Explorers Film Club
Collaborative research: residencies, screenings, exhibition, publication, app
With Pilar Quinteros, Uriel Orlow, Puck Verkade a.o.
Curated by Benedikt Wyss & Samuel Leuenberger
In cooperation with Christoph Merian Stiftung & Kunsthaus Baselland, Atelier Mondial, and Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.
Screenings: Mai 2020 – Sep 2020 – Feb 2021 – Jun 2021
Residencies: Feb 2020 Puck Verkade – Jul 2020 Pilar Quinteros – Nov 2020 NN – Mar 2021 Uriel Orlow
Exhibition, book, app: opening & launch 15–21 Juni 2021
Terra incognita – Explorers Film Club takes place in a former industrial freeport, in the city of Basel, Switzerland. The so-called Dreispitz (german: tricorn) extends over fifty hectares. Until a few years ago, large parts of it were inaccessible for eighty years as a duty-free zone and are therefore «undiscovered». For the period between February 2020 and June 2021 four artists are invited to reside (at Atelier Mondial) in the Dreispitz for one month and to develop a new video/film work. The artists will engage in some way with the area the residency takes place in, apart from that, they have a carte blanche. We present the results of the artistic research and investigation into the area by means of screenings that take place on site. These happenings are followed by an exhibition (with Kunsthaus Baselland), which includes a publication, a logbook appearing with the new video art app Primo Print in motion streaming film stills as videos to smartphones.
The Dreispitz is home to the fine art academy of Basel headed by Chus Martinez, the world-famous architects Herzog & De Meuron, the House of Electronic Arts, a warehouse of patrician furniture, a fire water silo used by apnoea divers, a Hindu temple, hundreds of companies. It will be home to the Kunsthaus Baselland which is in the midst of moving there in 2022.
The Explorers Film Club is accompanied by ZHdK sustainability research investigating how aesthetic education generates democratic participation and how actors gain access to an urban area through artistic work.
photos: symbolic images of Dreispitz, www
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Christoph Merian Stiftung
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK
Mai 2020 – Sept 2020 – Feb 2021 – Juni 2021