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HAPPENINGText: Toru Wada

Accompanying the beginning of the new imperial era, Art Basel also significantly evolved in its design, replacing the passive gaze of the onlooker by an active dynamic approach integrating both visitors and artworks. Many participatory performances at “Unlimited” were not just an one off experience, but rather artworks that invoked new discoveries in every visit.

With artists such as Daniel Knorr, Xu Zhen, and Sislej Xhafa, who created artistic experiences with analog techniques, or Lawrence Lek and Paul McCarthy, who used VR to build hyperrealistic devices immersing the improbable into realistic situations, the event gathered contemporary art using morphing, technology-embedded kinds of expressional methods.

The art show is not entirely invitation-based but partially open to the public, which is also a plus. From confined venues to open cities, the ever-progressing Art Basel liberates the field of art from its boxed environments, invigorating its surrounding history and cultures.

Art Basel 2019

Date: June 10-16, 2019 (Open to the public from the 13th)
Place: Messe Basel
Entrance fee: CHF 60- * Ticket-holders receive discounts at select museums in Basel.

Text: Toru Wada
Translation: Zhuoyan Li

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