John Miller / Marcus Coates
The exhibition of the work of artist, musician and critic John Miller, who was born in 1954 and lives in New York and Berlin, provides a comprehensive insight into a body of work that has been formulated since the 1980s and creates societal and artistic identification and representation models with analytical precision, wide-ranging humour and visual urgency.
With over 45 paintings, sculptures and installations, a digitised slide show of over 1,500 photographs and video works, the exhibition provides a survey of Miller's work from 1983 to 2009.
This exhibition presents the first comprehensive overview of the work of John Miller and follows on from his solo exhibition in Le Magazin in Grenoble in 1999 and the presentation of a selection of his Middle of the Day photographs at Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporaine in Geneva in 2004. The exhibition provides broad insights into the cosmos of an artist who assumes a unique artistic position among his contemporaries and fellow students such as Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw as well as Tony Oursler and Stephen Prina.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive monograph; with texts by Alex Alberro & Nora M. Alter, Branden Joseph, Jutta Koether and John Miller. With an introduction by Beatrix Ruf. Published by JRP|Ringier.
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The artist Marcus Coates, who was born in 1968, explores human and social issues in his performances and the resulting video works. He experiments with forms of meaning and consciousness from the animal kingdom as parallel ways of experience and carries out almost shamanistic acts in an attempt to respond to urgent questions. In these performances, for which he dons half or full body costumes, he engages in a dialogue with the mode of being of animals and re-translates their voices into our language. In his first solo show to be staged at a Swiss institution, Coates presents a total of 6 of his video works for two-weekly periods. These ambivalent works oscillate between dark humour, fascination and irritation and are accompanied by notes and costumes used in the performances. Viewers can experience the artist himself in action on three occasions: Saturday, 29 August, 1 pm, as part of "In Other Words", Saturday, 5 September, 10.30 pm, as part of the Lange Nacht der Museen, Tuesday to Saturday, 20 – 24 October, daily during the opening hours of Kunsthalle Zürich.
A catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be published in early 2010 in cooperation with the Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes (UK).
Image: Marcus Coates, Kamikuchi, 2006. Production still. Courtesy the artist and Workplace Gallery
CONCERT: Friday, 28 August, 11 pm
XXX MACARENA: With John Miller, Jutta Koether, Tony Conrad and friends
SYMPOSIUM and PERFORMANCE: Saturday, 29 August, 1 – 4 pm
The symposium «In Other Words» is the opening event of a series centering around artistic practice that use language as an integral medium. Organised by Kunsthalle Zürich in collaboration with the Milan based curatorial project Peep-Hole and the Istituto Svizzero di Roma.
1 pm: Q&A Performance by Marcus Coates.
2.30 pm: Podium discussion with Vincenzo de Bellis, Claire Fontaine, Jutta Koether, John Miller, Bruna Roccasalva, Beatrix Ruf and Falke Pisano.
LANGE NACHT DER MUSEEN: Saturday, 5 September, 7 pm – 2 am
You ask questions, we provide the answers. Art education programme and performance.
7 – 10 pm: «All that glitters is not gold». Workshop for children and adolescents with Brigit Meier, Art Education. (For children from 6 years of age accompanied by an adult.)
10.30 pm: Q&A Performance: You ask questions, Marcus Coates provides the answers.
Friday, 9 October, 6.30 pm
An evening of artists’ moving image work by the Jarman 2008 awardee Luke Fowler, and the Jarman Award 2009 shortlist: Anja Kirshner & David Panos, Simon Martin, Lindsay Seers and Stephen Sutcliffe. Presented by Film London and Channel 4, the Jarman Award recognises artists’ image work which, like Jarman’s, resists conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence.
Saturday, 10 October, 3 pm
James Mackay, producer, artistic executer and close friend of Derek Jarman, presents artist films from London between 1976 and 1986. Punk, New Wave and “New Romanticism” formed this decade and the post-structuralist opulent-voluptuous or serial films by Steve Farrer, Cordelia Swann, Roberta M. Graham, Cerith Wyn Evans, Dick Jewell and Richard Heslop.
PERFORMANCE WEEK with Marcus Coates: 20 – 24 October, during opening hours
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CONCERT: Thursday, 29 October, 8 pm
The ensemble für neue musik zürich plays works by Giacinto Scelsi, Earl of Ayala Valvai (1905-1988)
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Friday, 28 August
Press Information: 10.30 am
Opening: 6-9 pm, followed by a Summer Party in the courtyard
Concert: 11 pm; XXX MACARENA: With John Miller, Jutta Koether and Tony Conrad
Limmatstrasse 270 CH-8005 Zürich
Tue/Wed/Fri 12 – 6 Pm, Thur 12 – 8 Pm,
Sat/Sun 11 Am – 5 Pm, Mon Closed