Jürg Lehni, Four Transitions, 2020, Installationsansicht, Christoph Merian Stiftung – Hauptgebäude. Foto: Jürg Lehni.

Four Transitions, Jürg Lehni

Interdisciplinary Swiss artist Jürg Lehni’s installation Four Transitions (2020) consists of four boxes mounted on a wall, each of which shows the process of a number being created in a distinctly different colour and technology. 

Pe Lang, Positioning Systems VI – Falling Objects, 2013

Positioning Systems VI – Falling Objects, Pe Lang

The Swiss artist Pe Lang creates entire (sound) spaces in his minimalist, kinetic installations. These originate from his occupation with the laws of physics, which he investigates, and with experimental music. The small-format machine Positioning System VI – Falling Objects (2013) is the result of a series of the artist’s physical experiments on the surface tension of water. A relatively large, electronically controlled pipette filled with water is mounted above a small, dark platform, ready to dispense a square of 21 × 21 water drops onto it.

Fragmentin, Displuvium, 2019, courtesy the artist

Displuvium, Fragmentin

Fragmentin is a collective formed by the artists Laura Perrenoud, David Colombini and Marc Dubois, based in Lausanne. In Displuvium (2019), they investigate man’s efforts to control nature, in this case through weather modification in a process called cloud seeding. The installation reveals the extent of human intervention in natural processes and ultimately shows the limits of the power of science and technology over nature, which, as the failures demonstrate, are patently beyond human control.

Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg, Um die Ecke, 2012, still

Um die Ecke, Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg

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. 

Aline Veillat, Sada el-Kawn, 2011, installation view at HeK. Photo: Stefan Holenstein

Sada El-Kawn, Aline Veillat

A ceiling-high papyrus plant is festooned with numerous loudspeakers and megaphones, through which a buzz of Arabic poems, revolutionary songs, muezzin calls to prayer or the twittering of birds can be heard. 

Philipp Madörin, Allebildergenerator, 2011, installation view at HeK. Photo: Stefan Holenstein

Allebildergenerator, Philipp Madörin

For the work Allebildergenerator, the Basel artist Philipp Madörin, who originally worked in the field of medical-diagnostic imagery, developed an algorithm that can generate all the images that can be made on a b/w monitor with 480 x 360 pixels.