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)
Michel Winterberg (* 1972), Basel, Switzerland
Denis Handschin (* 1981), Visp, Switzerland, both artists live and work in Basel.
Michel Winterberg and Denis Handschin alternate between working together and alone. Their artistic efforts include interactive installations and mixed-media, video and sound installations, as well as performance and conceptual projects. As a media artist, Michel Winterberg also programs real-time development environments, making use of physical computing and producing electronic sound designs. Denis Handschin addresses such issues as absence/presence and the impact of today’s constant overstimulation.