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BUDGET BUREAU for language and applications
Clare Goodwin, Sandi Paucic & guests


Utilisation transitoire
A video installation by Thomas Isler

The Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève presents "BUDGET BUREAU for language and applications", an evolutive and performance-strong project conceived by artists Clare Goodwin and Sandi Paucic, complemented by a video installation by Thomas Isler.

BUDGET BUREAU is a satellite of K3 Project Space , an alternative art space in Zurich, The BUDGET BUREAU developed its activities in Zurich between 2002 and 2004. Located in the "Grünau" - a major residential complex housing emmigrant communities from around the world - the bureau was offering artists the opportunity to interact with the site and its inhabitants, aiming to highlight the relations between art and language, as well as communication in general.

In the multicultural context of the Grünau, the communication between artists and residents and between residents themselves was not always easy, which created a particularly interesting social and artistic experience. In order to witness the richness of this experience, the exhibition at the 2nd floor of the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève hosts a full size replica of the BUDGET BUREAU, allowing both to present and to pursue the activities of the bureau. Visitors enter directly into the reconstructed space, and are welcomed by its director Klara Gutgewinn (pseudonym for Clare Goodwin), who introduces them to the archive material and the new works exhibited. Active during the whole exhibition, the bureau also invites artists for special performances and for developing a work in situ.

BUDGET BUREAU presents works by Ines Agostinelli, Cao Guimaraes and Rivane Neuenschwander, Paul Harper, Lucy Harrison, Rahel Hegnauer, Beverley Hood, Keran James, Heinrich Lüber, Isabel Nolan, Silvia Orthwein-Erhard, Gabriele Rérat, Samir, Karin Sander, Tipos Moviles UK and Adrian Tobler/ Judith Schäfer/ Regina Hügli.

In the second part of the exhibition, situated beyond the replica of the bureau, the visitors encounter a video installation by artist/filmdirector Thomas Isler, entitled "Utilisation transitoire". This impressive documentation work tells the story of the recent events at the Grünau. Showing interviews from residents and glimpses from the daily life, Isler questions the role that art can play in a multicultural and changing community. The disposition of the video monitors also refers to a time axe: the further back in space the nearer to the end of the Grünau epoch.

Exhibition: 2 March - 17 April 2005
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11 am - 6 pm

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