In the crypt of the Cabaret Voltaire a set will be constructed with the aim of shooting the first scene of a film. In this scene five non-professional actors will be invited to interpret and repeat the personal obsessions of the five components of “Lu Cafausu” who will take the role of directors. The public will be very close to the action and, at times, will inevitably become part of it.
Through this film the five artists will be confronted with their own self, their mirrored images, their contradictions.
A performance for Obsession Dada, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Feb 5, 2016
100 years of Dada and Cabaret Voltaire
«165 celebration days: Obsession Dada»
The 5th of February 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Cabaret Voltaire. We will celebrate the first century of Dadaism with a sequence of 165 holidays and a manifestation of our obsession with the art movement known as Dada. Focussing on a ritualised approach to the three subjects of dadalogy, academy and art, we aim to transform the Cabaret Voltaire of today and turn it into the legendary artists’ haunt and cultural venue it used to be 100 years ago. In doing so, we gather momentum from the original Dadaists, letting them inspire and teach us while reflecting on the philosophical concepts of art and society and enlisting the help of artists to ignite their obsession as a source of energy.
Right on time for the 100th anniversary, we will open in Cabaret Voltaire’s crypt the exhibition entitled Obsession Dada, co-curated by Adrian Notz and Una Szeemann, based on documents from the archives of the late great curator Harald Szeemann. For Obsession Dada, documents about his “Museum of Obsessions” and “Agency for Spiritual Guest Work” will be published. “I see this show as an expedition towards the many intentions of obsession. And on this journey I encounter many wonderful islands“, says Una Szeemann. An extensive installation, conceived by Una Szeemann in collaboration with Markus Kummer, will create a stage for obsessions in the shape of weekly performances, readings and manifestos. Kicking things off on 5 February 2016 will be the Lu Cafausu Collective, followed by Oppy De Bernardo & Aldo Mozzini, Garrett Nelson, Domenico Billari, Thomas Hirschhorn, Marcel Janco, Carlos Amorales, Michele Robecchi, Gianni Motti, Shana Lutker, Nedko Solakov, Pilar Albarracin, Lily Reynaud Dewar, Grupo EmpreZa, Giovanni Morbin, Königreiche von Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) and many more.
Obsession Dada is meant to be a platform for contemporary statements, as we hope to create a ground for the expression of obsessions, having the Cabaret Voltaire as a centre for intensions.
Documents from Harald Szeemann’s archive Weekly soirées with contemporary artists
5 February to 15 May 2016
Daily offices at 6.30 am, 5 February to 18 July 2016 Soirées at 8.00 pm (Sun 5.00 pm)
Nora Hauswirth, Communication
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, CH 8001 Zürich, www.cabaretvoltaire.ch
Opening: Friday, 5 February 2016
6:30 am first Offizium by Adrian Notz for Armada von Dulgedalzen
3.00 pm “Vexations“ biy Erik Satie, piano, Dario Bonucelli (IT)
8.30 pm Official Speeches by Jürgen Häusler, president oft he association Cabaret Voltaire; Adrian Notz, Director Cabaret Voltaire; Corine Mauch, mayor of Zurich.
“Obsession Dada“ Opening with a performance by artist collective Lu Cafausu: Luigi Presicce, Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti
Followed by: Sermon by Pastor Leumund; “Dada Zürich Museum“ Preview; “Dada Stadt Zürich“ Preview of Zurich City map: “Cabaret Voltaire a Sculpture “ from Kerim Seiler; “Feiertagsurkunden“ Ceremony; Handing over of Holiday Certificates