Morphing The Roma Label (Publication Project)


With digital networking and the migration-induced mixing of the global society our presence – the Roma phenomenon in Europe and especially in our case in the Swiss society – being rethought. The projects and events of the collective represent the Roma – characteristics of transnationality, often presented as an obstacle, or dual affiliation (to the state and the global Roma community) in a contemporary context in which these characteristics are evaluated as quality. The lively debate in the field of art and society we reflect in decolonial discourses and performative projects. Processes of un-learning take place both in rehearsals for the performative interventions
as well as in the public performances themselves, where the shared experience is seen as a new social tools can be taken along. In the works of the collective, the audience becomes part of a performance by being invited
becomes, through a minimal shift in space or in the way of acting, a collective social body. In every work this creates the possibility for a new connection of the Roma – Image

Open Theory Lectures – OTL

Symposium with Artists, Curators and Theoreticians from Skopje, Vienna, Budapest and Berlin are exchanging their experiences on the subject of visibilisation of Roma Contemporary European and Swiss art societies

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The symposium Open Theory Lectures is dedicated to multiple perspectives on the visibility / invisibility of Roma in society.

When artists, curators and theorists refer to the art of Roma, it is necessary to ask what aesthetic priorities they set, what initiatives, archives and network structures they create with their work, and how, last but not least, they take into account the fact that art continues to exist produces national portraits of artists and creates national pavilions as exhibition spaces for works of art.
What does this mean for the Roma artist / artist?
Are concepts of origin and nationality relevant to the transnational Roma? Has the situation of Roma as a transnational minority changed? How do Roma artists position themselves in the cross-border cycles of ideas, images, objects and people?
With the symposium the Roma Jam Session Art Collective (RJSaK) concludes its three-part project Detox Dance Performance / Parallel Event at Donate To Curate and 1 Roma Manifesto, poster campaign in urban space and in the Shedhalle.

lange_nacht_2016_digital, Shedhalle Zurich

1 Roma Manifest

The “1 Roma Manifest Zurich” expresses a number of political and artistic demands regarding urban space. The project is based in the history of the Roma and is the result of our research on their recognition as a cosmopolitan minority and their own artistic ideas on the topic. The mode of hanging is a response to the long-standing banishment of Roma from public places. The posters signalize to a certain extent a settling down in public space. The “1 Roma Manifest Zurich” consists of a set of 10 DIN A2 posters in single-color printing. The manifesto was published in 2016 and posted for two weeks as a parallel event of the manifestos on official billboards in the city space. At the same time, it announced the RJSaK Symposium “Open Theory Lectures” in Shedhalle Zurich.