Liberation Bar

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

Venue: Röschibachplatz

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

Venue: Bürkliplatz

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

Venue: Altstetterplatz

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.

Liberation Bar,  22 June 2016 © Manifesta 11

The members of the Liberation Bar team are:

  1. Alena Nawrotzki
  2. Annika Hossain 
  3. Corinna Holbein 
  4. Daniel Hauser 
  5. Daniel Morgenthaler 
  6. David Smeulders 
  7. Heiko Schmid 
  8. Judith Welter 
  9. Julia Moritz 
  10. Lucie Kolb 
  11. San Keller 
  12. Sofia Bempeza 
  13. Sophie Nys 
  14. Ladina Gerber 
  15. Yana Klichuk

18 362 people participated
in the Manifesta 11
Education programme

The Education and Mediation programme is generously 
supported by Engagement Migros, Initiating Partner of Manifesta 11.