In its nomadic programme Vleeshal goes on tour, organising exhibitions and other events in collaboration with venues in the Netherlands and abroad. During Amsterdam Art Weekend, Vleeshal presents the performance I/WANT/TO/SAY/SOMETHING by Martina-Sofie Wildberger at project space ROZENSTRAAT – a rose is a rose is a rose.
In her work Wildberger focuses on the power of spoken text. In the performance, three performers, including Wildberger, loop the words I/WANT/TO/SAY/SOMETHING in different rhythms, intensities, and spatial configurations. They examine how meaning changes through the tone of their voices and their physical interaction with the space, creating an environment that can be calm, loud, alarming, solitary, or comfortable. Always connected to each other, at times the performers speak together and at other times alone. In this collective act of speaking, they maintain an individual voice that explores different situations where language creates, transforms, and sometimes loses its power.
Martina-Sofie Wildberger (1985, Zürich) obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the Haute école d’art et de design – Genève (HEAD) (2011) and a Master’s degree in Art History from the Université de Genève (2014). She has shown her performances and has participated in exhibitions at the Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris); La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (France); Kunstmuseum Glarus; Fri-Art (Fribourg); Kunsthaus Aarau; Palais de l’Athénée (Geneva); Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève; SALTS (Birsfelden); Kunsthaus Baselland; and Tinguely Museum (Basel). Wildberger did various artist residencies in New York, Berlin and Paris and she was 2018 fellow at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma in Italy. Wildberger has received the Swiss Art Award in 2012 and in 2019 she won the Manor Kunstpreis Schaffhausen.
Performed by: Martina-Sofie Wildberger, Tobias Bienz, Denise Hasler
Financially supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Image: Martina-Sofie Wildberger, I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING, 2017_2018, Performance with Tobias Bienz and Julia Sewing, Kunsthaus Zofingen, 2018 Association 18, Genève, Photo Dominik Zietlow