About Performance Art in Central Switzerland 1969 – 2019
Since the 1970s, performance art has taken up a permanent place in the art context of Central Switzerland. This booklet and the information on the PANCH website attempt to provide a fragmentary overview of past and present performances and the central figures that constitute this scene.
The Performance Art Network CH/PANCH was founded in 2014. The aim of the network is to strengthen and promote performance art in Switzerland, publicly, artistically, and ideationallly. Through discussion platforms, PANCH opens up the debate to address pressing issues and hot topics. PANCH initiates the networking of performance artists, theoreticians, archivists, organizers, and institutions, and forms a lobby for cultural-political concerns. Through the online platform https://panch.li/, PANCH bundles information and activities and lets them radiate; it thus renders visible the Swiss performance art scene, both locally and internationally.
The PANCH Lupe Lucerne work-group conducted research and interviews between January 2017 and February 2019. The investigation covered viewing and documenting of materials from the City Archive Lucerne, interviews with contemporary witnesses of the local performance art scene, specific requests for documentation from performance artists themselves, as well as online research about artist’s websites and performance venues. https://panch.li/networks/lupe-schweiz
The PANCH Lupe Luzern website depicts the performance art scene of Central Switzerland as a cartography or “Archaeology” of the half-century between 1969 and 2019, including a collection of pictures, texts, news articles and other materials. The "Interviews" section provides historical insights into both the past and the present scenes, published as audio files supplemented by digests. The "Actors" listing assembles artists, organizers, and venues that were active in the timespan from 2017 to 2019. The category “Snapshots” collects the traces of performance art events held over the same time period.