Vanessà Heer (CH/IT)
b. 1989, St.Gallen
lives and works in Zurich

is a Swiss-born and Zurich based sound artist. Her practice unfolds around live performances and installations. In different contexts, collaborations and spaces she explores the political and ethical possibilities of conscious listening and how it can be used as a feminist, decolonial and sustainable tool. In both her performative and her installative works, she constantly oriented towards questions of commonality, collaboration, the dissolving authorship, and the challenges of self-precarization. Her immersive sonic interventions are grounded in questions such as the relationship between individual perception and collective dynamics or the investigation of listening expectations and their societal roots. In 2018, she completed her Master of Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts. From 2016 to 2020 she was as co-founder a member of Raum*Station, a project space for discursive and performative art.

2015-2018   MA Master of Arts in Fine Arts Zurich University of the Arts, CH  
2016/2017   Exchange Semester, Master of Arts in Critical Studies Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT
2010-2013   BA Bachelor of Arts in Media & Art, Specialization Theory Zurich University of the Arts, CH
2012              Exchange Semester, Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE


Selected Solo*, Group Exhibitions & Performative Projects:
2023   Ausstellung im Kunstraum Limbo Zürich CH. (upcoming)
2022   SONIC MATTER Festival. Kunstraum Walcheturm Zürich CH. (upcoming)
2022   Soundtrack of the Entlebuch. Anthropos_Ex Public Event (collective listening) UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch CH.
2022   Sonic Tapestries. El Caldo. Gessnerallee. Zürich CH.
2022   OTO SOUND MUSEUM. Oto Museum, curated by Zaira Oram IT.*
2021   Broken Lights. Philip Frowein. Soundperformance w/CAB. Ahoi Luzern CH.
2021   Salon Beirut. Rooftop Soundperformances w/Caroline Ann Baur, Paed Conca, Nadia Daou/NÂR, Omar Itani, Aya Metwalli, Ziad Moukarzel. Beirut LEBANON.
2021   Always Calling Home: The Archipelago Series by Vanessa Lorenzo – INTERFACING NEW HEAVENS. (contribution) Javett Art Centre UP Pretoria SOUTH AFRICA.
2021   Now There was Here. Max Frisch Bad/JETZT KUNST N°10. Freibad Letzigraben Zürich CH.
2021   Sonic Aggregator by Soundtrackcity. (collaboration) Berlin Art Week DE.
2021   Long Journey Short. WallStreet Fribourg CH.
2021   B2B MIX by vAv4_$An + CAB. ABA AIR SALON. CoLaboRadio Berlin DE.
2021   Werkstipendienausstellung Stadt Zürich. Helmhaus. Zürich CH.
2021   Water Bodies. Listening Session w/AMBRA. Mayday. Basel CH.
2021   It is not the End of the World. Listening Session w/AMBRA. Fundaziun Nairs CH.
2021   F+F Diplomausstellung 50 Jahre F+F. Listening Session w/Na-aH. Kunsthalle Zürich CH.
2021   Echo Chamber. Haus der Statistik. Berlin DE.
2021   Walpurgisnacht – Listening Session w/AMBRA. Dunant Plaza. Heiden CH.
2021   Notes on Hideouts. Performance - Radio contribution. Tsonami Festival CHILE.
2021   WO WIR. Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen. St.Gallen CH.
20/21  Other Planes of There. Gessnerallee. Zurich CH.
2020   All the Feels! Uni Offspace. Zurich CH.
2020   Spinewave. Public Voices! w/AMBRA, Pro Helvetia/COINCIDENCIA. Buenos Aires ARGENTINA.
2020   Ohne Titel. Hospiz der Faulheit, kunstkasten. Winterthur CH.*
2020   PlusX w/WARM, Cashmere Radio. Berlin DE.
2019   Under Pressures. Compositions & Sound Design, Gessnerallee. Zurich CH.
2019   abhängig? Who Cares? Hospiz der Faulheit, Vögele Kultur Zentrum. Pfäffikon CH.
2019   It‘s a relief to hear the rain (...). Reaktor. Zurich CH.*
2019   Intimacy – Make Kin. Raum°Station. Zurich CH.
2019   Within Others‘ Sounds. Ausstellungsraum Klingental / RANK. Basel CH.
2019   Drone Consultation as Transverberation. Kiefer Hablitzel 2019, Swiss Art Awards, ArtBasel CH.
2019   deep sunday listenings. Snail Music, Raum°Station. Zurich CH.
2018   passing & packaging. Art Container. Zurich CH.*
2018   MA Fine Arts Degree Show 2018. Raum*Station + ZHdK, Toni-Areal. Zurich CH.
2018   Muko & Matratzen. Hospiz der Faulheit, Kulturstiftung Thurgau. Steckborn CH.
2018   Existenzialistisches Café: Schleim, Kapitalismus und andere Monstrositäten. Nextex. St.Gallen CH.
2018   Francis & Co. Hexen in Luzern. Pavillon Tribschenhorn. Luzern CH.
2017   MA Fine Arts Degree Show 2017. Snail Music, ZHdK, Toni-Areal. Zurich CH.
2017   feminarien. Raum*Station. Zurich CH.
2017   Fabulations. Shedhalle + Projektraum ZHdK, Toni-Areal. Zurich CH.
2016   Xeno at the Barbershop. MAM Maroc Artist Meeting, Marrakech Biennale 2016. Marrakech MOROCCO.
2016   Hammam Singing – Appenzeller Zäuerli. Marrakech Biennale 2016. Marrakech MOROCCO.
2016   Die Autonomie der Migration und ihre möglichen Narrative. Raum*Station. Zurich CH.
2016   DADA Hackathon: Wir scheissen in neuen Farben. Hospiz der Faulheit, Cabaret Voltaire. Zurich CH.
2015   ARCHIVHANDELN / Springerin Magazin. Kunstraum ZHdK, Toni-Areal. Zurich CH.
2015   VOLUMES 2015. Hospiz der Faulheit, Kunstraum Walcheturm. Zurich CH.
2015   Aus dem OFF #2. Hospiz der Faulheit, OXYD. Winterthur CH.
2015   AIR performance: no.02_ready to hang (out). Detroit Contemporary. Detroit USA.
2015   BFF Art 2015: no.01_silent riots of vulnerability. UFO Factory. Detroit USA.
2015   Trage die Welt wie eine Trainerhose. Hospiz der Faulheit, Kabinett der Visionäre. Chur CH.
2015   Doing Nothing Festival: Otium Manifesto. Hospiz der Faulheit, Dock18 Rote Fabrik. Zurich CH.
2015   Come North, Baby. Track 1. Hospiz der Faulheit, Gessnerallee Nordflügel. Zurich CH.
2013   Rhizomatische Noise Oper Vol.2. Nextex. St.Gallen CH.
2013   Rhizomatische Noise Oper Vol.1. Perla-Mode. Zurich CH.
2013   DIPLOMAUSSTELLUNG 2013, BA Art & Media. ZHdK, Pfingstweid-Studios. Zurich CH.
2013   Working Persistence. Import|Export, Galerie 201, ZHdK. Zurich CH.


Grants / Residencies / Awards:
2022/2023 People in Residency Program, Bibliothek Andreas Züst/Alpenhof AI
2022 Werkbeitrag/Recherchebeitrag «Scherenschnitt in die erste Helligkeit», Pro Helvetia
2022 Förderpreis 2022, Fachstelle Kultur Stadt Wil
2022 Werkbeitrag Kanton St.Gallen, Amt für Kultur Kanton St.Gallen
2022 Förderbeitrag Bildende Kunst, UBS Kulturstiftung
2022 Covid-Arbeitsstipendium 2022, Stadt Zürich
2021 Projektbeitrag «Scherenschnitt in die erste Helligkeit», BAK Stiftung Kulturfonds - Pro Arte/Gleyre
2021 City of Zurich Grants (nomination)
2021 Arbeitsstipendium Covid-19, Stadt Zürich
2021 Projektbeitrag «Other Planes of There», Pro Helvetia
2021 Residency ABA Berlin DE, Pro Helvetia
2019 Projektbeitrag «Intimacy», Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung
2019 Kiefer Hablitzel Göhner Kunstpreis, Swiss Art Awards (nomination)
2018 ZHdK-Avina Fonds
2016 Residency MAM Marrakesh, Marrakesh Biennale MOROCCO
2015 Residency Institute for Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit USA
2012 Residency Scholarship in Berlin DE


Ongoing curational Projects & Groups:
seit 2019       AMBRA Artist Collective, Zurich CH.
seit 2019       WARM Sound Collective, Zurich CH / Berlin DE.
2016-2020   Raum*Station Offspace, Wiedikon Zurich CH.
seit 2016       Madame Psychosis Publishing Platform, Zurich / Berne CH.
2015-2020   Hospiz der Faulheit Artist Collective, Zurich CH.


Publications:
2020   Simulacrum. Journal for contemporary art and culture, Amsterdam
2019   Release PTTH:// Publikation + Vinyl. Francis & Co. by PTTH://
2019   Vinyl Edition. Within Others‘ Sounds. by Stingray Editions
2019   Art, Self & System. Edited by Donatella Bernardi, Sternberg Press, Berlin
2019   Bildpunkt. Sicherheitsdispositiv. Essay by Michael Grieder, Heft Frühjahr Nr. 49
2018   Art & Crisis. A Polyphonic Research on the Contemporary. Edited by Donatella Bernardi, JRP|Ringier, Zurich
2017   Maurizio Lazzarato: Marcel Duchamp und die Verweigerung der Arbeit. Translation, transversal texts, Vienna
2017   Hexenkesselkilbi mit viel Crazy. Saiten Kulturmagazin
2016   Europe’s Other. 53 Wunden in Solidarität und Verantwortung Aneignung und „Hostipitalität“ in der Aussage „Wir Flüchtlinge“. by Suzana Milevska, Springerin | Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, Heft 4/2016

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