7 pm Opening «New Swiss Performance Now»
19./20.1.2018, 7 pm – 2 am Performance night, part of Basel Museum Night 2018
20.1.-17.2.2018, special opening hours, Performance events of «New Swiss Performance Now»
18./19.2.2018, 7 pm – 2 am Grand finale of «New Swiss Performance Now»