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Artist’s Talk: Charles Atlas (at ZHdK)

19 February


The American artist Charles Atlas (b. St. Louis, Missouri, 1949) has been a leading figure in the domain of film and video art for almost fifty years, creating complex video installations and seminal films documenting dance and performance art. Atlas rose to renown with collaborative projects involving choreographers like Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) and Michael Clark (b. 1962) as well as the fashion designer and performance artist Leigh Bowery (1961–1994). His network of creative collaborators and associates largely coincides with his circle of friends: many of his works from the 1980s and 1990s are portraits of fellow protagonists of the New York underground scene and the contemporary milieu, employing a sub- and pop-cultural idiom to scrutinize aspects of biopower and the politics of bodies and identity.

Moderation: Ian Wooldridge
Ian Wooldridge (b.1982) is a British artist based in Zurich and has been part of the DKM (art and media) faculty at the ZHdK since 2013. In 2017, Wooldridge partook in the Swiss Art awards and was scholar in residence at artist moving image centre LUX, London. His work deals primarily with questions around queer narratives and the skewing of media. He’s currently pursuing a PhD: Queer Space, Video Space and Hermetic Space: States of Self Unhinged.

A collaboration between the Department of Art and Media, ZHdK and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst.

Free admission, in English

Location: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zurich

(Charles Atlas, photo: Lori E. Seid)



Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK


Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland
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