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U5

U5 is a Zürich-based artist collective which works in various media with an agenda to challenge traditional notions of individual authorship.

The collective U5 began working together at Zürich University of the Arts in 2007 before graduating as a group in 2011. Their work method depends on the collective’s mutually-agreed founding principles: All members have equal rights, but unanimous agreement is not necessary; all works are created in cooperation; presence and absence influence the work equally. Their work originates from fascination for materials of all kinds, especially everyday materials and utensils made of plastic. The accumulation of digital and analogue materials is an important component of the work, both a ballast and a fund at the same time. Since its foundation, all work processes have been documented and archived in real time with the help of a self-developed live camera (PALM). The handling of this absurd amount of material and data forms the basis of the production.

Since 2011 the collective's studio gained additional significance as an event space, as a permanently transforming, semi-public place. During four years the "Automatenbar" took place every Tuesday: a live format for music, performance, screenings and discussions. The studio is the production site for objects, costumes, films, installations and performances that oscillate between natural, artificial, fictitious and virtual. They are combined with sound, dance, food and drinks, scent, fog and light and then assembled into immersive installations in the exhibition space. Such exhibitions are not an absolute final product, but can be the starting point for further productions. They are possibility spaces in which something can happen that is not thought through precisely, but which can provoke reactions and actions.

Since 2015, U5 has been dealing with historical and contemporary approaches to research in art, especially approaches that transcend disciplines and produce new forms of art and knowledge.


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U5, 2011, photo by Alessandro Frigerio

CV

  • 2015-2018 Artists in Residence, ‹17 Volcanoes› project with Professors P. Ursprung and A. Lehnerer, Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore ETH Center, Singapore
  • 2017 Artists in Residence, NUS Museum Singapore
  • 2009-2011 Master of Arts in Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts
  • 2007 foundation of U5
  • 2006-2009 Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts), Zurich University of the Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

  • Galerie DuflonRacz, «Are you with me?», Bern, Switzerland

2017

  • Kunstverein Bochum, Haus Kemnade, «Waves», Germany
  • NUS Museum, «The Fiery One - Merapi», Singapore
  • NUS Museum, «The White Crater - Kawah Putih», Singapore
  • NUS Museum, «The Drum Mountain - Galunggung», Singapore

2016

  • Urgent Paradise, «Domestic Haze», Lausanne, Switzerland
  • blossom, «BLEACH», Zürich, Switzerland
  • Plateau, «Domestic Haze», Singapore

2015

  • Plateau, «32° of inverted routines», Singapore
  • Kunst 15 Zürich, Advancement Booth, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Duflon + Racz Gallery, «TRACER», Bern, Switzerland

2014

  • Kunstmuseum Thun, «Parasite», Thun, Switzerland
  • Kunsthalle Arbon, «YOUNGLAND EVERFAST», Arbon, Switzerland
  • Kunst 14 Zürich, Advancement Booth, Zürich, Switzerland

2013

  • Raum No 10, "DESERT FOR REAL - DANGER IN EVERY DROP", Bern, Switzerland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

  • Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, «Heimspiel», St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Kunstmuseum Bern, «RÉPUBLIQUE GÉNIALE», Bern, Switzerland
  • Swiss Art Awards, Basel, Switzerland

2017

  • NUS Museum, «17 Volcanoes», Singapore
  • Princeton School of Architecture Gallery, «17 Volcanoes», New Jersey, USA

2016

  • Helmhaus, «Hinter jedem Berg steht noch ein Berg - Eine Begegnung von Gegenwartskunst aus China und der Schweiz», Zurich, Switzerland
  • gta exhibitions - ETH Zurich, «17 Volcanoes - Figures in the Landscape of Java», Zurich, Switzerland

2015

  • Reale Osservatorio Vesuviano, «The Walk», Naples, Italy
  • Centre d'Art Contemporain / Project Space, «protein fix», Geneva, Switzerland

2014

  • BolteLang Gallery, «Tell Me What I See, When I Look Into Your Eyes», Zürich, Switzerland
  • La Rada, «The Chase», Locarno, Switzerland

2013

  • Le Commun - Centre d'Art Contemporain, MOINS 30 IX, JEUNE ART SUISSE 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Swiss Art Awards 2013, Kiefer Hablitzel Award, Messezentrum Basel, Switzerland
  • Helmhaus, Werk- und Atelierstipendien, Zürich, Switzerland

2012

  • Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, "Heimspiel 2012", St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Kunsthaus Glarus, "Fokus: Claudio Zopfi featuring U5 Kollektiv + Suleika de Vries", Glarus, Switzerland
  • Werkbeiträge Bildende Kunst Kanton Zürich,"Werkschau 2012", Zürich, Switzerland

2011

  • Sammlung Prinzhorn, Jubiläumsausstellung, "Von Kirchner bis heute", Heidelberg, Germany
  • Helmhaus, Werk- und Atelierstipendien, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Rote Fabrik/Shedhalle, Master Fine Arts Degree Show, Zürich, Switzerland

2010

  • Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunsthausnacht, "Kitsch + Kunst", Zürich, Switzerland
  • Art Dubai, Bidoun Projects, "A New Formalism", Dubai, UAE
  • Venice Architecture Biennale, German Pavilion: "Sehnsucht", sound installation (commission work), Venice, Italy

2009

  • Shift Electronic Art Festival, "Magic", Basel, Switzerland
  • Bachelordiplomausstellung, Zürich, Switzerland

Grants, Awards, Residencies

  • Digitale Kultur, Werkbeiträge Migros-Kulturprozent, 2018
  • Residency at NUS Museum Singapore, 2017
  • Residency at Future Cities Laboratory Singapore, 2015-2018
  • Kiefer Hablitzel Award, 2013

Teaching

  • 2018 Teaching experiment: Seminar "live", Project PALM, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, Prof. P. Ursprung, ETH Zurich
  • 2016 Project "Raspberry Pi" and Mentoring, F+F School of Art and Design Zurich

Collections

  • 2018 «Tracer» videokunst.ch
  • 2015 «Crystals» Kanton Zürich
  • 2015 «The Chase» Schweizerische Post
  • 2014 «Weltmodell» Kunstmuseum Thun
  • 2013/14 «Netz»/«Lampe»Pfyl Stiftung