We're happy to take part in this. If you're in Zurich this week, check out Pablo Leon De La Barra's MICROCLIMA ZURICH TROPICAL opening this Saturday 14th January at Kunsthalle Zurich including our piece 'O Bandido'
HUMAN VALLEY – The other side of contemporary history presents:
SPRING: MICROCLIMA ZURICH TROPICAL
Experimento Improvisacional by Pablo León de la Barra
28 January – 9 April 2012
Opening: Saturday, 14 January 2012, 5–8 pm
with canapés and cocktails by David Waddington and Tom Collins / Bistrotheque, London
Human Valley is a space at Kunsthalle Zurich for the presentation of borderline topics created by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera especially for the rooms on the ground floor of Museum Bärengasse. After the chapters «Balzac Nouvelle Vague» by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera, «l’amour en e majeur» a proposition by Heike-Karin Föll, Jean-Michel Wicker and Gregorio Magnani and «The Money Plot» by Egija Inzule, Tobias Kaspar and Hannes Loichinger, Human Valley opens its fourth chapter with a presentation by Pablo León de la Barra.
Freely inspired by Honoré de Balzac’s imaginary journey from Paris to Java (Voyage de Paris à Java, 1832), «Microclima Zurich Tropical» presents real and imagined journeys into the tropics and other jungles. Microclima proposes an immersion into a different Microclimate, and with it shifting points of references and giving visibility to narratives produced in other climates and geographies.
MICROCLIMA ZURICH TROPICAL is salon with works by Ana Roldán, Alejandro Cesarco, Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves, Julia Rometti and Victor Costales, Radames ‘Juni’ Figueroa, Tetine, and others. MICROCLIMA ZURICH TROPICAL also includes a library and a cine club.
BIBLIOTECA AMAZONICA is an attempt to build a library with publications and posters by Irene Kopelman, Mariana Castillo Deball, Martha Hellion, Sophie Nys, Priscila Gonzaga, Leonor Antunes, Cassia Tabatini, Cecilia Palmeiro, Fabio Morais, Alexander Apostol, Jean Michel Wicker, Inti Guerrero, Miguel Calderon, Andre Romao, Ricardo Domeneck, Ediciones del Exotismo Ordinario Internacional, Alias Editorial, and others…
IF YOU THINK YOUR PUBLICATIONS COULD BE PART OF THE LIBRARY, PLEASE CONTACT US!
BIBLIOTECA AMAZONICA is inspired by Mantilla and Chaves’ research into the amazonic libraries of Iquitos in Peru (“In the jungle there is a city, in this city there is a library, and in that library is the jungle”) and in Dominique Gonzalez –Foerster’s investigation on the future of books (“is it possible to expand this library, and if so, how can it be done in a completely different way?”) and the relationship between text, space and climate as explored in her exhibition Chronotopes and Dioramas, at Dia Art Foundation/Hispanic Society of America in 2010.
CINE CLUB DE LOS TROPICOS is a changing programme of artists’ films which although have no direct relationship to Balzac, explore realistic narratives, present panoramic portraits of different aspects of society, and share the Balzacian ambition of creating fictions (and realities) as big as life. Artist films in the programme include amongst others: Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves, An Uncomfortable Eagerness, 2011, about their research done in the Amazonian Libraries of Iquitos; Javier Bosques, The Splinter from the Tree, 2007, a personal portrait of the artist’s family life and history; Silvan Kälin, Lagoa do Ouro, 2008, a telenovela (soapopera) presenting a micro cosmos of the real life dramas of a small village of Pernambuco, Brazil…
IF YOU THINK YOUR FILM COULD BE SHOWN AS PART OF THE CINE CLUB DE LOS TROPICOS, PLEASE CONTACT US!
In the course of the exhibition the presentation will grow over the space – works and books will be added, the film program extended. MICROCLIMA ZURICH TROPICAL also celebrates Balzac’s attempt to create his own microclimate, a failed attempt to transform the land around his house in Paris into a pineapple farm.
The stationary used by Marcel Broodthaers for his fictional Musée d’art Moderne in 1969, was replicated by Alejandro Cesarco in 2008 and used to print the press release.
Pablo León de la Barra thanks architect Douglas Stewart for collaborating on thinking the idea of the Microclimate, developed one night at a night club in London’s East End, where they identified (and later decided to join) a group of men dancing without shirt and creating their own microclimate in London’s cold winter weather.
Kunsthalle Zürich thanks: Präsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich, LUMA Foundation
Pablo Leon de la Barra is a thinker and an exhibition maker http://centrefortheaestheticrevolution.blogspot.com
Please consult the latest information on the websites www.kunsthallezurich.ch and www.humanvalley.ch
Guided public tours (in German):
SUNDAY TOURS, 2 pm: 5.2. (Niels Olsen) / 19.2. (Rahel Blättler) / 18.3. (NO) / 8.4. (NO)
LUNCHTIME TOURS, Wednesday, 12.30 pm: 15.2. (RB) / 7.3. (RB) / 28.3. (RB)
EVENING TOURS, Thursday, 6.30 pm: 23.2. (NO) / 15.3. (NO) / 5.4. (NO)
TUE/WED/FRI 12 – 6 PM, THUR 12 – 8 PM, SAT/SUN 11 AM – 5 PM, MO CLOSED
HOLIDAYS: MAUDY THURSDAY 12 – 8 PM, GOOD FRIDAY CLOSED, EASTER SUNDAY & MONDAY 11 AM – 5 PM
Our education and tour program is supported by Swiss Re
Further information and images are available on request by telephone +41 44 272 15 15 or email email@example.com.