Um die Ecke (Around the Corner)
In cooperation with Denis Handschin
Mixed Media, 2012
Object size: 26 x 80 x 32 cm
Collection Haus of Electronic Arts Basel, Switzerland, 2013
- WRO 15th Media Art Biennale in Wrocław, Poland, 9. May - 16. June 2013
- House of Electronic Arts Basel, Switzerland, Regionale 13 exhibition Hidden/Obvious,
25. November 2012 - 6. January 2013
In this work, the Dreispitz site – an industrial site in Basel, Switzerland, which is currently being transformed into a lively urban quarter – was analyzed in terms of specific characteristics regarding acoustics, visuality and electromagnetic fields, with a focus on the immediate, intuitive snapshot and subjective mode of perception.
A site-specific pyramidal model based on the actual proportions of the area and undercoated with bone meal is used to visualize the analyzed data. The height of the model derives from the golden ratio of the total area and culminates in a peak that relates to the geometric center of the base area. The pyramidal model is used as projection surface for the following media: photography and video material of the site, computed tomography images of stored findings from the Archaeological Soil Research Agency Basel, as well as live data such as meteorological information and site-specific webcam images that are streamed in real-time from the Internet. From a distance, the object seems to glow in black and white; it reveals its color and acoustics only on closer inspection.
"Um die Ecke” – Around the Corner – moves between the boarders of surveillance and transcendence, and engages in the human need for prognostic glances at the future. It deals with predictions about the future development of human beings, and the clash of the apparent and hidden. In a blend of diverging approaches, and as a reflection of common interests and the hustle of urban life, the senses become overstrung, and visualized messages are rendered invisible again. The displayed data are in constant flux, depicting ephemeral and uncontrollable snapshots from the perspective of a viewer. The object becomes an oracle and a kaleidoscope of the past, present and future.