Biel/Bienne Switzerland, City Space
21/08 - 22/08/2015
In the police authorized Body and Freedom Festival, Thomas Zollinger presented the new piece "Naked Audience", in which about 20 naked people were involved by watching the dressed passers-by-flow. He was engaged in the realization of two other participative projects, "Procession of the Naked II" and "Human Installation II".
Thomas Zollinger (*1952) is initiator and curator of Body and Freedom Festival. He lives and works in Biel and Zurich, Switzerland. His conceptual work involves minimal art performances of standing and slow walking. Beginning in 1991 with Ritual Theatre, he has progressively elaborated his idea of participative performances in durational projects such as the „12th months performance“ in which he ritualized elementary human actions (1998/1999) or the prolonged 3-years-performance CH LOVES ART (1998-2001), concerning the requirements of artist’s existence in Switzerland. His focus lies on the absence of objects, materials, requisits and the use of nothing beyond human presence. During his „expedition.02“ from Strasbourg F to Sion CH (2002) he was physically walking along the language borders of these areas and in the following years he has created and varied many walking and standing projects. His work has been shown in cities such as Linz (European Capital of Culture), Murcia (Manifesta8), Biennial of Lanzarote and public spaces throughout Europe (Istanbul, Bodrum, Tromsö, Dresden, Feldkirch). Since 2008 he realizes naked performances (solo / group) in urban space, for example „Naked Ufo“ with 18 participants as an off-project to the Swiss sulpture exhibition (2009) and the „Naked Art Walk“ Zurich (2012), recently the „Naked Slow Walk“ in the „Zagreb I love you Festival“ (2014). It was shown in the Croatia TV and there were short reports in online-medias all over Europe.
Curator of the festival: Thomas Zollinger
Camera: Adrian Scherzinger