Jan Vorisek (born in Switzerland, 1987) lives and works in Zurich. Recent solo presentations include “Burst City” (2017, Nottingham); “Total Fragmented Darkness”, Hard Hat (2017, Geneva); “NotFair”, Galerie Bernhard (2016, Warsaw); “Rented Bodies”, Galerie Bernhard (2015, Zurich). He has shown in group exhibitions including at Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna 2017 ); Plato Ostrava (Ostrava 2017); Kunstverein Braunschweig (2017); Kunsthalle St.Gallen (2016); 83 Pittstreet (New York 2016); Espace Aurlaud (Lausanne 2016 Lausanne) and Kunsthaus Glarus (2016). Recent performances include Spring Workshop (Hong Kong 2016); Luma Foundation (Zurich 2016, Zurich); Cave12 (Geneva 2016, with Timotheé Calame); TG (Nottingham, 2015); Kunsthalle Zurich (2015). Together with Mathis Altmann and Lhaga Koondhor Vorisek has been organizing a series of club nights called HOUSE OF MIXED EMOTIONS or in short H.O.M.E since 2011.


Artistic proposition

Working across sculpture, performance, improvised music and noise, Jan Vorisek’s installations are site-specific comments, ephemera and documentation – all examining formal hierarchies. With assemblages consisting of used and found materials, as well as sound-producing devices, the artist reflects on the fluctuation of noise as vessels of information. Accumulated materials and objects are disassembled into their component parts and then subjected to new systems of organization. This can take the form of vertical formations meandering through the room, selective markings or large-scale architectural interventions. The subtly animated structures function as both producer of and resonant space for sounds, which test and exceed the limits of perceptibility. Jan Vorisek’s self-performing structures and scores are complemented by edits of sounds recorded outdoors – echoes of urban space — in which “inside” merges with “outside” and the exact dimensions of the work remain undefined. The recurring motif of corrosion—the corrosion of new configurations of sound and material— is used as a productive method. Constant adjustments, variations on sound and material, are constitutive of Jan Vorisek’s work, which can be taken as snapshots of a potentially endless production process. The act of arranging and modifying the material assemblages becomes visible, periodically throughout performances of the artist.