Artist in Residence @ V2 – Lab for the unstable Media, RotterdamSept – Dec’22
Regionale 23 “Performing Traces” @ HEK Basel, 26.Nov’22 – 1.Jan’23
Cantonale Berne Jura @ Kunsthaus Langenthal 8.Dec’22 -15.Jan’23
Fellowship “Wissen bewegen” @ Universität Mannheim, Oct’22 – May’23
I‘m a conceptual artist who shifts between disciplines, and prefers to realise ideas collaboratively. I‘m also a person with an increasing interest in our digitally shaped world and the resulting social, physical and societal changes. In the process, a spectrum emerges that addresses the current discourse around peer-to-peer learning, open source, shared authorship and expanded knowledge spaces from an intersectional feminist and artistic perspective. In doing so, questioning the conditions of given spaces, and explore possibilities of movements within seemingly rigid structures.
My practise is based on exchange, sitting between artistic production, collaboration, curation and art education. My works finalise mainly in form of performances, installations, videos, text, workshops, and audio works.
I live in Basel as a freelance artist, teach and lecture, have studied in Basel and Brussels (MA Fine Arts), and Zurich and Budapest (BA Art Education).
2015 MA Fine Arts, FHNW, Institut Kunst, Basel
2013 Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
2009 BA Arts in Art Education, ZHdK, Zurich
2008 Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest
2005 Foundation program (Vorkurs), SfG, Basel
Residencies, Awards, Fellowships
2022 AiR, V2 – Lab for the unstable media, Rotterdam
2022/23 Elfriede Höhn Fellowship in collab. with the University of Mannheim
2021 AiR, La Dépendance, St-Imier, Switzerland
2019 Werkbeitrag (Art Award) of the City of Basel
2019 AiR, Sasso Residency, Vairano, Switzerland
2018 Basler Kulturförderpreis
2018 AiR, Atelier Mondial & Pro Helvetia, Johannesburg & Cape Town
2017 AiR, Pro Helvetia, Berlin Alexanderplatz Berlin
2013 AiR, Zurich University of the Arts & Kunsthalle Tropical, Iceland
“Offscreen” @ Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, New York 13. – 16.Oct’22
Studio KōAN — studiokoan.net
Voices: Dorothea Mildenberger, Marlon McNeill & AI voices / Recording & Mastering: Daniel Steiner / Co-Production: Lumpenstation
deep listening is an invitation to relax and focusses on notification sounds present in our everyday life. The electronic devices relate to us by saying hello, goodbye, well done, generally commenting, and observing the user. The machines seeking our attention, and communicating with us via sounds, while we receive messages, send Emails, or start a computer.
The piece is inspired by the process of “machine learning”, the reality of “deep fake” and relates these topics with the experience of “deep listening”. The term “deep listening” is known as a description for a meditative and concentrated form of listening whereas “deep learning” describes a multi layered learning system and the large amount of data used to create artificial intelligence.
For the recording two improvisation artists were asked to individually mimic the complex notification sounds with their voice.
Smartphones, Wifi, Zoom, Carrier Bags, Boomboxes
In collaboration with Lea Rüegg / Performed by Annette Beil, Werner Kost, Lea Rüegg, Nina Schweizer, Hannah Stamm, Moyra Studach, Res Thierstein / Pictures by Guillaume Musset
Call me I’m there locates itself in the interstices of public and private, online and offline. The text-based performance uses voice to enchant everyday scenes of a digitalised society and creates an intimate and at the same time open framework between audience and performers, questioning given dynamics: Who listens and who returns the gaze?
Call me I‘m there was shown during the performance festival Die Raum, initiated by the Department of Culture of Basel and curated by Kadiatou Diallo and Madeleine Amsler, dedicated to performances in public space.
HD video, 16:9, 13′ 34′
Video Footage taken from Second Life / Sound based on online videocalls
The video was purchased by SAMMLUNG NEUE MEDIEN BASELLAND dotmov.bl, 2020
What‘s your vision? started during the first lockdown in 2020 with a daily accessible open-source-based video-chat room. It ensured a personal exchange of information in a publicly accessible space during the isolated time at home with the idea to collectively rethink current standards. Excerpts of the audio material from the series are intercut with current footage from the virtual world of Second Life. Second Life peaked back in 2013 and presents itself today as an abandoned gaming landscape.
Video Installation (2020)
HD video, 16:9, 13′34′ Loop
Camera and editing by Daniela Brugger / Sound by Lukas Huber / Picture 1 by CE at Kunsthaus Langenthal, Picture 2 by Moritz Schermbach © Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt
The video shows recordings of a basic computer course in a self-organised senior citizen activity group, taught peer to peer: By senior citizens for senior citizens. The close-ups show interaction of various hands with a computer mouse, keyboard and touch screen. The sound is not cut directly onto the image but shifts to the respective sequence. The title is inspired by Peter Kropotkin’s book: Mutual Aid – A Factor of Evolution.
Collaborative Wikipeda project (ongoing since 2016)
For more information, visit:
Since 2016 Who writes his_tory? hosted around 50 worksops and discussions in art institutions, universities, art schools, film festivals and off spaces.
Wikipedia writing workshops and exchange formats focusing on the topic of art and feminism in collaboration with various groups and institutions. Who writes his_tory? is a collaborative project that questions the distinguishing structural characteristics of Wikipedia while addressing the challenges they pose. Who writes his_tory? sees itself as part of movements, works closely with other committed writers and groups and promotes gender-appropriate and situation-sensitive language use on the online encyclopaedia.
In 2019 Who writes his_tory? was initiator and co-founder of FemNetz, a feminist network within the German speaking Wikipedia. Since 2020 FemNetz organises a yearly conference and network meeting.
Performance workshop focusing on digital self-defence (2019/2020)
Created in collaboration with Kunstlehrstuhl BBB and with the support of the Chaos Computer Club Basel and Sophie Kellner / Pictures by Zlatko Micic
Documentation at: twitter.com/trakkatakk
TRAKKATAKK took place for the first time in May 2019 at Kunstlehrstuhl Baden and is inspired by the solidarity model of existing Cryptoparties. It is an adaptable exchange format on digitalisation and digital self-defence. The respective space appears to be a hybrid between performance setting, exhibition space, laboratory and bar, and the focus is firmly on exchanging thoughts about handling data online.
Performance (2017 and 2018)
Performance, publication & vinyl
A collective project initiated by Daniela Brugger & Vera Bruggmann / with Franziska Baumgartner, Daniela Brugger, Vera Bruggmann, Nadja Bührer, Daniela Caderas, Laura Endtner, Linus Gemsch, Lysann König, Nora Locher, Marlon McNeill, Julia Minnig, Lea Rüegg, Arlène Sagada, Sarina Scheidegger, Alena Stählin, Sara&Natascha / Pictures by Zlatko Mićić
Vinyl available at A Tree in a Field Records
Publication & Poster available at Stingray Editions
The two bands OPPRESSED BY PRIVILEGE and PRIVILEGED BY OPPRESSION each perform at the same time.
In the run-up to the band rehearsals, the public were asked to send in self-penned lyrics in response to the respective band names. These lyrics then served as the raw material which the two bands interpreted musically and performed live.
The original versions of all the submitted lyrics were compiled within a publication that was launched on the day of the performance at Ausstellungsraum Klingental during Art Basel 2017. In February 2018, the 12″ vinyl EP was released on A Tree in a Field Records to accompany the performance at Kunsthalle Basel during the performance exhibition New Swiss Performance Now. The performances were staged under the title Aufstand der Privilegierten (Riot of the Privileged).
Performance in changing volumes (since 2016)
Soap water, aluminium pool, supply of air
Pictures by Daniela Brugger, Marc Dorazillo, Silas Heizmann
Performed at at zqm in Berlin,2016 Westwerk in Hamburg, 2018, Alpines Museum in Bern, Carosserie in Basel, ZHdK in Zurich and at Kunstverein Freiburg.
The temporary sculpture is created anew and filled with a different volume of liquid for each performance. Example of FFOAAM vol. 5. Sound, smell and movement are key components of the work.
Video Installation (2015)
3-channel HD video, loop 6min. 26sec.
Camera: Daniela Brugger & Patrick Meury / Sound Design: Lukas Huber / Sound Recording: Samuel Weniger / Editing: Daniela Brugger
Click here to watch the Video, Vimeo password: Fleisch
The three-channel-installation shows video and sound material shot in a small Swiss butcher’s shop that is on the verge of closing. The images are documentary videos of various work processes performed in the family-owned business. The sound is based on the original sound and creates a soundscape that enhances the imagery through repetition and displacement.
Live Sound Installation (2016)
2 Microphones, 2 Loudspeakers, 1 Mixing Desk
in collaboration with Deirdre O’Leary
The microphones are aligned facing the street outside the exhibition space. In a parallel room apart from the microphones there are two speakers standing opposite with their respective membranes facing each other. What can be heard is the amplified live sound of the street and passers-by. In this setting the amplified sound and the visible movement on the street cannot be perceived simultaniously