Swiss Psychotropic Gold
Gold: its international links and aesthetics
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Exhibition by the artist-duo knowbotiq at the HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel): June to mid-May 2020
The much lauded artist-duo knowbotiq are among the pioneers of the Swiss media scene. In their collaborative project Swiss Psychotropic Gold they pursue the links in the global metabolism of gold and Switzerland’s role in it. They track down the fleeting and often invisible paths of the molecules, the emotions and the violence. In this way we discover how that conflict-laden precious metal is “purified” in the context of technocracy, philanthropy and neutrality and refined for later use.
With essays/texts by Nina Bandi, Rohit Jain, Jakob Tanner, Yolanda Ariadne Collins, Ayesha Hameed, Jordy Rosenberg, Gerald Raunig, Johannes Paul Raether, Angela Melitopoulos, Elke Bippus, Yvonne Volkart and others.
About the artists:
The artist-duo knowbotiq (Yvonne Wilhelm, Christian Huebler) explore forms of knowledge and political representation in translocal contexts. Knowbotig hold a professorship at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich and have been awarded various international art prizes, including the 2019 Pax Award.