La Ligne Bleue

The CdAC is pleased to invite you to the participative performance of Naomi Middelmann which will focus on the meeting of the organic with the plastic during the artistic course of the Flon District "La Ligne Bleue".

At first, the public will participate in the creation of a work questioning the recycling of elements from our daily life to face the waste. Adults and children will be able to add and experiment with mixtures of natural and synthetic ingredients, all in recycled plastic cups from the artist's studio. A chemical reaction and time will transform this mixture that will be reworked by the artist. In a second time, the artist will make an installation resulting from this performance during her next exhibition at the CdAC in September 2018.

Naomi Middelmann is interested in exploring and exploiting traditional / non-traditional artistic materials and techniques, in a desire to experiment with their possibilities to use and reuse elements of her environment. It seeks to deepen the question of identity by recovering, transforming, assembling and disassembling materials related to the human being.

Her interests in perception and the artistic process led her to collaborate actively on research projects with neuroscientists in the United States, Germany and Switzerland. In addition, she gave a lecture in 2015 with the Head of Neurology at HUG and UNIL professors in Neuroscience. In 2016, she is invited to give a lecture at a Study Day organized by the Swiss Institute for the Study of Art (SIK-ISEA) at the Pully Museum. Prior to APERTI 2017, she also led a conference at the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne on the subjectivity of perception. She presented the notion of artist-researcher at a conference at the HEP Lausanne and made a participatory performance at the CdAC on the theme of Finished / Unfinished, reflection on the notion of finished and unfinished work as well as the role of the public on the artistic process. A new series of conferences is planned for late 2018 in Germany and the United States.

Born in Switzerland, she moved to New York as a teenager. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and International Relations from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, she started a publishing house with a friend in New York. Back in Switzerland, she obtained a postgraduate degree in visual arts from Visual Art School Basel in 2009.

Since then, her work is presented in more than 50 exhibitions in galleries and art fairs in Europe, Switzerland and USA. Her works are in public and private collections in the USA, Europe and Switzerland. She is a member of the APERTI committee.

You can see the video of an intervention of the artist at the CdAC realized in November 2017

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