press release

"Fun & Fury!"
September 1–December 19, 2017
Opening: September 1, 6–9pm, Learn to Fuck Yourself & Cyclops
Night of Performances: September 2, 7:30pm

On the first weekend in September we inaugurate our new program "Fun & Fury!." For this event, Carlos Amorales changes the interior of Cabaret Voltaire with Learn to Fuck Yourself gouaches and presents the performance Cyclops on September 1, 2017. On September 2, musician Philipp Cron, performer Michelangelo Miccolis, dramaturg Hayat Erdoğan and artist Søren Berner, curate a night of performances. From then onwards "Fun & Fury!" stages a performance every Tuesday during the autumn season.

Exhibition: Learn to Fuck Yourself by Carlos Amorales
Carlos Amorales created new drawings to change the appearance of Cabaret Voltaire. These huge gouache drawings will cover all the walls of the medieval house, that was first mentioned in the books shortly after Dante Alighieri wrote his Divine Comedy. The vulgar drawings do not just comment on today’s medieval style of our time, but also boldly challenge the artistic performances, the daily consumption and the social interaction happening in Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of Dada and elsewhere. With Learn to Fuck Yourself, Amorales therefore creates a performative installation that produces a new visionary utopia by occupying and mutilating the whole of this historically meaningful place.

Performance program: Theater of Sound / Thus I Spoke / Word Up! / Performance 4 Evenings With "Fun & Fury!" we are investigating the recent performance trend, looking at Cabaret Voltaire’s position in the history of performance art and exploring what the meaning of performance in art entails and what potential it holds.

Cabaret Voltaire invited a team of curators to assess, investigate and present performance art from four different angles. They program performances by artists and philosophers every Tuesday evening from September to December 2017 as well as from February until May 2018.

Musician and composer of contemporary electronic music Philipp Cron opens his Theater of Sound with Jimena Cugat & Annie Rüfenacht, Emre Sarigöl & Sally Schonfeldt, Juice & Rispetta, The Kill Joys and Leo Hofmann to emphasis on a young scene, which interacts on the juncture of sound and performance. Performer and performance producer Michelangelo Miccolis opens with Thus I Spoke with Dora García, Krõõt Juurak, Cally Spooner, Christodoulos Panayiotou & Jean Capeille and Adriana Lara a perspective from the international contemporary performance art scene and their current discourse. Dramaturg Hayat Erdoğan is a lecturer of Performing Theory & Arts in Context at Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. Her program Word Up! with Mathias Ringgenberg aka PRICE, Jacques Rancière, Daniel Oliver and James Massiah presents performance from the view of theatre, philosophy and literature. Danish performance artist Søren Berners’ program Performance 4 Evenings with Ruth Beale, Christian Falsnaes and Kristoffer Akselbo investigates with a focus on participative, actionist and activist forms the "social." In the crypt of Cabaret Voltaire, Swiss artist Kerim Seiler is constructing a stage for the performances.

Advisory Board
Cabaret Voltaire invited international artists, critics and curators to advise, support and challenge the "Fun & Fury!" undertaking with their own perception, knowledge and questions. The members of this advisory board are Stephane Ackermann (France), Carlos Amorales (Mexico), Diana d’Arenberg (Hong Kong), Nabil Canaan (Lebanon), Yann Chateigné (Switzerland), Dora García (Spain), Raimundas Malašauskas (Lithuania), Chantal Pontbriand (Canada), Alya Sebti (Morocco) and Una Szeemann (Switzerland).

The "Spa of the World" Artists' Residency: Our artists, performers, philosopher and advisory board members will be residing at Hotel Ambassador à l'Opéra, Greulich Design & Lifestyle Hotel, Hotel Marktgasse, Hotel Opéra, Hotel Platzhirsch, Hotel Schweizerhof, Hotel Storchen and 25hours Hotel in Zurich, the Spa of the World.

With/ by Carlos Amorales (Mexico), Philippe Eustachon (France), Enrique Arriaga (Mexico), Kerim Seiler (Switzerland), Dora Garcìa (Spain), PRICE aka Mathias Ringgenberg (Switzerland), Søren Berner (Denmark), Jimena Cugat (Switzerland), Annie Rüfenacht (Switzerland), Krõõt Juurak (Estonia), Ruth Beale (UK), Emre Sarigöl (Turkey), Sally Schönfeldt (Australia), Christian Falsnaes (Denmark), Cally Spooner (UK), Jacques Rancière (France), Juice & Rispetta, Kristoffer Akselbo (Denmark), The Kill Joys aka Olivia Hyunsin Kim (South Korea) & Magda Drozd (Poland), Daniel Oliver (UK), Christodoulos Panayiotou (Cyprus), Jean Capeille (France), Leo Hofmann (Switzerland), James Massiah (UK) and Adriana Lara (Mexico)

Curated by Philipp Cron (Switzerland), Michelangelo Miccolis (Italy), Hayat Erdoğan (Germany) and Søren Berner (Denmark)