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“On the Make” with Cabaret Voltaire

Following lectures held by the Bosnian-French artist Bojan Šarčević and the Graubünden publisher Dino Simonett, Philipp Meier of Cabaret Voltaire and the !Mediengruppe Bitnik will be the guest speakers in the “On the Make” lecture series on Wednesday, 16 May 2012.


Following lectures held by the Bosnian-French artist Bojan Šarčević and the Graubünden publisher Dino Simonett, Philipp Meier of Cabaret Voltaire and the !Mediengruppe Bitnik will be the guest speakers in the “On the Make” lecture series on Wednesday, 16 May 2012.

In the 2012 summer semester, the “On the Make” lecture series held by the Institute of Architecture and Planning forms a platform for interdisciplinary encounters between architecture and related disciplines. In his lecture, Philipp Meier of Cabaret Voltaire, together with !Mediengruppe Bitnik, will create parallels between their work and the process of creation in architecture. The event will be held in English on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 , from 6 p.m., at the University of Liechtenstein. Entry is free.

From landscape gardener to club curator
As a qualified master landscape gardener, Philipp Meier worked as a foreman in a gardening firm before going on to study art and at the same time train himself to become a club curator. With his art events in Zurich basement laundry rooms and clubs, he was the obvious choice to take over Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of Dadaism. He has been running Cabaret Voltaire together with Adrian Notz since its (re)opening in 2004, and is responsible for the post-Dada department. He is concerned with the question of how Dadaists would react today to the current state of affairs in art and society.

Hacking as artistic intervention
Intervention in existing cultural systems forms a part of the artistic work of !Mediengruppe Bitnik, founded in Zurich in 2003. The group uses the strategies of hacking and portrays them as a range of diverse artistic production strategies that stand for repurposing, reorientation and criticism in practice. Hacking, as understood in the work of !Mediengruppe Bitnik, is artistic intervention in an existing system with a view to opening it up for a different purpose to the one originally intended. Bitnik is particularly interested in media systems, mediatized realities and live media.

“On the Make” lecture series
Wednesdays, from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
In the auditorium of the University of Liechtenstein
16 May, Philipp Meier and !Mediengruppe Bitnik
6 June, Walter Niedermayr
Information and registration: carmen.rist@uni.li