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An ephemeral collective exhibition spanning three days on a walk all in one breath across two spaces and more. Do–it–yourself from archives to everyday life art practices, providing a dense web of insights, approaches, positions, views, perspectives. More than that: and a library, movie program, live performances, talks, discussions, art pieces.

The exhibition does not have the ambition to provide a specific discursive field, to raise manifestos, nor to take them down. Rather, it provides a platform of polyphonic, queerly transgressive voices beyond gender categories, an imaginary, utopian, green space beyond the bloody mass spectacle, «a range of imaginary relations to dominant culture» avoiding mirroring images of mass culture discourses. The exhibition proposes a journey to ourselves in an imagined real space, in which we are not forced to imitate the role behaviors, stereotypes and gestures of dominant culture. A space in which we can realize our desire to be ourselves, outside any exoticizing, projecting and victimizing. Because what makes us our selves in the social context is dominated by the values of that society. «What makes us a particular sort of person in a particular kind of social, economic and political context?»

«Sights exalted him – the birds and the trees; and made him in love with death – the evening sky, the homing rooks; and so, mounting up the spiral stairway into his brain – which was a roomy one – all these sights, and the garden sounds too, the hammer beating, the wood chopping, began that riot and confusion of the passions and emotions which every good biographer detests. – 'Orlando'», Virginia Woolf

A constellation of artists generating the dissemination of variegated «social agents», carriers of messages of different 'wavelengths' of humor, irony, masquerade, eroticism, arouses turbulent tempests in the landscape, dizzying, disorienting, upsetting the cardinal points, seeking appropriate ground to grow frail roots so that the green utopian spaces, colonies, rhizomatic structures in whimsical shapes may come into leaf, small isles of respite, without fences.

The exhibition is a survey of the interaction between the inner and the outer, the public and the private. In these archives you will find things of a kind that is difficult to archive, such as emotions, feelings, passions. This is why the «good biographer», as Virginia Woolf calls him, the good collector of factual material and good archivist detests these archives of feelings. Shapeless, abstract things, amorphous, shapeshifting, woven in the fabric of memory are too awkward, rather impossible to index, label and file in the appropriate folders, boxes, drawers, closets, structures. The system of power is just as abstract, ghostly, web–shaped and implicated in chains of mutually interacting communicating agents. The law operates in this territory, attempting to translate things into the language of legislation and to impart on them an acceptable shape. A look at the link between the archive and recollection and the function of memory reveals the relation between individual and collective memory. This is a subversive use in a personal multiple sense of the idea of the archive. On the one hand we want to throw overboard the received categories, do away with fictional values, to stop being prisoners of our own library or archive. On the other, the value of the archive paradoxically leads to feedback in a dual sense, bringing us back from a collective identity to everyday life, to our selves.



Langstrasse 84 / Brauerstrasse 37, 8004 Zurich,
Opening times: Friday, June 5, 14.00-00.00, Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7, 14.00-18.00

Participants: Grrrl Zine collection by Grrrl Zine Network (Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez), I LOVE 69 POPGEJU (CZ), Jana Štepánová (CZ), Judith Schönenberger (CH), Lorenzö (F/I), Nobody, Sabina Baumann (CH), Sarah Jäger (CH), Sands Murray-Wassink (NL/US), The Centre of Attention (UK), Tim Blue (US/D)

Table library of important queer books, from art books to theoretical and historical texts, laid out on a table and available for interaction, reading and inspiration throughout the three days of the exhibition.

Perla Mode



In «you can find me in the lexicon, in the lexicon» queerness is asserted, placed and tested in selected archives. Fictions are slipped in and references made. Thus, for instance, the archive serves as a setting to renewing public testimonial, a temporary rewriting of history. The documentary, which has long been perceived as the image of the world, here becomes the world as image. From the 5th to the 7th of June, guided tours, public readings, performances will intervene in existing archives that bear no obvious relation to queerness. In their interplay, the archive and the works performed therein influence each other, bringing to light other connections by following and rewriting on-going narratives.

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special thanks to: Judith Welter & migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Philipp Hofstetter & Archiv für Zeitgeschichte, Rolf Dewald, DESO Radiomuseum, Dieter Studer & Phonogrammarchiv, Dimitrina Sevova, all the artists: Simone Schardt, Martin Büsser, Salome Golliez, Stella Glitter, Michaela Melian, wire less choir, Rae Spoon, Terre Thaemlitz, Eran Schaerf, Eva Meyer, Marthe van Dessel, Kaspar Surber, Kamerateam: Riikka Tauriainen, Urslé von Mathilde, Sarah Jäger, Florian Bachmann, Maria Sigrist, Foto: Lena Reiser, Research: Sara Bernasconi, Philipp Messner, Web: Felix Eggmann