Jana Charl




TRELEX RESIDENCY, SWITZERLAND: December 5, 2018 - January 3, 2019

11.5 x 8 x 8 ft / 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 m

The “Parscoursvita” kinetic installation evolved while I was attending the Trélex Residency in Switzerland.
As I was exploring the area, gathering materials and brainstorming, I discovered a fitness trail called
“Parcoursvita” in a nearby forest. 50 years ago, in 1968, the original Vita parcourse was designed by
Swiss architect Erwin Weckermann and sponsored by Vita (now called Zurich) Life Insurance.

After revisiting the fitness trail, I noticed that all of the signage had only male figures demonstrating
the exercises. I was inspired to create my own Parcoursvita, to clearly represent the missing women.

While I was painting pieces of canvas, experimenting with textures such as knitting and crocheting string,
and working in the twigs and trash I took from our recycling bins, I began hanging the pieces from the
wood beams of the 18th-century residency home. Viewing them in this manner led me to paint on both
sides of the canvas. Then I began playing with balance, movement, and placement. As the light changed
during the day, I became fascinated with its effect on the artwork and the reflections dancing on the
walls. The hanging artwork became a series of mobiles which I arranged and rearranged to create the
final installation.