Together in Electric Dreams. Absent Presence

Exhibition duration: December 1st – 6th, 2011 
ART TALK and Opening reception, Saturday, December 3th, 2 pm
Curated by Raffael Doerig
Exhibition hours: Mon - Fri, 2.30-8.30 pm; Sat 2-6 pm

Beton7 presents part of the exhibition “Together in Electric Dreams. Absent Presence” by the House of Electronic Arts Basel, Switzerland, curated by Raffael Doerig. The exhibition addresses the absent presence, one of the fundamental aspects of our electronic lives. Whether talking on the phone, tuning in to a live broadcast, chatting, skyping, streaming, or watching webcam images, we find ourselves suspended in the interim zone shadowed by the absent presence. We are present in a shared space or moment of communication, experience the same spectrum of perception yet, in physical terms, we are simultaneously worlds apart.

Participated artists:
!Mediengruppe Bitnik (CH), Stefan Baltensperger & David Siepert (CH), Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowitz (USA), Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar (USA), Esther Hunziker (CH), Oliver Laric (D), Marc Lee (CH), Unsworn Industries (SWE)

Video screening: "Replay" works from: Aids-3D, Alden Volney, Sabrina Ratté/Boxcutter, Aleksandra Domanovic, John Michael Boling & Javier Morales, Paul Slocum, Oliver Laric, Kari Altmann, Harm van den Dorpel, Guthrie Lonergan, Beni Bischof, Marisa Olson/Tanlines, Körner Union/Larytta, Hinrich Sachs/Ethidium Gould/Jochen Schmith/Goldin+Senneby, Patrick Ward.
On Saturday 3, at 2 pm Raffael Doerig will present the exhibition and talk about the aims of The House of Electronic Arts.

The House of Electronic Arts Basel is Switzerland's leading media art institution. It is dedicated to exploring art that employs media technology and reflects on the social, economic and political aspects of our daily use of “electronics”— the media technologies that now saturate our everyday lives. The House of Electronic Arts is also the organiser of the annual Shift Electronic Arts Festival.

Raffael Doerig is a curator at the House of Electronic Arts Basel, founded in 2010 as the successor of [], where Raffael Doerig has been a curator since 2006. He is a co-founder and curator of the Shift Electronic Arts Festival, founded in 2007, now also part of the House of Electronic Arts. He studied Art History, Media Studies and German Literature at the University of Basel.

Under the auspices of the Embassy of Switzerland in Greece




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