Installation and Performance by Dawn Nilo and Johannes Nilo
July 30, 2022, 10.15 am The Kitchen at Monk Contemporary Bårby Borg, Öland, Sweden
Alvaret, An Open Fairy Tale
Stark ist relativ
13.–14. and 20.–21. March, 2021
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
In The Kitchen Monk Contemporary
Klybeck-Areal, 4057 Basel, K-106, 1.OG
Nilo & NILO, What Remains ;
Curated by: Wil Aballe, Isabel Balzer, Jasper Bock, Ralph Bürgin Peter Burleigh, Martin Chramosta, Poka-Yio Sigrún Gunnarsdóttir, Bert Boubrechts, Sophie Jung Irini Karayannopoulou, Aida Kidane, Chus Martinez Patrick Müllerschön, Yolanda E. Natsch, Alex Silber, Rahel Schrohe, Yota Tsotra,
June 26–August 15, 2020
After 13 years of life and 7 years of exhibitions in the home and project space of artist curators Dawn and Johannes Nilo, “The Kitchen Aufderhöhe” is moving to Basel. To honour the personal amidst the very global transition, “What Remains” asks, “What do we want to take with us and what do we want to leave behind; and can the microcosm of a home become the possibility of a new world in which the precarious conditions of society are addressed and healed through the personal and the intimate? Believing in the power of art to generate new ways of thinking and acting, eighteen curators remember and imagine the world.
“What Remains” combines artworks and artefacts from the daily life of Dawn and Johannes, with contributions from eighteen curators. Each has performed a “Curatorial Choreography” (either on site or via video conferencing) as a format for installing and creating new constellations of work. The performative process in space took place June 20–28 in Arlesheim Switzerland and the exhibition continues online through August 15, 2020, with additions and transformations in photography, remote performances, guided tours and emerging texts.
The exhibition structure is performative and process-oriented, chaotic and ordered at the same time, exploring what is possible in transition on the threshold between two new worlds – the old (that we have re-membered) and the becoming, as well as the physically present and the remotely transmitted. The end products of installations and new works allow well developed and formulated concepts to cross with open experiments. What remains is impossible to predict. Strong, decisive positions have no better or less a chance of survival than spontaneous impulses. A seemingly accidental pencil stroke or a dead bee can develop great charisma, a sculpture can be taken down to reveal the pedestal, a picture removed to expose the wall. It is an experiment in finding ways to honour the given work (the world as it was/is) while making room for the as yet unseen (the world as it can become).
Curatorial Choreography by Dawn Nilo:
1. Objects from the remains of life at The Kitchen Aufderhoehe, as well as artworks by Dawn and Johannes Nilo, will be left in the emptied apartment in various states of composition.
2. Each curator will bring an artwork, object, text or concept and, in collaboration with the artists, curate it as a part of an installation, with and in relation to the other objects. The result will be photographed and becomes a work that will be published online. The curator’s object will be returned at the end of the exhibition.
3. Each work may be either designated as fixed (so that it remains intact and in place “as is” throughout the exhibition) or fluid (so that it can be changed by other curators).
By Dawn Nilo; with Isabel Balzer, Till Langschied, Caroline von Reden, Janos Tadeschi
Curated by Johannes Nilo
At A Performance Show, Art Rotterdam
Februar 7–9, 2020
Atelier van Lieshout, Keileweg 12-18 Rotterdam
A Perfromance with Dawn Nilo, Steven Schoch, Johannes Nilo
January 5, 2020, M 54, Basel
A Deal we can't refuse
By Dawn Nilo, curated by Johannes Nilo
A Performance Affair, September 5–8, 2019, in: Vanderborght Building 50 rue de l'Ecuyer, 1000 Brussels
A team of dealers from Contemporary Monk, negotiate, sell and perform art. Visitors are invited to enter into the absurd, creative and conceptual process of negotiating the terms and agreements of a purchase. Everything in Booth 15 is for sale: performances, videos, ideas, photographs, prints, sculptures, carpets, tables, chairs, pens, Greenland or anything else that we can negotiate – for the right price. Both a staging ground for an absurd self reflective play, and an honest gallery, Contemporary Monk offers serious fun.
In A deal we can't refuse!, it’s not the artist who determines the protocol for reproduction or the terms and conditions for purchase, but the performative process of negotiation. Collectors on any budget are encouraged to engage in the process of buying, selling, performing and exhibiting art. In this way, the act of collecting becomes an artwork in itself that can also be sold (everything can be sold under the right conditions and for the right price). In the beginning anything is possible, but once a deal is made, it defines the work and sets the conditions and protocol for the future.
For example, performances and related objects can be sold as unique works or limited edition multiples, with or without the possibility of reproduction, signatures or statements of authenticity. Certificates or other objects of documentation can be requested or created through the process and even the concept of a performance can be changed through negotiation and bespoke agreements. No idea is too absurd, no offer too low or too high. But everything must be negotiated and agreed upon. Offer us a deal we can’t refuse!
During the fair A deal we can’t refuse! is for sale along with other performances and objects by Dawn Nilo and the Contemporary Monk collection. Collectors may start with suggested prices and terms from the sales prospectus, or make their own offers. Purchases under 50€ must be paid in cash or by barter agreement. Those over 100,000€ can be made as tax-deductible charity donations. Enter the playground of negotiations and review the sales prospectus at the Balzer Projects / Contempory Monk Booth 15. There is no obligation to buy.
A Performance on November 1, 2019
The Performance was carried out by people individually at different locations around the globe following the instructions:
Decide a place where you are going to be at sunrise November 1. Find out the time when the sun rises at your location. Send your coordinates (or simply the name of the place) and time to Dawn and Johannes.
Wake up on time. Enjoy the precious time before the sun actually rises.
Wellington Botanic Gardens (New Zealand), at 6.08
41° 16‘ 48.09‘‘ S / 17° 46‘ 9.75‘‘E
Athens, Filopappou Hill (Greece), at 6:50
37° 58‘ 12.05“ N / 23° 43‘ 08.28“ E
Gustavsberg, (Sweden) at 7:06:14
59° 19‘ 49.34‘‘ N / 18° 23‘ 10.89‘‘ E
Kristina Nilo, Kalle Haglund
Järna, (Sweden), at 7:08:34
59° 5‘ 27.46‘‘ N / 17° 34‘ 11.01‘‘ E
Södra Bårby (Sweden), at 7:03:38
56° 30‘ 30.14‘‘ N / 16° 25‘ 59.68‘‘ E
Lengenfeld (Germany), at 7:01:28
48° 0‘ 10.34‘‘ N / 10° 55‘ 39.64‘‘ E
Sibylle Wissmeyer, Uli Hohmann
Warz next to Gotha (Germany), at 7:13
51° N / 10° E
Marburg (Germany), 7:16:57
50° 49‘ 0.01‘‘ N / 8° 46‘ 0.01‘‘ E
Überlingen am Bodensee (Germany), 7:10
47° 46‘ N / 9° 9‘ E
Stuttgart, Uhlandshöhe (Germany), at 7:10:13
48° 46‘ 50.82‘‘ N / 9° 11‘ 38.43‘‘ E
Basel (Switzerland), at 7:12
47° 33‘ 26.23‘‘ N / 7° 35‘ 13.43‘‘ E
Basel (Switzerland), at 7:12
Dornach/Arlesheim (Switzerland), at 7:13
47° 28‘ 35‘‘ N / 7° 39‘ 34‘‘ E
Dawn Nilo, Martje Brandsma, Philipp Tok
Reykjavik (Iceland), at 9:09
64° 8‘ 43.29‘‘ N / 21° 53‘ 4.51‘‘ W
Sigrún Gunnarsdottir, Jasper Bock
Oklahoma City (USA), at 7:51
35° 28‘ 55.13‘‘ N / 97° 32‘ 32.53‘‘ W
Kai Singelis, India Hines
Los Angeles, Studio City (USA), at 7:12
34° 8‘ 54.24‘‘ N / 118° 24‘ 10.37‘‘ W
Tom, Sadie, Hattie, Woody Stratton
Vancouver (Canada), at 8:00
49° 17‘ 14.50‘‘ N / 123° 1‘ 25.58‘‘ W
Sobald ich mich bewege, wird es eigentlich persönlich
3.Juni–30. Juni 2019
mit Werken von Charlotte Böttger, Birgit Cauer, Yeonji Han, Friedemann Heckel, Raimer Jochims, Judith Kakon, Cosima zu Knyphausen, Marlen Letetzki, Philip Poppek, Reto Pulfer, Maija Ripatti, Venus Ryter, Mia Sanchez
kuratiert von Rahel Schrohe
As soon as I move it will actually get personal
Sobald ich mich bewege, wird es eigentlich persönlich
June 3rd-30th June 2019
With works by Charlotte Böttger, Birgit Cauer, Yeonji Han, Friedemann Heckel, Raimer Jochims, Judith Kakon, Cosima zu Knyphausen, Marlen Letetzki, Philip Poppek, Reto Pulfer, Maija Ripatti, Venus Ryter, Mia Sanchez
Curated by Rahel Schrohe
Opening on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, at 2 pm Opening hours: Sundays, 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment
Dance interventions by Charlotte Böttger, Yeonji Han and Maija Ripatti on the following Sundays: June 2nd and 16th, starting at 3 pm Yoga class withGuillaume Musset: Sunday, June 16, 1 pm
Finissage with a text by Venus Ryter, read by Ariane Koch, on Sunday, June 30th, 2019, 4 pm
Digitalization has changed our approach to art, most notably in regards to how we perceive and receive it. Even though there are more exhibitions than ever before, works of art are rarely seen in real life and often experienced only digitally. Through this digital mediation the work changes. The published images are mostly uniform, deserted and polished installation shots, or work views from a quasi-fictional white cube. These images have a close proximity to the product photography of the consumer world, depicting the works without distance, and making them appear to be consumable commodities. The distantly depicted artworks appear shaped and consumable. Their surface appearances are brightened and polished by the screen and the zoom function allows a simulated proximity that has nothing in common with a dense sensual proximity. These photographs form (perhaps unintentionally) a set of rules and sometimes even shape the aesthetics of newly emerging works. Some exhibitions appear in part to be installed for the sole purpose of being photographed and thus digitally circulated.
The exhibition As soon as I move it will actually get personal will take place in June 2019 in The Kitchen Aufderhoehe, a project space in the private home of Dawn and Johannes Nilo in Arlesheim, Switzerland. The exhibition, which critically reflects on this digital development, is the third strategy of the interdisciplinary long-term project Strategies for coping with the digital colonization of mind and body.
The selection of works concentrates on the analogue: painting, watercolour, dance, sculpture, photography, typography, text and sound. These depend on a specific, non-virtual, ideally intimate space, and on the visitor’s unmediated experience. The exhibition focuses on a quality of aesthetic practices that is lost in digital mediation: the immediate appeal of the senses and the revelation of complexity and diversity in the contemplation of the individual work. The location for the exhibition in a home offers the possibility for a long term and continual aesthetic exchange between the observer and the observed. Some of the works use their appearance to train or challenge perceptions, while others reflect on digitalization on a conceptual level. Starting from different perspectives, the works deal with the two main themes of the exhibition - corporeality and atmosphere. These concepts help to formulate an alternative aesthetic, one that can only be understood through a concrete and „live“ experience that occupies the body consciously in its entire physical presence, and (perhaps even with a therapeutic effect) intends to sharpen the senses.
At The Kitchen Aufderhoehe, the exhibited art is always shared personally and multilingual. People from the art scene are just as welcome as neighbours and school classes in the community. Guided tours of the exhibition discussing the works are available free of charge after prior registration.
Just Drink Tea
Radical Acts of Isolated Hyper Just Moments
January 27–May 19, 2019
September 23–December 21, 2018
With: Martje Brandsma, Dawn Nilo, Johannes Nilo, Steven Schoch, Janos Tedeschi, Philipp Tok
Portraits Unexpected Events by Appointment
Patrick Müllerschön, Johannes Nilo
12. Oktober - 16. November 2014
John Baldessari, Alighiero Boetti, Marcel Duchamp, Albrecht Dürer, Ellsworth Kelly, Sigmar Polke, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol
4. bis 6. November 2016
Friday, November 4, 1 – 2:30 pm
Quince Tea Ceremony (in Englisch)
Satruday, November 5, 1 – 2:30 pm Quince Tea Ceremony (in Englisch) Sonntag, November 6, 13 – 14.30 Uhr Quitten-Tee Zeremonie (auf Deutsch)
December 7, 2014
Gudrún Vera Hjartardóttir
Sigrún Úa Gunnarsdóttir
July 29 - Septemeber 20, 2015
Heroes, Toons, and Lyrics
24. April - 22. Mai, 2016
Ferrum and Cuprum
18 May - 29 June, 2014
Photography and Poetry
13. Oktober – 17. November 2013
Blind – Zeichnungen und Übermalungen.
Into the Green
March 24 - May 5, 2013