Artists – Curators

Café des Visions. Mapping. Zug. Image: Anna Graber 2014

Anna Graber Anna Graber, 1969, lives and works in Zurich/CH and works as a freelance artist, researcher and photographer.

After a bachelor’s degree in mediation of art and design in Zurich, she studied art in public space in Lucerne. Her interests are public spheres – be they real or virtual – and communication. That is why many projects in museums as well as in public space are participatory and pose a question that can be negotiated on site, either through creative collaboration, through conversation or a combination of both forms of expression.

Anna Graber is a freelance artist and researcher. With her Café des Visions, she establishes forums at „neuralgic points“ in public space and collects wishes for how these places can develop. A mapping is created on each journey: the map of the city is redrawn with the wishes of its inhabitants*. The Café des Visions has been a guest in Barcelona, Zug, Zurich, Leibnitz, Vienna and Frauenfeld. The projects are developed in cooperation with authorities, local communities, cultural institutions or festivals for art and architecture.

In every year in August the Café des Visions hosts the festival Living Room – installations, performances, music.  A working team of forty artists explores the cultural potential of Zurich’s stadium wasteland, creates spaces of possibility, questions the relationship between public and private and makes the design of city life into an oeuvre.

Parvez «Post-colonial Auction» Image: Willem Mess

Parvez. *1967 in India. Lives and works in Basel/CH.

« I am a multidisciplinary practitioner of Arts who engages with Performance Art, Video,Photography, Installations, Text, Sound and Curation.  I seek my raw material from the socio-political circumstances and conditions that are mundane and part of the routine, everyday life. My practice thus attempts to (de)construct identities / identity labels and examine the status quo. I tend to experiment with the form and the media. I consider both these secondary to the thought and hence experiment to fit them to it. My background in Psychiatry, interest in the human mind and the thought processes along with a post-colonial approach, strongly influences the shape of my works». Parvez

Michael Blättler. NAM NOLEM RETAW, im Rahmen von BY METER von San Keller, Klöntal Triennale . Image: Dominik Zietlow 2017

Michael Blättler. *1972 in Altstätten/SG. Lives and works hanging posters in Zurich/CH

He studied 1996-2000at F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign, Zurich

Since 2000 he do perform at national and international level

„Travel through space and time with light carry-on luggage.“

Anne-Lise Tacheron.“SOAP“. Stereoskop. Zürich. Image: Wassili Widmer 2018

Anne-Lise Tacheron is a Swiss artist-performer and dancer. She lives and works in Lausanne/CH. 

After having followed a professional classical dance training courses, her artistic work is at the crossroads between performing and visual arts. She graduated from Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD) in 2017, where she developed her practice of performance work, under the pedagogic supervision of La Ribot, Christophe Kim, Yan Duyvendak. Anne-Lise is Associate Artist at L’Abri for the 2018-2019 season. 

Through the observation of societal actions, I operate by displacing and creating relationships between materials having various purposes. Between participative practices and social interactions,I call upon the spectator to think about their own body as a space of re- creation. My practice goes through the exploration of gestures, their origins, their automatic or conscience impulses, their experience. I think about modes of transmission, collaborative processes and knowledge sharing. Knowing how things are transmitted is a way for me to question our relationship to others, to the unknown”. Anne-Lise Tacheron

Claudia Grimm. Image: Urs Geiger, 2017

Claudia Grimm. *1952 in Berlin, lives in Tägertschi and works in Ostermundigen/CH

Claudia Grimm is a performance artist. Her most medium is text – in spoken improvised, but also in literary form. In her solo performances she uses forms of speech, reading and storytelling.

The different linguistic codes within the art world have inspired Claudia Grimm to her long-term project DARTS (disappearing artists). This fictitious nine-person art collective produces fictitious art in public space, for example, which becomes „visible“ and tangible for the audience solely through the mediating explanations during public art tours or in various accompanying discourses. 

Parallel to these works, the cooperation with the performance artist Pascale Grau also takes place. In live improvisations the duo experiments with the greatest possible reduction of intention and meaning. Fields of meaning, which, for example, link fragments of communication with sequences of images, only emerge here through coincidences within loops and overlaps. The duo has shown its performances in Basel (Dock, Kasko), in Hegenheim, in Zofingen, in Lupsingen, among others.

Claudia Grimm runs the Kunstraum OSTGLEIS in Ostermundigen, is a member of Visarte Switzerland and a member of the Performance-Art- Network-Switzerland (PANCH). 

Britta-Liv Müller. La fontaine de Zurich und morgen bist du bloss noch Erinnerung. Image: Markus Müller 2019

Britta-Liv Müller. Lives and works in Wädenswil and Zurich/CH. 

„My works move in the field of contrasting creation and dissolution, playing with the boundaries of subjective perception and giving form to the invisible. In doing so, I alienate processes or familiar materials and make them newly perceptible. In my performances and installations I condense personal and social experiences and processes and make them „readable“ anew in ritual gestures”. Britta-Liv Müler

Doris Steinbichler. Image: made available

Doris Steinbichler. *1965. Doris Steinbichler. *1965. Lives between Wien/AT and Mexiko/MX.

Performance artist, improvisation musician, curator and traveller between Austria and Mexico. Her work is cross-genre and cross-media, moving between performance art, visual art, noise, electronic music and free improvisation. She uses analogue visuals and voice improvisations to make simultaneous, overlapping and contradictory perceptions visible and audible. This artistic strategy is an ongoing research in experimental psychology and shamanism in response to palpable mental disorders in the urban environment of the 21st century.
Winner of the Mexican Performance Art Prize in 1993 and the Mexican Radio Art Prize in 2000, she founded and directed the art space Epicentro in Mexico City between 1999 and 2004, where over one hundred events between installation, performance, photography, video, multimedia, electronic music, dance and spoken word were produced. She also founded and organized the one-week radio festival „Remediar – the unofficial radio biennial“ (2002), the Expander Cinema and analogue projection collectives „Trinchera Ensamble“ (Mexico, 2004) and „4shrooms“ (Austria, 2007). Doris Steinbichler is invited as an artist to performance festivals worldwide and gives workshops and lectures. 

Liliana Torres. Image: Maja Juswiak

Liliana Torres. Born in Mexiko, lives in Olten and works in Zürich/CH.

We live in a world where truth cannot be seen and the soul transcends only in dreams. Dance is the scenic truth. One that manipulates the body in transparency and is clear in the world of the blind. Dancing means to show a poem through movement, to the rhythm of your inner music. Dance is a precious spontaneity, it is sincere, a refuge for prayer. To live with passion and devotion in her vulnerability, to fall in her arms and love her forever, fight and discover her elegant power. She accompanies you and grows at your side. You improve yourself to be worthy of her tenderness. I met her and fell in love.” Liliana Torres 

 She graduated from UABC University Baja California as a dancer and dance educator. She also studied Sport Science in Spain and completed training as a therapist and masseuse in California, USA. Currently she is aiming for the PBT diploma „Progressing Ballet Techniquee“.

Francisco Brives. Image made available 2020

 Francisco Brives. Coruña (Spain) 1970. Lives and works in Madrid/ES. 

Co-Director of the La Neo-Mudejar Museum and the Video Artists Network, founding member of Art House Madrid*. 

His career was born in video-performance and since 1994 he has been combining it with his theatrical and poetic work as well live performances. He combines his work with conferences and presentations about cultural management models and commissions. 

The start of this career can be found in video-performance, which he balances with his work in theatre and poetry since 1994. In Spain, he’s considered as a precursor for video-dance thanks to works like “Primitive” (1993), “The Sirene Dance” (1994), “Una” (1995), “La silla” (1996), “Hamlet Machine”, (1997) or “Desencaje”, among others. He recently created the brand La Maleta Amarilla as an international distributing company for Video Art and Cinema Art. 

As a writer, he has published “Loba Maria”, “O me libro das sombras”, “Cuarto de geranios…”, “Os de Montealto non levamos paraugas”, “Eclipse de lina”, “Uxío Novoneyra. A emoción da terra” and “A Coruña a luz das letras”. As a publisher, he’s been in charge of the collection “Cuadernos Inútiles”, with titles such as “Abril”, “Amplitud”, “Algo de poesía, algún que otro cuento y un relato corto para que te reías”, “Claves y estrategias Metateatrales”. He’s a founding member of the poetry group Huérfanos de Cernuda. 

Nowadays, he’s the co-director of the Centre for Research and Documentation of Video Art (CIDV) and vice-president of the Association of Video Artists. He is a member of the jury at the first European open call for Videodance, organized by CIDV, Carlos III University and FIART Foundation. 

Together with Néstor Prieto, Francisco Brives has created the brand La Maleta Amarilla (The Yellow Suitcase) as an international distribution label for video art and CineArte. Both are co-directors and founders of *Art House Madrid (Zapadores Ciudad del Arte in Madrid and Karstica Artist Residence in Cuenca, north of Madrid). 

Julia Weber (*1981) is a researching artist. Lives and works in Zurich/CH

In her process- and research-oriented investigation projects, at the interface between documentation and fiction, she explores social paradoxes and experiments with different media approaches to everyday reality (photography, text, audio, intervention). She is currently pursuing an artistic doctorate on the subject of „‚Loitering‘ as public everyday practice – ‚Loitering‘ as an artistic strategy“ as part of the SNSF project „Fragmented City“ at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). In this context, she examines how performative means can be used to establish temporary and situational informal spaces of encounter and communication between strangers in public urban spaces. 

In addition, since 2012 she has been conceiving community-based art workshops in various social fields. She studied sociology at the University of Zurich/Berne (lic. phil.) and fine arts/artistic research (MA) at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

Ursula Scherrer. align. Image: André Bless

Ursula Scherrer. Born in Schaffhausen. Lives and works in Schaffhausen/CH

The poetic quality of Ursula Scherrer’s work reminds one of moving paintings, drawing the viewer into the images, leaving them with their own stories. She transforms spaces and landscapes into serene, abstract portraits of rhythm, color and light – inner landscapes in the outside world where the images, words and actions have less to do with what we see and hear then with the feeling they leave behind.Scherrer is a Swiss artist. She has lived in New York for over 30 years and has recently relocated to Switzerland. Her work and collaboration with composers, choreographers, stage directors, light artists and poets has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums internationally.Her aesthetic training began with dance, transitioned to choreography and expanded to photography, video, text, mixed media and performance art. Ursula Scherrer has worked with numerous composers/musicians including Marcia Bassett, Brian Chase, John Duncan, Kato Hideki, Shelley Hirsch, Flo Kaufman, Ha-Yang Kim, Michelle Nagai and Michael J. Schumacher in the creation of video and sound installations, live performances and single-channel videos.She has collaborated with the choreographers/stage directors Liz Gerring, Sally Silvers and Fiona Templeton in New York and with Susanne Braun in Switzerland, doing the set design and live video for their dances/plays.Other collaborators include the light artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert, film maker Martin Zawadzki as well as the Tunisian poet Liliya Ben Romdhane and the language poet Bruce Andrews.Together with Katherine Liberovskaya she has been organizing OptoSonic Tea since 2006, evenings dedicated to the convergence of live visuals with live sound, in New York and abroad, most recently in Solothurn, Switzerland and at the Parrish Museum on Long Island. 

Néstor Prieto. Image: made available 2020

Néstor Prieto, was born in 1982 in Riós, Ourense. Lives and works in Madrid/ES. 

As a video artist he has participated in festivals such as the Optica Festival in its editions in Gijón, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Sderot. He has also participated in the XV edition of the Spanish Film Festival of Málaga with his video work UMBRA. He currently produces his works in La Neomudejar. 

He is also a member of the board of the Association of Spanish Video Artists „VA“ (Videoartistas Asociados). He is a lecturer in the Master in Management of the Film Industry at the Carlos III University of Madrid in the subject „Video Art“. 

He currently also directs the video art festival IVAHM, which has succeeded in creating a model for a non-contentional festival with an international character, using Madrid as its main venue, where not only works but also projects of artistic exchange between the different participating countries are presented. 

The first edition was held in Madrid and has had continuity in La Coruña (Spain), Toro (Colombia) and soon in Buenos Aires (Argentina). 

Both Nestor and Francisco will talk about the projects they have both initiated and will tell us about them. They will also talk about the collaboration and exchange between Spanish and Swiss artists.

Nestor Prieto and Francisco Brives, both are founders and co-directors of the Zapadores Ciudad del Arte in Madrid and of Karstica Artist Residence in Cuenca, north of Madrid a whole project called House Art Madrid/ES


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