Supermarket Art Magazine #10

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1,1 art/music platform 2015


KunstKiosk Baar exhibition space 2012


Museum1 exhibition space 2015

_957 Art Magazine independent art magazine 2012


Kunstraum Aarau exhibition space 1990



Name of Initiative Website Description Year of Founding

Jasmin Glaab

Adapter unterstuetzen/ mobile exhibition space 2011

The Swiss Artist-Run Scene 2020

The Swiss artist-run scene 2020 Jasmin Glaab

A Roland for an Oliver map of Basel's artist-run spaces 2011 Artachment exhibition space 2007 Artstübli exhibition space 2011 Ausstellungsraum Klingental exhibition space 1974 BBLACKBOXX / SURE TU cafe/exhibition space 2010 BelleVue – Ort für Fotografie exhibition space for photography 2012 Cargobar bar/exhibition space 1997

Swiss artists – a stereotype First of all I want to break the stereotype about Swiss artists. If I meet artists from other countries I am usually estimated to be a ‘rich’ artist because I am a ‘Swiss’ artist. It is true that in Switzerland the wages are higher than in a lot of other countries – but at the same time the living costs are accordingly high. From the outside it might look like everybody is rich, but if you work and live in the country then the situation is rather different. Most of the Swiss artists I know live with about half of the income of someone who is doing a regular job. Swiss artists usually do part time jobs to maintain their existence, they work as stage hands, bar staff or in a call center – like I did for years. To maintain your life but still save some time to work at your studio you need to develop a whole range of strategies and learn to live with relatively very little money. As the cost of everything is higher it is easier for Swiss artists to travel abroad – that is true! – but the time you spend abroad is limited as you will still have to pay the high ongoing costs at home for your flat or studio (you will not give that up because it is very hard to find affordable living and working space), maybe your phone or internet subscription and of course the expensive legally required health insurance (number one reason for the Swiss to be in debt). That means that after some weeks of traveling you are forced to go back home to work in your money job. The reason why I find it important to explain these details is my understanding of artist-run practice as a political practice. In contrast to the institutional and 22

Der Tank exhibition space 2015 deuxpiece nomadic exhibition project 2014 dock archive/exhibition space 1998 Dr. Kuckucks Labrador nomadic curatorial project 2012 FABRIKculture exhibition space 2003 FAQ exhibition space 2016 filter4culture affairs exhibition space 2006 hardspace exhibition space 2018 Hebel_121 exhibition space 1998 >>


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