‘Parallel Paper Tunnel’
a project by Marieke Gelissen
Photograph: Gert Jan van Rooij


Some objects want to be touched, to be squeezed, to be taken. It is the start of a physical encounter between the body and the object. Marieke Gelissen investigates this encounter with practical performative research, which results in installations of photos and videos, showing the actions and moments that she captured. Marieke Gelissen (*1970) graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy 2012. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

‘Parallel Paper Tunnel’ a project by Marieke Gelissen

For 17ZWEI Marieke Gelissen transformed the experience of entering a tunnel into a simple action: pulling a piece of rolled paper. A gentle pull of the artist’s hands let the roll turn itself into a perfectly shaped cone, the opening invitingly open, as if it were possible to enter. Gelissen: “I wanted to freeze this moment and upscale it to the size of the Hardbrücke underpass. Thus creating a parallel form that enables passers­by to physically relate to this form and reflect on their actual position in it.”


Artists selected for the exhibition period September 2013 – June 2014

- Monika  Drożyńska (PL)
- Hugo Orlandini (CU/ES)
- Idan Hayosh (IL/RO)
- Shahzad Ahmad Khan (PK)
- Steven Emmanuel (GB/D)
- Marieke Gelissen (NL)

Previous Artworks


Steven Emmanuel is a conceptual artist working across numerous disciplines. Within his practice his approach to art-making is in a state of constant change. Each work is informed and shaped by its context. Whether the work is whimsical or serious, it is full of knowing contradictions that subtly challenge and question the boundaries between art and life. Steven Emmanuel (*1982, Wales) studied at the Royal College of Art, London. He lives and works in Nuremberg, Germany.

Hardbrücke and Zürich West is a place in the process of change and construction, driven by the strength of the Swiss economy and as an epicenter of its financial market.


‘The silent theme’ presents an appropriated musical score from the game Tetris, originally taken from the Russian folk tale Korobeiniki.
The music is repeated by the thousand and begins to read like entries to a ledger, relentless and vast, it is indistinguishable in its entirety.
The work reflects the hustle and bustle of the space and our individual position within it.



Shahzad Khan is a Pakistani artist (*1979) primarily working in the fields of painting, photography, shadow and paper sculpture. Many of his works are installations created for the public sphere. Khan developed a unique technique of Paper Art called “Meri Gami” to produce artworks. Through his work he introduces and experiments with traditional Pakistani Truck-Art examining social and cultural concerns. Khan holds a Masters degree in Sculpture and Product Design from the National College of Arts Lahore. He currently lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

 “Daikh Magar Payar Say” (Watch with Love) is the title of a series of artworks by Shahzad Khan and originates from a famous poetic verse used in Pakistani Truck-Art. By using a minimalistic form of Pakistani Truck-Art Khan evokes feelings of delicacy, love and care through welcoming gestures. The artwork is a depiction of a traveller who observes, interacts and experiences other travellers with different human nature, varying moods, and destinations but in the end arrives home alone.



HUGO ORLANDINI“Shortcut nº 5″ by Barcelona based artist Hugo Orlandini alludes to the basic need to wander and move around; the eternal search for a home.Today, keyboard language is part of our everyday life (SMS, chat, etc.) and is deeply incorporated into the way we express ourselves. These keyboard shortcuts have become part of our collective imagination. The abstract quality of this language plays within a universe in which imagination is set free.
“Shortcut nº 5″ by Hugo Orlandini (2013)
Hugo Orlandini was born in 1974 in Santiago de Cuba. With his work Orlandini essentially examines social and political concerns.Orlandini introduces new questions to known and accepted systems, experiments with different materials, evokes new representations and works artistically with different media such as photography, sculpture and installations.Orlandini’s oeuvre has been shown in national and international exhibitions and art fairs. It is part of private collections and has been published in catalogues, magazines and newspapers. Hugo Orlandini lives and works in Barcelona. www.horlandini.com
“Shortcut nº 5″ by Hugo Orlandini (2013)

Monika  DrożyńskaThe artwork “Less is enough” by polish artist Monika  Drożyńska  is a part of a larger project called “Urban embroidery”, which started in 2010. The artist uses embroidery as a kind of documentation for anonymous vandalism describing the urban area. The photographic documentation of the embroideries is placed on billboards in urban areas.Monika Drożyńska is a polish artist active in various areas of art. She is working as a designer, performer, author of installations and projects in public space. Her works retain the energy and the spirit of adventure and discovery, of having fun – in this way they not only explore ways of engaging with the city, they themselves are a particular way of engaging with the city, one that is fresh, intelligent, bitingly ironic and witty, and at the same time extremely serious.She is a participant of national and international exhibitions and projects (including Zachêta National Gallery of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Museum in Kraków) and received numerous prizes for her artistic work.

Carlo Zanni
LOCALHOST (2013)Update August 26th 2013« LOCALHOST shows a standardized internet error message stating that an image named “me_BIG.jpg” could not be found. The directory describes values I personally believe in but which sometimes are hard to live by. Especially today, these values are challenged by society and interpreted differently in each country. Keeping in mind that values vary from place to place and from person to person, the piece works like a graffiti in progress and invites the viewers to participate and interact. »June 27th 2013June 27th 2013