Acme Studios — Franz Rueb

Supporting Artists since 1972

Franz Rueb

Aargauer Kuratorium Residency

Franz Rueb is a Swiss author, journalist and dramaturge. Franz began his writing career as a freelance journalist and editor for Vorwärts, a newspaper associated with the Swiss Communist Party. At this time, Franz was also politically active outside his writing, sitting for the Labour Party in the Zürich Cantonal Council and partaking in the 1968 movement in the region. In 1970 he moved to West Berlin, and worked as a dramaturge for four years at the Schaubühne on Halleschen Ufer, before returning to Switzerland.

He has written books, essays and radio plays on various historical figures, including the Swiss cabaret artist and folk actor Alfred Rasser; the German humanist Ulrich von Hutten; and the sixteenth-century doctor Paracelsus. In the 1990s Franz turned his attention to the history of the European Witch Hunts, resulting in the books Hexenbrände (1996), Hexenflug und Teufelsritt (1997), and Mucking Out (2005). These were followed in 2009 by the autobiography Rübezahl played left outside.

Aargauer Kuratorium, Switzerland

Aargauer Kuratorium has worked in partnership with Acme to develop and provide a London-based artists' residency since 1999. Based in Bow, E3, the residency enables a wide spectrum of practitioners connected with the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland, to undertake two six month long work/live residencies per year. Artist application and selection are conducted directly by Aargauer Kuratorium.

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