CP: Marc, in one sentence,what is your story?
MS: I have a passion for contemporary dance and performance, based in Zurich, loving San Francisco and having a queer mindset!
CP: What was the genesis of Zürich Moves? Where did the inspiration to create the festival come from?
MS: I wanted to create a platform for boundary-crossing artistic engagement and create a network of artists, who collaborate and nurish their work even outside the given frame of zürich moves! festival.
CP: As an arts curator, what are some themes, or aesthetics, underlying your approach to art? Tell us about your artistic eye?
MS: My approach to art can be on many different levels. For me an artistic piece should be somehow disturbing, challenging or make me want to look twice. I m not necessarily interested in a specific aesthetics, but rather in a certain approach on how artists deal with the spectator and are able to create an experience. I am interested to see how artists change perspectives and grow throughout their artistic practice.
I see myself as a networker, organizer, funder and contextualizer.
CP: How do you envision the queer arts sister city relationship between Zürich and San Francisco evolving in the coming years?
MS: No matter how the (X)change will continue, I want it to leave an impression on the artists and people participating.
CP: What can we hope to experience over the next seven days at the (X)change festival?
MS: Fresh air form Switzerland and hopefully interesting encounters both on an artistic and personal level.
Click here to check out more about the upcoming (X)change: Zürich + San Francisco sister-city queer dialogue, check out the film screenings, cocktail gallery viewings, performances, and parties lined up for this weekend!