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Ward Shelley (l.) & Alex Schweder (r.)

© Al Aldrich

The Newcomers (2017), 17, 28 Liberty Plaza, Lower Manhattan NY

© Paula Court

ReActor (2016), Art OMI, Architecture Field, Ghent, NY

© Richard Barnes

17.5 — 14.7.2019 Artist residency

Slow Teleport

artist(s): Alex Schweder, Ward Shelley

Slow Teleport showcases two New York artists, Alex Schweder (b. 1970), Ward Shelley (b. 1950), and European team members Matthew Brown and Clemens Klein. They will all live and work on an improvised portable structure above ground for ten days without leaving, talking to people who come to see them about the meaning of their work. 

The premise of this piece is a crossing of the maze inside Kirchberg's Parc Central – not by walking through it, but by going over it without touching the ground. To do this they build bridges that link colourful numbered markers located above the hedges, high enough to be seen from the outside. These are also supply caches which map a route across the maze.

The days are spent working, living, and engaging conversationally with every interested visitor. These conversations are not meant to be theoretical, but light and friendly, depending on how deep or serious the visitor’s interest goes. This social engagement is a crucial component of Schweder and Shelley's work.

As was the case already in 2017 with Wennig & Daubach’s Recto Verso project, Casino Luxembourg -  Forum d’art contemporain and the Fonds d'Urbanisation et d'Aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg (Fonds Kirchberg) have organised an invitational competition for the second instalment of 1+1, an ephemeral artistic project taking place every two years inside Parc Central’s labyrinth in Kirchberg. In conjuction with Casino’s current artist residency, this year’s selection features Schweder and Shelley’s work Slow Teleport.

Alex Schweder received a BA from thePratt Institute School of Architecture, an MA of Architecture friôm Princeton University School of Architecture, and is completing a PhD from the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK. Recent exhibitions include teh 2014 Venice Biennale, the Tel Aviv Art Museum, the 2013 Moscow Biennal, the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Biennal, and the Tate Britain. He hasheld residencies at the Kohler Company and the Chinati Foundation and was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Schweder is represented by Edward Cella Art & Architecture in Los Angeles.

Ward Shelley received a BFA from Eckard College and an MA from New York University. Solo exhibitions of his work include Pierogi Gallery, NY; Massimo Carasi Gallery, Milan; Center for Contemporary Art and Launch Projects, Santa Fe; and Socrates Sculpture Park, NY. He has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a fellowship from The American Academy in Rome. Shelley is represented by Pierogi Gallery in New York.

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Ward Shelley (l.) & Alex Schweder (r.)

© Al Aldrich

The Newcomers (2017), 17, 28 Liberty Plaza, Lower Manhattan NY

© Paula Court

ReActor (2016), Art OMI, Architecture Field, Ghent, NY

© Richard Barnes