20 – 26 September 2021
Hall 3, Messe Basel
main floor, free admission

Monday: 12 pm – 9 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 7 pm
Wednesday-Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

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Please note that due to the epidemiological situation we have to carry out an admission control. You will need to show the following documents: a valid Covid certificate and your identity card or passport. To simplify the process, we recommend you to download the “Covid Certificate App” for free.


The installation Anthropomorphe Form by 2019 architecture laureate Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architekten with Fabian Bircher occupies the entire exhibition hall of the Swiss Art Awards with its textile ceiling and transforms it as a space-filling work into a new architectural space.
The translucent textile is suspended on thin ropes in five axes, with each rope being moved by one of forty-two motors. They are controlled by an algorithm that processes different parameters of human and atmospheric activity: the noise level, the number and distribution of visitors, the speed of their movements, etc. Almost unnoticed, the textile roof becomes the actual organ of the visitors present and continues to change as a background for the exhibition – sometimes they take on a monumental shape, sometimes they are intimate, sometimes they look architectural, sometimes organic, sometimes they form an archaic tent roof or wrap those present in a mimetic cloud. The work translates the influence of humans on the environment in which we move and the traditionally solid architecture into a subtle commentary on our age of the Anthropocene.
Project lead: Lukas Burkhart and Fabian Bircher (Kinetics and Software)
Parametric model and structural analysis: Davide Tanadini