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'Enter the Heat' by Maya Hottarek and Inside Job at Sattelkammer, Bern

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The globe continued to bake in 2018, and still more warming is predicted. Accompanying this heat is the vigorous flux of the trembling particles. How can we persist as cool, while everything around is shaking, shivering and jiggling? Is it this movement that keeps us together, or is it just extending the distance? It may be that the transformation we bring on a daily basis is a catastrophe we needed to recover.

The "Wacky Races" through the abandoned landscapes of this apocalypse-now contemporaneity, have started long ago. Spontaneously established bounds revealed an organic combination of threads that lead us to this project. By provoking the „super community" brainstorming that occurred during the show, (and apparently is happening all-around), we tried to underline the potential of hypothetically „dead” artistic objects and inspire the collective thinking processes. The seemingly stable exposition, was divided into 3 days, revealed the impression towards the "roasted" unknown future.

The sound for the show was composed by Jonathan Frossard and Laurent Güdel. Frossards work is his personal reflection about the objects in the space as well as the topics shared and discussed within the community room. Güdel work „Hiss” is part of an ethnography which investigates the coming of new technology called electronic monitored hives (E.M.H), and its possibility to enhance this age-old interspecies relationship (also know as the internet of the bees). „Hiss” offers a sonic immersion into a refuge where, in alliance with technology, two different Umwelts collide and merge, allowing an ontological choreography to happen.

In this context the story of Gurzelen appears.

The Gurzelen Stadium in Biel acts as a parallel territory where alternative ideas might grow and develop into new relationships with the surrounding environment. The community of people, working within the Stadium concept, have transformed the hypothetically "dead zone" into a vivid cultural space. The Gurzelen Residency invites international cultural activists to contribute with their concepts and work for the future vision of the space itself. From October 2018 to March 2019 the Stadium hosts Inside Job (Ula Lucińska and Michał Knychaus) as a guest artists. They work in collaboration with and under the curatorial auspices of Maya Hottarek.

31.1.19 — 2.2.19

Curated by Yvonne Lanz

Sound by Jonathan Frossard and Laurent Güdel

Photo by Samuel Rauber

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