Gabriel Flückiger 

„People die of exposure“

Performance, 2020, 25min

Centre Pasquart, Biel/Bienne (Cantonale Berne Jura 19/20) 

Thanks to Gian Linder, Noah Liechti, Marina Klein, Lea Knutti (performance) and Philip Frowein (documentation).

"'people die of exposure' von Gabriel Flückigers (*1988) bezieht sich auf einen Satz von Bruce

Naumann, den dieser nach seiner ersten Einzelausstellung notierte. Die Performance

beginnt mit einer Lesung, die das Publikum aber schon bald mit allerlei Animationen in

ein Gruppenerlebnis einzubeziehen versucht. Nicht nur der Performer liefert sich den

Bertrachter*innen aus, sondern durch deren Integration sind auch sie dem Künstler

ausgesetzt. In dieser sozialen Interaktion kann das Individuum mit einer physischen und

psychischen Dimension von Unbeholfenheit und Verletzlichkeit konfrontiert werden." (Saaltext)

„War on Wealth“

Infiltration at Spear‘s Wealth-Forum, London, 2016

(together with Peter Tränkle, Tine Milz and Fabian Gutscher and Sean Devlin (YesMan/ YesLab) and Tashi Sotrug) 

Spear‘s Wealth Forum at One George Street is an annually gathering of international lawyers, NGO-fundraising-responsables and assett managers connecting and trying to make deals, deals for and with UHN-people (Ultra-High-Networth-People). Projects below 500‘000.- are smiled at. We infiltrated the setting with fake idenity, pretending to have inherited a lot of money or working for people with a lot of money. We tried to integrate a new discourse. A discourse of empathy, that we, when finishing business, would meditate. In the end there was a minute of silence: „Because the wealth is really threated“. 

Thanks to Adrian Notz (Cabaret Voltaire) and Hayat Erdogan.

 

"The New Agency" 

social interventions (together with Margit de Säde), 2016

The New Agency was founded to provide social interaction and interventions and the interim projects Haus #99 in Basel (co-curated by Beni Wyss). The agency’s main mission was "job-sculpting" - the art of matching artists and visitors of the house at Neuweilerstrasse 99 to obscure tasks that were to be carried out around the house or in the neighbourhood. Be it holding flags, rolling carpets, dismantling wardrobes, delivering messages, pulling strings or any other desired absurd labour - the work of the New Agency was both ironic and challenging, as well as honest and interactive. 

„Actually a clown should be here to help“

Performance, 2016, 19 min, ZHdK-MFA-DegreeShow (side program)

A clown wants to impress the audience. During setting his make-up, he was surprised by the arriving people, he puts himself under pressure, doing tricks for the people. But he soon turns away, "fuck you, I can entertain myself." As a sudden alternative a new role pops up: 'vision communication'. A seminar leader coaches the audience to speak speak frankly and open-hearted, initiates exercises, again and again he breaks in, turns away, begins to clean the windows. The insight towards the end: "I need you, you the audience, so nice that you are here. " A performance about needs of being on stage, the urge to train the audience in his role as audience and the intrusive rhetoric of authenticity.

„Meditation on pure gold (psychotropic gold refinement)

Performance, 2017, 90min,  African Studies Congress (University Basel) sowie Corner College (Zurich)

on behalf of knowbotiq (http://knowbotiq.net/psygold/) and their endeavour 'psyochotropic gold refinement'

'The Psychotropic Gold Refining' stimulates the body of participants at 7th European African Studies Conference with Golden Acupuncture, meditations on pure gold, and evaporations of Golden Viagra towards molecular and aphrodisiac transformations. In addition, a visual intervention in front of the large mosaic of Walter Eglin (1939 – 46) takes place on the façade of the Kollegienhauses of the Basel University. The on the mosaic visible boys were sent by their mothers out of the innocence of the Swiss landscape to university, in order to receive their philantropic initiation through knowledge and aesthetics. The intervention of knowbotiq – of which the mediation on pure gold was part of – affects the canonized incarnation, the “Mission” of male, white boys with the libidinal commodity trading of gold. 'Mediation on pure gold' was about performing and imagining healing in a historical context. 

„Welcome everybody. Welcome to dis–/connected. An ‚endless opening talk’“ 

Performance, 2016, Réunion Zurich 

The performance took place in the context of the exhibition "dis/connected: working relationships, Connecting Spaces Hong Kong - Zurich - 2013 - now". 

The opening speech reported on Connecting Spaces – a project context, exchange programme and exhibition space, which the ZHdK has been using for three years. The opening script reported about the strategy of the school, to act internationally, to develop new intercultural competences in of a globalized world and that the exhibition space will be located in a trendy, urban development relevant neighborhood. This official narrative the school - the text originated from an earlier storytelling workshop of the operators - became more and more intense in the course of the performance with a pompous, fervent,

and the pathetic role of a spokesman. The spokesmen touched his heart several times, stretched out his index finger dunnigly, repeatedly holding a bottle of champagne in the air, paused. While speaking, he hectically drank the bottle out, became

in the mixture with the nervousness quickly alcoholized, fluctuated, lost the text passage, dropped the leaves. Present, involved persons of the project were directly addressed and extremely emotional ("Patrick Müller [former director] what would

have been this project without you. Thank you so much."). He drove with a mobile podium across the room, stopped in front of a white wall, went confrontational close to the listener. He served champagne; in the speaker's imagination the mood in the room would have euphorized, an energy of liberated speaking and spread it out. The listeners remained calmly seated, a few smiled. "Contradictions, debates and provocations are welcome" was the title of a passage in the script.