Johannes Zits – Artist in residence


Barnwell Country Park
Barnwell Road

24 September – 9 October 2022

Preceding our Treewilder exhibition Johannes Zits will be artist in residence at Barnwell Country Park, working with local people to develop a guided experience through and with a selected tree, culminating in a performance on 9 October connecting both the human and nonhuman in a lament for nature. Documentation of the performance will be included in the autumn exhibition.

Johannes will lead participants through a series of explorations aimed at combining information their bodies are receiving with the knowledge of the natural elements they are engaging with. It will also require participants to be sensitive to other bodies around them, both human and the other-than-human, using an intuitive and open-minded approach to performance.

To register an interest please contact or call 01832 731257.

Johannes Zits’ multi-disciplinary practice focuses on the many meanings engendered by a body, both human and non-human; extending the notion of the performer to include nature itself. Based in Toronto, Canada, Johannes has presented work both across Canada and internationally since the mid-80s. In 2019 the Copenhagen Contemporary Museum commissioned him to create a performance score for their permanent collection and he performed at the International Biennial of Asuncion, Paraguay. In 2020, Johannes was the artist-in-residence at Western University’s McIntosh Gallery in London, Ontario, presenting the exhibition Listening To Trees.

Image: Moving to an old maple, Johannes Zits, 2019