Not Alone

Kurator & Co-Künstler: Søren Berner

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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.

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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.

with Samina Bazai (DK) & Søren Berner (DK)

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Ribbit, ribbit !

Artist and curator Søren Berner and artist Samina Bazai are co-creating their new performance piece: "The Amphibian Way".

They seek to clear out old, stagnant energy stuck in the walls of Cabaret Voltaire and in the medium itself – Performance art.

This «Fun & Fury!» Performance Dienst-Tag / To-Do's Day is part of the program Not Alone curated by Søren Berner (DK)

Entrance fee: CHF 10.- (Cabaret Voltaire Members: free!)


Samina Bazai (*1985), Works in Copenhagen and Berlin, MFA 2014, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.
Samina Bazai’s artistic production evolves through research, text, film and performance. Her work is characterized by a scientific approach through thorough research paired with elaborate storytelling focusing on the studied subject’s/object’s patterns of existence. Bazai tells her stories with disturbing discretion and with a peculiar eye for the unseen. The relationship between image and sound is a key interest. Her praxis is an accumulative process where layers of questions are being assembled in both theme and form. Her aim is for the narrative to be understood by itself, to be satiated by its own capacity to go beyond Bazai’s own initiation.

Christian Ratti (CH) & Søren Berner (DK)

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

More details will follow shortly before the «Fun & Fury!» Performance Dienst-Tag/To-Do's Day.

This «Fun & Fury!» Performance Dienst-Tag / To-Do's Day is part of the program Not Alone curated by Søren Berner (DK)

Entrance fee: CHF 10.- (Cabaret Voltaire Members: free!)

Biographie 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