SHIFT Electronic Arts Festival Basel 2009

From the 22nd to the 25th of October 2009, the electronic arts festival SHIFT took place at the Dreispitzarea and the Schaulager in Basel / Münchenstein. This year’s theme was “Magic. Tech-Evocations and Assumptions of Paranormal Realities”.

SHIFT 2009 showcased the latest shooting stars and legendary pioneers of electro music, a conference with ten guest lecturers, a video and performance programme, and an exhibition that presented “a diverse range of around 20 international positions on magic channels and the magic powers of artists and their media.”

Participating artists were AIDS-3D, Craig Baldwin, Zoe Beloff, Lindsay Brown, Erik Bünger, Jim Campbell, Center for Tactical Magic, Susan Collins, Bill Domonkos, The Einstein’s Brain Project, F18, Atelier Hauert / Reichmuth / Boehm, Christoph Keller, Julien Maire, Tatjana Marusic, Jane D. Marsching, Shusha Niederberger, Ruth Sergel, Harm van den Dorpel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Patrick Ward. Among the works on display were F18’s Living Kitchen – Happy End of t he 21st Century (2006), an installation that allows the objects familiar in an everyday kitchen to suddenly come to life; and Julien Maire’s DIGIT (2006), an installation that consists of a man seated at a table, writing a text simply by skimming his fingers over a sheet of paper.

SHIFT Electronice Arts Festival Basel / Münchenstein, October 22, 2009.

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