Not Alone

Featuring (in order of appearance):

Nino Baumgartner (CH), Mercedes Azpilicueta (AR), Rasmus Bergmann (DK), Samina Bazai (DK) & Christian Ratti (CH)

Curator: Søren Berner

In Autumn 2017 I invited four artists to develop a performance on four separate evenings at Cabaret Voltaire - hence the name; Performance 4 Evenings. For this series I proposed a dogma to the invited artists: The Curator must be integrated. I hereby attempted to highlight my own role in producing and developing the projects. Though labeled as a curator, I do not consider it my role to develop exhibition-concepts that artists may or should try to relate to. I rather see my role as conflicting one that constantly has to be re- thought and renegotiated.

The performances are shown on one specific evening and there is a lot of effort and preparation put in to these four evenings prior to the performance.
I came to realize that the relationship and new ideas evolving from the continuous correspondence with the invited artists prior to the performances was far more important to me than the actual execution of the performances.

For this reason the co-creation evolving from the correspondences with the invited artists during the preparation period, will have a more central part in the new series. To make this work, I will try to create a conversation environment that facilitates and makes space for new ideas to develop during the preparations. The format is open, the rules are few.

Itʼs all about creating something new.


Over the coming months Nino Baumgartner will be working with Søren Berner to produce a work created specifically for Cabaret Voltaire

Over the coming months Mercedes Azpilicueta will be working with Søren Berner to produce a work created specifically for Cabaret Voltaire

Over the coming months Rasmus Bergmann will be working with Søren Berner to produce a work created specifically for Cabaret Voltaire.

Over the coming months Samina Bazai will be working with Søren Berner to produce a work created specifically for Cabaret Voltaire

Over the coming months Christian Ratti will be working with Søren Berner to produce a work created specifically for Cabaret Voltaire

«Not Alone» Curator

Søren Berner (DK)

works on the interface of performance, visual art and artistic intervention. His participatory approach allows for a crossing of boundaries between institutions, exhibition spaces and public spaces where the visitors becomes his complicities. The conditions under which his performances and co-operations are brought to life  together with the possible knowledge production generated as a result, seems to be constantly and critically evaluated and questioned - this in return often results in new works. Søren's works has been shown a. o. at the Istanbul Biennale; MAK - Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna; Kunsthaus Zürich; Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Helmhaus Zürich; Gerschwin, New York; Burningman, Nevada.

«Not Alone» Artists 2019

Nino Baumgartner (CH)

is based in Bern.
Selected shows and performances:
SHORTCUTS in Bern, Basel, Zürich, Stuttgart (2015-2018); MANEUVER / GROOVE SPACE, Tinguely Museum Basel, (2015); Maneuvers and Formation, Rockbund Museum, Shanghai, (2014); Helix Manuever, Kunsthaus Aarau, (2012)

Mercedes Azpilicueta

In March 2017 Mercedes started The Take Over where she swaps her position as an Artist, with Jacco van Uden, head of the Change Management Research Group at The Hague University of Applied Sciences during a period of one month. The idea of the project seems simple, yet the very complexity of the impact, which is now being subject to further research by philosophers, art historians and critics, could take many years of study to grasp but a fraction of.

Samina Bazai

works on Inheritance. Attan is the latest work, which is a part of Inheritance. Attan is a traditional and ceremonial Pashtun dance. The circular dance builds up slowly, gradually gaining momentum until the dancer collapses from pure exhaustion.

Inheritance is a very personal work evolving from the loss of parts of her family and it keeps developing by the new works being added.

Christian Ratti (CH)

aufgewachsen in Chur, Lehre als Goldschmied bei Konrad Schmid in Chur, an Stelle oder vor eines geplanten Architekturstudiums an der ETH, 2001 Studium Bildende Kunst in Zürich mit Diplom als Turmführer, nachfolgend rascher Aufstieg zum Kamindirektor. (Dabei erste Kollaborationen mit dem Vizedirektor > So:ren Berner)

Interesse an Natur- und Kulturerbe, insbesondere Industriekultur. Mitbegründer des Verein Dolologie und des Büro für Wildtierarchitektur; dabei stets komisch ernst bleibend, ganz im Geiste der Spaziergangswissenschaft. Neben geselligen Spaziergängen hin und wieder auch Ausstellungen und Wettbewerbe; mehrheitlich in der Schweiz.

Christian Ratti ist voraussichtlich bald Teil der SAMMLUNG BUSER. Ratti ist auch selbst ebenfalls Sammler internationaler Garderobenmarken aller Kultursparten. Seine Sammeltätigkeit begann anlässlich der Ausstellung
„Was macht die Kunst – Ankäufe der Stadt Zürich 2001 – 2006“ im Helmhaus Zürich. Noch sucht die Sammlung ein Zuhause (eine Institution mit Garderobe).

Publikationen: Das Pfeilkabinett, Kunsthaus Langenthal, 2016

«Fun & Fury!» Preview Artist 2018

Merzedes Sturm-Lie

made PIRATA at Odenplans subway station in 2016. This work is an installation with four flags relating to the core ideas of Humanity, Society and Cosmos. Pirata is a female bending of the word pirate and each of the flags has a symbol: BURNING HEART - Fighting for love, ideas and dreams, ODENS KNOT - Knots to join, attach and carry things, DES CON - History as a spiral of destruction and construction and NO NAME - No single person owns wealth, life or the earth.

«Performance 4 Nights» Artists 2017

Ruth Beale (lebt in London/UK)

ist Künstlerin und gründete zusammen mit Nicole Bachmann Performance as Publishing, ein aktives Forschungsprojekt. Das Projekt The Alternative School of Economics in Kollaboration mit Amy Feneck nutzen sie als Rahmen indem sie politische, soziale und kulturelle Fragen untersuchen können, wobei sie die Praxis der Selbsterziehung nutzen, um Wirtschaftswissenschaft zu studieren.

Einzelausstellungen (Auswahl): «Commons, drones, gifts» –Up Projects, London (2017); «The Library of Future Societies», Teil von Fig.2 – ICA London (2015); «Bookbed» – Peckham Platform, London (2014); «Bikes, Caves, Raves» – Trade, Nottingham (2014); «Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox» – Grand Union, Birmingham (2013). Weitere Performances und Ausstellungen (Auswahl): Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; ICA, London; Turner Contemporary, Kent; Basel Kunsthalle; MoMA Ps1, New York City; South London Gallery, Modern Art Oxford.

Christian Falsnaes (*1980, Kopenhagen/DK, lebt in Berlin/DE)

studierte an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien. Im Jahr 2015 war er für den Preis der Nationalgalerie in Berlin nominiert.

Präsentationen (Auswahl): Danish National Gallery, Kopenhagen; Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires; Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev; Kunsthalle Wien; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; ZKM, Karlsruhe

Kristoffer Akselbo (*1974 in Kopenhagen/DK, lebt in Kopenhagen/DK)

studierte von 2000-2006 Master of Fine Arts an der Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art Denmark. Im Jahr 2005 arbeitete er im Studio von Ilia Kabakov. Von 2014-2017 lebte er in der USA und war in einer Residenz an der Århus Academy (C3Net) in Dänemark.