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performance@downtown - Al Fadhil

Posted by annie 27August 3:35 PM

(movie provided by the artist)

Performance “Permit F”.
Saturday, 30th August, 2008
Starting point:
Zürich HB, Meeting Point at 2pm
Arrival point:
Kunsthaus, Ferdinand Hodler Hall

A performance with a group of refugees
A project by Al Fadhil
With the collaboration of Hayder Almusawi

The Swiss confederation is known as a land of asylum. Because of its neutral policy and its solidarity laws, the land has hosted in its cantons many people who have left their countries of origin for political or religious reasons, or because they belong to ethnic and racial groups. In the Swiss Parliament, particular decrees were established in order to regulate the temporary admittance of refugees according to their situation. The permit granted to the refuge-seekers falls within category F.

Having sought a refuge in Switzerland, in the hope of having peace, they have found themselves holding the controversial class “F” permit, which allows only limited freedom. According to chapter 11 of article 83, certain rights are granted to the refugee, but actually these are rules of control, which often contradict the principles of transparency and solidarity.

The artist breaks the circle and invites the exiles to a peaceful and creative public demonstration inside the museum.
Art is a free territory, it offers the possibility of reflection. Its power conveys a sense of belonging, of being a citizen of a world without permits and frontiers.

Saturday August the 30th, at 2pm, we will meet at Hautpbahnhof and then walk from the Zurich central station, crossing the Bahnhofstraße, and proceed towards the Kunsthaus. Each person will carry a sign with a slogan referring to permit F, the Swiss flag or various symbols of the associations engaged in the defence of the human rights and protection of refugees.

performance@downtown - Georg Keller

Posted by annie 18August 7:16 PM

A 24-hour performance at the Schauspielhaus.

performance@downtown - Georg Keller

Posted by annie 6August 1:46 PM


Der Arbeiter in vier gleiche Teile geteilt
Performance von Georg Keller

Im Rahmen der Ausstellung „Shifting Identities – (Schweizer) Kunst heute“ tritt Georg Keller an, zu seinem persönlichen Tag der Arbeit. Er wird in einer 24-stündigen Performance verschiedenen Arbeiten nachgehen, abwechselnd als Kioskverkäufer, Alkoholbrenner, Maurer und Büroangestellter. So entsteht auf der Bühne5 im Schauspielhaus eine Art Laborsituation, wo sich im Verlaufe der Stunden die Frage nach den Grenzen des menschlich Leist¬baren stellen wird.

Mittwoch, 13.8., 19 Uhr bis Donnerstag, 14.8., 19 Uhr
Schauspielhaus Zürich, Bühne 5, Eingang beim Zeltweg

workshop@downtown - !Mediengruppe Bitnik

Posted by annie 22July 1:20 PM

Saturday afternoon curiousity stroll around town with strange home-made devices intercepting installed video cameras in public and private places.

performance@downtown - San Keller

Posted by annie 20July 2:31 PM


San Keller’s ‘Kasperli Theater’ at Paradeplatz, downtown Zürich, Saturday, 19 July 2008, 4pm

ARTIST @ DOWNTOWN - Sejla Kameric

Posted by annie 20July 2:30 PM


Sejla Kameric *1976

ARTIST @ DOWNTOWN - Slavs & Tatars

Posted by annie 20July 2:30 PM


Slavs & Tatars is Kasia Korczak and Payam Sharifi


Posted by annie 20July 2:29 PM


A.C. Kupper

workshop@downtown - !Mediengruppe Bitnik

Posted by annie 16July 12:32 AM


A Hack A Day #7
Die unsichtbare Stadt - Tools für Sousveillance
Streifzug mit der !Mediengruppe Bitnik zu den Schauplätzen der unsichtbaren Stadt.

Samstag, 19. Juli 2008, 14:00h - ca. 18:00Uhr
Kunsthaus Zürich
Treffpunkt: Eingangshalle

_ Stadtrundgang / Intro im Kunsthaus
_ Teilnahme kostenlos!
_ Bitte anmelden unter
_ Gemeinsames Essen im Anschluss an den Walk

_ Sousveillance:
“Aufmerksame Wachsamkeit von unten”

_ Begriffsdefinition “Sousveillance” von Steve Mann:

exhibition@downtown - poster project - A.C. Kupper

Posted by annie 10July 7:57 PM

Only 9 - 15 July 2008

A.C. Kupper ‘Ecaep’, 2008 - Mythenquai 39

exhibition@downtown - poster project - Aki Mueller

Posted by annie 10July 7:55 PM

Only 9 - 15 July 2008

Aki Müller ‘G8 Gipfel Demonstration in Lausanne’, 2003 - Mythenquai 2

exhibition@downtown - poster project - Anne-Lise Coste

Posted by annie 10July 7:52 PM

Only 9 - 15 July 2008

Anne-Lise Coste ‘merde aux controles’ 2008 - Bellerivestrasse 185

exhibition@downtown - poster project - Slavs & Tatars

Posted by annie 10July 7:50 PM

Only 9 - 15 July 2008

Slavs & Tatars ‘Slavs Poster’, 2005 - Gesnerallee 27 (Usteribrücke)

exhibition@downtown - poster project - Sejla Kameric

Posted by annie 10July 7:48 PM

Only 9 - 15 July 2008

Sejla Kameric ‘Sejla-san, Bosnian Girl’ 2005 - Albisriederstrasse 20

exhibition@downtown - poster project

Posted by annie 7July 8:51 AM

“Hijack not Hack”

Only 9 - 15 July 2008 at these APG Ad locations with the works of the following artists:

Anne-Lise Coste - Bellerivestrasse 185
Sejla Kameric - Albisriederstrasse 20
A.C. Kupper - Mythenquai 2
Aki Müller - Mythenquai 39
Slavs & Tatars - Gesnerallee 27 (Usteribrücke)

Posters in A2 format will be available for free at the museum as long as it lasts.


artist@downtown - Christian Ratti

Posted by annie 23June 8:12 AM


Christian Ratti *1974

performance@museum - Christian Ratti

Posted by annie 19June 9:57 AM

(Promo trailer)

Dolologischer Rundgang
Führung mit Christian Ratti in Zusammenarbeit mit Hannes Bossert, Lukas Müller, Simon Gaus, Valentin Altorfer

In einem Rundgang um das Kunsthaus Zürich werden vorhandene und mitgebrachte Dolendeckel gezeigt und verglichen. Die Führung vermittelt Anekdoten und Hintergründe über Herkunft und Technik der Deckel, betreibt amateurhaft lokale Industriegeschichte und befragt die Veränderung von Zürich hin zu einer so genannten postindustriellen Dienstleistungsstadt.

Sonntag 22. Juni, 14.00 Uhr (sowie Donnerstag 3. Juli, 18.00 Uhr)
Kunsthaus Zürich
Treffpunkt: bei Haupteingang
Dauer: 50 min.

artist@museum - Anne-Lise Coste

Posted by annie 11June 8:56 PM

Anne-Lise Coste *1973 

artist@downtown - Georg Keller

Posted by annie 8June 5:40 PM


Georg Keller *


What are your origins?
A quarter swizz, a quarter swizz, half swizz

Officially, you are a citizen of which country?

Where are the places that you have lived for more than 6 months?
Zug, Baden, Zürich, Warschau

Where do you live and work right now?

Is [the country you are living in now] your final destination? If not, then where else?
Future plan is to live in Zürich and Warschau. Final destination? Nobody knows

Name 3 changes you would like to see of Switzerland? (please answer even if you don’t live in Switzerland)
a. Die Schweiz ist ein nettes kleines Land, mit hohem lebensstandard (manchmal übertrieben). Das führt dazu das viele menschen sehr selbst zu frieden sind, und glauben das alles zu verdienen, das recht auf diese standards zu haben. –> auch mal über den tellerrand schauen.

If you are living elsewhere, name 3 changes you would like to see of that country you are living in now.

What is your favourite recipe?
Lebensmittel, die aus/von der erde kommen, wo die sonne darauf schien

artist@museum - Al Fadhil

Posted by annie 29May 10:57 PM


Al Fadhil *1955


What are your origins?
Organic or vegetable origin (Iraq)

Officially, you are a citizen of which country?
I am from the country of the utopia (Swisse)

Where are the places that you have lived for more than 6 months?
My mother, Baghdad, Florance, Paris, Lugano, Berlin

Where do you live and work right now?
No men’s land, laptop, intrnet café

Is [the country you are living in now] your final destination? If not, then where else?
The final destination is under earth

Name 3 changes you would like to see of Switzerland? (please answer even if you don’t live in Switzerland)
a. The Swisse Army
b. The commissioner to the Swisse Pavilion at Veince Biennale
c. The Nestlé

If you are living elsewhere, name 3 changes you would like to see of that country you are living in now.

What is your favourite recipe?
The Röstigraben

movie courtesy of Al Fadhil

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