BLACKOUTBASEL is a 5 month-long residency project helmed by SHAZEB ARIF S (curator and director of the blackout festival). The project is facilitated by PRO HELVETIA (swiss arts council www.prohelvetia.ch)) and headquartered at ausstellungsraum klingental while the curator lives and works in his studio at ATELIER MONDIAL, Basel (www.ateliermondial.com).
The project will research sub-culture and experimental artistic practices in Switzerland. Besides building a new experimental community with contributions from other artists and projects in europe and from all possible quarters around the world with a vision to build an international festival in Basel. The intended result is a 3-day-night festival of experimental exhibitions and experiences from 11th to 13th of September 2015.
With contributions by Südkulturfonds for travelling costs of some of the participating artists. BLACKOUTBASEL gets also support by Christoph Merian Foundation.
The exhibition is supported by Jaqueline Spengler Foundation.
Organised for Ausstellungsraum Klingental by Stephanie Nabholz and Bruno Steiner.
Previous Events (May and June 2015)
EVENT #01 - CURATOR'S NETWORK DINNER
TUESDAY, 12th MAY // 1700 - 2100 // AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM KLINGENTAL
Introducing the incoming curator, Shazeb Arif S., to the curators in Basel along with a presentation of Shazeb's past projects and proposed festival in Basel
What? Indo-Swiss Dinner, Welcome drink & Presentation by incoming curator, Performance by Thami Majela
EVENT #02 - #BLACKOUTBASEL WITH GODGAMUT LIVE
SUNDAY, 31st MAY // 2230 - 2330 // NUOVO CINEMA AQUILA AT LPM, ROME
The first appearance of #BlackoutBasel outside Switzerland with a Live Cinema performance by India's first visual band, Godgamut at the premiere meeting point for live video artists in the world. In the performance, Godgamut produced a live film titled, Melt, to the background score of Boneringing by Jamblu (India).
What? Live Cinema Performance by Sachin Pillai and Shazeb Arif S. (Godgamut, India)
EVENT #03 - THRILLR
MONDAY, 1ST JUNE // 2000 - 2100 // ATELIER 301, KASERNE
After 2 long meetings with all partners of #BlackoutBasel, an unwinding after party unleashed with a Dance Karaoke evening set to the craziest Bollywood dance moves
What? Social Experiment with Dance Karaoke
EVENT #04 - XPRMNTL INDIA
THURSDAY, 11th JUNE // 1800 - 2100 // AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM KLINGENTAL
Screening of India's prime experimental documentary festival (The Carnival of e-Creativity presented by The Academy of Electronic Arts)
Screening: Identity Songs of War by Ashhar Farooqui (India)
Screening: Dudro by Dhanya Pilo and Parimal Phadke (India) and Music by Lionel Dentan (CH)
Live demonstration of video feedback as to install by Sachin Pillai (India)
EVENT #05 - SUNDAY SIESTA SLACK
SUNDAY, 14th JUNE // 1700 - 2000 // AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM KLINGENTAL
An easy-going gathering / get together to share everything that is indulgent from sunny cocktails, your own youtube playlists, original board games and indie music videos from India. Alongside, to relieve you from all the indulgence, we will also have therapy with experimental relaxation techniques, binaural beats (sound therapy) and group massages!
EVENT #06 - OPEN STUDIO [ART BASEL WEEK]
THURSDAY, 18th JUNE // 1700 - 2000 // ATELIER MONDIAL (DREISPITZ, BASEL)
Imaginations of a new experimental community that will build an urban experiential festival in September 2015. At the #BlackoutBasel Open Studio, you can access the vision, plans and possibilities of the festival and add to it as an artist, curator or even an appreciator. Also featuring, what happens when a computer uses humans as its instruments (a performative installation), a piece from the globally traveling exhibition in briefcases - the show must goes on, and so on!
What?: Open Studio + Live participatory installation
EVENT #07 - INDIAN XPRMNTL FILM PREMIERES [ART BASEL WEEK]
FRIDAY, 19th JUNE // 1800 - 2100 // AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM KLINGENTAL
The Indian film industry is well known globally but more as one of the biggest producers and markets of feature films. But how are independent film makers approaching making feature length films and what does it mean to remain in control of your expression without any big studio at your back.
What?: Switzerland Premieres of two award-winning feature length films - Kshay by Karan Gour and Chitrasutram (The Image Threads) by Vipin Vijay
EVENT #08 - #BLACKOUTBASEL V/S REAL NETWORKS [ART BASEL WEEK]
SATURDAY, 20th JUNE // 2130 - 2330 // AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM KLINGENTAL
First chapter of an unique Indo-Swiss Arts Collective - Real Networks. Live concert with experimental sound, dance and live cinema ensemble featuring Da Saz, POL, Mahadev Cometo, Margarita Kennedy and Shazeb Arif S.
What?: Cross-disciplinary experimental performance
EVENT #09 - XPRMNTL PROJECTS AND RESIDENCIES IN INDIA
SATURDAY, 27th JUNE // 1800 - 2030 // AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM KLINGENTAL
India is brimming with new festivals, projects and creative community events with many possibilities for artists, curators and enthusiasts. Here is your chance to know about some of these projects and maybe become a part of them in India! What?: Presentations of active projects