CURRENT | #006 | Aspects
# 006 brings together eight articles in three languages around the topic
"aspects of art production outside museum spaces". The texts
all treat the subject in very different ways. Noémie Etienne and
Nadia Radwan focus on the development of contemporary Egyptian art, which,
in the course of the Jasmine Revolution, increasingly uses urban space
as a political canvas. Sonja Gasser reports on poetry that floods the
urban areas of Florence. Simon Sheikh debates in his essay new ways of
looking at the figure of the artist, who is asked to perform the task
of establishing platforms for a public and counterpublic. In an interview,
Dieter Pfister gives his opinion about art in public spheres. Sabine von
Fischer describes the search for synthetic acoustical qualities in the
city space. Andreas Blättler reflects on the boundaries between the
private and the public sphere, which have become blurred as a consequence
of the invention of the telephone and its progression to smartphones.
Marcel Henry describes in his article how new ephemeral art forms arise
under the influence of changing media and how these forms create a counter-trend
to art with a largely physical presence in public space. The text collection
is completed with an essay by Michael Birchall. He reports about open
and artistic forms of life and the current phenomenon of using urban spaces
for the production of food.
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#004 | Simone Zaugg (CH) and Muriel Baumgartner (CH) | Lokal.int and Platform
2/3 | Biel/Bienne
tracks and road, fact and speculation, gain and loss oscillate the artistic
interventions in and around Biel/Bienne train station. At the end of June,
the nearby off-space Lokal.int will stop operating from its current premises,
prompting ADB | Amici Di Borgo to invite artistic investigations influenced
by this circumstance. Simone Zaugg (*1968) ventures into the little wood
behind the off-space with an installation that teases the viewer to speculate,
while Zurich artist Muriel Baumgartner (*1976) uses Lokal.int's satellite
space - a glass cubicle on platform 2/3 at Biel/Bienne train station -
for an intervention with an impact on public space. Here art truly refuses
the places intended for its presentation and allows passers-by on the
road and the railway to become viewers.
- Small wood behind
Lokal.int, Aarbergstrasse 84, Biel/Bienne
Simone Zaugg (*1968) lives in Berlin and Bern. She often engages public space through her work, and is the recipient of several recognized art awards. Further information: www.simonezaugg.net
Baumgartner (*1976) lives in Zurich and works in the media of installation
and painting. She gained her degree from Zurich University of the Arts
in summer 2009, and was selected for Platform10, and annual exhibition
of the best recent graduates at Swiss art schools. Further information:
ARCHIV | #003 | Denunciazione | by Ronny Hardliz (CH/CZ) and Jürg Schluep (CH)
Denunciazione (Bern-PROGR Sep 2009)
ARCHIV | #002 | Annunciazione | by Ronny Hardliz (CH/CZ) and Jürg Schluep (CH)
For three years, the
old kiosk at the corner of Via San Gottardo and Via Sarah Morley (Chiosco
Morley) in Muralto-Locarno (CH) was abandoned. In summer 2009, an artistic
intervention called it into life again. The installation "Annunciazione"
was realized by Ronny Hardliz (www.hardliz.ch) and Jürg Schluep,
and consisted of five steps analogous to the biblical scene of the annunciation.
The artists refer to the tradition of this imagery, and the various phases
of the biblical story were recognizable in the execution of the work.
This was done in a symbolic rather than strictly literal way. In the end,
the work was about the kiosk as a specific place and time in the city,
and the project performed a temporary and local intervention in the overall
Aug 30, 2009
ARCHIV | #001 | Camera d'amici |
von Heinrich Gartentor (CH)
BASEL 40 (June 2009) the Swiss artist Heinrich Gartentor made an art intervention
in a private flat very close to the art fair. The "Camera d'amici"
has been rented for the time
of ART BASEL by an eBay auction.