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Nicole Bachmann, I Say, 2017
Nicole Bachmann, I Say, 2017


by Nicole Bachmann

Performances on Saturday, 13 and 20 January 2018, 5pm; 6pm and 7pm

Nicole Bachmann's Personare is performed by Anna Procter and Patricia Langa. 

Dance choreography by Patricia Langa.

Continuing the ideas set out in the series of exhibitions and events at Tenderpixel under the title of Unknown Tongues (autumn 2017– spring 2018), this performance examines the relationship between language, voice and power. Negotiating the materiality of speech and gestures, it investigates the power of the disembodied voice and it's relationship to another body and finds agency in this relationality. The piece deals with questions around the constitution of subjectivity, and becoming through language an active agent both in a political or civil sense.

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Nicole Bachmann (b 1978, Zurich Switzerland) is based in London and Zurich. After graduating from Zurich University of the Arts, she completed an MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2010. In her practice Nicole Bachmann explores ways of knowledge production through the use of the voice, language, movement and rhythm, and how can they be activated by the individual to make oneself heard and used as an agent for social and political change.

A selection of solo and group exhibitions includes Block Universe, Performance Art Festival, London, UK; London meets Altdorf, Haus für Kunst, Uri, Switzerland; YOU, Helmhaus Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; I Say, Corner College, Zurich, CH (solo presentation) (all 2017); Historical Exhibition: Sites under construction, co-curated by Francesca Gavin, Manifesta 11, Zurich, CH; Performance, Haus der Zünfte, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, CH; L*, a project by Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Darling Foundation, Montreal, CA; Take One/Take Two/Take Three, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (all 2016); DOings & kNOTs / Tegevus-sõlmed, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia Rhythm of Thought, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Look Live, Performance, ICA, London, UK; Control / Shift / Plus, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, CH; Werkstipendien, Helmhaus, Zurich, CH (all 2015); Objective Considerations, MOT International Project Space, London, UK; Say it in words, Coleman Project  Space, London, UK; Performance as Publishing presents: The flow between the thing and the word, Modern Art Oxford, UK; Performance as Publishing, New York Art Book Fair, with Classroom curated by David Senior, PS1, NY, US; Swiss Art Awards, Basel, CH Aus dem OFF, curated by Patricia Bianchi, Winterthur, CH (all 2014); Disappearing Into One, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (2013); Performance as Publishing, Kunsthalle Basel, CH (2012); Ha, around the corner of one eye, Perla Mode, Zurich, CH (solo presentation) (2011).

Her recent awards include Werkbeitrag, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Winner Werkstipendium (Art Prize) City of Zurich, CH; and Art Prize 2008, Nationale Suisse, Basel, CH;  she has been awarded a number of residencies including Residency at LUX, London and Residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop both with Ruth Beale and the Escalator program atWysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK. And several project grants by various foundations and Arts Council England and Swiss Arts Council.

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We are grateful for the support of Pro Helvetia.