Discover Germany | Special Theme | Culture Highlights Switzerland – Top Museums 2017
Moon geese and the multidisciplinary of electronic art Opened in 2014, Basel-based HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel - House of Electronic Arts Basle) is a centre for digital culture and new art forms in the information age and has quickly evolved into a hotspot for the active discourse of the aesthetic, economical and sociopolitical effects of media technology. TEXT: SILKE HENKELE
As a fresh and innovative addition to the Swiss cultural landscape, the HeK follows a unique approach: “The influence and presence of digital media is a muchdiscussed topic. The HeK becomes part of this discussion by presenting a diverse and multifaceted programme. Highprofiled exhibitions are equally part of our programme as are dance events, performances of contemporary electronic music, guided tours or conferences,” explains Lukas Zitzer, head of press and public relations at the HeK, the museum’s comprehensive outline. “The HeK as a Swiss centre of competence for media art engages itself in art forms 34 | Issue 55 | October 2017
and art. It consists of, for example, large installations, videos and sketches, and thus gives an unprecedented insight into Meyer-Brandis’ very own investigations of the realities of everyday life and the use of ‘fantastic’ applications of reality.
expressing themselves through new technologies and media while at the same time reflecting modes of functioning and their effects on society. This not only grants the public an unprecedented insight into the variety of media art, but also serves as an opener to a critical dialogue with art, media and technology,” says Zitzer, underlining the HeK’s intention.
One of the many attractions of the HeK is ‘Lunch Beat’, a dance event taking place once a month during lunch break. Those who prefer a more solemn lunch break can pay the HeK and its exhibitions a free visit each Wednesday to Friday from 12am to 1pm. Make sure to not miss out on these exciting opportunities to get to know contemporary electronic art up close.
One of the latest exhibitions, Cloud Cores, Moon Geese and Wandering Trees by German artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis, is a fine example of HeK’s singular approach. Meyer-Brandis’ oeuvre is a striking example for playful poetry positioned at the intersection of science
www.hek.ch/en Left: House of Electronic Arts Basel. Photo: © HeK Top right: SPACESUITTESTING: SPACE SUIT TESTING, Astronaut Training Method No. XIII, Videostill, Moon Goose Colony 2011 by Agnes Meyer-Brandis. Photo: © Agnes Meyer-Brandis, VG-Bild Kunst 2016 Right: Exhibition How Much of This Is Fiction, 2017. Photo: © Franz Wamhof, Copyright: HeK