Bottom Feeders – The Battle of the Cataplasm, Episode 2

28.03.2015, 16:00-16:30
Bottom Feeders – The Battle of the Cataplasm, Episode 2
Hand puppet play


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Flavio Merlo and Ben Rosenthal are the recipients of the Kadist – Kunsthalle Zürich Production Award, offered for the third time to young Swiss artists by the Kadist Art Foundation and Kunsthalle Zürich. Merlo and Rosenthal utilized this grant to conceive and realize Bottom Feeders – The Battle of the Cataplasm, a puppet play staging a crime plot for ten puppets and three stages.

In the first episode some of the 16 puppets, three stages, and two actors (Annina Machaz, Garrett Nelson) figured as Paul, Ted, Cornelia van Bryton and the oracle to embark on their whimsical mission to reveal the alphabet letter who killed the rest of the idiots. This time everything will be different, as usual – except for the existential contradictions, communicative confusions and corporeal thresholds that the „bottom feeders“ (a residue-eating fish, or, more colloquially, a creep) have and will endure during their struggle with balmy wet packs also known as cataplasm.


Flavio Merlo (*1990 in Zug) studied art history at Zurich University, and art at the Zurich University of the Arts. He works mainly in sculpture, performance and music, fusing stage-like installations and larger spatial environments. Small-scale sculptural pieces often bear resemblance to organic props in a broader play of subversive urgency. Collaborative practise is a crucial ingredient to his work, for example with Stefan Tcherepnin, Emmanuel Rossetti, and Tobias Madison. Merlo’s work was most recently presented at The Power Station, Dallas (2013), Supportico Lopez, Berlin (2013), Marbriers 4, Geneva (2014), and at Basel Art Book Fair (2014). 

Ben Rosenthal (*1990 in Zurich) also studied art at Zurich University of the Arts. Through a practise of writing – a novel (A Perfect Lover Is The Angel I Wanna Be, 2012/13), poems, and performances – he generates intimate and/or collective social situations, which transpose poetics into spatial contexts. In his two-day project Chora – an event around writing (presented at the Geneva project space Forde, together with Géraldine Beck) for example  the constellations he creates are fundamentally based on collaborations with other artists. Anthropomorphic sculptural works provide Rosenthal with a further field of inquiry into the monstrosities of feeling, imagination, and politics.


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