Shift in Progress

     Basement Festivalcenter and Container

Opening Hours

Thu         18.30 – 24.00 h

Fri & Sat 12.00 – 24.00 h

Sun         11.00 – 18.00 h

Shift in Progress offers students at Swiss art schools a platform for works they have created on the Festival theme. Shift also continues its cooperation with foreign art institutions, launched in 2010, and is delighted to welcome as this year’s guest CCA – the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. Which presents works by four students from Israel.

Curated by Martina Venanzoni and Maayan Sheleff, curator at the CCA;

with the assistance of Friederike M. Stangier


Selina Frölicher & Micha Bietenhader - Fabian Gartmann & Yvo Waldmeier - Christine Hasler - Daniel Jeseneg - Florence Jung - Kim Minhee - Rosanna Monteleone - - Andy Storchenegger


Monty Alon - Tzion Abraham Hazan - Carmel Michaeli - Lior Pinsky


Christine Hasler, Carmel Michaeli, Lior Pinsky
Thu 20.00 h, Shift Club

Tzion Hazan

Fri, Sat, Sun 18.00 h

Guided Tours

Thu  20.30 h

Fri   13.00 h and 20.00 h

Sat  13.00 h and 20.00 h

Sun  13.00 h

Guided Tour in English

Sun  16.00 h

Meeting point in front of the exhibition hall.

Exhibitors from Swiss Art School

Selina Frölicher

(*1985, Zürich / CH, lives and works in Zürich and Luzern / CH)

Micha Bietenhader

(*1985, Zug / CH, lives and works in Zürich / CH)

300 Hz bis 3.4 kHz (2011)

Linking society through the telephone was one of most epochal steps in the history of communication. In order for telephone communication to really work, and for incomprehensible crackle to become a voice, diverse background noises must be filtered out of a telephone connection. Yet these filtered out background noises are precisely what interest Frölicher / Bietenhader, who reduced them in their space-sound installation to individual small frequency blocks played over different loudspeakers.

Fabian Gartmann

(*1985, Wil (SG) / CH, lives and works in Basel / CH)

Yvo Waldmeier

(*1984, Basel / CH, lives and studies in Basel / CH)

Telefonroulette (2011)
FHNW HGK Institut Hyperwerk
Shift in Progress Exhibition Space / Festival Site

‘Telefonroulette’ brings to Shift Festival a combination of the table telephone principle found in dance halls and the modern version of ‘Chatroulette’. If a visitor picks up a receiver, he or she will be connected with one of the four telephones located in the area. A pulsating light signals a call and asks the people in the area to pick up the receiver and get in contact with the caller.

Christine Hasler

(*1987, Jegenstorf / CH, lives and works in Bern / CH)

Carry [you carrying me] (2011)

Performance, Do 20.30h, Shift Club

In a video performance, a woman carries a man through a forest. The woman not only struggles with the weight of the man, but also with time and the limited leeway available to her. Christine Hasler transforms the video into a live performance by using breathing noises, gestures and sounds to steer, interrupt and underscore it. Thus, the scope of her physical body, of her voice in relation to the video performance, and of the roles assigned to her, is constantly explored, defined and delimited.

Daniel Jeseneg

(*1982, Solothurn, lives and works in Basel / CH)

TASA (2011), 10'33''
Shift in Progress Exhibition Space

The capsule of the TASA-Mission (Team Apollo Schweiz Amerika) takes off from Gretzenbach, in the canton of Solothurn, on 26 July 1970. Yet the 14-day lunar voyage is merely a simulation. Although the three youths live in their homemade space capsule for the duration of the mission, the capsule remains in the car park for the entire trip. Using audio and images from the real Apollo 11 mission and the performed TASA-Mission, as well as the legendary TV and radio voices of the time, Jeseneg, in his short film, constructs a parable on the power of a childhood dream.

Florence Jung

(*1986, Sarreguemines / F, lives and works in Zürich / CH)

Cover (2011)

The popular music industry is pervaded by standardization and technical perfection. Voices from professional singers are electronically modified and enhanced to a point where they become defamiliarized. Florence Jung opposes to these machine-voices a sound installation made from YouTube recordings, in which people copy popular songs by singing the wrong notes, in an altered rhythm and with the most basic equipment. These unsophisticated recordings recapture in their special manner the lost authenticity, the amateur becomes the hero.

Kim Minhee

(*1986, Seoul / KR, lives and works in Geneva / CH)

A Postcard Written by Voice (2011)

‘A Postcard Written by Voice’ is Kim Minhee’s attempt to plot the voice as an analogue medium. The visitor speaks a message into the microphone. This is connected to a computer that converts the received statement into an image. The visual message is printed out as a postcard and the visitor can take it home as a souvenir.

Rosanna Monteleone

(*1977, Zürich / CH, lives and works in Basel / CH)

Swiss Soundcard (2011)
FHNW HGK Institut Kunst

‘What if, instead of a postcard, we were to send a sound card from a country or region?’ Rosanna Monteleone explores this question by attempting to capture the voices and noises of Switzerland in a sound-space installation: announcements heard over loudspeakers on a tram, voices from near and far, and other familiar sounds encountered again and again in everyday life, serve as a multi-layered, constantly changing, compositional collage, which tells the history of a country like a story.

(*1980, Zürich / CH, lives and works in Zürich / CH)

Speaker‘s Corner (2009)
Shift in Progress Exhibition Space

A microphone set up on a platform in the middle of the exhibition space invites people to express their opinions freely. The work references Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, England, which functions as a publicly accessible stage – the proverbial soapbox – and is meant to remind us of the promises of democracy. In this reinterpreted version however, whenever someone gets up on stage to make a statement, one of 27 pre-recorded cliché-d sentences about Switzerland begins to play, as a cynical comment on moves to limit the freedom of speech.

Andy Storchenegger

(*1977, Jonschwil / CH, lives and works in Zürich and St. Gallen / CH)

Repeat (2011)
Shift in Progress Exhibition Space

A tree stump, which is connected to a microphone, stands opposite a group of other stumps. If you speak into a microphone, the tree stump speaks the default message, which the group then repeats in chorus. Rigid reproduction by these strangely distorted stumps lends the message an almost mantra-like resonance. The unconditional inclusion of the voices in the mass and the mindless copying of the message reflect in an absurd manner, a consumer society in which independent thinking is in radical decline.

Exhibitors from Guest Institution CCA - Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Monty Alon

(*1982, Toronto / CA, lives and works in Tel Aviv and Jersusalem / IL)

HOBO – Quantum Beggars (2011)
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
Shift in Progress Exhibition Space

HOBO is an internet-based corporation that seeks to represent, brand and market homeless and jobless people, with the aim of turning them into normative citizens. Its database consists of interviews made with jobless people who really do live on the streets. The interviews are then digitally processed, and the characters rendered fit for mass consumption. These virtual beggars are then uploaded to the Internet, and widely dispersed as a hidden file that pops up on desktops worldwide. The first participants in the project – Hanna, Baruch, Levana, Shimon and Bella – are all from Jerusalem.

Tzion Abraham Hazan

(*1986, California / US, lives and works in Tel Aviv / IL)

Rational Syncing (2010)
Midrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College, Israel
Shift in Progress Exhibition Space

Performance: Fri / Sat 18.00h

Tzion Abraham Hazan’s video-performance manipulates speeches made by Tel Aviv’s mayor, Ron Huldai. Speeches dealing with various local political issues, and derived from documentations of city council meetings, were uploaded to YouTube. Wearing a home-made mask, the anonymous hacker-hero animates the politician like a puppet on a string, although it remains unclear at times, who is manipulating whom. Actually created over a year ago, this act of video-activism seems more potent and relevant than ever, in the wake of a summer of social and political revolutions in Israel and around the world. Now, it is the passive spectator who initiates inquiry into demagogy and truth.

Carmel Michaeli

(*1986, Jerusalem /IL, lives and works in Jerusalem /IL)

Thunder Kiss (2011)
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
Shift in Progress Exhibition Space

Performance: Thu, 20.30h, Shift Club

Several young women are engaged in a pole dancing lesson, in a fitness studio in Tel Aviv. They watch themselves in the mirror as they spin, stretch and twirl around the pole – and the artist follows them with her camera. Those shots are played alongside footage of the same artist playing the drums and singing, her face covered with sparkling diamonds as she lays down the soundtrack, a cover version of the theme song from the cult film ‘Faster Pussy Cat! Kill! Kill!’ (Dir. Russ Meyer, 1965). The split-screen installation inquires into two possible self-images for women – one involves using the body; the other involves using the voice.

Lior Pinsky

(*1981, Jerusalem / IL, lives and works in Jerusalem / IL)

Eres (2011)
Musrara, the Naggar School of Photography, New Music, Media & Animation, Jerusalem
Shift in Progress Exhibition Space

Performance: Thu, 20.30h, Shift Club

The artist has been exploring and collecting folk lullabies for some years. Some were found online while other recordings are based on the memories of people he met when travelling in various countries. The selected pieces were arranged in a minimalist experimental fashion, with the aim of creating something new – a fusion of folk and experimental music. The project explores the interface of folklore and computer-based music, thereby bringing out the simplistic tribalism and humanity that is concealed behind modern guises. The songs evoke childhood memories, and trigger a meditative yet tangible experience of how unity and uniqueness interweave.

Shift in Progress is generously supported by: