July 26, 2011 - Swiss Off-Site Pavilion at Venice Biennale - Chewing the Scenery
July 26, 2011

Chewing the Scenery

Uriel Orlow, “Aide-Mémoire,” Lecture Performance as part of Chewing the Scenery – Live!, 4 June 2011.

Exhibition and Live-Events Program
1 June–2 October 2011 (closed on Monday)

Teatro Fondamenta Nuove
Cannaregio 5013, Venezia


Installative Dramatization
Tim Zulauf / KMUProduktionen
“Deviare—Vier Agenten—Part of a Movie”
Performed live Tuesday–Sunday, 16:00–18:00
(in four half-hour cycles)

Film Installation
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
“No Future”, “No Past”
Continuous screening, Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00–18:00

Publication (in three updated editions)
Artists’ contributions:
Maria Iorio / Raphaël Cuomo “Twisted Realism”
Uriel Orlow “Aide-Mémoire”
Eran Schaerf “Wanderblog”
Texts: Antke Engel, Ann Cvetkovich, Mathias Danbolt, Patricia Purtschert, Rubia Salgado and others.
Order publication

Live Events Program 7–10 September 2011
7 September 2011
MOTHER introduce
Live Light & Sound Installation: Alona Rodeh
Concerts: Maya Dunietz, Vera November

8 September 2011
Becoming Imperceptible
Introduction: Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Lecture: Rubia Salgado, Performance: Eran Schaerf, Film Screening: Maria Iorio / Raphaël Cuomo

9 September 2011
Feeling Bad
Introduction: Eveline Yve_s Nay, Lecture: Sara Ahmed, Lecture: Sarah Franklin, Film and Video program curated by Karin Michalski, presented by: Renate Lorenz, Karin Michalski, Special Guest: Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

10 September 2011
Touching Across Time
Introduction: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Performative Presentation: PhD in Practice / Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Lecture: Elizabeth Freeman, Lecture: Mathias Danbolt

Detailed program

is curated by Andrea Thal.

In light of postcolonial and queer discourses on temporality and chronopolitics, “Chewing the Scenery” deals with delays, leaps and ruptures, anachronisms and dissonances, as the basis for an enquiry into supposed pasts, potential futures and presumed presents in time-based art and through writing. This critical notion of temporality is not tied down by the constraints of fixed identities and linear narratives of change or progress; it seeks to read these as temporary, complex and mobile constellations. The straightforward and future-oriented rhythms of time by contrast are perfectly synchronized with hegemonic structures: heteronormativity, neo-liberalism and ‘Western’ progress. The dismissal of certain subjects as ‘backward’ or ‘without prospects’ is merely a telling example of this—an example with distinctly political overtones, considering the widespread insistence on the tax-paying, nuclear family as a synonym for future, the pressure to ‘keep up,’ the stigma that still attaches to clinical depression, and the increase in ever-new manifestations of racism and ensuing security and control measures.

The artists’ works in this multi-faceted project in different ways address the question as to how issues that are as yet ‘undigested’ can be recognized and revisited:

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz’s film installation comprises two films, “No Future” and “No Past”. The paradoxical premise of the installation is that we are already in the future, which—according to the time-specific ultimatums issued by the Punk movement—should never have existed. The Punks’ policy of aggressively slating the present without ever proposing their own movement as a guarantor of future social justice is anachronistically re-examined.

In the installative dramatization “Deviare—Vier Agenten—Part of A Movie” by Tim Zulauf / KMUProduktionen four actors engage with the same role. During the course of the narrative, which involves an IT manager turning into a beggar (and vice versa), the focus is on the problematics of approaching this role in different ways. The filmic narration combines motifs from early espionage thrillers with deliberations on techniques of societal control.

During the course of the exhibition the initial publication will be developed and issued in two further reworked and extended editions. In keeping with this process-based working method, each edition is an as-yet incomplete whole, an ongoing enquiry—guided by the praxis of artists and authors—that opens up intricate, multi-layered perspectives on the issues in question.

Following live events on 4 June and arising directly from the exhibition and publication, another series of screenings, lectures, performances and concerts will take place at Teatro Fondamenta Nuove from 7 to 10 September 2011.


Chewing the Scenery
Swiss Off-Site Pavilion at Venice Biennale
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