Nicole Bachmann

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VITRINE London | Basel – info@vitrinegallery.com

Based in London and Zurich

Nicole Bachmann works across video, text, sound and performance. She situates the body as a site of knowledge production used to explore alternative discourses within language and form. By using movement and voice, Bachmann intends on subverting languages power and political relations that she believes is attached to normative vocabulary, opening up spaces or gaps in which to “embody vocabulary” where new meaning can be created. In becoming other-too, Bachmann wants to question the structures of social norms through her own and others bodies and voices, providing a refreshing and relevant agency.

Her predominantly collaborative practice reflects this subversion, evoking a sense of togetherness and reciprocity, searching for meaning away from the prescribed set of definitions she considers language exists within. Activating the individual as well as the group, Bachmann wants to inquire into how to become bodies of social and political change.

Working predominantly in mediums which are still underrepresented with the art market because of their non-physical, temporal aspects, Bachmann again wants to interrupt tendencies inherent to a system. (courtesy of Vitrine gallery)

Education

2008–10

MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London

2003–07

Diploma of Fine Art, Zurich University of the Arts

Selected Exhibitions

2022

The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2021

Nocturnal Creatures, late night Arts Festival, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Along A Long So Long, VITRINE, Basel
Sonic Matter, Festival for new music, Last Tango, Zurich
partly anchored, a mesh of seeds, Istituto Svizzero Palermo
partly anchored, a mesh of seeds, Istituto Svizzero Roma

2020

Tomorrow is an island, as inland, a sin land 
ADM Gallery, Singapore, collateral event of Singapore Biennale
full stop slightly high, Vitrine Gallery, London (solo presentation)
Fluid Bodies, E-Werk, Freiburg i. Br., Germany
on sight/site, posters in public space, Switzerland
Rub your shoulders with mine, Topic/espace picto, Geneva (solo presentation)

2019

Art Night London, London
Protect me from what I want,
Kunsthalle St.Gallen
Swiss Art Awards, Basel
A circle whispering dot, BolteLang, Zurich (solo presentation)
A circle whispering dot, Mimosa House, London
presented by A____________Z, (solo presentation)
The words we live in, Binz39, Zurich curated by Gioia Dal Molin
or what is, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur
or what is, Mimosa House, London
Commission for Lyriktage, Frauenfeld
or what is, Diaphanes Space, Berlin

2018

Personare Part I and Part II, Tenderpixel, London  (solo presentation)
Werkstipendien, Helmhaus, Zurich
Personare, Performance, Helmhaus, Zurich
Performative Reading, Kulturbüro, Zurich

2017

Block Universe, Performance Art Festival, London
A gesture towards transformation, Tenderpixel, London
London meets Altdorf, Haus für Kunst, Uri
YOU, Helmhaus Museum, Zurich
I SAY, Corner College, Zurich (solo presentation)
Materialities of Language – The Last Frontier, Antiquariat Harsch, Winterthur

2016

Historical Exhibition: Sites under construction, co-curated by Francesca Gavin, Manifesta 11, Zurich
Performance, Haus der Zünfte, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland
L*, a project by Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Darling Foundation, Montreal
Take One/Take Two/Take Three, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

2015

DOings & kNOTs / Tegevus-sõlmed, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
Rhythm of Thought, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Look Live, Performance, ICA, London
Control / Shift / Plus, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich
Werkstipendien, Helmhaus, Zurich

2014

Objective Considerations, MOT International Project Space, London
Say it in words, Coleman Project  Space, London
Performance as Publishing presents: The flow between the thing and the word, Modern Art Oxford
Performance as Publishing, New York Art Book Fair, with Classroom curated by David Senior, PS1, NY
Swiss Art Awards, Basel
Aus dem OFF, curated by Patricia Bianchi

2013

Composing through words, Het Veem theater, Amsterdam
From script to reading to exhibition to performance to print, Rowing, London
Disappearing Into One, Zabludowicz Collection, London
Words to Be Spoken Aloud, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Landmark Seizures, Aid & Abet, Cambridge

2012

Performance as Publishing, Kunsthalle Basel
The Carousel Collection, Cabinett in Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki
Word Art, Hoxton Arch 402, London
Der Autor ist anwesend, Symposium HKB Bern

2011

Ha, around the corner of one eye, Perla Mode, Zurich (solo presentation)
Space Exchange, The Woodmill at Aid and Abet, Cambridge
Performance as Publishing, Performance, South London Gallery, London
Textures of Time, Frederick Parker Gallery, London
‘Natural language[nach-er-uhl lang-gwij]’,Vitrine Gallery, London
S.A.G.S., TheWoodmill, Bermondsey, London
Café des Rêves,10 Jahre Videokunst Schweiz, Helmhaus Zurich

2010

The Remnants of Something else, Videotank, Zurich (Solo presentation)
Travelling to the Unknown, 3e Weteringdwarsstraat 21-B, Amsterdam
Werkschau, Kanton Zürich, F+F, Zurich
The man who tasted shapes, Made in Goldsmiths Gallery, London
Radio performance, Charlie Woolly’ radio at Space, London
NowThen_, E:vent Gallery, London
MFA Fine Art Show, Goldsmiths College
The Bergen Biennale 2010, Landmark Bergen Kunsthall / Entree, Bergen, Norway
Pause & Eject 2, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

2009

Display Series, Wartesaal, Zurich (Solo presentation)
You can find me in the lexicon, Archivbegehungen, Zurich
Multiplo_6 Uno Nessuno Centomila, N.O.Gallery Fuori Area, Milan
Pause & Eject, Rag Factory, London
Soirée Me & My Friends, Goldsmiths College, London

2008

Uncertainties, N.O.Gallery, Milan (Solo presentation)
Liste 08, The Young Art Fair, Basel (Solo presentation)
The John Institute, Palace, St.Gallen
Launch
Me & My Friends at Ooga Booga, Los Angeles

2007

Humans 1-6, A.C.Kupper modern, Zurich (Solo presentation)
Matilde 6, Show Room 6, Riga, Latvia
Degree Show, Tonimolkerei, Zurich

2006

Hit my dark spot, Crypt Gallery, St.Pancras Church, London

2005

Signes Quotidiens, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
Raum für Räume, Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland Migrationsland Schweiz, Tonimolkerei, Zurich

2003

Swiss Design Prize 2003, Musée d’Art et Design, Lausanne

2002

Portraits, A.C.Kupper modern, Zurich (Solo presentation)

Awards/residencies

2020

Work Grant, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

2019

Swiss Art Awards, short-listed

2018

Freiraum Stipendium, Kanton Zürich, CH
Winner Werkstipendium (Art Prize), City of Zurich, CH

2016

Residency at LUX, London with Ruth Beale, Jan-March
Project Grant, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Grant for the Arts, Arts Council England

2015

Residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Winner Werkstipendium (Art Prize) City of Zurich, Switzerland

2014

Travel Grant, Arts Council England

2011

Escalator program, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK

2008

Art Prize 2008, Nationale Suisse, Basel

2003

Swiss Federal Design Award

Publications

2020

DEARS, magazine on transversal writing practices

2017

Grids, zine Published by Innen

2016

Manifesta 11 catalogue

2015

DOings & kNOTs / Tegevus-sõlmed, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia catalogue

2013

From script ot reading to exhibition to performance to print publication, Rowing

2011

NowThen(__), Artist book with Laure Prouvost, EP Park, Jasiek Mischke, Una Knox and Nicole Bachmann

2008-now

Fanzine Me & My Friends

2008

Uncertainties, Catalogue N.O.Gallery, Milano, Italy Liste 08, Exhibition catalogue

2003-06

Fanzine Stella #1 – #5. Zurich, Switzerland: Nievesbooks.

2003

Swiss Design 2003, Désir Design. Baden, Switzerland Lars Mueller Publishers.

Talks/ Teaching / Publishing Events

2015

Teaching: Workshop at Konstfack, Stockholm

2014

Workshop with Performance as Publishing at Three Letter Words Fair, London, UK

2011

Teaching: Workshop at HEAD (Haute Ecole des Arts et Design Geneva)

2010

New York Art Book Fair, PSI, New York, USA

2009

Zines Secession, Corner College, Zurich, Switzerland Launch Me and My Friends #8 and #9 at Space, London, UK Publish and be damned, London UK, 2009 Psychoanalysis and Cinema, Guest curator of Miss B’s Salon, London, UK, Speakers Andrea Sabbadini, Chair of the European Psychoanalytic Filmfestival and Michelle Williams, PHD, Goldsmiths What is space? Salon with Miss B Corner College, Zurich,

2004

Series of Talks Frauen, Kunst und Karriere, Zürich, Switzerland