«Set Volcano» by Frederique Pisuisse (NL)

«Set Volcano» by Frederique Pisuisse (NL)

@ Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich

Mirroring historical premises that have been raised within the walls of Cabaret Voltaire, Frederique Pisuisse exposes a site-specific performance with a focus on the elementary features of cabaret or theater. Unfolding a bodily interplay between performer, backdrop and audience, Pisuisse evokes a tactile audience participation by building a relation between audience members and materials used on stage.

The props - built by the audience - form the set for a mysterious saga which takes part on a volcanic island within the ocean. What comes from within this island, emits radiation. Phone signals interfere with the soundtrack, visualising the knitted web of an audience that is normally hidden. Meanwhile, the storyteller takes the viewer on a journey into the core of the earth and back.

Investigating the future labourism of artistic production in times of artificial intelligence, Pisuisse raises questions around the necessity to physically produce art: is the labour of humankind really that essential for making art? Or can nature and/ or AI take over? Which bodies are the ones in charge? Does the human body predict what AI does, or is it the other way round?

This «Fun & Fury!» Performance Dienst-Tag / To-Do's Day is part of the program Are We Bodies? curated by Vlada Maria Tcharyeva (CH)

Image Credit: «Frederique Pisuise: Artist Talk, South London Gallery»; Image Courtesy of the Artist, 2017

Biography Frederique Pisuisse (NL)

Frederique Pisuisse (1986, NL) lives and works in Europe. graduated from Goldsmiths London in 2016 and from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2013. She is the co-founder of Cosmocarl, an online platform hosting hyperlinks to projects by artists, writers, thinkers and curators.

The work of Frederique Pisuisse explores the infrastructures of the art world. She is particularly interested in the construction of the network of people and objects that constitute an art scene; from intern to freeport, from backroom to dirty shipper. By questioning the deep-rooted habits she interrogates different socio-political identities and hierarchies in an era that is dominated by omnipresent forces of neoliberalism.

Recent exhibitions include Let’s (L)Arp at Arp Museum (Germany, 2018), This Site is Under Revolution at Moscow Biennale for Young Art (2018), What Happens in Bond, Stays in Bond at Art Rotterdam (2018), Bond-Ware at UNSEEN (Amsterdam, 2018), Quasi Commons at ICA London (2017), The Artist Talk at South London Gallery (2017). Pisuisse took part in group and duo exhibitions at ClearView.ltd London (2016), At7 Amsterdam (2017), Margate Festival (2016), P/////akt Amsterdam (2014), Kim? Riga (2014), Galerie Fons Welters (2013).