Founded in Zürich in 1987, the Schimpfluch Gruppe has become the epitome of radical outsider art in many respects. Appearing in varying lineups over the years, including several guest artists alongside the core-members of Rudolf, Joke Lanz, and Dave Phillips, the Schimpfluch Gruppe has been forging a bridge from stirring audio and visual works to disturbing and highly challenging live performances ever since.

Their work has covered a wide range of live and recorded output: audio/sonic art, actionism, bruitism, performance, musique concrète, painting and installation-work, confrontational radio broadcasts, physically demanding performances, ‘abreaction plays’ and ‘psycho-physical tests and trainings’.

The work created under the name Schimpfluch deals with therapeutic and analytical actions and reactions of the psyche, the body, and of senses and realities (of both the performers and the audiences), in a radical, critical but also liberating way – an attack on the mind as well as a stimulation of the senses.

Support for this event provided by PRO HELVETIA.

Individual bios:

Rudolf’s rites and artefacts are portals to the traumatic expanses and abysses of human existence. Regarded as psychopomp or art-brut shamanist, his trail of work leads deep down to – and through – the nethermost regions of the human psyche. Rudolf’s research de-occults the psychic body through psycho-physical tests and trainings. He employs and combines abreactive and cleansing actionism with sonic rituals, psychoactive acoustics and close-up fieldrecordings of nature and decay, generating audio-environments into which he plants grotesque psycho-magic rituals and tantric exercises that trigger a nondual, higher awareness.

Rudolf aka Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck founded the Schimpfluch extreme and outsider artist collective in Zürich in 1987. Schimpfluch exponents are highly regarded for their unique and obscure aural and visual work; their confrontational, physically demanding performances and shock treatments remove the boundaries of the body and open up accesses to the collective unconscious., born 1967 in Zürich, Switzerland, is currently based in Osaka, working as painter, de/composer and psycho-spiritual researcher.

dave phillips is an activist using sound as a language, creating sonic rituals that address and oppose the restriction and reduction of life and living, regularly touching on existentialist topics, animal rights, human rights and environmental awareness, resulting in a unique and often cathartic sound world that activates primordial shared emotions and rings in the era of humanimal. dp re/searches and ponders existences and behaviourisms humanimalistically via audio de/construction, psycho-acoustics, sonic rituals; sound as communication in direct and primal form, a tool of metaphysics, a conscience, an unrestrained language. sound as a means to activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden by civilised experience. dp’s work engages, invites rumination, endorses sentient and environmental e/quality and encourages intervention and action; therapeutical stimulation is acknowledged. a form of release is evoked, a liberating cleansing, a sound catharsis that opposes the omnipresent reduction of existence, that puts us in touch with our sentient origins as well as with the realities of our times. dp rings in the era of humanimal..

dp has been sonically active for over 30 years, has appeared on more than 190 releases and has played around 500 concerts in 40 countries.

dp was born in 1969 in Zug, and lives in Zürich

Joke Lanz is one of the most prolific and profound artists working in the border zones where performance and body art meet Improvisation and Noise. Lanz creates a unique blend of physical sound poetry and epileptic noise bursts, using contact microphones, loops, tapes etc. The result is an extreme form of musique concrète that juxtaposes spasmodic gibbering with a battery of disorienting electronics.

Since 1985 involved with a broad variety of musical projects, such as: Jaywalker, Sudden Infant, Schimpfluch-Gruppe, Psychic Rally, Vehikel & Gefäss, Catholic Boys in Heavy Leather, WAL, and Tell.

Composed music for contemporary dance, theatre, films, radio plays, and installations.

Artist residencies in Berlin, London, Vienna and Cairo.

Composition Assignment by Arts Council of Switzerland.

Workshops and lectures at Music Academy Lucerne, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, University of Stellenbosch.

Innumerable releases on international labels, including Schimpfluch, Tochnit Aleph, Blossoming Noise, RRR, Entr’acte, Artware, Klanggalerie, PAN, SSSM, iDEAL Recordings, Harbinger Sound, and Nihilist Records.

Festival performances and tours in: USA, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Israel and all over Europe.

Born 1965 in Basel, Switzerland. Currently based in Berlin.

Event location:

The Red Room at Normals Books & Records 425 e 31st Baltimore, MD 21218

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.