about

Isabell Bullerschen employs a meta-surgical method in which her work serves as a scalpel to dissect anthropocentrism. Ornamented scapulae appear beyond the cut-off flesh. The binary narrow-mindedness of interpersonal relationships of all kinds are cut open and insides are turned out. In her alternative narratives, she puts the theory of consumption by Georges Bataille or the entanglements of Karen Barad to the test, a sensual form of knowledge should be made tangible and the separation through language should be overcome. The pseudo-reality created by language means a moment of shock for her, communication by means of language an illusion: construction through language leads to isolation. So she relies on the knowledge gained from sensory experience that she puts in contrast to the empirical or argumentative approach of the supposedly objective science and which is able to overcome the state of shock and isolation.

(Adrian Hummel, writer)

EDUCATION

2014—2017

MA Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts, CH 

 

2016

Photography and Video, School of Visual Arts New York, US

 

2010—2014 

BA Communication in Social and Economic Contexts, University of the Arts Berlin, DE 

AWARDS & HONORS  

2021

Working grant, Canton of Zurich

Artist grant Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

   

Project fundings by Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Gwärtler Stiftung  

Working grant Covid-19, City of Zurich  

2020

Project fundings by NAB Kulturstiftung, Stadt Aarau, Hans und Lina Blattner Stiftung, Aargauer Kuratorium

2019

Artist Grant Aargauer Kuratorium 19

2018

Women CineMakers Biennial Edition Official Selection

2015

Artist Grant Aargauer Kuratorium 15

EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS  

2021 

Bestia Rara, Trudelhaus, Baden, CH

Werk- und Atelierstipendien 2021 Stadt Zürich, Helmhaus, Zurich, CH 

Issue de secours, Stiftung Binz39, Zurich, CH 

ohm, Former, Brussels, BEL

2020

720, Eck – Raum für Kunst, Aarau, CH (solo)  

Corporeality: When can a body be said to exist?, Cuadro22, Chur, CH 

Videoex Experimental Film and Video Festival, Zurich, CH

Art With Heart, Online Charity Exhibition, CH  

Moultpoesie, Lyon, FR 

2019

 

Auswahl 19, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, CH

LUFF Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Lausanne, CH 

e-dentity, Mini Digital Festival, Kein Museum, Zurich, CH

RAZOR CORTEX, Kein Museum, Zurich, CH (solo)

 

2018

 

Kunst: Szene Zürich 2018, Stundengalerie curated by Kevin Aeschbacher, Zurich, CH 

house warming, HAMLET, Zurich, CH 

Volumes 2018, Art Publishing Fair, Booth Kunstverein Spieglerey, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, CH 

Louvre Liquidation (-90% Museum) tiny show, RETA, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, CH

Position, Kunstverein Spieglerey, Projektraum 13 Dynamo, Zurich, CH

Determination, NATURA OPERANS, Kunstverein Spieglerey, Projektraum 13 Dynamo, Zurich, CH (solo)

 

2017

 

MA Fine Arts Degree Show, MFA Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, CH 

2016

 

teilungen, MA Fine Arts Degree Show, MFA Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, CH

Nichtmensch, Kunstverein Spieglerey, Galerie Römerapotheke, Zurich, CH

LIMBO, Reto Ganz, exhibition space Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, CH (solo)

 

 

2015

 

Auswahl 15, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, CH

Kein Wunder, dass es zittert, Novilla, Berlin, DE

Vue sur mer, Assemblage with Thomas Knüsel & Jeroen Singer, Reunion, Zurich, CH

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS   

 

2017/18

Founding and Curation RETA, MFA exhibition program Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, CH

 

2015

YOU ARE THE ARTIST . THE SHIFT, Freudenreich, Berlin, DE

 

2014

YOU ARE THE ARTIST . THE HAPPENING VOL. II, Direktorenhaus, Berlin, DE 

 

DADA Cinema, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, CH

PROJECTS  

 

2017

 

Interverbal Communication / Chat Rave, workshop at the Independent Summerschool Zurich, in collaboration with Lara Holenweger 

 

2014

Imbued with soft infinities, MFA Symposium, Collaboration: Concept und Realisation, Zurich, CH 

PERFORMANCES           

2018

Literaturtelefon, Reading, 24h Shop, Zurich, CH

2017

John Baldessari‘s Ear Sofa; Nose Sconces with Flowers (in Stage Setting) (2009/2017), Art Basel, Basel, CH

Veli&Amos’ Cliff’s 23rd Birthday, Tranzition, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, CH

PUBLICATIONS      

2018

 

Women CineMakers meets Art and Independent Cinema, Special Edition, vol. 11, interview, Online Publication, London, UK and Berlin, DE  

 

Art & Crisis, MA Fine Arts Degree Show 2017, Rap and Beautiful Trouble, p. 174-175, p. 183, JRP|Ringier, Zurich, CH

2016

 

Holy Shit - Katalog einer verschollenen Ausstellung, p. 124-126, contribution together with Kevin Kopacka, diaphanes, Zurich, CH

 

Ensuite Art Magazin, No. 157, Januar 2016, p. 68-69, Interview, interwerk gmbh, Bern, CH