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Body and Freedom

Naked Performance Festival

Biel Switzerland City Space
Aug 21/22, 2015

Le Corps collectif (FR), Miru Kim (KR/USA), Imre Thormann (CH/DE), Elya May (AU/DE) / Alina Kopytsa (UA/CH), Valentin Tszin (RU) / Flavia Ghisalberti (CH), Lan Hungh (TW/DE), Abraham Hurtado (ES/DE), Annie Lam (FR), Till Alexander Lang (DE), Gisela Hochuli (CH), Manuel Scheiwiller (CH), Glynis Ackermann (GB/CH), Jacob Jensen (DE/CH) / Luc Müller (CH), Foofwa d'Imobilité (CH), Katharina Vogel (CH), Kaspar Bucher (CH), Vanessa Wyssbrod (CH), Thomas Zollinger (CH)


Body and Freedom Festival from Naked Projects on Vimeo.



On stage in theatres and in art galleries of today the Naked Body as an instrument or medium of artistic expression has become commonplace. Not so in public city environments where encounters remain seldom or rare. Regarding "in public" acceptance, the naked body in urban space, now as before, is subject to being either fined or banned as experiences in Biel, Zagreb, San Francisco, Barcelona and England have recently shown.

The Naked Performance Festival determines to initiate a change. It aims to explore the possibilities of the naked body in urban space and everyday situational life thereby contributing to its establishment in this context as an instrument of art expression. It will take place in the centre of Biel Switzerland. The naked performances will be localized within the pedestrian zone of the inner city, with police authorization.

We are looking for projects working with naked bodies in a comprehensive way whereby pedestrian circulation, the architectural environment and ground- area surface features are also an integral part. Effects on public, media and society should likewise be reflected upon, in this way enabling conceptual projects to be brought into focus for artists wishing to exhibit works involving the immediate presence of the naked body and thereby utilizing public space as a platform for interaction and statement. The exposure and the vulnerability of the naked body and also its strength and charisma should be visualized within the tensional interplay of civilized urbanity and raw nature. After 6 p.m. indoor performances.

Curator: Thomas Zollinger

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