Navid Tschopp: Topological Agenda – Public Art / Performance

This video documents the final stage and the formal handover of Zurich-based artist Navid Tschopp’s work “Topologische Agenda – Der Weg zum Master”.

One of the artists we met when we covered the Master of Fine Arts Degree Show 2010 in Zürich was Navid Tschopp. The project he presented as his Master thesis was created by him over a period of two years. On the way to his studio he was regularly throwing office white office magnets onto the steel facade of the garbage power plant of the city of Zürich. Over the time this action created a constantly changing and slowly growing texture. Navid Tschopp did this without the permission of the authorities. Not even the director of the power plant had realized that a part of his building was transformed into an art work.

On the 7th June, 2010, Navid Tschopp threw the last magnet onto the steel facade of the power plant. He also donated his work “Topologische Agenda – Der Weg zum Master” by handing over the deed of gift to the city of Zurich, represented by Christoph Zemp, manager of the power plant, and Bettina Burkhardt, director of the department Art in Public Space Zurich.

Navid Tschopp (also known as Navid Sadrossadat) was born in Mashhad, Iran in 1978. He studied at the School of Design in Basel, and the Academies of Fine Arts in Bern and Zürich. Since 1989 he lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2006 he focuses on temporary interventions in the public space. Until the 24th of August 2010 he is taking part in a group show at the Sigi-Feigel-Terrasse in Zürich (a project by Kunstraum R57).

Navid Tschopp: Topological Agenda. Final stage and formal handover of the work. ERZ Kehrichtheizkraftwerk Josefstrasse, Zürich. Public Art / Performance, June 7, 2010.

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