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Charlotte Hug Studio Residency: Navigating the Unknown in Between

Charlotte Hug Studio Residency in China

Project title: Navigating the Unknown in Between, Son-Icons – Visual Sounds from Europe and China
Residency duration: March 2 to May 23, 2017
Partner organization: China Academy of Art (CAA), Hangzhou
Supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council

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During her three-month artist residency in Shanghai and Hangzhou, Swiss inter-media artist and musician Charlotte Hug will create new Son-Icons inspired by her research in Chinese Calligraphy, artistic encounters with masters of Calligraphy, Chinese musicians, dancers and artists. She also records sounds which are surrounding her in Shanghai and Hangzhou. She draws with both hands and the pencils dance in the rhythm and pulsation of the visually uncharted territories.

Charlotte brings her art installation “Son-Icons – Visual Sounds” from Europe, which shows sound drawings. The installation celebrates the transitions between land and water, day and night, life and death, as well as the transitions into the apparently impossible.

In the exhibition at the CAA, Charlotte will juxtapose the drawings from Europe and the new Son-Icons created in China. During her solo live-performance at the opening she navigates musically with voice and viola in the unknown space in between. The musical result will, however, always be sustained and imbued by the inner rigour or the sensuous pull of the formal language of the Son-Icons created in Europa as well as in China. The intervals between the cultures offer new spaces for thought and creativity.

Charlotte performing to full-house audience at Yuan Fang Bookstore, Shanghai

Charlotte’s first approach with temporary calligraphy at Xiangyang Park, Shanghai


Charlotte Hug reinvented viola with her “soft bow” technique. Her specialty is a blend of viola and vocals using high falsetto, vibrating glottal sounds, multiphonics and language like articulation. She seeks to develop instrumental and vocal techniques to their fullest extent,
 which has resulted in an unmistakable and unique tonal language. Alongside her activities as a visual artist in international exhibitions, her sound-drawings: “Son-Icons” have found global recognition. Charlotte is also fully active as a concert performer, soloist, composer & conductor of her own works at major festivals in Europe, USA & Canada. She has won the research residency from Pro Helvetia in South Africa in 2014.

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