Katharina Vogel is standing in the square in bright olive pants and a brown blouse. Still. Look. Greetings and the place. Passers-by stop with questions. Nobody says a word.
Slowly she gets rid of pants, underwear, a blouse. A man with gray hair says, "Let's start." Dansartiest Vogel starts to move in the square. It was the most free form of movement for her. "But then I feel what it means to be human."
More and more people are staying in the square, but keep their distance. Noticeable: most of them are men. Many flash camera or smartphone. A group of school children is passing by. Everyone giggles, calls one.
«I am a drop of water»
Two of the few women discuss excitedly, wondering if this should be art and why. Vogler has his eyes closed, seems completely lost on the square. "I am a drop of water, the town hall bridges my ocean," she says. I am a drop of water, the Rathausbrücke is my ocean.
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It is very quiet on the square. Many do not understand what is happening here. But you are tolerant. Now the second actor undresses, sits down on the floor and leans her belly against the concrete bench. She drops her forehead, stops. The eyes turn in their direction. Many turn their smartphones.
"But the many men with their cameras on the square are disgusting to me."18-year-old high school student
An Indian tourist couple walk across the square. Both laugh at seeing two naked men, who are now marching on the square. One starts to dry the other by blowing the wet hair. "Wow," says the Indian woman. "What is that?" Asks a man. "Art", someone says. It is called "cold coffee" compared to what he used to see in Niederdorf.
«One song too long-winded»
Since the action started, Bernhard Furrer follows the ins and outs of the square. The pensioner from Wallisellen loves art. "But – I admit it – even a naked skin." He finds the combination of the two perfect. "I wish people would be more relaxed about the subject." Although he grew prudish, he was later relaxed by the influence of family members. And if he can, he also walks around naked, in a private environment. But at one point he says: "This is a bit too long for me."
The situation is very different for the two young women in Zurich. From their point of view, it takes exactly this slowness, so that people get involved in the crowds, stop, come. "We can hardly do that today," says someone. An 18-year-old high school student feels it the same way. "But the many men with their cameras on the square are disgusting to me."
"A woman looked at me and then I saw how something was dissolved in her."Katharina Vogel, nude performer
Katharina Vogel will say after her performance that she liked the atmosphere on the square. Many would have admitted to what is happening in the square. "A woman looked at me and then I saw how something was dissolved in her." That is fine, says Katharina Vogel.
The friction potential of the action is undoubtedly present. From Thursday afternoon at 1 pm, artists are naked in the crowd at the Rathaushausbrücke in Zurich. Spectators will rub their eyes and wonder what that means. Maybe ask, what can that do.
Exploring the social and cultural friction potential is the goal of the second edition of the festival "Body and Freedom". Until Saturday evening, artists from all over Europe want to discover in eighteen performances how their naked body works in the real public space and in relation to the architecture of a place. All works have sculptural or interactive functions and last between 20 and 60 minutes.
Artistic design tool
Naked bodies are present and accepted on theater stages, in art houses or on the net, according to curator Thomas Zollinger. "But when people are confronted in public with nakedness, many people have problems with that." The art of Zollinger therefore encourages viewers to think about their relationship to their own body and behavioral norms.
Zollinger is not about showmanship, but the exact opposite. "The naked body should generally cause less sensation." He wants to make the naked body in the urban space an artistic tool. & # 39; Nude Talks & # 39; in the center of Charlemagne complete the program in the evening. They provide space for critical reflection and are intended to contribute to the transfer of this kind of art. The city has approved the event, but does not support it financially, like the canton.
With the first edition of the festival three years ago in his hometown Biel, Thomas Zollinger has caused quite a stir. Online media from all over the world reported. The German portal RP-Online, for example, entitled "Activists are confusing the city center of Biel". Just like in Biel, the subject is also discussed controversially in Zurich. Claudia Rabelbauer, an EPP council member and former city councilor, for example, demands that passersby be informed about the event so that they can avoid it.
Created: 23.08.2018, 12:40