Hybride Zonen. Art and everyday business in an absurd image
Swiss video, photo, and performance artist Chantal Michel is well-known for such provocative as well as poetic interventions in public space. Dressed in eye-catching apparel, lost in time, or slipping into various roles, she astonishes onlookers by appearing on church spires, monuments, or on other unusual sites. She infiltrates central building sites in Karlsruhe inner city as a foreign body, contrasting the activities of the construction workers by a moment of silence, but also provocation. Cyclists and pedestrians are invited to pause in front of the building site for a few minutes or hours in an attempt to discern Chantal Michel's form when surrounded by pipes, building blocks, heaps of sand, and diggers. Through this intervention the construction site evolves into a search game combining movement and standstill, art and everyday business in an absurd image. The performances depend on the current building site situation and will take place in the afternoon.