in Zürich / Switzerland
07.09.2018 - 06.10.2018 00:00
Sobranie Cocktail

Benedikte Bjerre, Delphine Chapius Schmitz, Maren Dagny Juell, Julien Prévieux, Morgane Tschiember, Sergio Verastegui

Curated by Julia Cistiakova and Ekaterina Shcherbakova.

The exhibition “Sobranie Cocktail” comes from a discussion between the participants on better work issuing from the given conditions. The exhibition on how to make a better exhibition passes through an attitude of non-productivity and results in the assembly of individual responses.

The definition of better work results and processes is specified by various technological and social realms. Confronting the technological and manual DIY consciousnesses, fading borderline between work and leisure, manifesting the disappearance of the author, the exhibition sets up an issue of better working conditions in art within the broader social context. A series of non-works fosters the productivity and usability of free time, seeks the limits of procrastination, and questions the utility of deconstruction. Exposing the pre-production elements, honouring side-effects and leftovers, scrutinising the materiality of time, are all the processes that form the spatial discourse of the exhibition.

Benedikte Bjerre glances back to the early era of productivity movement, notably related to the expansion of the female labour force as well as the extraction of potential free time due to technological facilitators of domestic work. Morgane Tschiember exposes the interior of workshops that she frequented to produce her sculptures: erotic posters objectifying women’s bodies are juxtaposed to the atmosphere they are presented in, being a relief and at the same time, an antagonist of men’s hard work. Maren Dagny Juell ironically explores a pedagogy of online tutorials, implementing a gap of despair that appears while one is supposed to learn how to optimise their mental and physical. Sergio Verastegui designs a protocol for realising a dysfunctional painting, manifesting the idea of almost non-working, as well as addresses a series of postcards from his vacation during the exhibition period. Delphine Chapius Schmitz reveals the notes she is taking regularly that form her universe of realised and unrealised works, preparations for teaching, daily observations, and reflections.

“Sobranie Cocktail” offers to visit the reunion once it came to its end, and have a look at the set of the individual responses aiming to improve the discourse, the display, and simply to make it better according to one’s knowledge and interpretation.

Kindly supported by Georg and Josi Guggenheim Stiftung and Danish Arts Foundation.

In unserem kleinen Projektraum PS3 präsentieren wir eine installative Arbeit des Zürcher Konzeptkünstlers Colin Guillemet, “Great Expectations”.

10 years Dienstgebäude!
In September 2008, Dienstgebäude Art Space Zurich opened its first show.

Öffnungszeiten Fr 12 – 18 Uhr, Sa 14 – 18 Uhr und nach Verabredung


Töpferstrasse 26
8045 Zürich


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