From March 11 2005 to April 17 2005
LA GÉOGRAPHIE TRANSPARENTE
MUDA MATHIS, bâle
SUS ZWICK, bâle
BARBARA NAGELIN, bâle
Exhibition March 11 to April 17 2005
Opening Friday, March 11, 7pm
An exhibition of works by three Swiss artists who work with video, photo, music and performance.
There is a connection between geography and imagination. As maps are pure abstraction, they leave space for fantasy. Often, when we are outside in nature, there is an awareness of co-existence; various levels and zones are drifting and mixing. Like in a dream or in art where objects or elements are assembled although they do not belong together.
Muda Mathis & Sus Zwick show a selection of works including Sounding postcard (single channel video) where the artists are crossing landscapes acrobatically perceiving what surrounds them and react from within; Transformation (2 channel video installation), by declaiming a poem about sex and seasons the two authors are exposed to intense cineastic special effects, terms like nature and sex will be conglomerated at the triggerpoints of the romantic friction; Walk versions, a series of photographs; and, First communion, colour prints (128 x 89,5 cm). Naegelin's work Frostballad is a videosong about a journey and about longing. It's about the fullfilling of a strong wish and the oscilliation between expectation/imagination and reality. About being exposed to spectacular nature, frosty winds and a strange language.
Muda Mathis lives and works in Bâle. She is an artist who works with video, performance and music. She studied in visual arts in Zürich and Bâle. Her installations and videos are presented on an international scale. Her videos are shown in many festivals accross the world. She has won many prizes for her video work, such as the Feminale Prize in Cologne, for her video Japsen produced with Pippilotti Rist (1988). She is the founding member of the group Les Reines Prochaines and a member of the VIA collective (AudioVideoKunst). Muda Mathis is a professor of media arts at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Bâle. She received a grant for the CALQ's Christophe Merian Stiftung Studio in Montréal in 2003.
Sus Zwick lives and works in Bâle. She studied in pedagogy and visual arts in Bâle. She is the founding member of the VIA collective (AudioVideoKunst), founded in 1988. She has been a member Les Reines Prochaines since 1991. A video and performance artist, she has produced videos, installations and documentary works. In 1987, she won the Festival Video de Bâle prize for her documentary Der Rest ist Risiko. She frequently gives media workshops. Her video installations have been exhibited in different museums and galeries. Since 1996, she works in collaboration with Muda Mathis. She received a grant for the CALQ's Christophe Merian Stiftung Studio in Montréal in 2003.
Barbara Naegelin lives and works in Bâle. She studied in visual arts in Lucerne, and did a Masters in media arts in Bâle. She is a video and performance artist. She gets involved in feminist and lesbian movements and works in various artistic projects. She is the founding member of Butch et Baumann, a video performance and musical collective and a member of Les Reines Prochaines since 1998. She makes videos and video installations. Her videos have been presented in many festivals around the world. She is a member of the VIA collective (AudioVideoKunst) in Bâle since 2002. She won the TCP award (2002) and the Bourse artistique de la ville de Lucerne (2003). She came to the CALQ's Christophe Merian Stiftung Studio in Montréal in 2004.