Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill have been making performance work since the late 1970’s. Long before meeting and starting to collaborate in 1995, their work shared similar themes, concerns and materials. Their joint performances since exemplify the artists’ dialogue with each other and in their words, offers a commentary on the “intensive rise of the pressing concerns of our times.” The images the artists create strive to illustrate both feelings of being trapped and of experiencing vast spaciousness, collaged through absurd picture combinations reflecting powerlessness and vulnerability.
“Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill develop in their performances sparse pictures of suggestive force which are hard to describe in words. Deliberately slow and sedate gestures underline not only their physical presence but also create mysterious sensations of time, emphasized by repetition. The emerging archetypal picture – and sound – scenarios are, in their ambivalence, not only sublime and enigmatic but also depressing and spine-chilling.”
~Marie-Luise Lange, Kunst + Unterricht, 2003
Please join us to experience two works from Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill entitled Silence and Fait a la Main. This will be their first appearance in Toronto. While in Canada, the duo will also perform in Montréal and Chicoutimi, Québec.
September 19, 2009: FADO Performance Art Centre (Toronto, Canada)
September 24, 2009: VIVA! art action (Montréal, Canada)
October 2, 2009: Art Nomade Festival (Chicoutimi, Canada)
October 7, 2009: Art Nomade Festival (Chicoutimi, Canada)
October 8, 2009: Art Nomade Festival (Chicoutimi, Canada)
Ritual Communication and Body Doubles: Attending (to) the Work of Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill
Essay by Paul Couillard about the collaborative duo.
“Monika and Ruedi seem less concerned with delivering specific messages than with providing each other and their audiences with an intensely present companionship while undertaking a series of slow, quiet gestures. What is evident in their work is an attention to communication as a form of ritual.”