Elephant #9

Winter 2011-12

We discover what happens when historical craft meets modernity, as the tradition of embroidery finds a place in contemporary art. Lauren DiCocco says she feels ‘part of a community’ because of her medium, while Melissa Zexters says it allows her to adjust photos and memories. We discover the two views of Zurich: that it is not typical of Switzerland, and that Switzerland is not typical of Zurich. To investigate, we trekked to the Kreis 5 and Kreis 4 districts – areas that could have been conceived by Dada. From Elodie Pong to Ante Timmermans, we (literally) hunted down the city’s most intriguing artists. We also pit-stopped in China to speak with Chen Nong (whose art is a self-proclaimed ‘carnival’) and at East London studio APFEL, which is striving to stay small. Meanwhile, analogue meets the modern day at Viktor Timofeev’s Manhattan office. Finally, we made our way to Chris Burden’s Tpoanga Canyon studio, where he reflects on the 1970s, performance and daring to break the law.

Part 1: Open Files

Rik Smits, Trevor Guthrie, Ai Weiwei, Julião Sarmento, Sergej Jensen, Sanya Kantarovsky, Steff Loewenbaum, David Lieske, Clare Woods, Santiago Sierra, Margherita Manzelli

Part 2: Studio Visits
Anna Bjerger: A Long Glimpse
Hell’O Monsters: Six-Handed
Micah Lidberg: Feast and Famine
Deanne Cheuk: Before and After Six
Ruggero Maramotti: A Visual Journal
Hiro Kurata: Bats & Brushes

Part 3: Research
Art & Craft: An Embroidered Web – the use of embroidery in contemporary art
Featuring Maurizio Anzeri, Lauren DiCioccio, Maria Ikonomopoulou, Inge Jacobsen, Shaun Kardinal, Stacey Page, Ehren Elizabeth Reed, Hinke Schreuders, Berend Strik, Melissa Zexter

Part 4: Meetings
Benjamin Rubloff: Space of Engagement, by Katya Tylevich
Ryan Gander: A Wicked Game of Cards, by Richard Kendrick
Apfel: Every Extraordinary Day, by Astrid Stavro
Viktor Timofeev: World Making, by Natasha Hoare
Chris Burden: Closely Observed Collisions, by Katya Tylevich

Part 5: Making
Chen Nong: The Mirror of History, by Anna Ibarra

Part 6: Destinations: Zurich
Featuring interviews and work by:
Bettina Carl
Ante Timmermans
Elodie Pong
Sabina Baumann
Andres Lutz & Anders Guggisberg
Corinne Güdeman
Christian Vetter