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OPEN CALL: LÖWENBRÄU LEBT! - Akademie - Kunsthalle Zürich


Open Call

Löwenbräu lebt! Bruch / Break
Performance Night, December 14, 2018, 7PM

Breaks can be expressed in many ways. A break down describes something collapsing or falling apart. In German, a departure or a time of change are called “Aufbruch”. New achievements and inventions are referred to as breakthroughs. You can break the law or a code or someone’s will. And at times, breaking up and taking a break can be the same.

How can art react to all these breaks? Should art break with a polarized society and complicate things? In which ways can we break out nowadays? Superficial masks and covers can break; pop stars like Kanye West talk openly about their fragile, breakable facades. Artists stage and embody (their) brokenness, trying to find the right words to express themselves; Kanye describes his mental breakdown as a “breakthrough”.

All these variations show us how diverse – how playful, symbolic or metaphorical – the term „break“ can be. At Löwenbräukunst-Areal there will soon be a physical breakthrough from Limmatstrasse 268 to 270: a break that creates a passage within the building and makes room for a new restaurant. The house will integrate into the neighborhood that has been on the move for several years.

We are looking for artistic projects by solo artists or groups who want to activate the public space in and around Löwenbräukunst-Areal for one night. Submit your ideas and projects inspired by the topic “Bruch / Break”.

This call for proposals goes out to artists of all disciplines. The proposals may encompass short, long, site-specific, existing or newly developed performances or interdisciplinary projects. We want to see ideas that reflect the set topic “Bruch / Break” and the location. They should be organized independently. Sketches and photos of the locations are attached here.

The compensation for each performance is a blanket sum of CHF 1’000 (meant to include all fees and expenses, as well as all self-organized technical equipment).

The jury consists of two representatives of Kunsthalle Zürich and several external experts.

Appilcation requirements:

  • Electronic application (PDF or video) in German or English, maximal 5MB size
  • Description of the proposal in no more than 5’000 characters or 3 mins. Please detail idea, duration, preferred location for performance (in our around Limmatstrasse 270, only public spaces), and technical implementation.
  • Photo, video or sketch; maximum 10 images
  • CV in maximum 500 characters
  • No catalogues

Incomplete application documents are not considered and lead to exclusion.

Application deadline: September 20, 2018 to lebt [​at​] kunsthallezurich.ch
Communication of decision after October 1, 2018

We look forward to your ideas and projects.

Michelle Akanji, Daniel Baumann, Lily-Pauline Koper und Oliver Roth

This event is organized by Kunsthalle Zürich with the generous support of Löwenbräu-Kunst AG and LUMA Foundation.