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LISBON IN BASEL

An industrial zone becomes a street art area

In Basel’s Sankt Jakob district, just behind the freight station, we  transform a street into a street art area in summer 2017. The 20-metre-wide projection of LISBON TRILOGY transforms the gable surface of an apartment building into an urban screen. The surrounding roofs and street canyons become sound funnels for the sound installation. The audience of Art Basel, which is taking place at the same time, turns the street into a space for experience and discussion for three nights.

The LISBON TRILOGY was created between 2013 and 2015 on trips to Lisbon, a city with which we have a special relationship.

PROJECT SCOPE

  • Idea and artistic conception
  • Performance conception
  • Image and sound recording
  • Composition
  • Technical planning and implementation
  • Documentation

Project Participants

  • DAS ESSZIMMER, Bonn
  • WELTRAUM, Basel
  • Christine Camenisch, Basel
  • Johannes Vetsch, Basel

Elevador de santa justa

Soaring Gothic, a black steel construction, a gravity-defying machine – all this is the Elevador de Santa Justa, a public passenger lift that connects Lisbon’s Baixa and Chiado districts since 1902. An irritating architectural phenomenon in the cityscape that symbolises visionary architecture and urban planning despite its seemingly archaic appearance.

visiting RUI CHAFES

Most of the works by Lisbon sculptor Rui Chafes vibrate with power. Other objects, although made of heavy iron, rise with apparent ease above the viewer’s head. However, we tried to get to the bottom of their fascinating essence.

SERAFINA

In the Alto da Serafina district, we were actually just looking for a little peace and quiet. Then, at a junkyard, we got caught up in this rust-red apocalypse.

Starting with the question of what a “Lisbon Trilogy” was doing in an industrial zone of Basel, countless other questions frothed up during the three nights of the performance. Their echoes rivalled our soundtrack in the barren area. We turned it up a little louder every night.

 

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