Performances (final iteration):
Swiss Performance Art Awards, Kunsthalle Baselland, Basel, 2023
Drifts Festival, Helsinki, 2023
Perrrformat, Zürich, 2023
Time Crystals, Amsterdam, 2024

Bl0Wn investigates the liberatory potential of performance by wielding a politics and practice of illegibility and incoherence. Social and state grammars generally aim to categorise, organise, and quantify individuals in ways that makes them appear on its grid, at which point individuals are forced or coerced to operate by its logics . To appear as illegible, unrecognisable, or incoherent signals a refusal of and potential escape from these grammars and their logics. Departing from the prism of “training one’s own incoherence”  as a methodology, Bl0Wn considers how becoming unrecognisable might offer the possibility of liberation from identitarian markers. By harnessing unrecognizability, illegibility, and incoherence as strategies to question and potentially abolish the constraints one is borne into, the piece aims to interrogate and negotiate the limits of our given realities.

Performers: Josephine Baan and Luc Häfliger
Sound and music: Luc Häfliger
Dramaturgical support: Joshua Wicke
Photos by Karin Salathé, Aala Nyman, Marc Jauss

from the mud and the slime


Those dying years. It was about language and about what happens when language is uttered. How some things are said with such confidence they almost seem true. How you can adopt a voice to sound at once fraudulent and faithful. Some people use words with such certainty it bears no refute. I’ve never had this relationship to words, always stuck between languages, never grasping one as a tool to be wielded.