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Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg
Um die Ecke

With their installation Um die Ecke (Around the Corner), the Swiss artists Denis Handschin and Michel Winterberg have created a multiperspective portrait of Basel’s Dreispitz area. Film footage of the site is projected onto an assemblage of four prism-like triangular surfaces, while its acoustic and electronic characteristics are also provided, along with information relating to Basel’s archaeological soil research. Meteorological data and webcam images from the Internet also find their way into the quick and never simultaneously comprehensible cutting sequences of the heterogeneous film material. Because of the multi-layered surveying and research work behind the different influences on the Dreispitz area, the site cannot be experienced as an accessible place let alone a place one can ever access again. Instead, the artists have created an urban portrait that presents the site as the interplay between a multiplicity of specific visual and acoustic qualities. These qualities can, in turn, be reiterated continually in the surrounding of the prismatic projection quadrangle.
(Text: Bettina Back)

Title: Um die Ecke
Year: 2012
Format: Videoinstallation, Soundinstallation, Internet, Skulptur, Multimedia
Material / Technology: Black box, full HD projector, Intel Quad Core 3GHz, display card, 1024GB VRAM. Mac OSX10.6.8/7.x., 2 loudspeakers and Internet connection. Max MSP 6.0 program, Java Runtime Environment 6.0, Quicktime, possibly a mirror
Dimension: Minimum space requirements: 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 m
Acquisition: Donation Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basel, 2013. Inv. No. S0012.