translocal hi:stories of performance art

translocal hi:stories of performance art
8 June – 21 August 2022
An exhibition project by Revolving Histories/Performance Chronik Basel and Museum Tinguely

All summer long, Museum Tinguely will be celebrating performance art in the show BANG BANG - translocal hi:stories of performance art. At the heart of this process-oriented exhibition is the Swiss performance scene, its players, and its networks, although the programme will be international in character.

The incredibly rich history of the medium will be presented in a unique kaleidoscope of video installations, performances, photos, and texts. BANG BANG will chart the development of performance art and redraw the contours of this constantly changing discipline. As a festival of performance art, BANG BANG is subdivided into seven thematic chapters, which on seven weekends will combine live performances, discussions, and presentations involving audiences, artists, scholars, and the museum. Whether spectacular or low-key, BANG BANG promises to be an unforgettable live experience at Museum Tinguely and the surrounding Solitude Park.


Sarina Scheidegger, Collaborating Waters


In the course of the summer, three artistic positions will be shown in their own exhibition spaces in the area of the main exhibition, alternating on a monthly basis:
Porte Rouge | Joa Iselin, Christoph Ranzenhofer
Sarina Scheidegger, Participants: Jimena Croceri, Ariane Koch, Kambiz Shafei, Alexandra Stähli, Anina Ung and Stingray Editions
Angela Marzullo (curated by Sarah Zürcher)

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Esben Weile Kjær, Performance Still, Hardcore Freedom, 2021; Photo: Simon Veres

Esben Weile Kjær, Performance Still, Hardcore Freedom, 2021; Photo: Simon Veres


Based on the seven thematic fields, different questions regarding performance art are explored with introductions, curated video programmes, live performances, lectures and talks.
Friday: introductions and video programme
Saturday: live performances
Sunday: talks

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Seven thematic chapters

Seven themes are explored with the performance festival BANG BANG in different moments and chapters as well as in different exhibition formats. Each of these thematic chapters thus forms a framework for the exhibition in its own way, but is by no means a tight corset. Essentially, they trace the rhizome-like contours of an elusive practice.

Revolving Histories | Performance Chronik Basel

Performance Chronik Basel is a collaborative network which has been studying performance art by the oral history method since 2006. That was when it charted its first map of performance art in Basel, which was enlarged in 2014. Its collective interviews and wide-ranging material research have also yielded a website as well as two book publications. Performance Chronik Basel is currently the sponsor behind Revolving Histories, a collaborative research project on performance art in Switzerland from its inception to the present. Revolving Histories engages in anti-hegemonial research work, re-compiles sources and source documents, and undertook the conception and realisation of BANG BANG - translocal hi:stories of performance art, an exhibition project at Museum Tinguely that is to be followed by a major publication on the subject.
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Collaboration partners

Centre Pompidou
Bureau des heures invisibles
Existenz und Produkt | das Verlagswesen für Künstlerinnen*
HSLU, Master Fine Arts, Berufsfeldpraxis | Lena Eriksson
HSLU, Networking Performance Art Histories | Sabine Gebhardt Fink
HKB, Master of Arts, Contemporary Arts Practice | Valerian Maly
info-age GmbH | Jürgen Enge
Lumpen Station | Andrea Marioni, Mathilde Beetschen, Ivan Chrichton, Luke Archer who writes his_tory & Guter Grund
Mediathek HGK FHNW | Tabea Lurk
New Carlsberg Foundation
PANCH – Performance Art Netzwerk CH | Soziale Eleganz
Wikimedia CH

Media cooperation:
arte, Basler Zeitung, Frida

Performance Chronik Basel is funded by:
Aargauer Kuratorium Kanton Aargau, Abteilung Kultur Basel-Stadt (Kulturvermittlung), Christoph Merian Stiftung, DQ Solutions, Erna und Curt Burgauer Stiftung, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Kultur Stadt Bern, Kulturstiftung des Kantons Thurgau, Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Pro Helvetia, SOkultur (Swisslos Fonds des Kantons Solothurn), Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Stiftung Corymbo, Stiftung für fliessenden Kunstverkehr, Swisslos Basel-Land, Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Stadt, Swisslos – Kultur Kanton Bern

Museum Tinguely is a cultural commitment of Roche

Project team
of BANG BANG - translocal hi:stories of performance art
An exhibition project by Revolving Histories/Performance Chronik Basel and Museum Tinguely

Verein Performance Chronik Basel:
Lena Eriksson, Muda Mathis, Chris Regn, Andrea Saemann

Museum Tinguely:
Séverine Fromaigeat, curator (focus international programme)

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