Workshop HOW TO ACT LIKE AN ANIMAL by Rachel Mayeri

DISPLAYING HUMANS

Curatorial Project | Corner College | Zurich | 5th until 26th of June 2015

DISPLAYING HUMANS emerges questions about the human body awareness in relation to the cultural construction of the animal. The capability of the animal to use its body in the heat of the moment is thought through the human concept of authenticity. There is no return to the animal – just a never-have-been-here.

With: Elisa Foster, Janette Barber, Mariana Matveichuk/Larissa Venediktova, Mike The Intern, Maccadole, Rachel Mayeri, LadyLila12, Séverine Urwyler and Trevor Yeung

Curated by Benjamin Egger


Exhibition Views


Works

Mike the Intern - What my dog does when I leave
Mike the Intern - What my dog does when I leave.
Elisa Foster - From Muscle to Mimic
Elisa Foster - From Muscle to Mimic
LadyLila12 - [#3] Wie tanzt man richtig in der Disco?
Séverine Urwyler - Intopia
Séverine Urwyler - Intopia
Séverine Urwyler - Intopia
Maccadole - Pre: Deathly Hallows Part 2 - AAH!
Janette Barber - Cat bites and crutches
Mariana Matveichuk/Larisa Venediktova - Why is culture improtant?

Séverine Urwyler - Intopia, 2015

The installation Intopia is a research about the acoustic perception of the body. Using crickets as representatives for beings perceiving their environment through vibrations, Intopia let the visitors dive into its bodily experience.

Elisa Forster - From Muscle to Mimic , 2015

The multipart body of work From Muscle to Mimic is illustrating the relational links between muscles and mimic using Orang-utans as an example. The work is examining the translation of the muscle strands, that are close to the ones of humans, into their potential meaning in a social context.

LadyLila12 - [#3] Wie tanzt man richtig in der Disco?, 2013

[#3] Wie tanzt man richtig in der Disco? is giving us advices on how we should dance in a disco. LadyLila12 is trying to explain something that is not possible to put into words using her own observations and experiences as examples: To simply dance on the music.

Mike The Intern - What my dog does when I leave., 2014

Mike the Intern was putting a GoPro-camera on his dogs neck to find out what he was doing while he was away. The three minutes and 46 seconds long video went viral and the comment-area became the battlefield for negotiating the relation between animals and humans in general.

Maccadole - Pre: Deathly Hallows Part 2 - AAH!, 2011

Maccadole is explaining in her video Pre: Deathly Hallows Part 2 - AAH! her own way on how to deal with the release of the last part of the Harry Potter movie series. Using the process of shooting the video as a tool, she’s putting the aesthetics of her video and the conditions of shooting it into a direct relation with her wish to communicate something she can’t put into words.

Mariana Matveichuk/Larisa Venediktova - Why is culture improtant?, 2015

Using conversation as an artistic instrument the two Ukrainian artists use Facebook as a tool to include a certain public too. After Maidan and the (pro-) Russian invasion of the Ukraine there are basic questions about the human condition to be asked.

Janette Barber- Cat bites and crutches, 2011

In her work Janette Barber is explaining how it happened that her husband has bites on his leg. With a bunch of self-mockery she’s welcoming the audience to be part of her harmonious world, which includes – the sometimes very aggressive – pets she is loving so much.


Workshop: How to Act Like an Animal by Rachel Mayeri

This performative workshop explores primate communication and social organization and leads to a videotaped wildlife film, part of the Primate Cinema series. Participants will watch videos of animal behavior in the wild, learning how apes act, move, vocalize, and express their feelings. We'll try physical theatre techniques and improvise in chimpanzee and bonobo acting exercises.


Intopia – Concert by Séverine Urwyler

The installation Intopia is a research about the acoustic perception of the body. Using crickets as representatives for beings perceiving their environment through vibrations, Intopia let the visitors dive into its bodily experience. The concert of Intopia is about forty-five minutes long and an acoustic experience using exciter-microphones attached on the visitors’ body to generate vibration-based sounds caused and inspired by the crickets.


Presentation by Rachel Mayeri



Rachel Mayeri is a Los Angeles-based media artist working at the intersection of science and art. Her projects explore topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. Her videos and installations have shown at Sundance, Berlinale, Documenta 13, Ars Electronica, The Getty Museum, and MoMA PS1.

More informations about Rachel Mayeri: rachelmayeri.com

Presentation by Trevor Yeung



Trevor Yeung is a Hong Kong based artist born in Guangdong. He graduated 2010 from the Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU in Hong Kong and currently lives and works in Hong Kong. At present he’s researching on pet animal and the legal situation of animals in art spaces. His works were shown among other places at the Art Basel Hong Kong, Para Site in Hong Kong or at the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing.

More informations about Trevor Yeung: trevoryeung.net