AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM KLINGENTAL, BASEL
#BlackoutBasel - experimentelle Ausstellung im Ausstellungsraum Klingental.
Mit über 50 internationalen Künstler/innen von 6 Kontinenten ist BlackoutBasel der Höhepunkt des fünfmonatigen Kuratoren-Aufenthalts von Shazeb Arif S. (Mumbai, Indien). Mit dem hybriden Modell eines 3-tägigen Non-Stop-Festivals innerhalb der Ausstellung stürzt sich BlackoutBasel in ein kollektiv-experimentelles Abenteuer, inspiriert von Basel! Eine Einladung an alle,
festgefahrene Definitionen urbaner Kunst und Kultur sowie die Grenzen zwischen Publikum und Künstler/innen zu hinterfragen und aufzubrechen.
Sa, 5. Sept., 18.00 Uhr: Vernissage "The Private Blackout Collection",
mit Open-Air Performance - "Die Morbide Strecke" (The Burning Piano) im Ausstellungsraum Klingental Fr.
So. 11.,12. und 13. Sept: The Blackout Festival 2015 / Swiss Edition
So, 20. Sept., 17.00 Uhr: Finissage "Posh Auction turns Flea Market"
verschiedene Orte, Programmdetails siehe: sheikspear.wix.com/theblackoutfestival
THE BLACKOUT FESTIVAL 2O15: SWISS EDITION
5TH - 20TH SEPTEMBER 2015
AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM KLINGENTAL, BASEL
50+ ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE FROM 6 CONTINENTS / 50+ MORE VIA ARTWORKS /
3 DAYS AND NIGHTS NON-STOP CONTENT / MULTIPLE PUBLIC SPACE INTERVENTIONS
24 URBAN EXPERIENCES AND EXPERIMENTS / FREE-FOR-ALL / MADE FOR BASEL
VERNISSAGE: 5TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 18:00 / HRS OPEN AIR THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE: DIE MORBIDE STRECKE (LET'S BURN THE PIANO)
11-12-13-TH SEPTEMBER 2015, NON-STOP / THE BLACKOUT FESTIVAL:SWISS EDITION
FINNISSAGE (CLOSING): 20TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 17:00 HRS / POSH AUCTION TURNS FLEA MARKET
The date was 21-12-2012. According to the Mayan calendar, this was the last date for the human race. So we decided that if we have to die, then let’s do it while doing what we love and in the company of our closest friends. Most of whom turned out to be artists. And so what began in a 2-bedroom-kitchen house in suburban Mumbai as a celebration for artists and friends to come together and experiment in a compressed urban setting in the heart of the city, without permissions, without any exchange of money and touching upon everything that we experience as urban citizens. And at the core, this was a motion to revive the dead underground in Mumbai city.
3 years and 3 editions later in 3 different frameworks, the first being a 3-day-night non-stop festival in an apartment, the second - a bigger creator’s party with 23 experimental events on a rooftop in uptown Bandstand, and the third, a 3-day-night residency to create 5 tent works by cross-disciplinary artist pairs, The Blackout Festival has now gone international. The founder and director of the festival, Shazeb Arif S., was chosen for a 5-month curatorial residency program / cultural exchange program in Basel, Switzerland partnered by Pro Helvetia: Swiss Arts Council, Atelier Mondial and Ausstellungsraum Klingental.
With 10 events and 1 intervention since June and many more to come at the end of August, the curator’s goal was to develop an interdisciplinary community to expand his existing network of global experimental artists across disciplines and bring it all together with an exhibition and festival in Basel in September 2015. At the core, the curator studied sub-culture in Swiss society to develop content that is known to the people but presented in an experimental context. With a vision to erase the line between the gallery and the public space, the artist and the audience, the curator attempted to swap the urban definitions of art and culture. Art is in the galleries and culture is in the streets. So what happens when you swap the two?
We will find out in September (5-20 Sept 2015) in Basel when an army of 50+ artists will be in attendance from 6 continents. With artworks and films, from 50+ more artists who will be absent, and one live web collaboration (www.gifbang.club) to connect with more artists, #BlackoutBasel will be an urban celebration made by the artists for the city and its people. With sub-projects such as an ArtistBnB initiative brought Basel residents to offer their homes to the incoming artists and guests. The local Food-Sharing initiative will help us keep a live kitchen running for the artists through the festival days and nights. And so it is free for all, the entire festival as it is made with the love and support of the city folks.
The project opens with an exhibition, The Private Blackout Collection that features experimental works by various artists including a nuclear secret in a heritage venue hidden in Basel - only one person can experience this at a time in a venue that can hold up to 300 people. This artwork is called Radioactive Jewellery by Hojun Song (South Korea) who became the first person to launch a personal satellite into space in 2013. Without any themes, the exhibition is a mix of various media and expressions based in experiential value. And so to open the exhibition, a grand spectacle is planned with an open air live theatrical performance directed and performed by Anmari Wili featuring two of Basel’s most endearing operatic voices - Tatjana Gazdik (Soprano) and Eung Kwang Lee (Baritone). They will be accompanied in this 70 minute piece titled “Die Morbide Strecke” by electronic artist, Niki Neecke and Jurg Henneberger playing a broken piano. At the end of the performance, the broken piano will go up in flames against the grand architecture of Kaserne in Basel City Centre. This will also be the realisation of an artist’s dream 15 years after it was originally conceived and barred from performance at the Basel Theatre.
The exhibition will morph and change with new pieces coming in and exiting through the 2 weeks especially after the brain of the project is activated during the festival. On the 11th of September, #BlackoutBasel - The Blackout Festival 2015 opens to 3 days and nights of LIVE experiences with events and experiments across sound, music, art, fashion, food, urbanism, science, technology, new and no media, gaming, films and in-betweens with a focus on shared experiences. An exhibition of sauces, an augmented reality experience to instantly make you the best fitting trousers, an all-night film festival, several experimental audio/visual performances, a lunch of experiments made from bacteria and fermentation, a fashion show at the Rhine, remote-controlled gaming wars, and much more that will come up spontaneously during the festival.
#BlackoutBasel is the culmination of several ideas, thoughts, stray conversations, experiential research, events and by the end of the exhibition on 20th September, the project will have engaged with local artists, students, institutions, initiatives and businesses to develop a festival that is truly relevant and integral to the city of Basel.
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