Who Are You? And Club Univers at SALTS, Birsfelden

SALTS is pelased to present its two group shows: Who Are You? and Club Univers.

Who Are You?
Who Are You? is a group exhibition exploring alter egos, collective identity, meta-artists, improved or lessen versions of oneself: if the fictional artist has often served as a strategy to convey political resistance, artists have never stopped mediating their own image. Today, publicly concealing one’s identity – a real paradox – seems to emphasise that we live in an environment overshadowed by austerity and fear. In this context, a need to test what is often perceived as an “unstable” reality has emerged.

With: Olivier Castel, Dorota Gawęda and Eglé Kulbokaité, Selina Grüter and Michèle Graf, Than Hussein Clark, Martin Soto Climent.

Curated by Samuel Leuenberger and Elise Lammer

Club Univers
Part I: Even in your dreams, you can’t tickle yourself
You can’t even tickle yourself in your dreams. One cannot tickle oneself, we need the others. The whole cognitive mechanism of trickling is based on the fact that others exist and only others can surprise us with their hands. The phenomena is so fascinating to neuroscience that a researcher, Jennifer Windt at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany wanted to explore if, when not completely aware of ourselves, like in dreams, we could tickle ourselves. Therefore, she recently performed a dream experiment that sounds like it came straight out of the movie Inception. She recruited a team of expert lucid dreamers – people who know they are dreaming, and can control the actions of their dreams – to try it out, but they couldn’t.
An exhibition with a group of bachelor students of the Institut Kunst.

Curated by Chus Martinez and Eveline Wüthrich

With: Angèle Siegenthaler, Katharina Kemmerling, Gregory Stäuble, Linda Wunderlin, Dario Zeo, Sebastien Rück, Davide Wouda, Iris Brodbeck, Manuela Cossalter, Laura Mietrup, Aline Stalder, Chris Handberg, Cyril Hübscher, Njomza Sadikaj, Simone Steinegger, Aysa Stettler, Nadine Cueni, Markus Aebersold, Anna Diehl, Ambra Viviani and Manuel Koechli.

Who Are You? and Club Universe
SALTS, Birsfelden
Through January 15