On October 4, the Tuesday Soirée SCACCHI NOISE. The Ultimate NOISE CHESS Challenge is taking place, organized in the context of Ilaria Vinci's exhibition. Ilaria Vinci and CZARNAGORA (Rafal Skoczek) invite to a chess tournament on both floors of Cabaret Voltaire. The games are accompanied by live sound interventions by CATATONIC LEISURE ALONE (Anton Ponomarev) and Luis Sanz, which challenge the focus of the players. The event is also open to spectators.

BLITZ CHESS TOURNAMENT in the Artists’ Bar: The opponents play BLITZ CHESS, with a total of ten minutes per match each, with no increment bonus time. The game will consist of eight players that play against each other with direct elimination. The final winner of the three matches will receive a gold medal and a Cabaret Voltaire limited edition t-shirt designed by the artist. Various tournaments can happen simultaneously. If you want to take part in the tournament, please register at info@cabaretvoltaire.ch (with indication of the chess level).

FREE PLAY in the Historical Hall: Here matches are formed more freely, you can play for fun or just practice and perfect your skills – it’s up to you! There are chess boards available, but you can also bring your own. You don't have to register, but it helps if you do anyway, so we can estimate the number of chess boards.

Noise and chess have Dada tradition. Shortly before Marcel Duchamp's death in 1968, Duchamp and John Cage developed the «Reunion» project, in which chess games were transformed into music pieces.

Anton Ponomarev (CATATONIC LEISURE ALONE) is a Reed/Brass instruments and electronics player based in Zurich, with a passion for free jazz, free improvised music, punk jazz, grindcore and experimental music.

Luis Sanz (*1984, Peru) lives and works in Bern. He is a multidisciplinary artist who explores synthetic sounds, computer graphics and physical audiovisual experiences.


Ilaria Vinci, Flyer Scacchi Noise, 2022

Marcel Duchamp and John Cage «Reunion», 1968. Shortly before his death, the Dadaist Marcel Duchamp and the composer and music theorist John Cage developed the «Reunion» project, in which chess games were transformed into pieces of music.