2020
Luftholen – ein Versuch
Performance
8 July 2020, 60 min,
Zurich-Albisrieden


The german word «Luftholen» usually describes the action of taking a breath, it is figurative speech. Its primary meaning though is the action of collecting air, similar to collecting water. The work is inspired by the Corona lockdown and the sudden stop it put to our custom habits while we still had no plan for a daily routine in such cases. For many, the lack of activity and variety in their daily life felt like being deprived of the air to breathe. And they're most right: the air stops circulating indeed with nothing to set it in motion ie. with us staying at home and not moving. So my idea was to re-ignite the process of air exchange on a local basis and I made 3 large plastic bags. I entered the meadow at Alte Mühle Albisrieden. I unpacked the first plastic bag, catched some air with it by swaying it around and redid with the second and third bag. I took all three of them over my shoulder and went on a 1.5 km walk through Zurich Albisrieden until I reached a building complex in the form of two semi-circles separated by a narrow walk. I entered the complex, stepped onto the lawn and started opening the bags and releasing the air into the courtyard.

2020
Ich bau ein Haus für Nick und Klaus
Performance
14 May 2020, 7:21 min
ACT 2.0 Festival Zurich


Off the performance site I start with the words «Ich bau ein Haus für Nick und Klaus» (engl. I build a house for Nick and Klaus). I then enter and stretch a long piece of cord in the form of a house as in the drawing game and mind puzzle «Das ist das Haus vom Nikolaus» (engl. This is the house of Santa Claus) following the corners, edges and shadows. Once I have finished I leave and repeat my first sentence. I add a second line like in the extended version of the original play.

The ACT Festival usually takes place in public space. Due to the lockdown, it was held online in 2020 and all performances were either streamed live or taped in advance to be shown at a specific date.

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2018+
Another Brick Off The Wall
intervention, performance


[1] Six lettered plaques put on walls in public space explain each one way of fighting a wall. The instructions either personify the wall as a living being or identify the wall as human-made. Thus being contradictory to the evident nature of physical walls and the usual reflex of keeping them up they shall make a humorous link to the reader's personal experience in overcoming obstacles and induce reflection on the WHERE and WHY of the walls around us.

[2] Meant as an itinerary, the plaques also indicate the next steps of the project. The instructions are meant to be executed in performances: Done are Corrode a wall and Melt a wall. To do are Give a wall new perspectives, Prevent a wall, Scare a wall

2019+
Ellen Bratfisch 1/1 HC
art by minimal means, priceless



This ongoing work is an experiment in minimalism and serves the purpose of identifying art as a most natural part of ourselves and our everyday life.

To achieve this, I established some rules:
1. It must be done quickly.
2. It must be done on the first try.
3. It must be made of everyday material or re-use a material in a common way.
4. No finishing or improvement allowed.
5. Avoid everything that makes it special or outstanding.
6. No copies, no editions.
7. It must be re-distributed in public.
8. It must be free of charge.



2016
Bitte (The Petition)
Intervention/Performance
16 May 2016, ± 2h,
Madonna del Sasso, Locarno


On Whit monday morning, I put a page from Anna Gavalda's book Zusammen ist man weniger allein beneath the crucifix in the stairway to the pilgrimage church, giving it the function of a fictitious petition of the Lord. It said: «If I'm not back within an hour could you please come and look for me?» (transl.) The place was secretely filmed for 1.5 hours by a pre-installed cam to examine possible reactions from those who come to the place to be recognized themselves. The cam shots resulted in a 25 min. movie first shown on 27th july 2016.