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HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) is dedicated to digital culture and the new art forms of the information age. As a special guest of the LISTE Art Fair, HeK presents a selection of artists who utilise 3D modelling and 3D printing to explore the convoluted dialogue between the real and the virtual world, while also critiquing the exploitation of technology in current neo-capitalism.

In 2015, Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke released The 3D Additivist Manifesto, coining the term ‘additivism’ as a provocative allegory of our twofold consumer-maker society, wherein they declared their intention to ‘channel creative endeavor’. They also invited several artists to contribute to The 3D Additivist Cookbook, an online publication with a collection of blueprints, essays, fictional stories and 3D templates.

Pioneering artists in subverting digital interfaces, videogames and media applications, JODI have recently created a new series of screen-based 3D models, resulting from a combination of material collected from the internet. With their distinctive, witty and critical approach, the artists generate images characterized by haptic and painterly qualities while questioning the production chain of commodities.

Exploiting the large database of user-created digital files within the online 3D-Printing community Thingiverse, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez & Julien Deswaef have created a bot that compiles the randomly selected files to produce improbable virtual sculptures. Similar to a modern-day cadaver exquis, these productions fall somewhere between fine art and electronic spam.

The video works by Tabita Rezaire harness technology to explore the dynamics of supremacy and colonialism and their effects on our identities, gender, race, sexuality and spirituality. With a playful mix of video recordings and digital animations, her works are envisioned as healing and decolonizing rituals in the form of digital mantras.

"Strange Strangers" is an exhibition for tablet computers curated by Lou Cantor, with the contribution of artists working across a variety of media. The works exist in the digital space and can be experienced by manipulating the tablet to activate and rotate the 3D objects. The artists involved in the virtual exhibition often play with deceptions, frictions and incongruities between the material world and its digital representation. The artists involved in the "Strange Strangers" exhibition are: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Olaf Breuning, Lou Cantor, Dorota Gawęda, Tue Greenfort, Tobias Kasper, Egle Kulbokaite, Jonas Lund, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Aura Rosenberg, David Tasman, Anna Uddenberg and Klaus Weber.

HeK (House of electronic Arts Basel)
Sabine Himmelsbach, Director

Freilager-Platz 9
4142 Münchenstein / Basel


Shown at LISTE:
Allahyari Morehshin & Rourke Daniel, 1985 / 1982, IR US GB
JODI, 1994, NL BE
Plummer-Fernandez Matthew & Deswaef Julien, 1982 / 1974, GB CO BE
Rezaire Tabita, 1989, FR
Arunanondchai Korakrit, 1986, TH
Breuning Olaf, 1970, CH
Lou Cantor, 2011, PL DE
Gaweda Dorota, 1986, PL
Greenfort Tue, 1973, DK
Kasper Tobias, 1984, CH
Kulbokaite Egle, 1987, LT
Lund Jonas, 1984, SE
Dybbroe Møller Simon, 1976, DK
Rosenberg Aura, 1949, US
Tasman David, 1979, US
Uddenberg Anna, 1982, SE
Weber Klaus, 1967, DE