Nicole Bachmann is based in London and Zurich. In her practice she explores ways of knowledge production through the use of the voice, language,movement and rhythm. Using text as a starting point, she collaborates with actors and dancers to create live performances and scenarios that deconstruct language in order to create new ways of communicating and conveying information. Specifically, Bachmann is interested in how the voice can be activated by the individual to make oneself heard and used as an agent for social and political change.
Thus the artist proposes alternatives to the linear creation of meaning and sense is often constructed solely through intonation, melody and rhythm in relation to the human body and objects. This interplay of physical and vocal investigations of language aims to build new scenarios and spaces for the construction of knowledge, away from the power relations and politics that are often involved in it and thus empowering the individual.
A selection of solo and group exhibitions includes Performance, Tenderpixel, London January 2018 (forthcoming), Block Universe, Performance Art Festival, London, UK; London meets Altdorf, Haus für Kunst, Uri, Switzerland; Helmhaus Museum, Zurich, Switzerland, A gesture towards transformation, Tenderpixel, London, UK; (all 2017); Historical Exhibition: Sites under construction, co-curated by Francesca Gavin, Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland; Performance, Haus der Zünfte, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland; L*, a project by Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Darling Foundation, Montreal, CA; Take One/Take Two/Take Three, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (all 2016); DOings & kNOTs / Tegevus-sõlmed, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia Rhythm of Thought, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Look Live, Performance, ICA, London, UK; Werkstipendien, Helmhaus, Zurich, CH (all 2015); Objective Considerations, MOT International Project Space, London, UK; Say it in words, Coleman Project Space, London, UK; Performance as Publishing presents: The flow between the thing and the word, Modern Art Oxford, UK; Performance as Publishing, New York Art Book Fair, with Classroom curated by David Senior, PS1, NY, US; Swiss Art Awards, Basel, Switzerland;
Her recent awards include Projektbeitrag, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Winner Werkstipendium, City of Zurich, Switzerland; and Art Prize 2008, Nationale Suisse, Basel; she has been awarded a number of residencies including Residency at LUX, London and Residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop both with Ruth Beale and the Escalator program at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK. And several project grants by various foundations and Arts Council England and Swiss Arts Council.