June 11, 2021 - Shedhalle Zürich - You're So Busy
June 11, 2021

Shedhalle Zürich

Débora Delmar, Frozen Currencies, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Galleriapiù.


Pierre Huyghe, No Ghost Just a Shell (collaboration with Philippe Parreno), 1999–2003. "Annlee" original image, 1999. © Pierre Huyghe.

Army of Love recruitment poster. All rights reserved. Design: Jonas Voegeli.

Army of Love (Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann), Oceano de Amor, 2019. HD video, 95 minutes. Courtesy of the artists.

OFFSHORE IN PARIS, Centre National de la Danse, Paris, France, 2018. Courtesy of OFFSHORE. Photo: Marc Domage.

Nikima Jagudajev, The Dentist (May 3, 2019 19:30:00 GMT +1). Performance view, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, 2019. Photo: Dorothée Thébert-Filiger.

Autumn Knight, Untitled, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Krõõt Juurak. Courtesy of the artist.

You're So Busy
June 11–July 25, 2021

Army of Love Training Camp: June 19–27

Shedhalle Zürich
Rote Fabrik
Seestrasse 395
CH-8038 Zürich


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Participating artists: Army of Love (Alexa Karolinski/Ingo Niermann), Débora Delmar, Pierre Huyghe, Nikima Jagudajev, Krõõt Juurak, Autumn Knight, OFFSHORE, Tino Sehgal

Would you rather feel too busy or not busy enough?

Asks Ann Lee to the unaware visitor in Tino Sehgal’s constructed situation from 2011. Ten years later, this question still stands. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we seem unable to detach from busyness, turning our homes into offices—unwilling to accept “the mighty pause we have been dealt by nature”*. What is it about the rupture we are experiencing and our collective refusal to acknowledge it? Are we entering a post-pandemic life, or has capitalism decided to move on? Are we simply too busy

With our concept PROTOZONES 2020–2025, we have developed an exhibition model that focuses on “process-based art,” which presents accessible and sustainable practices through high and low intensity phases. Our third Protozone, You’re So Busy, will develop throughout its seven weeks, accumulating and filling the space with traces of processes developed both previous to and during the Protozone. Each project focuses on care and radical love, prioritizing horizontal organizational structures that remain porous, allowing audiences various points of entry and engagement. Exploring new ways of exhibiting artistic processes, building inclusive communities, and experiencing time in the exhibition space.

You’re So Busy will also host a physical manifestation of the SHED, an in-process virtual greenroom for invited artists and thinkers to inhabit this virtual space and leave traces—whether it be a sketch of an idea developed, documentation of a realized work, or a testing site for the development of a work in process. the SHED will present two processes developed virtually over the course of the pandemic by artists Autumn Knight and Krõõt Juurak. 

You’re So Busy attempts to refocus our eyes from screens, walls and windows back to one another. Bringing together performers, writers, activists and artists, this Protozone proposes itself as a catalyst for new ways of thinking and spilling outside the institution, into our daily lives. We believe these practices are crucial to help us not simply return or reassume activity with the same methods and ideals we relied on before 2020. You’re So Busy is both a calling out and a refusal to be overlooked, asking for attention to be paid to people, practices and processes that ideas of productivity and capital discount. 

Programmed by Michelangelo Miccolis for Shedhalle.

Producers: Cora Gianolla and nick von kleist



Ongoing works by:
–Army of Love
–Débora Delmar
–Alexa Karolinski/Ingo Niermann (from June 19)
–Autumn Knight
–Krõõt Juurak

Week 1, June 11–13 
–Pierre Huyghe
–Tino Sehgal

Week 2, June 19–20
–Army of Love Training Camp, led by Ingo Niermann and Michelangelo Miccolis with Ayo Gry and Melanie Bonajo
(The Army of Love is a solidarity that offers trainings, recruitments, discussions, and testimonial videos to promote the redistribution of sensual love to all who need it. For more information, visit here.)
–Film opening: Oceano de Amor (2019), by Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann

Week 3, June 26–27
Army of Love Training Camp, led by Ingo Niermann and Michelangelo Miccolis with Alessandro Schiattarella

Week 4, July 3–4 
Débora Delmar

Week 5, July 10–11
the SHED virtual takeover
(For more information, visit here.)

Week 6, July 17–18 
OFFSHORE IN ZURICH with Lara Dâmaso, Meret Kaufmann, nick von kleist, Jesper List Thomsen, Michelangelo Miccolis and Cally Spooner

Week 7, July 19–25 
Nikima Jagudajev, artist in-residence

We wish to express our gratitude to the Maya Behn-Eschenburg Foundation for their generosity.

We also wish to thank the following for their help and support: Scott Elliott, Bergen Kunsthall, gb agency, ZERO…, Galleriapiù, Marian Goodman Gallery, Pierre Huyghe Studio and Ballet Studio Thalwil.

Graphic design: Studio Yukiko

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