Marcel Hörler

About

"My curatorial and cultural mediation practice is a social practice. This means that my projects are about creating social spaces. I have a penchant for collaborative, discursive as well as site-specific ways of working and an urge for friction and resistance, which I provoke through punctual conflicts."

"I was born in Herisau in 1988 and grew up as a son of a florist, housewife and truck driver in Stein, Appenzell. After my Bachelor in Social Work with a specialisation in Socioculture at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and The Hague University in 2017, several years of professional experience in various social work fields, I completed a Master of Art in Art Education Curatorial Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2021."

Marcel Hörler lives and works in Zurich and Lichtensteig. He is co-director of Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst, Blickfelder Festival and co-publisher of Hox magazine.

Projects

Seemingly Unfinished

Seemingly Unfinished shed light on the beauty of the thin line that lies between the unfinished and the finished. The Roman author Pliny the Elder had already started reflecting on the concept of the unfinishedness, in his Natural History Book 35, by pointing out that unfinished works were highly appreciated because they offered more explicit information on the artists’ creative process and techniques. The exhibition presented seven works from paintings, sculptures, installations to embroidery by Fabio Guida, Laetitia Pascalin, Patrick Ostrowsky, Pascal Sidler, Sara Lavelle, Mickry 3 and Andrea Vera Wenger and allowed to investigate the artists’ intentions and their receptions on the audience as well as discuss social, psychological and philosophical aspects with the realm of contemporary art. The exhibition was divided in three successive groups ("On Transparency", "Under Construction" and "The Absence of Painting"), that allowed to focus on different ways of questioning its topic. All combined granted the audience tools to decipher the complexity of an unfinished aesthetic in completed artworks. Seemingly Unfinished took place from 12th March to 2nd April 2021 at Kulturfolger in Zürich and was curated by Marcel Hörler and Michael Almeida.

Mickry 3, Do Not Enter, 2021. Photo: Andrea Vera Wenger

Sara Lavelle, Self-Portrait Minnesota Fall, 2016. Photo: Andrea Vera Wenger

Andrea Vera Wenger, Sibling, 2021

Pascal Sidler, Spiegelbild, 2019. Photo: Andrea Vera Wenger

Fabio Guida, Untitled, 2019. Photo: Andrea Vera Wenger

Patrick Ostrowsky, it makes me feel giddy, 2020. Photo: Andrea Vera Wenger

Laetitia Pascalin, Untitled, 2020. Photo: Andrea Vera Wenger

HOX

Hox seeks to capture different perspectives and iterations of the diverse relationships between animals and humans. A complexly layered construct of sub-topics gets put in an experimental design-framework which lets the content speak for itself. On the forefront of Hox stand: the process of publishing, the process of designing, the process of understanding. The first issue contains 26 contributions on 100 pages. Contributors are Alexander Tuchacek, Anke Hoffmann, Badel/Sarbach, Chloé Braunschweiger, Cilian Woyd, Claude Bühler, Dario Forlin, David Benedikt Wirth, Domingo Chaves, Felix Stöckle, Fridolin Schoch, Horst Niklaus Günther, Jana Siegmund, Jessica Jurassica, Laura Curatolo, Lena Seefried, Lika Nüssli, Lucas Manser, Lydia Perrot, Marcel Hörler, Neele Remmers, Pedro Lenz, Sander Salkunić, Sandra Keller, Sandra Pfeiffer, Sophie Benvenuti, Tyrone Schorrer, Valérie Hug and Zoe Marquedant. Some of the contributions were presented to the public in a performative setting at the release in fall 2020. Hox was initiated by Jakob Lienhard, Valérie Hug and Marcel Hörler.

Photo: Mischa Schlegel

Photo: Mischa Schlegel

Photo: Mischa Schlegel

Studio Huette. Photo: Mischa Schlegel

Jessica Jurassica, Claude Bühler, Im Zeichen des Hahns, 2020. Photo: Mischa Schlegel

Laura Lunatic. Photo: Mischa Schlegel

VEE

Transformations have always been part of cultural practices that fascinate and disturb at the same time. A living being that suddenly stops, apparently destroys itself and rises again as a completely new creature. From the privileged deities of the pre-Christian polytheistic religions to fantastic hybrid beings - half human, half animal - from legends, fairy tales and fantasy to complex metamorphosis images and stories in literature, the relationship between humans and animals is a frequently treated topic. In the wake of recent technological and medical advances, which make it possible to change bodies and exchange organs between humans and animals, or to breed human cells in animals, questions about a common future of humans and animals a new urgency. For the exhibition Vee (May 23rd to October 3rd, 2020) Badel/Sarbach, Benjamin Egger, Ernestyna Orlowska, Fridolin Schoch, Ina Weise and Patrick Ostrowsky made installative, sculptural and performative interventions on the agricultural farm Hof Blum in Samstagern. Performances, screenings and shows by Daniela Ehrsam, Ivy Monteiro, Maya Rochat and Soya The Cow accompanied the opening and the closing. "Community," "Body," and "Transformation" were among the thematic focuses of the exhibition. Furthermore the exhibition was extended by farm talks with guests Antoine F. Goetschel, Viviane Ehrensberger, Jacques Fuchs and Hans Preisig and mimicry workshops, designed by Julia Wäckerlin and Pia Schwarz. Vee was created in collaboration with Jakob Lienhard, Valérie Hug and Martin Blum.

Vernissage. Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Patrick Ostrowsky, FIRE SIGHT, 2020. Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Daniela Ehrsam, Aerial Hoop Show. Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Soya The Cow, My joy, my choice, my juices, 2020. Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Benjamin Egger, my body is because of dogs, 2020. Photo: Benjamin Egger

Badel/Sarbach, Hotties in the Neighborhood, 2020. Photo: Mischa Schlegel

Ernestyna Orlowska, I’ve Been Feeling It Too (Chicken Farm Version), 2020. Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Ernestyna Orlowska, Nursing Tops & Mum Utility Pants, 2020. Photo: Mischa Schlegel
Fridolin Schoch, Knot Gathering, 2020. Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Ina Weise, 0,000005483149859%, 2020. Photo: Mischa Schlegel

Ivy Monteiro, Tituba.2Point.OH!, 2020. Photo: Mischa Schlegel

PLATEAUX FESTIVAL

Sustainability is no longer just a question of ecological circumstances such as climate change, geographical particularities or agricultural technologies but a question of production and consumption. Between April 20th and September 7th, 2019, the Plateaux Festival invited artists to discuss sustainability issues and solutions within the framework of the ecological farm Froh Ussicht in Samstagern, in the periphery of Zurich. In addition, guests were invited to take up the theme of the festival with a Carte Blanche, in order tackle curated performances, film evenings, installations and actions with unexpected ideas. The festival was designed by Marcel Hörler and Mateo Chacon-Pino. Design and code: Lydia Perrot and Lisa Li. Following an invitation by Martin Blum. The art mediation program was designed by Seline Fülscher. With artistic contributions by Artist Organizations International, Aurélie Strumans, Carina Erdmann & Anna Kindermann, Johanna Bruckner, Johanna Kotlaris, Martina Mächler, Matthew C. Wilson, Nino Baumgartner, San Keller, Simon Würsten Marin, Thomas Geiger and Yael Wicki. Guests included Bergkrautsyndikat, Kunsthaus Aussersihl, Kunst Du, Wagner & Friends with Carlos Fernández and Violeta Burckhard Razeto.

Johanna Kotlaris, Economies, 2019. Photo: Samirah Hohl

Song Book, San Keller, 2019. Photo: Alicia Olmos Ochoa

Aurélie Strumans, Green verticality to a red fiction, 2019. Photo: Alicia Olmos Ochoa

Nino Baumgartner, Shortcut, 2019. Photo: Alicia Olmos Ochoa

Carlos Fernández, Do Some Agrofit, 2019. Photo: Juliette Chretien

Thomas Geiger, I Want To Become a Millionaire Talks, 2019. Photo: Sandino Scheidegger

Kunsthaus Aussersihl, Aktion 016: im Gjätt, 2019. Photo: Marcel Hörler

Johanna Bruckner, Körper ohne Währung, 2019. Photo: Samirah Hohl

Simon Würsten Marín, Wenn Kunst Landschaft gestaltet, 2019. Photo: Samirah Hohl

Dogo

Dogo is a residency dedicated to artistic development and the mediation and production of contemporary art. Opened in 2019 and located at the Rathaus für Kultur in Lichtensteig, artists get the opportunity to develop professionally. Artistic processes, as well as the resulting works are documented in the public online archive. Dogo organizes events together with the artists, such as discussions or experimental mediation formats. A further component of Dogo is the mediation of art. Dogo Kunstschule organizes a wide range of workshops and projects. The year is rounded off by the Dogo Totale, the group exhibition with selected works which have been produced during the year. Dogo was initiated by Hanes Sturzenegger, Julia Wäckerlin, Marcel Hörler, Maura Kressig and Sirkka Ammann.

Rathaus für Kultur. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Rathaus für Kultur. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Sonja Hornung, Sperre II, 2019. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Patrick Ostrowsky, BURNING!, 2019. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

WEITER

While the tourist takes the gondola lift to the summit and a refugee leaves his home, the digital nomad works somewhere on his boat. Never before has mobility manifested itself in so many ways as it does today. Spatial, social and virtual mobility has become the basic principle of a global and networked world. Anyone who is mobile is receptive - open to something new, perhaps better. Mobility also demands mental and physical mobility from people. On the one hand, it breaks down social structures and, on the other, reinforces the perception of existing, unequal preconditions. The broad concept of mobility was the focus of Weiter. As part of Weiter, Christian Eberhard, Collectif Chuglu, Damiano Curschellas, Gisa Frank, Lino Bally, Flurina Brügger, Iris Brodbeck, Marc Jenny, Matthias Rüegg and Robin Michel developed works en route. From September 9th to 23rd, 2017 they presented their works at three different traffic junctions in the lower, middle and upper Toggenburg. The exhibition was a co-production between Kunsthalle[n] Toggenburg and Arthur Junior.

Gisa Frank, Iifahre – Usfahre, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Robin Michel, Ferrari, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Flurina Brügger, Iris Brodbeck, Gesprächsteppich, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Collectif Chuglu, Immense comme un detail, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Matthias Rüegg, Please Wait Over There, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Water Walling, Collectif Chuglu, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Marc Jenny. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Gisa Frank, Iifahre – Usfahre, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger
Matthias Rüegg, Ignore, 2017. Photo: Matthias Rüegg
Matthias Rüegg, You're Completely Wrong, 2017. Photo: Matthias Rüegg
Christian Eberhard, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

IMAGINE RHYTHM

Imagine Rhythm used the expressiveness of dancing and filmmaking to overcome cultural and linguistic obstacles. A group of deaf and hearing dancers from Armenia, Switzerland and Germany created a dance performance during ten days together with the choreographers Melanie Alexander and Hayk Hobosyan and showed it in public space in the city of Zurich in August 2017. Through a self-empowering approach, the dancers could create their own body movements, make use of their skills and transform it into a contemporary dance performance. The whole activity was filmed on site by a group of filmmakers in collaboration with documentary filmmaker, producer Seg Kirakossian in order to document the learning process. The project was designed also for engaging the participants in social life and giving them knowledge on how they can implement social initiatives in the future. Besides the dance workshop, a group discussion was held, with a focus on the problems and needs of people with hearing problems to promote awareness about the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The project was designed by Marcel Hörler and Seg Kirakossian in collaboration between Subkult and Doctor Cinema NGO.

Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Photo: Seg Kirakossian

Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Performance. Photo: Stefan Tschumi

Photo: Stefan Tschumi

SHOPPPING

Catherine Xu, Samuel Koch, Nina Emge, Lucie Biloshytskyy, James Stephen Wright, Domingo Chaves, Edmée Laurin, Fridolin Schoch and Martina Mächler received six orange envelopes on 9 July 2016. Six thousand Swiss francs in thousand notes - the most valuable banknote in the world. The artists had the task of spending all the money on Obere Bahnhofstrasse, the shopping street of Wil. The works that were presented to the public from July 30th to August 13th, 2016 and were created from the purchased goods. Shopping dealt with a theme that has always moved society and the art world. We want it, we love it and we do it. From young to old. Whether conscious, ecological or wasteful. We shop, we choose and shopping should be fun, or not?! That's why the cross-media art project treated consumption as a act of life and asked questions. Questions about the commodity art, artistic work and investment in general. The artistic processes were documented and part of the exhibition, which was initiated by Arthur Junior and the City of Wil in collaboration with the graphic design studio Badesaison.

Fridolin Schoch, Edmée Laurin, Fridolin Schoch, Limited Time Offer, 2016. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Graphic Design, Badesaison, 2019. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Lucie Biloshitskyy, papier. wert. papier, 2017. Photo: Lea Huser

James Stephen Wright, Argent, 2017. Photo: Lea Huser

Catherine Xu, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Martina Mächler, 100%@work / do what you love, 2016. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

Domingo Chaves, Edmée Laurin, Fridolin Schoch, Limited Time Offer, 2017. Photo: Hanes Sturzenegger

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