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His work defies categorisation. It is mainly based on often collective experiments that may leave behind photographs, videos, stories, but few objects. His projects take place in the street or in local shops. They take the form of discussions, systems, instructions, or information gathering.

PerformanceProcess Basel 2017-2018
fri 13 Oct 2017
1
23h
Perform an Institution for 24 Hours (2017)Musée Tinguely

The performance is composed of several, earlier works by San Keller: Schlafen Sie mit San Keller vor den Türen zur Kunst, 1999, San Keller trägt sie hoch zur Kunst, 2002, Nothing is Perfect, 2005, Digestiv (Walk), 2009, and Nach der Kunst, 2014, which will be presented on the 1st floor throughout the exhibition duration.

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

San Keller - Perform an Institution for 24 Hours © Simon Letellier

fri 19 Jan 2018
1
18-02h
Museumsnacht Basel (2017)Musée Tinguely

PerformanceProcess special program with San Keller and Heinrich Lüber.

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre Culturel Suisse 18.09-13.12.15
wed 04 Nov 2015
1
13h
Je suis vos hommes (création)Centre culturel suisse+33 1 42 71 44 50

A performance exclusively for women.
San Keller has become known for his collaborative performances and ephemeral interventions. The relationships between art and life are at the heart of his work, approached in a critical, conceptual or playful way. His pieces are usually based on clearly stated rules and contractual frameworks, but the intervention of the audience always produces unexpected results.

thu 05 Nov 2015
1
13h
Je suis vos hommes (création)Centre culturel suisse+33 1 42 71 44 50
fri 06 Nov 2015
1
13h
Je suis vos hommes (création)Centre culturel suisse+33 1 42 71 44 50
sat 07 Nov 2015
1
13h
Je suis vos hommes (création)Centre culturel suisse+33 1 42 71 44 50
sun 08 Nov 2015
1
13h
Je suis vos hommes (création)Centre culturel suisse+33 1 42 71 44 50

Exhibitions

His work defies categorisation. It is mainly based on often collective experiments that may leave behind photographs, videos, stories, but few objects. His projects take place in the street or in local shops. They take the form of discussions, systems, instructions, or information gathering.

60 years of performance art in Switzerland museum Tinguely, 20.09.2017 - 28.01.2018

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre culturel suisse 18.09-13.12.15

Werkhof (2015, néon couleur, 100×38×5 cm)

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Born in 1971, lives in Köniz.
San Keller carries out ephemeral and collaborative interventions full of poetry and humour. He became known in the mid 1990s thanks to a famous appearance on Swiss TV, sleeping on the floor during the news. Since then his performances always involve a critical, conceptual and playful discourse on the relationships between art and life.

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Playing under the surface of things

In a long performance exclusively addressed to women, artist San Keller will open up dialogue whilst lying on a bed. ...

In a long performance exclusively addressed to women, artist San Keller will open up dialogue whilst lying on a bed.

In irony there is a salutary space, a distance that is often light, sometimes impalpable, but always providential, that allows Man, perpetually bogged down in convention, to be truly human and to dance through life. “My work involves relationships,” reveals San Keller. “It is of no interest to me to reproduce what has already been done, to replay an exhibition, to redeliver a lecture or to organise a conventional exhibition in an institution. Of course I also produce pieces, objects or photographs—the visual dimension is a very important aspect of my work—but I also focus on contact. I like performance art, a practice in which the eminently subversive moment is fundamental. I always choose to confront people with conventions. Not to challenge them—it's not about teaching lessons—but simply so that they become aware of the force of the social and cultural norms that surround them. And to achieve this, humour and play are fundamental tools for me.”

From the start, as well as questioning cultural and social norms, this iconoclastic artist, born in Bern in 1971 and now living in Zurich, has explored the paradigmatic role of the contemporary artist. “I began by calling the art world into question, and I'm still struggling with the idea of the very idea of the “artistic profession,” he says. “I decided to invent my own structures, to offer a kind of “service”, and I come into direct contact with the audience. I like experiments that open the mind, a bit like the Surrealists. I've always preferred to irritate rather than to serve. But always using laughter or quirkiness. And this time, at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, I'm going to be especially addressing women. I've decided to call this performance Je suis vos hommes [I Am Your Men].”

The title combines singular and plural to suggest the idea of a face-to-face experience: San Keller will lie on a bed, alone, in front of an exclusively female audience who will be free to ask questions or make proposals. It will be a long performance lasting several days (4 - 8 November 2015), from the time the centre opens to the time it closes. “My explorations of the relationships between men and women have been a tool for designing and developing this performance,” says the artist who, at time of printing, had still not fully outlined his project. “To prepare Je suis vos hommes, I am in close contact with female colleagues and friends. We talk about their place, their role, their sexual desires, their relationships with men, we talk about questions they would like to ask or even instructions they would like to give their partners in bed. It's fascinating. It will be an open space, anything might happen.” Among the women he has been talking to a lot, the closest to him is no doubt the young Swiss artist Rosalie Schweiger, who lives in London. She says, not without a touch of humour: “San is a woman who was lucky enough to have been born in the body of a man. His work as an artist is funny and sad at the same time, precise and ambiguous, sensitive and revolutionary, critical and primitive, personal and subversive...”

From the beginning, San Keller has sought to awaken awareness and to develop an artistic practice that is akin to a public service. After his studies in Zurich, to finance the beginning of his career, he decided to work as a night security officer in a psychiatric hospital. “An experience that influenced me a lot,” he reveals. In 2000, he staged a series of performances entitled San Keller Sleeps at Your Work Place, during which, for example, he slept on set in a TV evening news studio. As part of the Shifting Identities exhibition at the Kunsthaus in Zurich in 2008, he set up a puppet theatre at the city's airport, creating humorous sketches involving an artist and a policeman. And on the Web, the artist is continuously present via a virtual museum (www.museumsankeller.ch) whose curators and collectors are his parents, Marianne and Fritz Keller.

 

Linn Levy

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