Opening Reception on Friday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Urban spaces are not but a conglobation of houses, industrial estates, and streets, they are an expression of a heterogeneously cultural, social, economical, and political society, and the stage of (revolutionary) transitions. The sound of European, African or Asian cities is marked by the complex matrix of their social practices. Cities have their characteristic yet hardly prehensible acoustic pattern. Since the beginning of the 20th century they have fascinated artists who initially captured the reality of the city via film or sound recordings, or like the futurists who celebrated the noise of the industrialised city as the symbol for a new society. Today’s sound artists’ interest has differentiated itself outbound from the concretely recorded sound, the focus is always on new aspects of urbanity: on meanings and memories or abstracted structures, or the work is created from the contact with the city and in interactions of the people living there.
During the artistic appropriation artists distance themselves from the urban reality or intensify it. Strategies of transmission, of sonic journalism, of emblematism, the layers of mediatisation form the artistic canon of this contact with reality, which is systematised and emphasised through the terms of urbanisation, combination, mechanisation, and globalisation.
The starting point of URBAN SOUNDS is the trinational space. Artists and institutions from the region enter into a dialogue with their tri- and international colleagues. URBAN SOUNDS presents concerts and talks along the named axis historically, and contemporary and newly initiated works from the trinational and global space in one exhibition.
September 21 – November 3, 2013 (Opening: FRI 20.9., 7 p.m.)
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 5-8 p.m. and Sat/Sun: 1-8 p.m.
Guided tours with the curator: Saturday 21.9, 5.10, 19.10, 2.11, 3 p.m.
Regular guided tours: on Sundays at 3 p.m.
Guided tours with After Work Drinks: on Thursdays at 6 p.m.
September 20–22: Urbanise. City and Sound
October 5–6: Combine. Material and Memory
October 18–20: Mechanise. Space and Time
November 2–3: Globalise. Culture and Politics
A project of «Triptic – Kulturaustausch am Oberrhein»/ Un projet dans le cadre de «Triptic – Echange culturel dans le Rhin Supérieur»
1. Weekend: Urbanise. City and Sound
September 20–22, 2013
20.9., 7 p.m. Opening, with a Concert by Maria Chavez (PE/US)
21.9., Exhibition opens at 1 p.m., events start at 3 p.m. (till midnight)
Lectures/Presentations/Statements/Round Tables: Trond Maag (CH/NO), katrinem (DE/AT), Thomas Köner (DE/FR), Maria Chavez (PE/US)
Concerts/DJ-Sets: Thomas Köner (DE/FR), Lord Soft (CH)
22.9., 1 p.m. Exhibition opens
12 noon-1 p.m. Aural stroll through Basel with Andres Bosshard (CH), please register
2-6 p.m. Workshop in public space with katrinem (DE): to pause and listen, please register
2. Weekend: Combine. Material and Memory
October 5–6, 2013
5.10., Exhibition opens at 1 p.m., events start at 3 p.m. (till midnight)
Lectures/Presentations/Statements/Round Tables: Marion Saxer (DE), Amadis Brugnoni (CH), Johannes Kreidler (DE), Florian Meyer (DE) & Daniel van den Eijkel (CH/DE) / Institut für Feinmotorik
Concerts/DJ-Sets: IRMAT-Concert (premieres by Wanja Aloe (CH), Isabel Klaus (ES/CH), Johannes Kreidler (DE)), Florian Meyer (DE), Daniel van den Eijkel (CH/DE) / Institut für Feinmotorik, DON’T DJ (DE)
6.10., Exhibition opens at 1 p.m.
Workshop: 1-2 p.m.: IRMAT-Workshop I (Amadis Brugnoni), 3-4 p.m.: IRMAT-Workshop II (Amadis Brugnoni), please register
3. Weekend: Mechanise. Space and Time
October 18-20, 2013
18.10., Exhibition opens at 5 p.m., concerts start at 7 p.m.
URBAN SOUNDS in progress: Concert contributions by students (ECAV Sierres, HEAR Mulhouse/Strasbourg, Elektronisches Studio Basel)
19.10., Exhibition opens at 1 p.m., events start at 3 p.m. (till midnight)
Lectures/Presentations/Statements/Round Tables: Tim Otto Roth (DE), Shintaro Miyazaki (CH), Nicoletta Torcelli (IT/DE), Erik Oña (AR/CH)
Concerts/Performances/DJ-Sets: Elektronisches Studio Basel (premieres by Keitaro Takahashi (JP), Cedric Spindler (CH), Anita Mieze (LV), followed by a Performance of a piece by Seth Ayyaz), Nicolas Maigret (FR), Ben Hereth (CH)
20.10., Exhibition opens at 1 p.m.
Family Day with Workshops
4. Weekend: Globalise. Culture and Politics
November 2–3, 2013
2.11., Exhibition opens at 1 p.m., events start at 3 p.m. (till midnight)
Lectures/Presentations/Statements/Round Tables: Gilles Aubry (CH), Peter Cusack (UK), Mahmoud Refat (EG), Pawel Janicki (PL)
Concerts/Performances/DJ-Sets: Pawel Janicki (PL), Mahmoud Refat (EG), Zimoun (CH)
3.11., Exhibition opens at 1 p.m.
Workshop: Ping Melody with Pawel Janicki (PL), please register
Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl
Angus Carlyle and Rupert Cox
Robert Cohen and Bruno Spoerri
Elektronisches Studio Basel
Institut für Feinmotorik
Tim Otto Roth