May 23rd. TIER: Notes on Bureaucracy with Sergio Zevallos

A brief history of Berlin TempsTEMPS – space support for nomadic projects. The Illegal use of conventional flats.

The evening aims to explore domestic environments as possible models for institutions, taking ‘Berlin Temps’ developed by Zevallos as a case study to discuss radical ideas of the use of private spaces. TEMPS was a room with balcony in a renovated 3bd apartment that offered a temporary residence for projects with unpredictable outcome. The evening will end with a choral approach between private and public conceptions.

About Sergio Zevallos

The first performance in which I took part was to be born in the best hospital of Lima, when my mother achieves to be admitted illegally to emergencies. This is a key term in long stretches of my live itinerary because then started the states of emergency of the 70s and 80s. I think this was the beginning of a feeling to be uprooted. I was co-founder of the Grupo Chaclacayo and came with them to Germany in 1989, then we split, then I moved to Berlin where I live since 1995. I am nomad and often change places and artistic disciplines. I started with drawings, afterwards I did performances, photography, installation, writings, mixing everything. My work remains in continual development, as a construction area. This is also because I deal with topics of transcultural identity, genre and the contradictions in the relation between individuals and power, or between private and public spheres. It is difficult for me to separate art practice from lovers. With both I am a self-taught person and passional. My exhibitionism has led me to show my work, my body and my ideas in institutions, streets and public spaces, which are not necessarily cultural-related.

Zevallos has exhibited in institutions such as Proyecto AMIL, Lima; El Palomar and MACBA, Barcelona; Galería Espai Visor, Valencia; 31st Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Museo de Arte de Lima MALI y Centro Cultural de España, Lima, to name a few of a very extensive list.

TIER: Notes on Bureaucracy research about how reality is modulated by legal constructs. One of the first membranes that regulate social relationships is made of bureaucracy. The way that institutions organize life has been discussed since the very roots of the constructions of modern states. Harun Farocki has compared the edition of a movie with the construction of laws, recalling the writing of Kafka. If a movie composed its reality though montage, in the reality, bureaucracy composes life though a montage of documents. Understanding the complexities that compose our quotidian through the production of reality that every bureau does, one can imagine the possibilities of changing reality through the intervention on its regulations.

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