Mainly active in the field of performance, sculpture and video art, Amelia Prazak lives according to her commitments between the United Kingdom and Switzerland. She creates across different media, primarily with sculpture, costume, video and performance. Both her background in art and set/ costume design has allowed her to foster a series of collaborations with choreographers, musicians, dancers, opera singers for stage productions. During the residence she will get in dialogue with the dancer Nuria Prazak. The project deals directly with the material of the ‘stone’ as a historical and geological witness tanks to which the body measures, builds, reads into and is influenced by.
While in residence at the Villa Sträuli, experimental filmmaker Christin Turner and film director Roman Hüben will research, write, and pre-produce several narrative sequences for the feature-length hybrid film Dreaming in Red (2021). Composer and musician Martin Perret will work on the musical and sound elements for the film. Perret has previously worked on Hüben’s short narrative film Villa Ventura, which premiered at Locarno 2017. Turner’s experimental work, of which Dreaming in Red expands upon, has screened at International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was awarded at the International Kurzfilmtage Hamburg.
Author Anna Weidenholzer will be an artist in residence at the Villa Sträuli in September at the invitation of the Association of Swiss Authors (AdS). She writes in a language that is wonderfully beautiful and carefully chosen.
Born in 1984 in Linz, Austria, Weidenholzer studied comparative literature in Vienna and in Wroc?aw, Poland. She lives and works as an author, journalist, and copywriter in Vienna. She received a great deal of attention for her first short story collection, “Der Platz des Hundes”, and her novel “Weshalb die Herren Seesterne tragen” made the longlist for the German Book Prize in 2016. “Finde einem Schwan ein Boot”, her most recent novel, is a story about people who have found misfortune.
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