The Swiss issue: revisitedX

The Swiss Issue re-visited: preparing FGA#38

FGA#20, the Swiss Issue—a field study on art & market, or the ambivalence of success, was made in 2008, the year of the financial crisis. It appeared in a domestic and an export version and was co-published with edition fink and episode publishers. Now, 10 years later in 2018, we are back in Switzerland, revisiting many of the people, topics, and places starring in a new Swiss Issue, supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur and to be published with edition fink in November this year.

Time goes fast—and slow at the same time. In the last ten years some glaciers have changed more than some people have. The bank secret changed, the banknotes changed, opening hours of the supermarket changed, leisure and working hours shifted, art initiatives turned into institutes, museums into event halls, schools into educational multiplexes, factories into Kunsthalles and cheap studios, cheap studios into high-end apartments, and office space—well, into pretty much everything. How is everyone doing nowadays? What is aging? What are the long lines in and through time? Are new institutes made of bits of old ones? What can we learn from long-standing artist/curator-run and institutional structures? What about the many coops and Genossenschaften for living and working?

FGA focuses on the local, or rather: starts from a local situation. In this case, Zurich and Switzerland are our temporary home base, a microcosm where larger general issues play out in specific ways.


14 Conversations with:
Lisa Lee Benjamin, Frank Hyde-Antwi, Wenzel A. Haller, Felix Stephan Huber, Marco Jacomella, Claudia Jolles, Andreas Marti, Angela Marzullo and Michael Hofer, NORM, Jan van Oordt, Manuela Pfrunder, Curdin Tones, Eva Wagner, Hans Widmer aka P.M.

Image- and Text contributions by:
Stefan Burger, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, Hayat Erdogan, Tine Milz und Julia Reichert, Anne-Laure Franchette, Patrizia Mazzei und Andreas Marti, Haus am Gern, Michael Hiltbrunner, Marco Jacomella and Michele D’Ariano Simionato, Marta Margnetti and Giacomo Galletti, Pietro Mattioli, Jan van Oordt, Elodie Pong, Arthur de Pury, Boris Siemaszko and Melina Wilson, Curdin Tones, Micha Zweifel

Dokuments, fragments and quotes by:
Søren Berner, Stefan Burger, CIRA, Ernst Gisel, Terrence Mc Kenna, Otto Mueller, Serge Stauffer

Artists and editors: Robert Hamelijnck & Nienke Terpsma
360 pages, 72 img., 52 in colour, 17 facsimiles
19 x 13 cm, paperback
Design: Nienke Terpsma, Rotterdam
Publisher: edition fink. Zürich 2018
ISBN 978-3-03746-232-4
ISSN 1874-0227
CHF 24.00 / EUR 19.95 / USD 25.00

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