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Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival

Thursday 29 November 2012 to Saturday 01 December 2012, 23:00

A three-day series of performances, talks and more devoted to the legacy of Swiss performance group Schimpfluch.

Founded in Zürich in 1987, Rudolf created Schimpfluch - a platform for extreme and outsider artists which generated highly disturbing and irritating audio/visual works. Gradually expanding to the Schimpfluch-Gruppe art-collective, and Joke Lanz have since channelled grotesque humour into an ongoing series of confrontational radio broadcasts, physically demanding performances, 'abreaction plays' and 'psycho-physical tests and trainings'. Rejecting any given norm and genre, the collective's celebrated work aims to unlock an awareness of existence and encourages the audience to 'get off the plane of miseducated adulthood'.

The Extreme Rituals carnival acts as a long-overdue retrospective and a celebration of the Schimpfluch. An extensive programme that highlights the influence Schimpfluch has had since the late 80s, with audiences treated to a selection of performances, sound-installations, films, photographs and contextual panel discussions. Alongside core Schimpfluch acts such as Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck, Sudden Infant, G*Park and Dave Phillips this carnival weekender features rare UK appearances by international guest artists such as GX Jupitter-Larsen, Phurpa and Vagina Dentata Organ.


Please reserve your place on the symposium directly with the Box Office on 0117 917 2300 or via e-mail at

Weekend Programme

Fri 30 November

11:00am - 4.30pm - Extreme Discussions Symposium

Panel discussions and talks exploring all things Schimpfluchian, including:

Ian McCormick: A Monster Observatory: Freaks, Monsters, The Grotesque and Carnivalesque in Literature, Media and The Arts

Gavin Butt: Industrial Sounds from The Post-Industrial North: Leeds Post-Punk Performance

Sound/Music/Noise in Performance Art: panel discussion featuring Ron Athey, Leif Elggren, Vicky Langan and Holly Ingleton, Chaired by Thomas John Bacon

Extreme History: The Story of The Schimpfluch-Gruppe: as told to Chris Sienko by Rudolf, Joke Lanz and M. Vänçi Stirnemann

Confrontational and Trangressive Strategies Within Noise Music: Artist's Viewpoints - panel discussion featuring Joke Lanz, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Mike Dando and Dave Phillips, Chaired by Chris Sienko

plus special guest performances from Junko Hiroshige, Doreen Kutzke, Ute Waldhausen and Vicky Langan

7.30pm onwards, performances from:

Daniel Löwenbrück & Leif Elggren
The New Blockaders & GX Jupitter-Larsen
Dave Phillips
Bryan Lewis Saunders
Rudolf & Junko Hiroshige (Hijokaidan)

Sat 1 December

4.30pm - 6.30pm Extreme Yodelling vocal workshop and group performance led by Doreen Kutzke

6.30pm Extreme Yodelling performance

Extreme Yodelling is free to all Extreme Rituals ticketholders, capacity is limited so please inform Arnolfini box office if you want to participate.

7.30pm onwards, performances by:

Trevor Wishart
Vicky Langan (Wölflinge)
Joachim Montessuis
Vagina Dentata Organ
Sudden Infant
Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck

Sun 2 December

2pm - 6pm, performances from:

GX Jupitter-Larsen, Rudolf, Mike Dando, Joke Lanz
Michael Barthel
Joke Lanz & Ute Waldhausen
Christian Weber
Dave Phillips (field recording set)
Alice Kemp
Rashad Becker

Throughout the weekend:

Off stage performances by Alice Kemp & M. Vänçi Stirnemann
Intravenous, a installation by M. Vänçi Stirnemann
Rarely seen Schimpfluch films
Schimpfluch photographic exhibition including work from Rudolf and Joke Lanz
Schimpfluch 'Psychic Rally' radiophonic sound installation
Fully stocked Second Layer Records merch stall with many hard to find Schimpfluch and related releases

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Presented by Sound and Music in association with Tusk, Second Layer, Harbinger Sound, Live Art Development Agency and Arts Council England.

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