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25 Sep 2012

guest_*talk by Judith Albert at F+F Zurich

Art & Church - the guest_*talks series 2012/13

Art and Church - the guest_*talks series 2012/13
F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich


The F+F guest_*talks series 2012/13

Sabine Troendle, F+F Art Department
+41 44 444 18 88

F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich
Flurstrasse 89
8047 Zurich

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 7 pm
Judith Albert: Brand New

The St. Ursen Cathedral in Solothurn is considered the major edifice of early Classicism in Switzerland. The altar and liturgical furnishings fell victim to an arson attack in January 2011. Judith Albert, together with her team (Gery Hofer, Zurich and B+W Architects, Lausanne) as the competition winners, designed a reconstruction of the chancel under the title 'l'ultima cena', which will be inaugurated after its completion at the end of September 2012. In honor of this occasion, Judith Albert will report on the fundamental process of executing such a project that, in a fourfold liturgical, artistic, architectural and culturally conservational respect, today represents a rare challenge.

Judith Albert (*1969), visual artist, Zurich. Since 1997 she has regularly participated in national and international exhibits and been awarded several scholarships, among others, an 2003 atelier grant for Genoa from the city of Zurich, the swiss art award 2006, and a one-year work scholarship from Landis & Gyr in London 2011/2012.
Art & Church – The Guest_*Talks Series 2012/13

The new guest_*talks series by the F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich is devoted to the theme of art and the church. In various lectures and moderated panel discussions, a subject is sounded out that, in the end, is as important as it is compelling. How does the historically evolved and significant relationship stand today between art and church, a relationship that is no longer a matter of course and has become in part problematic? On what current basis does an association exist between the church as an institution and a concrete site and art? And why—in view of the existing breaches in this relationship—are artists still ongoing in their interest in liturgical ceremonies, rituals and representational techniques? We are interested in the question of the meaning, the possibility and the function of contemporary art inside the church as well as within the liturgy.
In addition, there is the phenomenon of so-called 'free churches' that, as partly worldwide denominations, have over the past years acted in an interventionist way in social and political spheres, i.e., places where, since the 1970s at the latest, art has also been active; these sometimes para-religious groups have launched representational forms that operate in a pop-cultural, aesthetic, as well as economist way. And vice versa, also of interest in this series is the church as a secularized site for parties and events and the ensuing dialectic relationship of stipulation and use, while in the meantime consecrated churches have recently become headline news when they operated as a platform for artistic actions.
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Upcoming guest_*talks 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 - Jochen Becker, author, lecturer and curator, Berlin.: Never Expect Power Always.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 - Christoph Sigrist, theologian, pastor at the Grossmünster Zurich and lecturer at the Theological Faculty of the University of Bern; and Gregor Tolusso, theologian, priest at the center city rectory of the Holy Trinity in Bern: Picture Lust & Picture Frust – On Liturgical Life with Art.
Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche Zürich 4,
Stauffacherstrasse 54, 8004 Zürich.
The events are open to the public and entrance is gratis.

The bar opens at 6.30 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm. 
Events last 1½ hours.