¬ Zoë Claire Miller
Zoë Claire Miller’s Bar of Loose Tongues is a site-specific intervention at Floating, which transfers characteristics of gossip – such as strategies of inclusion and exclusion, community building, and transfers of knowledge – into a bar setting. This bar, however, does not simply provide beverages and cocktails but constitutes a shadowy and arcane site of blessings, curses and spells, archaic plant knowledge, communality and female power.
Miller conceives the Bar of Loose Tongues as a contemporary witch's Sabbath, where historic research into plant healing is performatively joined with a critique of neoliberalism, heteronormativity, and species extinction. Humor, community, and blissful ecstasy are only a few of its ingredients and effects. In this sense, the bar is a state (of being) rather than a space – that is, as long as your drink lasts.
Bar of Loose Tongues
Installation/ performance, 2022
Zoë Claire Miller is an artist and activist. Her artistic practice in sculpture and installation revolves around relationships between animals -- including humans -- and plants, as things that live and possess agency. Her work examines the character of objects, how they reveal their agency is grounded in a strong alliance with feminist theory and the politics of the body.
She is a co-founder of the Berlin Art Prize, launched in 2013, and has been on the board of bbk berlin since 2016, serving as its spokeswoman since 2018.