“There is nothing more human than art. If art were not human, it would not be art. But not everything is art, is it? That is why the question of the quality and the mediation of art is much particularly exciting, since the focus is on its nature, and thus a meaningful thematic confrontation is made possible.”
Marcel Hörler is an independent curator and cultural mediator, based in Zurich and Lichtensteig. His curatorial practice is characterized by a collaborative working method and lives from uncomfortable to sometimes bulky circumstances. He is driven by the interest in cultural practices, raised on a farm in Appenzellerland, as a son of a housewife, florist and a truck driver. He studied social work with specialisation in Socioculture at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and The Hague University of Applied Sciences and has been active in various fields of social work for several years. He is currently studying in the Master Art Education Curatorial Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Marcel Hörler is co-founder of the arts residency Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst and co-publisher of the HOX magazine. Furthermore he is co-founder of the Agentur für permanente Verhandlung (agency for permanent negotiation), which forms the institutional framework for a wide range of productions in the fields of art and cultural mediation. It pursues discursive, collaborative and transdisciplinary approaches. The creation of a public sphere is at the center of its work. The agency does not shy away from conflicts, but works out of them and realizes concrete projects. Both the friction with the world and the critical examination of meaningful issues are the driving forces of the Agentur für permanente Verhandlung.