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artist group based in Zurich


Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza [1957 Tunis] and Daniel Hauser [1959 Bern] are working as a team since 1983. The ''& co'' in their name refers to all kind of cooperations with people. People are sometimes involved in the artworks, othertimes they are just involved in the process, depending on the context of places and themes. The group became known with statements such as thinking alone is criminal (1991), artists are no flags (1993), I am a woman, why are you not ? (1995), getting paid for doing nothing (2007 - 2009) and: you pay but you don‘t agree with the price (1994 - 2013). Since 1997 RELAX resolutely rename all the public spheres as economic spaces.

personal shows a.o.


Shedhalle Zurich/ch (1990), Kunsthalle Basel/ch (1992), Capp Street Project San Francisco/usa (1994); Kartause Ittingen Kunstmuseum Thurgau and Kunsthaus Glarus/ch (1994); Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken/de (1995); Dartmouth College and Hood Museum of Art Hanover, New Hampshire/usa (1999); Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin/de (2003); Kunsthaus Centre PasquArt Biel-Bienne/ch (2005); Museum Folkwang Essen/de (2008); Cornerhouse Manchester/uk (2010); Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi/ge (2015).

group shows and projects a.o.


Kunsthalle Bern/ch (1999); Swiss Institute New York/usa (1999); Architecture Biennial, Swiss Pavilion Venice/it (2000); Fondazione Michelangelo Pistoletto Biella/it (2002); Dunkers Culture Center Helsingborg/s (2003); Ortstermine, City of Munich/de (2006); Shedhalle Zurich/ch (2004 - 2008); Steirischer Herbst Graz/at (1991/2007); Kunsthalle Fri-Art Fribourg/ch (2007); Kunsthaus Zurich/ch (2008); Kunsthaus Langenthal/ch (2008); Kunsthaus L6 Freiburg i.Br/de (2009); Passengers-Festival, Warsaw/p (2009); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw/p (2009); Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile/cl (2010); Museum of Fine Arts, Bern/ch (2011); 1st Tbilisi Triennial, CCA Tbilisi/ge (2012); Ursula Blickle Video Archive, Belvedere, Vienna/a (2013/2014); Sinopale 5, Sinop/tr (2014); Museo Arte Gallarate/it (2015); Art en plein Air, Môtiers/ch (2015); Kunstmuseum Luzern/ch (2015); Manifesta 11, Löwenbräukunst, Zurich/ch (2016); Kunst Haus Garage, Vienna/a (2016); Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz/fl (2017); Helmhaus Zurich/ch (2017); Kunstmuseum Luzern/ch (2017).

commissionned projects - art in public spheres


Women's Penal Institution Hindelbank, canton Berne/ch (1995); INLAY, Switzerlands accession gift to the UN for the UN Headquarters in New York/usa (2004, in collaboration with :mlzd architects and Buchner Bründler architects, Switzerland); New Letzigrund Stadium, City of Zurich/ch (2007); New School Building, Mühleholz II, Principality of Liechtenstein, Vaduz/lie (2008); New Sports Hall, City of Biel-Bienne/ch (2009); New Hospital of the Canton Zug, Baar/ch (2011); City on the Move, ZHdK Zurich/ch, HSLU Lucerne/ch and City of Zurich/ch (2013/14); New Public School Brünnen, City of Berne/ch (2014 - 2017); EFTA Court Luxembourg/lu (2015 - 2016); Retirement Home Trotte, City of Zurich/ch (2017 - 2018).

prizes, grants, residencies


Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin/ger, residency (1993 - 1994); Capp Street Project, San Francisco/usa, residency (1994); Swiss Institute, Rome/it, residency (1997); Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire/usa, visiting artists (1999); Meret Oppenheim Prize, Swiss Federal Office for Culture, Berne/ch (2002); London residency, studio grant by Landis & Gyr Foundation, Zug/ch (2008 - 2009); Faculty, Skowhegan Maine/usa (2013); Werkjahr (work year) awarded by the City of Zurich/ch (2016).

teaching


Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza teaching at the HEAD Geneva School of Art and Design, since 2008,
Daniel Hauser teacher and head of art studies at the F+F School of Art and Design Zurich, since 2000.
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publications


« Teaching for people who prefer not to teach »
Edited by Mirjam Bayerdörfer and Rosalie Schweiker, AND Publishing, London, 2017
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RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co), « Von der Kunst des Kritik-Übens »
Ein Beitrag von Verena Doerfler, Kunst-Bulletin No. 5, 2017
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bye-bye la compagnie


group show with: Massimiliano Baldassari & Jean-Baptiste Ganne, Sacha Béraud, Bruno Botella,
Timothée Calame & Alan Schmalz, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, FEC, Fucking, Good Art, Mohéna Kuhni,
Renaud Loda, RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co), Sebastien Verdon + guests; curated by the CAN team.
CAN Neuchâtel
october 15 – december 15, 2016
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« Alleine denken ist kriminell »
Ein Gespräch zwischen Barbara Basting und RELAX, Stadt Zürich, Kultur, 2017
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« we save what you give »
monograph of the works from 1984 to 2005. language: german / english / french. book 2 vol‘s & DVD.
texts by Irene Müller, Ilka & Andreas Ruby, Katharina Schlieben and Soenke Gau, Philip Ursprung, Susann Wintsch . design Emanuel Tschumi, Fink and Verlag für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2006.
ISBN-10:3-939921-56-6 / ISBN-13:978-3-938821-56-5
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« The Artists Just Before the Peak of Their Careers ». In: « MANIFESTA 11. The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction ». The European biennial of contemporary art, Löwenbräukunst,
Zurich 2016, Lars Müller Publishers, 2016, p. 62.
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« USE (unexpected side effects) ». In: « Offside Effect », 1. Tbilisi Triennial 2012, catalogue of the Triennial, Ed. by Henk Slager, Metropolis M, Utrecht, summer 2013, p. 13-19. Text by RELAX on USE, realised by the USE-Team (René Fahrni, RELAX, Chantal Romani, Miro Schawalder, Studio Action, Judith Weidmann).
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« YOYO, caprices des dieux / caprices », sound-Installation and video-work by RELAX. In: « Kunst und Architektur im Dialog (Art and Architecture in Dialogue) ». Ed. by Roderick Hönig, Edition Hochparterre and the City of Zurich, Amt für Hochbauten, spring 2013, p. 62-65.
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RELAX: « papiri ». In: « In Transition – Darstellungsformate im Wandel », Z+, ZHdK University of the Arts Zurich, 2013,
p. 58-61. (http://blog.zhdk.ch/darstellungsformate)
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RELAX: « Towards passionate love ». In: « Substitut – The Publication », Ed. by Urs Kuenzi, Berlin, 2013.
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Gerrit Gohlke, « RELAX chiarenza & hauser & co), GO MIO - der geheime Grund der Weltkultur (GO MIO - the secret reason for world culture) ». In: « Borderline. Von Kunst und Wissenschaft. Dokumentation 2006 - 2008 (Borderline. On Art and Sciences. Documentation 2006 - 2008) », PACT Zollverein, Essen, 2011, p. 48-57.
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« Dislocacion ». Cultural Location and Identity in Times of Globalization. Publication to the show at Kunstmuseum Bern.
Ed. by Kunstmuseum Bern, Ingrid Wildi Merino and Kathleen Bühler, Bern, 2011. Text by Fernando Balcells on the RELAX-installation « invest & drawwipe », p.178-185. Text by RELAX chiarenza & hauser & co), p.186-187.
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« what is wealth? ». Publication to the installation at the occasion of « Strategic Questions: What is Wealth? »,
part of: « Unrealised Potential », Cornerhouse Manchester. Ed. by Cornerhouse Publications Manchester and Gavin Wade, Strategic Questions, 2010. Contains: RELAX: « THE WEALTH MANIFESTO »
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RELAX: « Orphans from Haiti, in: The Wealth Complex », 2010 —. In: « What is a Path? Forms of Movement in a Global World ». Magazin 31, No. 16/17, das Magazin des Instituts für Theorie, Hg. ith, ZHdK, Zurich, 2011, p. 122-125.
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« formuler en parlant ». Uriel Orlow and Andrea Thal in discussion with RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co), Katharina Schlieben & Soenke Gau and Eran Schaerf. Ed. by U. Orlow, les Complices*, edition fink, Zürich, 2009.
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« Work to do! ». Publication to the project and research series « Work to do! Self-Organisation in Precarious Working Conditions » at Shedhalle Zurich. Ed. by Soenke Gau and Katharina Schlieben for the association Shedhalle,
Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2009. Contains: RELAX: « WASTE-Manifesto », p.160-169.
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« Average » Catalogue to the show at Kunsthaus Langenthal. Text « The Longing for a clear line » by Eveline Suter on the RELAX installation. Ed. by Fanni Fetzer, Kunsthaus Langenthal, 2008. p. 48-51.
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RELAX: « enseigner, c‘est un projet d‘art public (teaching is a public art project) ». In: « Contagions! (let‘s infect!) » HEAD Geneva University of Art and Design, Geneva, 2008, p.144.
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« Shifting Identities - (Swiss) Art today ». Catalogue to the show at Kunsthaus Zurich. Ed. by Mirjam Varadinis. JRP/Ringier Zurich, 2008, p. 189-191. With the text-contribution « The Beginning. A Discussion » by RELAX, 2008 / Kathy Acker,
Ultra light - last minute, Merve 155 Berlin, 1990, p. XI-XIII.
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RELAX: « you pay but you don‘t agree with the price ». In: Fucking Good Art # 20, « The Swiss Issue. On art & market ». Ed. by R. Hamelijnck & N. Terpsma, edition fink Zürich & Episode Publishers Rotterdam, 2008, p. 50-51.
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« Day after Day ». Kunsthalle Fribourg Fri-Art 2003-2007. Ed. by Sarah Zürcher, Kunsthalle Fribourg, Fri-Art, Fribourg, 2007. RELAX-contribution « platzhalter (placeholder) », p. 386-389.
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