It’s coming up: Art Basil – time. Time to book your ticket for Switzerland, if you haven’t yet, is today. The world league art show in Basil will start June 14, 2011, and continue till June 19. As per previous years, Art Basil has a wide range of contemporary art disciplines that it aims to showcase in unique ways every year. A frequent site of discovery by those seeking emerging artists, Art Statements features 27 one-person stands from rising galleries worldwide. Furthermore, exhibitors will present more than 50 ambitious works in the Art Unlimited sector. Bringing the show into the city, the site-specific projects and performances in the Art Parcours sector will transform a variety of locations throughout the St. Alban neighborhood.
One of my favorite programs of Art Basel, the Art Film Program, will be on all week long. The Art Film program at Art 42 Basel features a varied program of films by and about artists, screened at the Stadtkino Basel.
The nightly program from Tuesday to Sunday, curated by film scholar Marc Glöde (Berlin), presents films by artists including Jennifer Bornstein, Anna Gaskell, Anthony McCall, Nathalie Djurberg, Agnieszka Polska, Huang Ran, Lawrence Weiner and Sam Samore.
On Wednesday evening, This Brunner, the Zurich film connaisseur, will present the Swiss premiere of the feature-length 3D documentary film’The Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ (2010) by Werner Herzog.
Another highlight will be the Swiss premiere of Lawrence Weiner’s film ‘Dirty Eyes’ (2010) on Friday, followed by a conversation with Lawrence Weiner.
See the Art Basel 42 detailed, day-by-day art film program overview below.
The premier annual art show, Art Basel feels like the summer reunion of the international artworld scene. 300+ galleries from 35 countries showcase contemporary art work by 2,500+ interesting artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Founded by a group of local gallerists, the first Art Basel took place in 1970 and the event has long ranked as the most prestigious annual art show worldwide.
Art Film | Program Overview
TUESDAY | June 14
8pm | Stadtkino Basel | Landscapes of/for Theatricality | The screening is followed by a conversation with Huang Ran
10pm | Stadtkino Basel | Animated Worlds
WEDNESDAY | June 15
8pm | Cinema Rex | The Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog | 3D projection | Swiss Premiere | The screening is followed by a conversation with Harald Floss, Professor and Author, and Film Historian Marcy Goldberg.
THURSDAY | June 16
10pm | Stadtkino Basel | Landscapes of/for Theatricality | The screening is followed by a conversation with Anna Gaskell.
FRIDAY | June 17
8pm | Stadtkino Basel | Dirty Eyes by Lawrence Weiner | Swiss Premiere | The screening is followed by a conversation with Lawrence Weiner.
10pm | Stadtkino Basel | Animated Worlds
SATURDAY | June 18
11am | Cinema Rex | The Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog | 3D projection
8pm | Stadtkino Basel | Hallucinations/Paradise by Sam Samore | European Premiere | The screening is followed by a conversation with Sam Samore.
10pm | Stadtkino Basel | Dirty Eyes by Lawrence Weiner | The screening is followed by a conversation with Lawrence Weiner.
SUNDAY | June 19
11am | Stadtkino Basel | Hallucinations/Paradise by Sam Samore
(image source: Galleri Bo Bjerggaard)
Art Film | Program Details
The Cave of Forgotten Dreams | 2010 | by Werner Herzog | 3D projection | Swiss Premiere, Running Time 95′
Since the Chauvet Cave’s discovery in 1994, access has been extremely restricted due to concerns that overexposure, even to human breath, could damage the priceless drawings. Only a small number of researchers have ever seen the art in person. Legendary film director Werner Herzog gains exclusive permission to film inside the Chauvet Caves of southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind. Putting 3D technology to profound use, he takes us back over 30,000 years in time.
Curated by This Brunner
The screening on June 15 is followed by a conversation with Harald Floss, Professor and Author, and Film Historian Marcy Goldberg.
The screening on June 18 is followed by a conversation with Jürgen Wertheimer, Professor and Author, and Film Historian Marcy Goldberg.
Landscapes of/for Theatricality | Curated by Marc Glöde, Running Time 59′
The program addresses questions relating to theatricality in the landscape and the theatricality of the landscape. The screened works alternate between performances in landscapes and processes in which landscapes themselves become performative, raising questions about the relationship between body, image, and space.
Anna Gaskell | SOSW Ballet, 2011, 27’04” | Galerie Gisela Capitain
Chen Quilin | Garden, 2011, 14’36” | Long March Space
Huang Ran | Blithe Tragedy, 2010, 14’52” | Long March Space
Elina Brotherus | Bright, bright day, 2010, 2’19” | gb agency
Jennifer Bornstein | Frauenkörperbewegungsbilder, 2011, 5’15” | greengrassi
Anthony McCall | Landscape for Fire, 1972, 7’05” | Galerie Thomas Zander, Sprüth Magers
Anthony McCall | Landscape for White Squares, 1972, 1’45” | Galerie Thomas Zander
Anthony McCall | Earthwork, 1972, 1’45” | Galerie Thomas Zander
The screening on Tuesday, June 14, is followed by a conversation with Huang Ran.
The screening on Thursday, June 16, is followed by a conversation with Anna Gaskell.
Animated Worlds | Curated by Marc Glöde, Running Time 35′
This program brings together some of the most interesting new and historical trends in animated film. A cross-section of works ranging from clay animation to the latest developments in CAD demonstrates the diversity and aesthetic scope of the medium.
Keiichi Tanaami | Good-Bye Marilyn, 1971, 4’25” | Nanzuka Underground
Per Dybvig | Hunter Hare Dog, 2009-2010, 6’51” | Christine König Galerie
Magnus Wallin | Elements, 2011, 5′ | Galerie Nordenhake, Elastic Gallery
Agnieszka Polska | The Forgetting of Proper Names, 2009, 3’45” | ak Branicka foundation
Józef Robakowski | The Dynamic Rectangle, 1971, 3′ | ak Branicka foundation
Józef Robakowski | Attention: Light!, 2004, 5′ | ak Branicka foundation
Nathalie Djurberg | Untitled, 2010, 6′ 05”, Music by Hans Berg | Gió Marconi Gallery
Dirty Eyes | 2010 | by Lawrence Weiner | Swiss Premiere | Konrad Fischer Galerie, Mai 36 Galerie, Running Time 49′
Lawrence Weiner’s latest film, ‘Dirty Eyes,’ probes cinematic conditions per se. In conjunction with the conceptual text pieces that typify his work, cinematic images transmute into questions about the specific conditions of looking and seeing.
Curated by Marc Glöde
Both screenings are followed by a conversation with Lawrence Weiner and Art Film curator Marc Glöde.
Hallucinations/Paradise | 2010 | by Sam Samore | European Premiere | Galerie Gisela Capitain, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Running Time 70′
In his most recent film the American artist Sam Samore tells the story of three couples who have moved from other cities to Shanghai. Oscillating between reality and fiction, the story is told in a non-linear way and reminds the viewer of fragmented fairy tales or dream sequences. Samore describes ‘Hallucinations/Paradise’ as ‘a fable about everyday life, madness, love and Shanghai.’
Curated by Marc Glöde
The screening on Saturday, June 18, is followed by a conversation with Sam Samore and Art Film curator Marc Glöde.