Tableaux (très) vivants


The first performance of RJSaK in summer 2013 coincides with the forming of the collective on the occasion of the event “guess who’s coming to dinner” in the off space “The Proposal” in Zurich. Participating artist Mo Diener extended her invitation to several friends and performed with the newly constituted group on four evenings in this contemporary art space. Tableaux (très) vivants relates to the traditional bourgeois colonial eye of the portrait photographer of the 19th century. The concept of the performance consists of a détournement of the viewer by means of the camera lens, in which the performer’s self-determination is greatly enhanced while allowing the multiplicity of the audience to become part of any self-definition.

The setting is based on research in 19th century portrait photography in Switzerland. In 1852 – shortly after the foundation of the Swiss nation-state, portrait photographer and lithographer Carl Durheim accepted a mandate by the federal prosecutor to take mug shots of all prisoners made during a large-scale federal action in view of controlling travelers, homeless persons and carneys. Carl Durheim’s photographic records establishes a direct tie between the history of the Swiss state and the history of portrait photography in the service of prosecution of the poor and other undesired forms of existence in Switzerland. He goes down as the inventor of police photography in Europe.


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    27th May 2016 between 7 and 8 p.m. ESTETIKA WALK
    Performance by RJSaK and Friends
    in context of the launching event of The Air Will Not Deny You – Zürich im Zeichen einer anderen Globalität at Johann Jacobs Museum:
    Adresse: Johann Jacobs Museum / Seefeldquai 17 / 8034 Zürich


    Sunday the 6th of September 2015 5p.m. Special act with the “Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv” in the exhibition «Europe. the future of history»


    Friday 7th of August 2015 6 p.m. Horse Racecourse Schachen Aarau (near Reithalle). We are part of the summer college 2015 of the adult education center (VHS) Aarau. This will be an open-air event and performed in any weather condition. The performance will be closed by an Apéro.