Videocity Screenings online and now also in Basel
The videocity screenings are free of charge, online around the clock and visible daily at the Messeplatz in Basel
Curator Andrea Domesle has selected 14 existing videos or invited artists to create new works. As a surprise, there is also a short film for children.
1) Videos online@home from 7 April until longer-term
In response to the crisis, a web presentation has been created in cooperation with the media library of the Academy of Art and Design (FHNW). The videos can be viewed comfortably from home through the following link: https://mediathek.hgk.fhnw.ch/event/videocity2020
Further available are interpretations of works in German and English.
- Videos on the eBoard of the Congress Center Basel from 11 May to 16 August 2020
Every day from 8 a.m. to midnight, the same 14 videos without sound are shown between information on the eBoard of the Congress Center Basel at Messeplatz 21 near the Swissôtel Le Plaza. Due to the corona crisis, our screening is only now taking place here.
Therefore we cordially invite you to the annual videocity presentation experiment: To what extent does perception change due to the influence of the environment when viewing the presentations inside (online, if available, with sound) and outside (eBoard of the Congress Center without sound)?
"Food - the field of tension between advertising, art, consumption"
Food is currently discussed extensively. An increasing amount of people are becoming vegetarians and vegans, contributing with their ecological and global awareness to the discussion. "Food" does not separate the generations but different world views instead. Just how "natural" nutrition still is may be left open for debate in light of the additives used to flavour, colour, and preserve it and also due to the latest production possibilities. "Food" is also a market with its own marketing sphere. videocity tunes directly into the places where products are presented and thematizes the language of advertising. The electronic display board of the Congress Center Basel is an exceptional platform for presentations due to its size and placement in front of the exhibition centre. The curator Andrea Domesle has selected already existing videos or else invited artists from Switzerland and abroad to create works unique to this situation. The artists are not concerned with the construction of a deceptive appearance - if need be their short films expose it. They aim for the opposite: the analysis of reality. The enacted handling of food reveals attitudes towards life and reflects different societies.
We conceived our exhibition before the crisis and the artworks were also created before that. Did you yourself change your approach to the basic need for food during the crisis? Were you confronted with panic buying, a partially restricted or rationed range of goods? Or did you become sad during your meals in isolation? With the experience of the crisis, the view of the already existing videos changes and a new meaning emerges.
Thanks go to Dr. Tabea Lurk and the team of the media library of the HGK FHNW as well as Jürgen Enge, Center for Digital Matter of the HGK FHNW. They made sure that our videos can be viewed from home despite the crisis.
Thanks to the authors Laura Rehme, Leoni Reiber, Valentina Sankolli-Peduzzi and Nadja Zeller, who also translated, along with Christopher Haley Simpson and Charlie Stein.
Special thanks to the artists Peter Aerschmann, Sonja Alhäuser, Judith Albert, Franziska Bieri, Costantino Ciervo, Copa & Sordes, FoodCultura (Antoni Miralda), Anette C. Halm, Luzia Hürzeler, Wenfeng Liao, Jérôme Leuba, Ruth Maclennan, Leila Nadir & Cary Adams (former Peppermint) and Tamar Nissim.
Thanks also to the lenders Carola and Günther Ketterer-Ertle and the team from www.videokunst.ch.
Further thanks to Noemi Neels from the Congress Center Basel, Julian Gresenz from Point de Vue, photographer Dirk Wetzel, graphic designer Thomas Dillier and Chiara Düblin and Dina Spielmann from the videocity team.
And finally, a huge thank you to the sponsors, the Christoph Merian Foundation and other foundations, Kultur Stadt Bern, Kanton Bern and République et Canton de Genève.
Note: Another exhibition in our immediate neighbourhood in Kleinbasel deals with the subject of 'food'. We are pleased that the exhibition "Amuse-bouche. The Taste of Art" at the Museum Tinguely will reopen and can be seen until 26 July, www.tinguely.ch.
Information on the history of the Public Art Project can be found here: www.videocitybs.ch.