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HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel)

HeK at LISTE Art Fair Basel

Today: 1.00 PM - 9.00 PM

10 June 2019 - 16 June 2019

As a special guest of LISTE Art Fair, HeK presents an enigmatic video tutorial by French artist Elisabeth Caravella and a series of images by Belgian artist Dries Depoorter.

The cinematographic tutorial Howto produced by the French artist Elisabeth Caravella instructs the viewer on how to create a 3D text with a graphic software programme. What appears to be a simple tutorial in the tradition of numerous videos on YouTube and other social platforms slowly evolves into a desktop performance, whose purpose becomes increasingly difficult to decipher. The instructive voice-over gives way to a cryptic and elusive sound, while a phantasmagoric figure gradually occupies the screen, until it becomes the main protagonist of the video.

In his series Jaywalking Frames, the Belgium artist Dries Depoorter combines topics such as privacy, artificial intelligence and surveillance. The series consists of a collection of pictures of pedestrians crossing the road at a red light, which were taken by the artist after he hacked unprotected surveillance cameras all over the world. The installation displays the framed pictures together with a monitor that shows the functioning of the custom software developed by the artist. Each individual image is for sale and the price is determined by the jaywalking fine that one would pay in the country where the picture was taken.

With different approaches, Caravella and Depoorter discuss the growing autonomy and seeming intelligence of technological devices pervading our everyday lives and the transformation occurring in our society as a result of their implementation.

Curator: Boris Magrini

Dries Depoorter, Jaywalking Frames, 2018
Elisabeth Caravella, Howto, 2014, film still

HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel)

OpenClosed | 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM

Freilager-Platz 9,  4142  Münchenstein / Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu Closed  |  We 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM  |  Fr 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM  |  Su 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM

Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

24 December 2020: Closed

25 December 2020: 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM

26 December 2020: 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM

01 January 2021: 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM


HeK (House of electronic Arts Basel) is the national competence centre that deals with art forms that address and reflect upon new media and technologies. With its focus on interdisciplinary practices, it enables insights for a broad public into art productions of various genres between art, media, and technology. With its exciting programme that features exhibitions, small festival formats, performances and concerts, HeK engages with current social issues and technological aesthetic developments. Alongside its function as an event- and exhibition venue, HeK is involved in the methods of collecting and preserving digital arts.


CHF 9.00 / reduced 6.00
Concerts / events CHF 10.00-20.00

Free admission Wed - Fri, 12.00 PM - 1.00 PM (the first opening hour) and every first Sunday in the month

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


Tram 11 (Direction: Aesch) from Basel Central station (Bahnhof SBB) to the stop Freilager

Freeway A2 to exit ramp St. Jakob. Follow signs for Dreispitz, enter by gate 13. Park in Parking Ruchfeld.

By car from the City head for Münchenstein/Dreispitz-Freilager, enter by gate 13. Park in Parking Ruchfeld.