Zurich: A Portrait

Ausstellung vom 27. Okt. bis 16. Nov. 2012 im Atfoyer Cavigelli und im GZ Wollishofen, Albisstr. 25-27, Zürich

KünstlerInnen: Bettina Eberhard, René Fahrni, Yvonne Good, Stefan Meier, Cora Piantoni, Anca Sinpalean, Myriam Thyes. Kuratiert von Anca Sinpalean.

Eröffnung: 26. Oktober 2012 ab 19 Uhr, mit Einführungsperformance von Yvonne Good und Anca Sinpalean im GZ Wollishofen, Albisstrasse 25.

Rahmenprogramm: Öffentliche Podiumdiskussion im GZ am See, 28. Oktober 2012, ab 11 Uhr

Vom 27. Oktober bis 16. November 2012 veranstalten das Artfoyer Cavigelli (Albisstr. 27) und das Gemeinschaftszentrum Wollishofen (Albisstr. 25) eine Gruppenausstellung über die Stadt Zürich. Sieben KünstlerInnen schaffen neue Fotografien, Installationen, Videos und eine Smartphone-Applikation über ihre Stadt und die Umgebung. Wollishofen wird von den im GZ Wollishofen ausgestellten Kunstwerken in den Fokus gerückt - darunter zwei Installationen über die Stünzihäuser und das Kino Morgental.

Am 28. Oktober um 11 Uhr fand eine öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion im GZ am See (Bachstrasse 7) statt. Anca Sinpalean (Künstlerin und Kuratorin der Ausstellung) hat mit Roberta Weiss-Mariani (Leiterin des GZ Wollishofen), Christoph Schaub (Begründer der Genossenschaft Kino Morgental) und den teilnehmenden KünstlerInnen diskutiert über Themen wie das Problem der wachsenden Zahl der Abbrüche in Wollishofen (Beispiel Stünzihäuser: zwei hundertjährige Gebäude, deren Abriss für 2013 trotz ihres historischen Werts geplant ist) oder das Verschwinden des Kinos Morgental - einst das soziale und kulturelle Zentrum von Wollishofen.

Das Projekt wird gefördert durch das Migros-Kulturprozent und Kultur Stadt Zurich.

Description of works (in English):

Artfoyer Cavigelli, Albisstrasse 27: Stefan Meier presented an installation documenting his hiking tours on the periphery of Zurich, in preparation for crossing the Alps on foot. His photographs and texts, which are a humorous analysis of everyday Swiss architecture and way of living, were collected in a book, which was launched at the opening reception, documenting his trip from Zürich to Locarno - his third trip after walking from Zürich to München (2010) and Zürich to Lausanne (2011). Myriam Thyes introduced the initial stage of her project entitled Zurich Video Tags - a participatory art project conceived for the inhabitants of Zurich and their smartphones. The application Zurich Video Tags App enables the users of smartphones finding themselves at certain locations in Zurich to play a video reproducing the subjective symbols of a person living or working precisely at that spot. Additionally, she showed two other recent videos filmed in Zurich: Analytical Daydream No.1: Commuter Railway Station and Analytical Daydream No.2: Tabloid for Free. Bettina Eberhard, film director and artist, presented a 16 mm film about Zurich called Perspective to Remembrance I. In her work, the projections allege the perspective of the past and take the ruin as a dwelling for memory.

Gemeinschaftszentrum Wollishofen, Albisstrasse 25: René Fahrni exhibited a mixed media object representing a self-centered single house community isolated from the rest of the world - a work inspired by his walks in the neighborhood. Yvonne Good showed a sound installation originating from three audio sources spread around the room. A text work by the same artist entitled: The Weather Is Changing – A Yogurt With Expiration Date was also to be seen, dealing with the feelings of incertitude linked to an eviction notice. Cora Piantoni’s installation focused on the former cinema Morgental, which was located close to the exhibition space and which was closed down 10 years ago. Taking the cinema’s press archive as a resource, Piantoni told the changeable history of a neighborhood cinema at the edge of the city. Anca Sinpalean has conceived a site specific installation in two parts entitled “Grüsse aus Wollishofen”. The installation was inspired by the construction poles announcing the future volume in space of a new construction. Additionally, a work about the Stünzihäuser and documentation of the past and recent history of the houses were on display.