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Phila Bergmann/Thea Reifler

The ProtoZone as Exhibition Methodology
17–29 July 2023

ProtoZone1Contamination/Resilience, foreground Suspending Time, Listening Session, Lou Drago, 2020 / background Sowing the seeds for the future, Dominique Koch, 2020, Shedhalle, 2020- Photo: Carla Schleiffer.

Group Course and individual consultations/ Curating

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language(s)
English, German

What to bring
Working tools you need for your own artistic and/or curatorial practice(s)

Willingness to work in a group, good communication skills in English

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee 
€ 640,– (reduced € 480,–)

Drawing on a background in theatre, music, choreography and performance, Phila Bergmann and Thea Reifler developed a curatorial approach that reflects movement in exhibition spaces as well as within and between communities. For Shedhalle Zurich, they refined this idea towards an inclusive structure hosting different genres, from visual arts to performative practices, and consciously embedding them with surrounding ecosystems and agents as well as in utopian imagination. Considering not only physical and social movement, the concept ProtoZone describes this approach of introducing process as a tool in an art institution, together with new collaboration models.

Phila and Thea invite the participants to a time-space imagined as a ProtoZone. The students will engage in process-based exhibition-making, with their visions, practices and projects. Phila and Thea will share their curatorial work in theatre, music, and visual arts, providing input, collaborative structures, and one-on-one conversations on project developments.

Personal information
2022 ProtoZone9 Weak.End.Opera, Shedhalle Zurich (CH)
2022 ProtoZone8 Queer Trust, Shedhalle Zurich (CH)
2022 ProtoClub3 Pre-serving, Shedhalle Zurich (CH)
2021 ProtoZone4 Extra Worlding, Shedhalle Zurich (CH)
2021 ProtoClub2 be-longing, Shedhalle Zurich (CH)
2021 ProtoClub1 We all move together, Shedhalle Zurich (CH)
2020 ProtoZone1 Contamination/Resilience, Shedhalle Zurich (CH)
2020 Pilot: Remain Calm (Reduced+) by Nile Koetting, Shedhalle Zurich (CH)

Recent publications/reviews
Politics of Curatorship – Collective and Affective Interventions, Monia Acciari and Philipp Rhensius, Norient Books, 2023

Education including teaching experience
Thea Reifler
2021-2023 Lecturer at ETH Zurich Architecture and Art, Zurich (CH)
2022 Workshop-Tour “The impossibility of living without each other” with Phila Bergmann, HGB Leipzig, ZHdK, Sandberg Amsterdam, documenta fifteen
2011 Theatre Science and Art History, University of Berne, Bachelor of Arts & 2018 Applied Theatre Studies, University of Giessen, Master of Arts

Philipp Bergmann studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen and completed a one-year additional training as a Social Justice and Radical Diversity Trainer* at the Institute for Social Justice and Diversity at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam in 2021.
Photo: Laila Kaletta, 2022