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Stories from Artists in Residence


Guillaume Pilet

2018 Studio Residency Artist
Shanghai, September 6 to December 2, 2018
Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA)

When do you return to a place to pursue an idea further? Swiss visual artist Guillaume Pilet shares how he fell in love with China during his three-month residency.

In Lausanne, Guillaume is a two-time recipient of the «Swiss Art Award». In Shanghai he set out to learn something new and used blue underglaze, a traditional Chinese technique, to decorate porcelain. At the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA) he had access to the ceramics workshop. On the surface of everyday objects as vases and plates he traces his storylines playfully juxtaposing traditional and modern elements, such as a scholar’s rock and a hamburger. At the end of his residency, he displayed his work at a courtyard style teahouse on campus.


Andreas Gysin

2019 Studio Residency Artist
Shanghai, September 18-December 15, 2019
Chronus Art Center (CAC)

Andreas Gysin was born in Zurich and is currently based in Lugano. His artist duo Gysin-Vanetti was listed among «Collection Cahiers d’Artistes» by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

«I consider this art practice as an experimental pool». Experimentation lies behind the glorious façade of digital reality and is reflected in Gysin-Vanettis’s kinetic and interactive installations, be that split-flaps, numerical digits, or geometric street signs. Each part of their work functions as a small glitch in one matrix, displaced from its original function but gaining a new reading of the abstract forms.

Andreas chose Shanghai as his destination, for it is the natural habitat of screens and LED technology. He benefited from his stay to work around the «found geometries» in the city. During his residency, he spent most of the time at Chronus Art Center(CAC)’s lab, however, without missing the opportunity to observe the city and scout electronic parts.


Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella

2019 Studio Residency Artists
Shanghai, September 29-December 21, 2019
OCAT Shanghai

Following their first residency with Pro Helvetia Johannesburg in 2008, the artist duo Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella returned for a second residency with Pro Helvetia Shanghai in collaboration with OCAT Shanghai. The duo has regularly worked together to create performances, videos and installations about urban spaces and everyday situations. Riding two bicycles, they got to know Shanghai from its old town to the modern parts while passing through different layers of the cities’ history. For the first part of their residency, they kept exploring the city to find inspiration. Only towards the last weeks of their stay, they started creating their work.

During their residency, the duo gave a lecture at OCAT Shanghai and created a new video work recording an in-situ performance. They have displayed their work «FINE» (2017) at dream video 100 during West Bund Art & Design. In December 2019, they’ve performed Notte di Ballo with Duo Belvedere (solo) during PHSH x TANC’s residency communication event at ZiWu, Shanghai.

(All videos above are taken by Action Media. All works credit to the artists.)

Gilles Jacot

2020 Studio Residency Artist
Shanghai, Jan.3-Feb.16, Mar.7-Apr.13, 2020
Studio Gallery

Gilles Jacot’s residency looks quite different from the way he imagined. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, quarantined Shanghai makes him feel isolated. He has held an open studio during the last week of his stay and interviewed with his host.

Gilles’ motivation lies in the confrontation with new environments filled with a multitude of cultural and social phenomena. To solve questions often overlooked by common media, in the recent one year, he has switched to larger canvas with a mixture of different visual languages and techniques. This tension he has observed of the surroundings has added a new emptiness to his paintings.

Probing into Shanghai’s alleys, he used a sewing machine to connect the canvas and packaging materials collected from daily lives. In his collage painting, the cartoon symbols remind of a local Pixar or Disney figure, and the decorative patterns reflect a constructivist order that fits well into China’s history. The word COVID may appear as a riddle in the corner of one artwork, and gets painted over the next minute. Just like the mark this special time has left him, obscure but unforgettable.

(Banner image provided by Studio Gallery.)

May 1-15, 2022 | Visual Arts

Chao Jiaxing | 2022 Research Trip

Nationality: China Residency location:  Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Lausanne, etc. An independent curator and researcher based in Shanghai. Between 2011-2015, she served as the curator and managing director at V ART CENTER, founded by the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts. 2017-2019, She was the senior curator of Start Museum, located in the West Bund district in …

Country of residency: Switzerland

May 20-June 20, 2022 | Visual Arts

Wu Yue | 2022 Research Trip

Nationality: China Residency location: Digital As an emerging curator and writer, Yue is currently pursuing M.A. in Regional Studies East Asia at Harvard University, cross registered at MIT Sloan School of Management. She has received a B.A. magna cum laude in Art History from New York University. She has been selected for the digital research …

Country of residency: Switzerland

2022 | Visual Arts

Nathalie Stirnimann and Stefan Stojanovic | 2022 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland/Serbia Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Nathalie Stirnimann (Born in 1990, Fribourg, Switzerland) and Stefan Stojanovic (Born in 1993, Vranje, Serbia) have been working as a duo since 2015 and are based in Zurich. Stirnimann-Stojanovic’s concepts manifest and materialise through situations, performances, words, and objects. Social issues and structural questions of the art …

Country of residency: Mainland China

2022 | Innovation & Society

Jana Vanecek | 2022 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Interdisciplinary artist and researcher. Jana Vanecek was born in the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and lives currently in Switzerland. She holds degrees in fine arts, critical theory and transdisciplinarity in the arts and works as a research associate at the Zurich University of Arts. Her projects operate …

Country of residency: Mainland China

2022 | Music

Nikola H. Mounoud (• • •) | 2022 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD • • • is the moniker of Nikola H. Mounoud. Composer, performer, improviser, musician, noisician, sound artist, sound actionist… All are fine words and yet they lack something to really fathom the extent of his sound works. For more than a decade he dedicated his work to …

Country of residency: Mainland China

2022 | Music

Fortunat Frölich | 2022 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Composer. Studied at the conservatories of Zurich (Switzerland), Napels (Italy) and the Academy of Music in Leipzig (GDR). The music of Fortunat Frölich is committed to neither a particular school nor style. Using a broad palette of musical and stylistic means, reflecting his personal musical development, his …

Country of residency: Mainland China

April 5-June 27, 2022 | Visual Arts

Mountain River Jump! | 2022 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Gleis 70, Theater Neumarkt Mountain River Jump! is an artist duo founded in 2016 by twin sisters Huang Shan and Huang He, who were born in 1985. The duo has a variety of creative formats in art, often applying “divination consulting” as a performance to examine the potential …

Country of residency: Switzerland

2022 | Dance

Yu Erge | 2022 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Born in Harbin, Heilongjiang, now lives in Chengdu. Choreographer, dancer, artist of Cite des Art Paris and A4 International Resident Art Center, international first-class actor, one of the first national top talents of the Ministry of Culture of China. She studied at the Sichuan Dance School and …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Oct.14-Dec.18, 2022 | Theatre

Shen Bolun | 2022 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Basel Partner organization: Kaserne Basel Born in 1989 in China, Bolun studied business and economics in Canada for a short period of time and graduated from Communication University of China in 2012. After having worked in journalism and marketing industry, he started focusing on independent art projects since 2013, mainly film/video, …

Country of residency: Switzerland

2022 | Theatre

Xiao Jing | 2022 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: TBD Born in 1988, Xiao Jing works as a playwright, director and performer in Beijing. She majored in Literature and Education at Beijing Normal University, and is a member of the New Youth Group. Her plays have been staged and published in Denmark, and the works she directed …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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