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Since March 2016, Random Institute is running the curatorial program for Despacio in San José, Costa Rica.
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Untold Stories

Mutual Misunderstanding

ArchivedHappened in May 2017

Random Institute embarks with the theater director Marcus Rehberger on a pioneering experiment: leaving the audience in the dark, as well as the actors. Presenting a theater play that fully develops in pitch darkness it leaves the scenes to the imagination of the public. Well almost. Every few minutes the room is lightened for milliseconds by a flash, revealing an awe-inspiring scenery that proves again and again that imagination might be only a mutual misunderstanding.


The Playtime festival centers around an elastic exhibition, a 12-hour sequence of presentations by international project spaces that experiment with temporality and visibility. Selected were art initiatives that dare to take risks in their programming and identify new trends in art which are often overlooked by institutional frameworks.

Each of these initiatives presents in its own unique way, a project that stretches the boundaries of space in which audience, art and artist collide.

Playtime is organized by K_nstvl___ Platform for Experimental Art Spaces.

This festival runs from May 20th to May 22nd, 2017 at SSBA Salon (Stadsschouwburg) in Amsterdam. Random Institute's contribution to the festival will take place on May 21nd at 4pm.

Further information

  1. Full program
  2. Facebook Event

Other participants: Apice for Artists (Amsterdam, NL), Askeaton Contemporary Arts (Limerick, IE), B32 (Maastricht, NL), Buenos Tiempos, Int. (Brussels, BE), Bureau des Réalités (Brussels, BE), Club Solo (Breda, NL) icw M HKA CODE ROOD (Arnhem, NL), Corridor Project Space (Amsterdam, NL), Deborah Bowmann (Brussels, BE), EMBASSY gallery (Edinburgh, GB), Galerie Gallery (Rotterdam, NL), Le Salon (Brussels, BE), Mertens Frames Project Space by Plan B (Amsterdam, NL), NEVERNEVERLAND (Amsterdam, NL), Nile Sunset Annex (Cairo, EG), Rainbow Soulclub (Amsterdam, NL), RGKSKSRG (nomadic), Samet Yilmaz (nomadic), Kunsthuis SYB (Beetsterzwaag, NL), Treize (Paris, FR), WINDMAKERS (Den Haag, NL) and Kunstverein Zürich (CH).

Naked Fish Festival

ArchivedHappened in April 2017

If Paris were an aquarium, Charly would be its tropical fish, jumping out of the water each night with no one watching. The award-winning fishmonger peddles fish during the day and tours as a drag queen through the French capital’s underground scene at night. Now, for the first time, Charly is crossing the Atlantic to take part in the Despacio performance festival, uniting his many worlds: fresh fish, art performances and queer appearances.


Upon entering Charly’s fish market, situated on a busy Paris street, one quickly observes a universe of dreams and desire: glassy eyes of dead fish stare at you; posters for drag shows paper the walls; a handwritten thank you note from the mayor, Anne Hidalgo, perches alongside his Michelin medal. It’s more than a fish market, it’s a hodgepodge of the various stories life can offer when one's passion is given free reign. It’s a stage, where fish are the props and the clients become the public.

When day turns to night, our fisherman lets his diva emerge, darting like a tropical fish through the underground rivers of Paris. In placing Charly's fish-market at center stage of the festival, Despacio celebrates the grandeur of a man's dreams, desires and duality – each one a stand-in for our own.

On April 29th several international and local artists will turn his shop into an unending stream of performance and fantasy.

From drag shows, musical contributions, theatrical interventions, to long-durational art performances – all will question the roles we tend to play in life, as well as those we tend to ignore. To transgress the rules of society and fashion is to give rise to an inner creativity and break with conformity.

Visitors will bear witness to a real fish-market, one where they can buy fresh fish and see them prepared into meals on-site. For French speakers, there will be plenty of opportunity for conversations with the enigmatic fishmonger. For the non-French speakers, body language will suffice. In Charly's grotto, it's anything goes.

The fish market and performance festival takes place on April 29th 2017 at Despacio. (Facebook Event)

Participating artists: Charly Le Poissonnier, Dino Real, Elyla Sinvergüenza, Javier Calvo, Monsieur Bien, Oscar Ruiz-Schmidt, Señorita Abril, Robertito and more.

Directed by Sandino Scheidegger

This marks the second edition of the festival. It was originally conceived by Sandino Scheidegger for Random Institute and staged in 2014 in Zurich. Credits for drag film: Performer: Elyla Sinverguenza, Camera, Directing and Editing: Guillermo Sáenz, Costume and Styling: Marcus Carmon, Production: Nicholas Blevis & David Torres, Music: Arca - Anoche. Credits for film about Charly in Paris: Camera: Fabian Niklaus, Animation: Raphael Etter, Concept: Leila Hincelin and Sandino Scheidegger. Credits for film about Charly in Costa Rica: Ernesto Varga. Credits for photos of the festival: Juliette Chrétien and Erno Hilarion.

Eternal One-Night Stand

ArchivedHappened in March 2015

Performance artists, queer artists, and dancers will meet once again way past the witching hour–a time when “decent” people are already sound asleep, merely dreaming about unleashing their free spirits. The evening will entail one-on-one performances, in which each visitor will experience each performance on their own.

Leave the kids at home.


Eternal One-Night Stand is a one-on-one performance night. It takes place as part of zürich moves!, a festival for contemporary dance and performance.

Es wird eine Nachtmeerfahrt trotz Sturmwarnung. Besucher ziehen im Alleingang durch beklemmende Räume, schmale Korridore und enge Vorzimmer. In jedem Raum lauert eine intime Performance, die sich unzüchtig an der Neugierde des auf sich allein gestellten Besuchers vergreift. Wahrhaftig eine Nacht ohne die übliche Spucke.

The one-on-one performance night took place from 9pm to 2am on March 19, 2015 at Réunion in Zurich. See Facebook event.

Participating artists:

Jiri Kovanda (Prague)
Jamie Diamond (New York)
Maria Petschnig (New York)
Daniel Hellmann (Berlin / Zurich)
Ivan Blagajcevic a.k.a. Evalyn (Zurich)
Marie-Caroline Hominal (Geneva)
Thylacine (Zurich)
Nils Amadeus Lange (Zurich)
Mica Sigourney a.k.a. VivvyAnne ForeverMORE (San Francisco)
Antonio Da Silva (London)

Images of the performance night by Matthew Cianfrani, Dimitra Charamanda, Sina Blassnig, and Jamie Diamond. Images of previous performances courtesy of Nadzar Udin, artists or gb agency (Paris), Krobath Galerie (Vienna), and On Stellar Rays (New York).

Things May Get Out of Hand

ArchivedHappened in November 2014
22 Rue Muller

It started with an innocent questionnaire; everything else depended on one’s beliefs. The questionnaire measures one's penchant for adventure. Those with the highest scores were loaded into two vans. Without their knowledge or consent, they were driven to a lonely sheep farm near the German border. In the name of adventure, they were left there alone until the next morning.

Would you have gotten kidnapped? Take the test.


“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
—T.S. Eliot

The evening was conceived by Florence Jung and Random Institute at the invitation of Mathieu Cénac and 22RUEMULLER. The intervention is called Jung&Scheidegger.


“Nous n'aurons de cesse d'explorer,
Et la fin de toutes nos explorations
Sera de revenir à l'endroit d'où nous sommes partis
Et de connaître le lieu pour la première fois.”
—T.S. Eliot

La soirée est conçue par Random Institute & Florence Jung, sur invitation de Mathieu Cénac et de l’espace d’art 22rueMuller.


L’évènement se déroule dans le cadre du cycle d’expositions ABSENT proposé par Mathieu Cénac:

Lorsque l’individu de la préhistoire apposait sur les murs encore sombres des cavernes les ébauches de la chronique figurée de son quotidien, il esquissait alors pour nous la compréhension de sa condition transitoire au monde. Par cette distinction quasi originaire de l’espace et du temps, l’Homo Sapiens — en profilant l’image de la vie des choses en leur absence — calquait ainsi la conscience de sa propre finitude. Les com- mencements de la représentation se proposaient en réponse à une apparition, celle d’un sujet imageant en désir d’éternité.

Dans un âge, où le règne du virtuel nous confronte à une surabondance de signes et d’images, comment nous est-il possible de penser notre constitution au monde ? Le visible est en effet soumis à une matérialité constante nourrie par un flot continu d’informations réifiées. L’inlassable production de nouveaux outils de communication nous contraint ainsi à une simple signalétique du voir, nous guidant presque aveuglement dans le simulacre d’un groupe construit autour de la seule possibilité d’une connexion permanente. L’expérience du voir et du donner à voir se contiennent dès lors au sein de limites tangibles où, à aucun moment, ne se révèlent leurs liens inhérents avec l’Invisible.

[apsɑ̃] propose de nous confronter à une forme de « noli me tangere » de la création contemporaine où artistes et curateurs se rendent invisibles au profit de la seule existence de l’œuvre et du spectateur. Par une dialectique de l’effacement et du manque, le protocole d’exposition se propose comme moyen d’intensifier à la fois le présent, la présence et la présentation de la rencontre du regard à l’objet.

Texte de Mathieu Cénac

The kidnapping took place on Nov 28th at 6pm at the art space 22RUEMULLER in Paris and ended 16 hours later.

Take the test: English / French

Made in Brazil

ArchivedHappened in June 2014

The Brazilian artist Letícia Parente (1930-1991) is no stranger to controversy. That is, of course, the result of having something to say and not being worried by the opinions of others.

Truly made in Brazil.


The works of the first Brazilian video artist Letícia Parente are characterized by their radicalism in the use of images of a social and political body, in contrast to a self-referential narcissism. Here the artist stitches the inscription “Made in Brazil,” focused in close-up, on the sole of her foot with a needle.

The screening took place from midnight until breakfast on June 26th through June 29th, 2014 at Réunion in Zurich, Switzerland.

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