Dienstag, 13. September 2022

UFFICIO DELLA NOTTE




23. Sept - 15. Oct 2022

Opening: Friday, 23. Sept 18:00-21:00

Pleasure – the sharing of joy – affects and connects people. Although certain practices, especially those that conform to non-normative, queer, non-monogamous and non-binary lives, have always been marginalised, criminalised or at least ignored by the institutions of power. Nevertheless the figures of the night have broken the limits of society’s decency. What still remains are questions: Where and how do we talk about pleasure? Which spaces are claimed and by whom? Are safe(r) spaces only dreams of a hidden utopia? To which extent do institutions determine what is sexually allowed/not allowed? And what does all this have to do with care work? In search of answers, UFFICIO DELLA NOTTE presents thirteen artistic positions that are shown in six different art spaces and clubs as well as in public spaces. The exhibition takes place from 23rd September and 15th of October 2022 in Zurich and is combined with walks, a pleasure positive party and a panel on the topic of Sexwork. 


Philipp Gufler 
Lana Kaiser / Quilt #36 (Der Kreis)


Philipp Guflers artistic practices include silkscreen prints on fabric and mirrors, artist books, performances and video installations. Their short film Lana Kaiser is a touching personal portrait of the singer and entertainer, who disappeared from a cruise ship on her way to New York in 2018. Quilt #36 (Der Kreis) functions here both as a reference for queer history in Zürich and Guflers’ broader research into self-organized archives. The magazine Der Kreis was internationally published from 1943 to 1967. During and for several years after World War II (1939-1945), it was the only homosexual magazine in the world.

at PARAT
Limmatstrasse 204, CH-8005 Zürich 
Wed - Sun, 16:00-20:00

Buch Exzentrische 80er Tabea Blumenschein, Hilka Nordhausen, Rabe Perplexum und Kompliz*innen aus dem Jetzt


Deutsch/English
372 pages
22 Euro
ISBN 978 3 942214 47 6

Tabea Blumenschein (1952–2020), Hilka Nordhausen(1949–1993), and Rabe perplexum (1956–1996) were eccentric artists of the eighties – they deviated from norms and operated outside of the centre in subcultural milieus. They worked in friendly constellations in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich. Blumenschein, Nordhausen, and perplexum represented images of gender and identity that weren’t recognized at the time and lived their sexual orientations in a non-conformist manner. The artistic work of the eccentrics was formulated in performances, readings, films, concerts, or murals – in collaborative and often ephemeral forms. For the first time, they are now brought together in one book and discussed contextually.

Their lives and works are activated by contemporary artists Ergül Cengiz(*1975) (3 Hamburger Frauen), Philipp Gufler (*1989), and Angela Stiegler(*1987) in a series of images and texts. Art theoretical and philosophical texts as well as voices of contemporaries provide insights into the diverse scenes of the eighties and reflect them for today.

The book is published by b_books in the context of the exhibition“Eccentric 80s”, which will be seen in Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg:

Lothringer 13 Halle, Lothringerstr. 13, 81667 München (8.9.2022–6.11.2022), Galerie Nord |Kunstverein Tiergarten, Turmstraße 75, 10551 Berlin (14.12.2022–4.2.2023),Kunsthaus Hamburg, Klosterwall 15, 20095 Hamburg (25.3.2023–21.5.2023)

Editors:
Burcu Dogramaci teaches art history at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
Ergül Cengiz is an artist and part of the group 3 Hamburger Frauen.
Philipp Gufler is an artist and member of Forum Queeres Archiv München.
Mareike Schwarz is an art researcher at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
Angela Stiegler is an artist and co-founder of K Hybrid and Opernkollektiv DIVA.