Contradictory Statements

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With the participation of:
Julia Barmettler, Livio Casanova, Lea-Nina Fischer, Vanessa Gageos, Michèle Graf, Selina Grüter, Toni Hildebrandt, Fiona Könz, Varun Kumar, Marinka Limat, Manuela Luterbacher, Vera Lutz, Alizé Rose-May Monod, Felix Mura, Tina Odermatt, Aldir Polymeris, Andrea Raemy, Christoph Studer-Harper, Benjamin Sunarjo, Zacharias Wackwitz, Hannes Zulauf.

German transcription
English translation of the transcription
French translation of the transcription

The exhibition Contradictory Statements consists of a platform, a recurring spoken word performance, its transcription, its text projected on the wall, an online pad communicating the text in German and its translation into English and French, and a poster using the typeface Marianne Baum hanging in the adjacent room.

At its heart is the performance Contradictory Statements, which takes place during the Fri Art’s opening hours throughout the duration of the exhibition. Six performers stand on the platform. The first starts by stating the only rule, a reference to John Miller’s 1977 video work: ‘In this piece, each person will contradict the person that came before’. Each then contradicts the performer speaking before them, generating a never-ending improvised dialogue. This dialogue has no theme and has the potential to cover any topic. Within the confines and latitude of its own premise, it is as predictable as it is unpredictable.

Performances: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm sharp

Opening hours
Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 1 - 6pm
Monday and Tuesday: on appointment

Prolongation: Thursday 15 March 2018 (till 10pm)

With the kind support of:
Kanton Zurich, Fachstelle Kultur
Ernst und Olga Gubler–Hablützel Stiftung
Agglomération de Fribourg
Canton de Fribourg
Loterie Romande
Ville de Fribourg
Migros kulturprozent
Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture
Liip AG

Curator(s)
Opening
03.03.2018 17:00
Artist Information
  • Michèle Graf and Selina Grüter (*1987, *1991, Zurich, Switzerland) are based in Berlin and Zurich. Recent exhibitions and performances include Throws and Catches, Plymouth Rock, Zurich (2017); Lunar Intervals, Swiss Institute New York City/Emily Harvey Foundation, New York City (2017); in relation to a Spectator:, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2017); Rehearsing Intra-Activity, LISTE Performance Project, Basel (2017) and Unruly Relations, Kunsthaus Glarus (2016). Graf and Grüter co-run the artist-run space Taylor Macklin in Zurich.

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