Andrea Saemann

b. 1962, Switzerland

Andrea Saemann lives and works as artist and curator in Basel, Switzerland. She loves to work within artists initiatives and plattforms. From 1997–2000 she was the coordinator of Kaskadenkondensator, a space for contemporary art and performance in Basel. In 2001, in collaboration with art historian and art producer Annina Zimmermann, she curated in the outdoor project Helle Nächte. With artist Lena Eriksson, Saemann initiated the project space lodypop in Basel. From 2002–2011 she worked with art historian Katrin Grögel on Performance Saga, a project that transmits and updates the history of Performance Art on many different levels and promotes a dialogue between the generations. It includes the conception and realization of performance pieces, the publication of video interviews and the planning of events.

International Visiting Artists: Claudia Bucher & Andrea Saemann

FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to present the International Visiting Artists series, with a focus on Switzerland. Claudia Bucher and Andrea Saemann will each present a new solo work, followed by an artist talk about their individual practices.

In order to personally experience performance art history, Andrea Saemann’s work utilizes a process of the “performance copy” – repeating aspects or entire performance works by other artists. This allows the artist to enter into a work on a very visceral level with her body, and constrict her field of action, allowing for intense focus on even the smallest of gestures.

“I work because I am impressed.
I recognize: authority is a performative achievement.
I see: a constricting frame opens up possibilities, to experience the world differently.
I benefit from that procedure.
In order to experience performance art history, I repeat single aspects or entire pieces. The process—to enter with my body into a performance copy—liberates unusual energies, on the battleground of autonomy versus heteronomy. The process of copying constricts my field of action and opens up new perspectives and sights on the world.”

Claudia Bucher writes:

“I perform in order to engage with my thoughts – and my questions, too. I think in images. I focus on the space surrounding me, myself as sculpture within that space, and on how an action can change the relationship between my body and my environment. As I interact intensively with a material in the here and now, a transformation occurs. I‘m interested in the moments of transition – when beauty changes into ugliness, when clean becomes dirty, when gentle turns aggressive – and the opposing associations they evoke.”

Artist talk: September 9 @ 2:00pm

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer