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Art Basel Film & Sound program at SoundScape Park

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Art Basel stages the world's premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the world, each show's exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the art world.

The New World Center’s projection wall and surround sound system will be home to a selection of this year’s premiere program of films, videos and sound focused on artists whose works connect to music in some way. Curated by Art Basel film and sound curator David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions, the lineup will highlight an international selection of emerging and established artists, encompassing a range of moving image and sound works that illustrate the breadth of these various analogue and digital mediums.

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Join us for these events in SoundScape Park. For detailed information about each event, please click here.

Wednesday, November 30

6:00 PM | Sound work
A compilation of sound works by Ain Bailey, Zoë Buckman, A.K. Burns, Jonathan Montague, Molly Palmer (supported by The Fountainhead Residency) and Susannah Stark

8:00 PM | Short Film program | Best Dressed Chicken in Town
Running time approximately 120'; curated by David Gryn

The 2016 short film program focuses on a selection of international artists who engage with music in a multitude of ways. All the films in this varied and exciting program demonstrate the power of music to attract an audience, keep it engaged, elicit suspense and tug at the heartstrings.

Featuring works by Ana Mendieta, Anri Sala, Derrick Adams with Ramon Silva, Samson Young, Kudzanai Chiurai, Edgardo Aragón, Luther Price, Catharina van Eetvelde, Ara Peterson, Matt Copson, Martin Creed, Jillian Mayer, György Kovásznai, Tromarama, Kim Gordon, Li Shurui & Li Daiguo, Adam Shecter, Brian Alfred, Dashiell Manley, Haroon Mirza, Zak Ové, Cabelo, Lena Daly, Nate Boyce, Tomislav Gotovac, Rodney Graham and Keren Cytter.

10:00 PM | Double Bill: Rita Ackermann and Christian Marclay
Running time 52'30'' 

Rita Ackermann, Movement as Monument, 2011, 22'30'', Hauser & Wirth

In Movement as Monument, Hungarian-American artist Rita Ackermann films several laptop screens, creating a collage of disparate digital images ranging from an excerpt from Michael Gibson's controversial drama ‘Apocalyptico' to images of flash mobs and a promotional video of a Michael Jackson record. This overload of information references French philosopher Paul Virilio’s concept of the ‘Information Bomb'.

Christian Marclay, Mixed Reviews (American Sign Language), 1999/2001, 30', Paula Cooper Gallery

Mixed Reviews (American Sign Language) is a silent film about music. It features a performer doing sign language interpretation of reviews of musical performances in which the authors employ written language to describe their auditory experiences.

Thursday, December 1

6:00 PM | Sound work
A compilation of sound works by Ain Bailey, Zoë Buckman, A.K. Burns, Jonathan Montague, Molly Palmer (supported by The Fountainhead Residency) and Susannah Stark

8:00 PM | Short Film program | Best Dressed Chicken in Town  
Running time approximately 120'; curated by David Gryn

10:00 PM | Short Film program | New Parthenon 
Running time 49'

Classical music and ballet serve as inspirations in this short film program that features a selection of poetic and visually compelling films. While works by Ain Bailey and Sonia Boyce, Alex Prager and Anna Grenman contain direct references to dance and theatrical performance, the other films in the program evoke these themes on a more associative level.

Rashid Johnson, The New Black Yoga, 2011, 10'57'', Hauser & Wirth
Ain Bailey and Sonia Boyce, Oh Adelaide, 7'10''
Anna Grenman, Irminsul, 2016, 5'
Alex Prager, La Grande Sortie, 2015, 10', Lehmann Maupin
Penny Siopis, The New Parthenon, 2016, 15’26’’, Stevenson

Friday, December 2

6:00 PM | Sound work
A compilation of sound works by Ain Bailey, Zoë Buckman, A.K. Burns, Jonathan Montague, Molly Palmer (supported by The Fountainhead Residency) and Susannah Stark

8:00 PM | Short Film program | Best Dressed Chicken in Town
Running time approximately 120'; curated by David Gryn

10:00 PM | Double Bill: Liliana Porter and Alfredo Jaar
Running time 59'

This double bill combines two aesthetically different works that both feature a powerful musical score.

Alfredo Jaar, Muxima, 2005, 36', Galerie Lelong, Goodman Gallery

Muxima is Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar's first film. Structured around recordings of the Angolan folk song ‘Muxima' (meaning ‘heart'), it is ‘a cinematic elegy dedicated to the people of Angola' and a portrait of a complex and changing society.

Liliana Porter, Actualidades / Breaking News, 2016, 22'47'', Sicardi Gallery

Actualidades/Breaking News, the newest film by Argentinian artist Liliana Porter, imitates the structure of a newspaper. Like a newspaper’s front page, the film opens with breaking news of a train accident, depicted using a model railroad. Porter uses vintage toys and dolls to illustrate each of the thirty segments, such as the classifieds or the arts & leisure section.

Saturday, December 3

6:00 PM | Sound work
A compilation of sound works by Ain Bailey, Zoë Buckman, A.K. Burns, Jonathan Montague, Molly Palmer (supported by The Fountainhead Residency) and Susannah Stark

8:00 PM | Short Film program | Best Dressed Chicken in Town
Running time approximately 120; curated by David Gryn

10:00 PM | Love Songs – Four Films by Wilhelm Sasnal
Running time approximately 60’

Ranging from 2002 to 2015, this selection of films by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal emphasizes the artist’s interest in the intersection of music, visual art and film. ‘Untitled (Revolution), Love Songs and The River' all emphasize a symbiotic relationship between music, cinematography and painting. Citing influences from the aesthetics of musical subcultures and indie music videos to artist movements, Sasnal’s early videos begin with a soundtrack to which he adds visual accompaniment to enhance the aural experience and inject abstract narrative. In contrast to these early works, Sasnal’s 2015 work ‘Developing Tank' uses film scoring to drive the narrative and fulfill the role of spoken words.

Wilhelm Sasnal, Love Songs, 2005, 10'02'', Anton Kern Gallery
Wilhelm Sasnal, Kiss, 2002-2003, 4'51'', Anton Kern Gallery
Wilhelm Sasnal, Developing Tank, 2015, 14'22'', Anton Kern Gallery
Wilhelm Sasnal, The River, 2005, 23'10'', Anton Kern Gallery



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