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4 April – 3 May 2020

inter:archive

As part of 2020 Zürich moves
Saturday 4 April 2020, 14:00 – 18:00 (performances running every hour)

Paloma Ayala & Adriana Dominguez, Josephine Baan & Amos Cappuccio, Tina Reden, Romy Rüegger
Curated by: Giovanna Bragaglia, Miwa Negoro and Camille Regli

The inter:archive is a temporary and «particip-active» library on intersectionality. It gathers relevant texts, poems, essays, academic papers, artists publications and video documentations in various forms and languages to address intersectionality from a critical, socio-political and theoretical perspective. The inter:archive challenges the standard library constellation by creating an immersive, experimental and interactive environment. On Saturday afternoon, the invited artists will present performances and readings in order to activate the archive in flux and unravel the limits of knowledge. In doing so, the archive becomes an inclusive, non-hierarchical platform of learning and unlearning. 

Artist Paloma Ayala and curator Adriana Dominguez will contribute to the archive with their project MEXA! The female takeover, that collects feminist thoughts from Latin America through Mexico’s independent publishing scene, with a book exhibition and a workshop. Josephine Baan will collaborate with Amos Cappuccio in a sonic performance, using the voice and the body to trace narrative gaps, collective unutterance, and insistent resurgence in an age characterised by loss. Referring to Black feminist and decolonial discourse, Tina Reden will explores notions of rhythms, polyphony or cacophony as a way to listen to multiplicity and undo the modern notion of a singular narrative. Lastly, artist and writer Romy Rüegger will perform a reading of her writings drawing on anti-racist and intersectional politics of language and memory.

Spatial design by Elisabeth Fritsch. Partners include Volumes and Feministisches Streikhaus.

Curated by Giovanna Bragaglia, Miwa Negoro and Camille Regli, the inter:archive is open for visits until 3 May by appointment at the OnCurating Project Space, Ausstellungsstrasse 16, 8005 Zurich.


Das inter:archive ist eine temporäre und «partizip-aktive» Bibliothek zur Intersektionalität. Es sammelt relevante Texte, Gedichte, Essays, wissenschaftliche Arbeiten, Künstler*innen-Publikationen und Videodokumentationen in verschiedenen Formen und Sprachen, um Intersektionalität aus kritischer, gesellschaftspolitischer und theoretischer Perspektive zu thematisieren. Das inter:archive, das während der gesamten Dauer des Festivals geöffnet ist, stellt die Standardkonstellation der Bibliothek in Frage, indem es eine immersive, experimentelle und interaktive Umgebung schafft. Am Samstagnachmittag werden die eingeladenen Künstler*innen Performances und Lesungen präsentieren, um das Archiv zu nähren und zu erforschen, wo Wissen seine Grenzen hat. Auf diese Weise wird das Archiv zu einer inklusiven, nicht-hierarchischen Plattform des Lernens und Verlernens.

Kuratiert von Giovanna Bragaglia, Miwa Negoro and Camille Regli.


Josephine Baan, MOTH: An Exit Wound, Museum KKLB, Switzerland, 2019. Photo: © Mik Matter

Romy Rüegger, A Fabric in Turkey Red, ar/ge Kunst Bolzano, 2019. Photo: © Tiberio Sorvillo

Tina Reden, Vibrational Bodies, 2019. Photo: © Sandberg Instituut

Paloma Ayala and Adriana Dominguez, Hashtag Manifesto, 2019, as part of Volumes, Kunsthalle. © Paloma Ayala.


About the artists performing in inter:archive

Based in Zurich, Paloma Ayala and Adriana Dominguez curated the MEXA! Archive, a collection of independent publications from Mexico for the publishing fair VOLUMES. In 2019 they started the “Female takeover” of this collection, a project that gathers feminist thinking from Latin America and includes a Hashtag Workshop. As an artist, Paloma Ayala is interested in the relationship between domestic and political contexts and is currently trying to resolve the connection between her Mexican native background and her current living situation in Zurich, which has proven to be an elusive task. Art historian and curator Adriana Dominguez runs the cross-national and cross-cultural art space la_cápsula in Zurich with co-curator Elena Rosauro.

Josephine Baan is an artist based between Zurich and Rotterdam. She performs with her body and voice, and makes installations, props, scripts and choreographies that explore the spaces and relationships between the flesh and the word, human and non-human bodies. Materially and performatively thinking between things, beings and situations, she consciously switches perspective to influence roles and readings of power in relation to affection. She is interested in the twists of collectivity and wonders aloud whether solidarity without homogenisation is possible. Her practice is closely linked to her work as an educator, influenced by radical pedagogy and non-hierarchical collaborative methods.​

Tina Reden is an interdisciplinary artist, activist and Dj living in Zurich and Amsterdam. Her work is collaborative, performative and dialogic and explores the political possibilities within the active position of listening – both as a metaphor and as a concrete, sound-specific practice. She uses notions of rhythms, polyphony or cacophony as a way to listen to multiplicity and undo the modern notion of a singular narrative. She explores different formats such as sound improvisations, poetic soundscapes or storytellings as possible places for feminist, decolonial and mindful practices – always trying to integrate discursive situations and initiate moments of being together.

Romy Rüegger is a Swiss artist/writer based in Zurich whose work focuses on sound-based practices and shared listening. Her writings for performances, audio works and choreographed spaces mostly draw on anti-racist and intersectional politics of language and memory. Her recent publication Language is Skin: Scripts for Performances is a constellation of texts, largely written to be spoken out loud. They are indications of spatial and temporal layering, juxtapositions of aesthetic and poetic elements and bodies. She uses figures that intervene into the reproduction and maintenance of colonial poison cabinets and patriarchal canons.