P. like Performance Art

Spring semester 20-21

24-26 February 21

Universität / Haute École
Madeleine Amsler / Sarina Scheidegger / Steven Schoch
Contact email
for student applications
Content description

During the three days workshop performance art will be approached from different angles. Historical-theoretical elements will be linked with practice. Sarina Scheidegger and Steven Schoch, artists from Basel, will develop their contribution to the workshop out of their work. Collective working, thinking and writing together are in the very center of Sarina Scheidegger’s work, from where she realizes performances and various forms of printed matters. Steven Schoch's work is based on an interdisciplinary approach; with his body at the center, he interlaces the different art forms seemingly effortless and often plays with the audience. Madeleine Amsler infiltrates, alternating with the practical part of the workshop, historical and contemporary performance art pieces, thematically grouped across times and continents, in an attempt to offer performance art a wider context and space in the workshop.


Sarina Scheidegger (*1985), lives and works in Basel CH

The different forms of working and thinking together and to develop projects in collaborations have been a major subject in the artistic practice of Sarina Scheidegger. She works in various constellations and collaborations - in the field of performance based on textual concepts together with Ariane Koch and with Stingray Editions in the context of writing, editing and printed matters. With the Argentinian artist Jimena Croceri she recently realized a new series of performances connected to the issue of water(politics), hydrofeminsim and fluidity.

Her work was shown, among others at Raven Raw Gallery, (London), Crisper (Bogota), Cabaret Voltaire (Zürich), Swiss Art Awards (Basel), Kunsthalle Basel (Basel), Aargauer Kunsthaus (Aarau), Kaserne Basel (Basel), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel), IPA Performancefestival (Istanbul).

Steven Schoch (*1987 in St. Gallen CH)  lives and works in Basel CH

Steven Schoch is a visual artist, performer, choreographer and dancer, as well as a singer and musician. His work is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and alternates between (video-)performance, theater and installation. His topics deal with our everyday ambivalence and contradictions and investigates their esthetics in various ways. He asks the question how and in whose interest ideas of the world and being in the world are constituted, what powers keep them in place and how a subject or group interprets, experiences and—above all—challenges them. His emphasis is on the investigation of the mechanisms that interrupt such automatisms. "My task is to gently break rules and regulations." In 2012, he earned a BA at the FHNW HGK in Basel (CH). In 2019, he earned an MA in expanded theatre at the HKB in Bern (CH). Together with friends, he initiated the temporary space "Flatterschafft", a studio facility with a special room for projects. In 2014, he was awarded the grant of the Canton Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, Switzerland. In 2017, he was awarded the grant "DanceWeb" at the Festival ImpulsTanz in Vienna. He was nominated for the Swiss Performance Art Award in 2019. He has had solo and group exhibitions and presented performances in Europe and abroad.

Madeleine Amsler (*1975 in Baden CH), lives in Genva

Madeleine Amsler is an art historian and freelance curator based in Geneva. She has acquired experience in the institutional art world (e.g. Mamco, Geneva, print room of the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne) as well as in the independent art scene (Forde and Ex-Machina in Geneva). Since 2011, she has been co-directing .perf, a nomadic performance festival in Geneva. In 2012 she founded the artist residency Embassy of Foreign Artists and co-directed it for 5 years. Furthermore, she worked as visual arts specialist for the Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia and as cultural counsellor (visual arts, video and film) for Canton Basel-City. Since 2018, she is the coordinator of the Swiss Performance Art Award and she teaches theory at the HKB, school of Arts, in Bern.