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Benjamin Egger is an artist and artistic researcher based in Switzerland with a focus on the animal and amateurism.

Night vision shot of a stray puppy, Zemo Nikozi, Giorgia, 2017.

dogs

DOGS is a research project started in 2017. It examines different approaches to the co-existence with dogs. Looking at various ways of living together with dogs in diverse geographical contexts the project furthermore looks at the personal transformation of Farok – a Belgian shepherd, who was never socialised with other dogs – and Benjamin Egger. It documents the development of their relationship and the varied approaches of the consulted experts during the process of socialization.

Stray dog, Zemo Nikozi, Giorgia, 2017.

 

Farok (Benjamin Egger’s companion-dog since April 2017), Zürich, 2017

 

Tracking data, Left: Farok at 20 March 2018, Zurich, Right: Black and white female, Kitchen group at 4 October 2017, Zemo Nikozi, Giorgia,

 

First encounter of Farok with the dogs of Urs Baschung, Welschenrohr, 2017

An der Grenze zur Andersartigkeit

The essay «AN DER GRENZE ZUR ANDERSARTIGKEIT – MÖGLICHKEITEN EINER SPEZIESÜBERGREIFENDEN KOMMUNIKATION» [At the Border to Otherness – The Potential of Cross-Species Communication] is published in the book ent/grenzen – Künstlerische und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Grenzräume, Migration und Ungleichheit [un/bordered – artistic perspectives on border areas, migration and inequality] and elaborates on the potential of a cross-species communication on the base of practical experiences with animals.

Benjamin Egger on a pony, 1989

Inherent Crossing

INHERENT CROSSING is a research project that started in 2012 and was published online: inherent-crossing.net in 2017. It investigates the self-motivated handling of painting implements among the sixteen chimpanzees of the Walter Zoo Gossau.

Mojo, Gossau, Switzerland, 2015

 

Installation view, Museum of Anthropology, Zurich, April 2016 until April 2017

 

Symposium, Art an Evolutionary Approach, University of Zurich, 2016

 

Installation view, Day of Research, Zurich University of the Arts, 2015

 

Manifestation by Blacky, Gossau, Switzerland, 2014

CARELESS DEVOTION

CARELESS DEVOTION is a workshop format that explores the qualities as well as the subversive and political potential of amateurism. On the base of practical experiences the participants reflect on qualities such as devotion, embarrassment or vulnerability and discuss the potential of amateurism as an aesthetic approach. The workshops are held at the Zurich University of the Arts and are conceived by Marcel Bleuler and Benjamin Egger.

Karaoke session, Zurich, 2017.

WOFF

WOFF is a party-series that considers party as a collective space of playful disorientation. Invented by Benjamin Egger for the non-profit artspaces of Zurich and, since the third edition, organized in collaboration with Gregory Hari, the parties take place in a playfully decorated environment and each time focus on a particular theme.

Benjamin Egger, Esther Kempf and Gregory Hari at WOFFWOFFWOFFWOFFWOFFWOFF – The Crucifiction, blossom, Zurich, Good Friday, 30 March 2018

 

WOFF, Performance by Thomas Egger, Provitreff, Zurich, 28 February 2015

 

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