August, 2020 — Literature, Visual Arts
Nationality: Switzerland (and Hungary)
Residency location: Shanghai
Partner organization: TBD
The writer and publicist Bettina Spoerri, and the photographer and video producer Miklós Klaus Rózsa will come for one month to Shanghai in 2020 to make a research for their multimedia project «Anna in Shanghai». This project is on the first level a novel – written by writer Bettina Spoerri – in which one of the protagonists, an art curator, lives in Shanghai, on the second level it is an online project in the form of a multimedia website with pictures, videos, texts, combined with interactive possibilities.
Bettina Spoerri and Miklós Klaus Rózsa, both based in Zurich, began to work together in early 2018 with different projects which combine literary texts and photography, videos, events, and multimedia. Their publication «Zürich – Abseits der Pfade» (Vienna, 2019) on off spaces in the Swiss town of Zurich brings together texts and photographs. The book is accompanied by the website www.localstories.ch, where the artists work with observations and experiences made in selected other spaces and cities, like Budapest, and Tel Aviv. Another project is the dialogue between short stories and photographs about the life of people in Tel Aviv. The question how culture spaces in towns are shaped, defined, gentrified or changed, stands in the centre of their research and artistic reflections.
Born in Zurich in 1968, studied at Zurich University, with studies abroad in Berlin, Paris, London, and Jerusalem. Since the 1990s, she works as independent writer as well as curator, moderator, as well as lecturer at different universities. Artist residencies since 2004, in Scuol (CH), Berlin (D), Krems (A), Pécs (HU). Published novels: «Konzert für die Unerschrockenen» / «Herzvirus» (both: Braumüller, Vienna 2013/ 2016).
Miklós Klaus Rózsa
Born in Budapest in 1954, from where his parents flew with him in 1956 to the west. Since 1956, he lives in Switzerland, since the early 1970ies in the city of Zurich. He studied photography at the Zurich Kunstgewerbeschule (now ZHdK), became an independent photographer, founded Multimedia Photoscene AG, works also as video producer, film still photographer, multimedia event producer. Film and book about his work: «Stateless – Klaus Rózsa, Photographer» (Erich Schmid, CH 2016) / «Miklós Klaus Rózsa». spector books, Leipzig 2014.