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Thomas Zollinger
Naked Projects since 2007
Artist Body in Urban Space
Minimal Performances
Walking Projects since 1997
CH Loves Art 1998-2001
Ritual Theatre since 1993

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BODY AND FREEDOM
Naked Performing in Urban Space

Biel Switzerland City Space
Aug 21/22, 2015

On stage in theatres and in art galleries of today the Naked Body as an instrument or medium of artistic expression has become commonplace. Not so in public city environments where encounters remain seldom or rare. Regarding "in public" acceptance, the naked body in urban space, now as before, is subject to being either fined or banned as experiences in Biel, Zagreb, San Francisco, Barcelona and England have recently shown.

The Naked Performance Festival determines to initiate a change. It aims to explore the possibilities of the naked body in urban space and everyday situational life thereby contributing to its establishment in this context as an instrument of art expression. It will take place in the centre of Biel Switzerland. The naked performances will be localized within the pedestrian zone of the inner city, with police authorization.

We are looking for projects working with naked bodies in a comprehensive way whereby pedestrian circulation, the architectural environment and ground- area surface features are also an integral part. Effects on public, media and society should likewise be reflected upon, in this way enabling conceptual projects to be brought into focus for artists wishing to exhibit works involving the immediate presence of the naked body and thereby utilizing public space as a platform for interaction and statement. The exposure and the vulnerability of the naked body and also its strength and charisma should be visualized within the tensional interplay of civilized urbanity and raw nature.After 6 p.m. indoor performances.

Further informations / proposals: info@ritualtheater.ch (Thomas Zollinger)
Free overnight (bring sleeping bag), Low cost accomodation lakeside

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