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Kobby Adi – Canaries - Akademie - Kunsthalle Zürich

Kobby Adi – Canaries

Inauguration: 27 May, 2023, 3pm

For Backrooms, Kobby Adi presents Canaries, a project consisting of two works: no title, 2022–2023 and Birdsong, 2023.

no title is a silent 16mm film transferred to Medical Grade DVD (DVD for medical data maintenance). It has been loaned to Kunsthalle Zürich by the artist for an indefinite period of time and can be viewed on request in the basement of the building.

Birdsong consists of the sound of birdsong in the Voliere Gesellschaft Zürich aviary and bird sanctuary. This work is located off-site at Mythenquai 1, and will be live for an indefinite period of time.

no title, 2022–2023
Located at: Kunsthalle Zürich, basement, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich
Open: By appointment (request to backrooms [​at​] kunsthallezurich.ch)

Birdsong, 2023
Located at: Voliere Gesellschaft Zürich, Mythenquai 1, 8002 Zürich
Open: Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–12pm / 2pm–4pm

The format is generously supported by Else v. Sick Stiftung

Image: © swisstopo, public.geo.admin.ch



A whisper behind a hand, a hatched plan, an embarrassing slip of the tongue, unexpected inspiration: these happen in the gaps, corridors and brief interactions on the way to other activities. In these liminal spaces — places as well as states — emerge zones of reverie with a psychological and social threshold character. They are marginal areas of ambiguous limbo where back doors are left open and free spaces unconstrained, thus generating potential for experimentation as well as for failure. 

Under the title Backrooms, a programme of events, readings, performances, screenings, concerts and other artistic formats will take place, organised by Otto Bonnen. The Löwenbräukunst offers various architectural and social spaces that Backrooms will engage with. Hidden, unoccupied spaces and informal break out rooms provide physical and structural spaces as well as collaborations that go beyond our walls with collectives or extra-institutional locations.

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