Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival (Early bird tickets now on sale)

30 November - 2 December 2012
Arnolfini, Bristol
Produced by: 
Sound and Music in partnership with Arnolfini, Tusk Music, Harbinger Sound, Second Layer Records and The Live Art Development Agency

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

Founded in Zürich in 1987, Rudolf Eb.er created Schimpfluch, a platform for extreme and outsider artists and the generation of highly disturbing and irritating audio/visual works. Gradually expanding to the Schimpfluch-Gruppe art-collective, Eb.er 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, tearing down mental barriers, unlocking all gates to the nether regions of the human psyche, their 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 is a long-overdue retrospective and a celebration of Schimpfluch. Through an extensive programme will highlight the influence Schimpfluch has had since the late 80s, with audiences treated to a selection of performances, sound-installations, films, photographs and contextualising 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.

Extreme Rituals also features performances by:

The New Blockaders

Junko Hiroshige (Hijokaidan)

 Bryan Lewis Saunders

Vicky Langan (Wölflinge)

Alice Kemp

Daniel Löwenbrück

Ute Waldhausen

Doreen Kutzkelina

Michael Barthel

Joachim Montessuis

Leif Elggren

Rashad Becker

Christian Weber

M Vänçi Stirnemann

Mike Dando

and more tbc

Festival Pass: £40 (limited discounted Early Bird tickets available for a short time)
Day Tickets: £15

Tickets are available though the Arnolfini website here

Currently only Early Birds are on sale, individual day tickets will be available at a later date.