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Interview with artist-duo: Operator
Artist duo Operator, speaks to HEK’s Isabella Maund about where the body is missing in blockchain, their inspirational trip to the volcanic island of Pantelleria and transforming movement into stillness.
Portals into Digital Worlds – Surfing on the «WEK» Planet
Can you find the cat hidden in the hill? Can you understand what the flowers in the forest are discussing? Who lives in the mushrooms that grow in the caves? In the water world, who is watching over the sparkling crown? Which couriers deliver food to the floating cloud village? Do you see the great rice cake planet in outer space? A guest article by Andrea Fortmann.
Retrospective on the Holiday Pass Workshop: Use Ladders and Slides to navigate the City of the Future
As part of the Holiday Pass Workshop: “Build an extended world – with found objects, paper and augmented reality” with Mirjam Fruttiger (K’Werk and SFG Basel) and Anna Flurina Kälin (Freisicht and HEK), children invent a future city. With towers, stairs, slides, and flying ships, the inhabitants of the future city, dinosaurs, dragons, and characters move around in their own way.
Interview with LaTurbo Avedon: Non-binary virtual Artist
LaTurbo Avedon is a fully digitally-existing artist, referring to themselves as a non-binary virtual person. Avedon’s work, Materia, is currently on show in the «Collective Worldbuilding – Art in the Metaverse» exhibition at HEK. This is viewable until the 13th of August 2023 and presents a selection of international artists who explore the possibilities of a decentralised Internet that promises more self-determination, decentralisation and transparency. Isabella Maund, from HEK’s internal team, had the opportunity to interview LaTurbo Avedon about their artistic practice, their views on the future of metaverses and what it’s like to push the traditional boundaries of identity.
Queering Quantum Physics – Interview with Johanna Bruckner
After the opening of the «Pe Lang, Johanna Bruckner, Jennifer Merlyn Scherler. Swiss Media Art – Pax Art Awards 2022» Johanna Bruckner kindly offered her time to discuss her works in the installation with HEK team-member Isabella Maund. Bruckner provides insights into the various influences on her work: queer quantum physics, poetry and sex workers.
Interview with Pe Lang – Main Prize Winner of the PAX Art Awards 2022
During the set-up of his new installation for the current exhibition at HEK, Pe Lang (*1974) the main prize-winner of the Pax Art Award 2022, took some time to talk about his new work Alomeris with HEK intern, Danuka Ana Tomas. Lang explains how this new installation was birthed out of his passions for Sci-Fi, Quantum Physics, Chaos Theory and Buddhism. Alomeris is currently on view at HEK from the 1st of April until the 21st of May 2023 at HEK in the «Pe Lang, Johanna Bruckner, Jennifer Merlyn Scherler. Swiss Media Art – Pax Art Awards 2022» exhibition, showcasing the winners of the PAX Art Awards 2022.
Fandoms, Wigs and Horse-people – Interview with artist Jennifer Merlyn Scherler
Jennifer Merlyn Scherler (*1996) is one of the prize-winning artists of the Swiss Media Art – Pax Art Awards 2022 in the category of emerging artist. Their work is on show at HEK in the accompanying exhibition, showcasing also the work of the main prize-winner, Pe Lang, and fellow emerging artist winner, Johanna Bruckner. During the set-up of the exhibition, Isabella Maund, who is part of HEK’s Education and Communication team, had the opportunity to interview Scherler about fandoms, early experiences with internet communities, wig-making and their fascination with Hozier. The exhibition is on view at HEK from the 1st of April until the 21st of May, 2023.