Liberation Bar is the result of Manifesta 11’s (Dis)Assembly meetings. Discussing the position of the art educator as a mediator between artwork, (exhibition) context and viewer we devised a series of events which conceive intermediacy as crucial; a tribute to comment, question and doubt. Liberation Bars took place every Wednesday between 7pm and sunset at changing public fountains in Zurich. The bars’ location, drinks and music were programed by a rotating roster of hosts.
Liberation Bar 1
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Venue: Bullingerplatz
Curated by the whole Liberation Bar team
Description: An inauguration bar organized to fund money and gather all relevant people.
Liberation Bar 2
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Venue: The 2 Fountains by the cemetery Sihlfeld entrance Zypressenstrasse
Curated by Ladina Gerber and San Keller
Description: A bar, which was defined by an intervention at a cemetery staging food, real glasses at an open space with two fountains.
Liberation Bar 3
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Venue: Fountain above the Schanzengrabenpromenade
Curated by Daniel Hauser and Heiko Schmid
Description: A bar, which was based on a thematic intervention with a mirror installation highlighting the backgrounds of the word reflection.
Liberation Bar 4
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Venue: Fountain between Between Drahtschmidlisteg and Mattensteg
Curated by Corinna Holbein and Daniel Morgenthaler
Description: A bar, in which the visitors were invited to stay at James Joyces favorite place in Zurich and to drink Irish whiskey.
Liberation Bar 5
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Curated by Annika Hossain and Judith Welter
Description: A summer night bar, in which the curators organized contacts to local bars around the Röschibachplatz.
Liberation Bar 6
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Curated by Bárbara Brazão and Jordis Fellmann and Thomas Rackowe Cork
Description: A bar organized by the volunteers of Manifesta 11. The volunteers initiated a dancing course held by one volunteer and prepared drinks from their diverse homecountries.
Liberation Bar 7
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Venue: Fountain at Schanzengraben between Bärenbrüggli and Bärengasse
Curated by Sophie Nys and Yana Klichuk
Description: A bar, which took place at a picturesque fountain in the center of Zurich, which also created a contextual connection with the fountain of youth
Liberation Bar 8
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Venue: Fountain at Lindenplatz Zurich
Curated by Lucie Kolb and Sofia Bempeza
Description: A bar with Arak drinks from the Middle East, which took place in one of the most diverse areas of Zurich
Liberation Bar 9
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Venue: Fountain on that little square on Spiegelgasse just around the corner from Cabaret Voltaire
Curated by: Daniel Morgenthaler and Julia Moritz
Description: A bar, which was initiated as a collaboration with the “Cabaret der Künstler” at one of the most picturesque fountains in Zurichs city center
Liberation Bar 10
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Venue: Klingenanlage Zurich
Curated by: Alena Nawrotzki and Heiko Schmid
Description: A bar, which quoted the film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, in which the organizers announced officially to offer the framework for a research mission trying to find the mysterious curator of Manifesta 11.
Liberation Bar 11
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Curated by Daniel Hauser and San Keller
Description. A 4am morning bar, which was defined by an installative setting with beers floating in a public fountain.
Liberation Bar 12
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Venue: Fountain below the Helmhaus
Curated by: The ticketing team of Manifesta 11
Description: A bar, in which the ticketing booth below the Helmhaus was used to sell drinks.
Liberation Bar 13
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Venue: Bathing pool at the Klärwerk Werdhölzli
Curated by Julia Moritz
Description: A bar, which used a pool in Zurichs wastewater treatment plant as a “meta fountain” to gather the visitors.
The members of the Liberation Bar team are:
- Alena Nawrotzki
- Annika Hossain
- Corinna Holbein
- Daniel Hauser
- Daniel Morgenthaler
- David Smeulders
- Heiko Schmid
- Judith Welter
- Julia Moritz
- Lucie Kolb
- San Keller
- Sofia Bempeza
- Sophie Nys
- Ladina Gerber
- Yana Klichuk
18 362 people participated
in the Manifesta 11
The Education and Mediation programme is generously
supported by Engagement Migros, Initiating Partner of Manifesta 11.