“Alpina Huus” Closing Reception at Arsenic, Lausanne

Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva
Selina Grüter and Michèle Graf, A Play of Manners, 2016-2017

 

On Saturday 13 January, the closing reception and second performance festival of Alpina Huus will take place at the Arsenic, in Lausanne. It follows up the symposium (Re & De) contextualize performance with Lou Forster, Donatella Bernardi, Elise Lammer, and Denis Pernet, taking place at Le Commun, in Geneva on Friday 12th.

Initiated in March 2015 at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin, Alpina Huus is a project by Elise Lammer and Denis Pernet that considers performance and domestic space. Whether in painting, literature, or philosophy, the house is often used as a metaphor for the human figure, and alludes to the many analogies between the house, and the body and psyche. In a domestic space, each room covers a specific typology, from the living room and kitchen to the bathroom and bedroom, to which human behaviour adapts or resists.

During two festivals, in Geneva in December 2017 and Lausanne in January 2018, 34 Swiss and international artists thread and unthread—sometimes simultaneously—multiple narratives that further explore ideas around community practice, and an understanding of the domestic environment as a stage where meaningful artistic conversations can and do take place. Among an audience that never knows what is to be considered as staged or not, the difference between a spectacle and the typical course of an art gathering is blurred, pushing the limits of, and sometimes overlapping, private and public spheres. The exhibition allows visitors to see the elements created by the artists to establish the domestic space: seats, a bar, audio loud speakers system, a wall painting and several objets that performer used. The boundary between useful objet and sculpture blurs.

On January 13th from 6pm, the closing act at Arsenic includes performances by—in order of appearance: Nathalie Rebholz, Gilles Furtwängler, Ramaya Tegegne, Yannis Christ, Zuzanna Bartoszek, Leo, Bonaventure, Yanling and scenographies by Donatella Bernardi, Maud Constantin, Ralph Bürgin, Yannis Christ, Gilles Furtwängler, Miriam Laura Leonardi, Renée Levi, Sarah Margnetti and Josep Maynou.

The symposium on January 12th at Le Commun gathers international specialists of exhibition making and performance for a debate on what are the possible new contextual forms of presentation for performance within art institutions and outside.

Whether in painting, literature, or philosophy, the house is often used as a metaphor for the human figure, allowing for many analogies between the house and the body and the house and the psyche. In a domestic space, each room offers a specific topology, from the living room, the kitchen and the bathroom to the bedroom, to which human behaviour adapts or resists. With nostalgia or disdain, such domestic site-specificity is now dated, and the social and political implications that go with it have entirely shifted. Harbouring such change, performance seems to embrace all media, while denying their specificities, thus becoming the darling of our contemporary art world. Set inside the exhibition space, among the scenographic artworks produced by the artists for Alpina Huus, this symposium proposes to address the function of performance within institutional and non-institutional frameworks, and to explore questions around topology and medium. The analogy with the house also allows to discuss the relationship between performance and body, as well as audience and space.

On the occasion of this double appointment, we are pleased to publish a selection a selection of photos of the opening performance festival and exhibition at Le Commun. For more information on the participant artists and works, please check out our blog entry on Alpina Huus.

 

Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva. Exhibition View

 

Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva. Julie Monot, Wodwo, 2017

 

Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva. Exhibition View

 

Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva. Circumstances in concert, 2017

 

Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva. Melissa Tun Tun, Bar, 2017

 

Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva. Adrien Missika, [ham-uh k], 2017

 

Alpina Huus, Le Commun, Geneva. Garrett Nelson, Maxims and Arrows: or How to pH(balance)

 

Symposium—(Re & De) contextualize performance
with Lou Forster, Elise Lammer, Chus Martínez, Denis Pernet
12 January 2018, 6:30–9pm
Le Commun | Rue des Bains 34, Genève

Closing Reception and Performance Festival Alpina Huus
13 January 2018, 5pm–2am
Arsenic | Rue de Genève 57, Lausanne