Sept.25-Dec.22, 2019 — Visual Arts
Residency location: Shanghai
Partner organization: OCAT Shanghai
The artist duo Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella is conducting a binding residency in China. Previously, they have conducted residency hosted by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg in 2008. Then in 2016, their exhibition “When Tomorrow Comes” was backed by Pro Helvetia to show at Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg.
The two artists started steady collaboration in visual arts since 2008, and have regularly collaborated to create works resulting from performance, music, video, and installations. Urban spaces and every life situations typically serve as the point of departure of their works. China’s dynamic metropolis, with its acceleration and hypermodern architecture, presents a strong counterpoint to European cities like Venice, where they’ve explored a recent film work at. In the later phase of their observation of the local scene, they hope to develop a concept, possibly an intervention, to reinterpret cultural conventions with their own perspective.
Born in Zurich in 1970, studied at Lucerne University of Art. Since 2001, served as the lecturer at HSLU Lucerne (University of Applied Sciences and Art) and Grafikfachklasse Luzern; Conducted artist Residencies in Paris and Chicago in 2003, in Johannesburg in 2008, and at Peterborough in 2013.
Born in Zurich in 1972, studied classical music at the Zurich Conservatory (now ZHDK) from 1994 to 1998, now working as a musician, composer and visual artist. In 2001, he became the founder of Audioscope, a sound studio/ label in Zurich, which carries out commissioned compositions in film, theatre, radio and visual arts.