April 1, 2014

events so far


curated by

Vera Sacchetti
Juan Palencia
Fabrizia Vecchione


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TEOK #41


#41.1 – Drone bones
James Melson
A glimpse into the lofty heights and plummeting depths of a veteran drone enthusiast. 

#41.2 – Queer nature
Céline Baumann
Learning from plant sex and what it tells us about our own sexuality and queerness.


TEOK #40


#40.1 – Feints
Juan Palencia
A time travel from El Cossío to the comic keg.

#40.2 – Cosplay, katakana and gender bending: I learned from anime (and so can you!)
Vera Sacchetti
From 1996-2001, I spent way too much money buying manga, ordering expensive pink plastic scepters, and learning how to write kanji. But anime wasn't all that bad – and here's why.


TEOK #39


#39.1 – Quakerism: The Religious Society of Friends
Louie Weiss + Neda Mostafavi
Some simple guidelines for a complex world. 


#38.1 – Hair Politics
Magalie Mabandza
Hair is deeply rooted in western beauty standards and has over decades shaped the identity of an entire gender. In the age of social media, hair (and body hair) seems to grow strong as a form of self-expression and re-empowerment. The question is: does also happen IRL? The fine and curly line of what's accepted and what's not. 

#37.2 – The island of glass
Laura Sattin
It is believed that glassmaking in Murano originated in the 8th century. By the late 13th century, the glassmakers of the Venetian lagoon had refined this knowledge into a unique and lauded technique. What does it mean to produce in the island today?

TEOK #38



TEOK #37


#37.1 – You think you know but you have no idea: citizens of LA
Anna Leocha
A introduction to and investigation of Los Angeles' most extreme characters. 

#37.2 – I<3 DITHER
Yann Martins
In this talk I will talk about the dithering algorithm, and how its misuse lead me to achieve interesting visual artifacts.


TEOK #36


#36.1 Ordinary China
Benjamin Krüger
Observing daily life in the world’s most populous country for a few months.

#36.2 Little-p: Ambiguously intentional propaganda in American “prestige TV”
Katie Green
FThe US’s government-public interface is in shambles, desensitizing many to subtler nationalist messaging. We’re going to look at the good, the bad and the hyperweird of one of my homeland’s fave mediums - the nominal Golden Age of television.



@St. Johannspark

It’s TEOK – in public space! Upon invitation by the curators of “Forum Basel”, the most recent exhibition at the S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, TEOK breaks the fourth wall and occupies the streets of Basel for two guerrilla-style events.

FORUM #2.1  Communal Lecture
Jeremy Nedd
Some believe that in theater, the phenomenon know as a "communal / collective experience" can be achieved by all in the space during a performance. If a evening at the theater is truly a collective / communal experience, what constitutes this experience and makes it shared?
In this discussion we take a look at various forms of communal experience and try to discern for ourselves.  




It’s TEOK – in public space! Upon invitation by the curators of “Forum Basel”, the most recent exhibition at the S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, TEOK breaks the fourth wall and occupies the streets of Basel for two guerrilla-style events.

FORUM #1.1  Nomadic boutiques
Blanca García Gardelegui
A guide to the design of the most tuned up moving stalls in Bangkok.

FORUM #2.2 How to do it?
Artem Kitaev



@Depot Basel

#XXXIII.1 Cake & Serendipity
Orlando Lovell
From sweet success to happy accidents and when to stop. As a current design student at the Design Academy Eindhoven, I have learnt to explore design from many facets, yet I always come back to my inherent passion of baking. Where do the two diverge and how do they connect?

#XXXIII.2 There's something about Mary
Nina Paim
Chronicle of a savage detective tracing the footsteps of Brazilian born, Basel-based, Mary Vieira. A subjective walk departing from the Basel University library, where the public sculpture polyvolume: hexagonal, metatriangular itinerary of tactile communication stands since 1968.

#XXXIII.3 Arrival Island Lampedusa
Julian Meisen
Lampedusa—a tiny rock in the mediterranean sea—is the place where many immigrants first touch European ground. I went there in 2015 in order to document the spatial transformations Lampedusa has undergone in the course of the ongoing migration crisis, discovering that the island is rather shaped by institutions to block migration as by migration itself.

TEOK #32


#32.1 – Sarylar
Wilhelm Neumann
A few excerpts of a movie that chases the legendary Karabakh horse and travels to their home country for centuries – Azerbaijan. Beyond horses, we will also focus on cross-cultural views and behaviours.

#32.2 – B59
Wolfgang Zane Hockenjos
Memories of an 80ties hotbed in hick town: ghosts, substances, illustrious characters, trench warfares, barbwire, falling bathtubs and other punxxx's yarn.

TEOK #31


#31.1 – Flag you!
Andrea Zaia
"With a flag you can lead men where you will"
Why we need a flag and some other curiosities.

#31.2 – Alien worlds of the solar system
Claudia di Lecce
Following the Cassini and Juno spacecraft along their respective journeys through the solar system, this talk will provide some impressions of the alien worlds these scientific explorations are contributing to unveil.


TEOK #30

@St. JohannsVorstadt

#30.1 – Democratising Art
Peter Whinyates
How the art market is fucked and my plan to fix it.

#30.2 – Yumifala toktok long Vanuatu
Tess Walraven
An introduction to the country where spirits inhabit live volcanoes and the entire population gets high every night.


TEOK #29

@ Sperrstrasse

#29.1 – Don't fear the robot 
Pepe Algeciras
On human-machine communication or how to get to know each other.

#29.2 – Night will fall 
Clemente Bicocchi
I’m only a messenger. I bring images from another planet. To get them, it wasn’t easy at all, but finally here they are. Even more difficult was their interpretation: breaking the code and understand them. The “key” was given by one of the greatest storytellers of the XX century. This film, Notturno, is my personal tribute to Nightfall, a short novel by Isaac Asimov (1941).



@ Food Culture Lab

#XXVIII.1 – EAT DIRT: Un-recoverability and Counter-productivity
Jamie Allen
Against hegemony, and against those forces that play purposefully, even joyfully, with the extraction, recovery and discard of novelty, true innovation and susceptivity, we can only create in reverse. It is in the dirt that seeds are supposed to sprout and grow anew. We consider here, this night, what it might mean then to EAT DIRT.

#XXVIII.2 –  As flexible as jelly. Some thoughts on regenerative phenomena
Dominique Koch
"In analogy to the life cycle of the “immortal jellyfish” – known as Turritopsis dohrnii, the only known living organism that does not die, unless by external force – a line of questioning focuses on the endless loop, on the concept of “limited and limitless,” but also on its relationship to contemporary social uprisings and possible strategies to shift the ratio of power towards the creation of new universes of meaning, potentially infinite too.“

#XXVIII.3 –  No president left behind, or a very scientific guide to resistance
Stefan El-Ghatta
In a time of uncertainty about the impact single events, such as an election, can have on all our lives and our planet,
we’ll explore a story nature has shared with us to hint at a beautiful path leading to the next level of human resilience.


TEOK #27

@ Schlettstadtstrasse

#27.1 – PINK
Charlotte Truwant

Hex triplet #FFC0DB
sRGB 255,192,203
CMYK 0, 20, 14, 0

How to make a red pigment called cinabrese, used for the flesh-colours on walls, and its properties. There is a red colour called light Cinabrese, and I do not know that this colour is used anywhere but in Florence; it is a perfect flesh-colour, either for painting on walls or in fresco. This colour is made of the finest and lightest sinopia; it is mixed and ground with bianco saugiovanni, as it is called at Florence (a white made of very white and pure lime). And when you have well ground together these two colours, in the proportion of two parts of cinabrese to one of white, make them into lumps the size of half a walnut, and let them dry, and keep them for use. This colour is very fine for faces, hands, and naked figures on walls, as I have before said; and sometimes you may make with it beautiful draperies, which on walls look like cinnabar…
Cennino Cennini, A Treatise On Painting, Chap. 39, p. 22

#27.2 – BLUE
Dries Rodet

Hex triplet #0000FF
sRGB 0,0,100
CMYK 100, 100, 0, 0

Ultramarine blue is a colour more noble, beautiful, and perfect, than any other colour; and its good qualities exceed any thing we can say in its favour. On account of its great excellence, I shall speak of it at length, and give you full directions for preparing it: and you must pay great attention to them, for they will bring you honour, and be of much service to you. And with this colour and gold (which are the great ornaments of our art) you may produce the finest effects.
Cennino Cennini, A Treatise On Painting, Chap. 62, p.33


TEOK #26

@ St. Louis

#26.1 – The Recorder . La Flûte à Bec . Il Flauto Dolce . La Flauta Dulce . Die Blockflöte
Chantal Konrad
One of the oldest instruments; once loved and being part and played at the royal household,  delighted queen's and king's ears in the Renaissance and Baroque period.

With participation of:
Cathérine Grabo
Margot Humber
Noëmie Stamm-Bernoulli
Hanna Stähli

#26.2 – Comment et pourquoi devient on facteur de clavecins
Gèrald Cattin
Gérald Cattin vas nous raconter comment il est arrivé dans la facture instrumentale alors que rien ne le prédestinait. Il nous parlera des rencontres importantes qui on marqué son parcourt professionnel , des ses voyages.... de l'avenir de son métier. Vous pourrez aussi découvrir son premier clavecin et comprendre son fonctionnement. (in FRENCH)

Harpsichord: Diego Ares

Degustation break
Azra's Pakistani cuisine : a little bit of bits and bites.


TEOK #25

@ Ahornstrasse

#25.1 – Les totem de l'atome
Margarethe Müller
While talking about nuclear power, we will find phallus and testicles on china plates.       

#25.2 – Instagram Phrenology
Tamar Shafrir
An enormous online community has developed around the alteration of facial geometry for a screen-mediated gaze. Through the application of specially-coloured or light-refracting powders, gels, creams, and liquids, these “pixelastic surgeons” are reinventing how notions of beauty circulate, evolve, and assimilate previously subcultural or subversive practices into the mainstream.


TEOK #24

@ Hammerstrasse

#24.1 – Scientology: Everything You Need (and Don’t Want) to Know
Erika Pinner
A journey to the intriguing world of Dianetics, or the church of Scientology.

#24.2 – The Clown on the Tightrope
Nina Haldimann
An introduction to Bernese chansons with an autobiographical touch.



@ Depot Basel

For its twenty-third event, TEOK once again collaborates with Depot Basel for a special edition where the theme of SPECTACLE comes to the forefront.

#XXIII.1 - Nay Pyi Taw
Mathieu Bujnowskyj
On spectacle, instant cities and junta urbanism.

#XXIII.2 - The White Horse Hotel
Alfredo Brillembourg & BINZ
"Last Stop Basel: The White Horse Hotel" is a a slam poetry and music night, as much about performance as it is about the words.


TEOK #22

@ Gastrasse

#22.1 – Niche
Jean-Paul Willemse
From horse meat to typewriters. The shopping landscape in Basel and its curators.

#22.2 – South Armagh & the Political Tourist
James Martin
A personal search for truth in a territory of conflicts: a story about war and peace, and a place that is situated in-between.


TEOK #21


Date to be announced.



@ Feldbergstrasse


#20.1 – Hideouts
Marina Otero
A paranoid story of the Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad and its multiple iterations, replicas and simulations.


TEOK #19

@ Klingelbergstrasse

#19.1 – Dieni Mütter, or an epistemological view on references
Francisco Moura Veiga
A short glimpse of a personal system of knowledge accumulation based on the the concept of "references", starting from the biggest of all references, the mother.

#19.2 – Home Story
Viviane Stappmanns
How the dreams we have about our perfect home need revisiting.
And why almost no one seems to care.


TEOK #18

@ Kleinhafen Basel

#18.1 - Turkish Delights
Safak Korkut and his mom.
I recently inherited a rare vinyl collection of Turkish Music from 70s. I actually found them in my grandmother’s house on top of a cupboard covered in dust. My mum and I will walk you through the memories of Turkish Pop Music from those years; we won’t give you scholarly infos, but fill you up with gossips and one-hit stars; translate a few lyrics and give you the impressions of the music landscape of Istanbul and Turkey.

Watch / Listen / See


TEOK #17

@ Klybeckstrasse

#17.1 - The bumpy road to a less violent society
Alexandru Denes
They say that the past is a foreign country: join us for an exploration of the psychology that underpins our dark impulses, and how they have sparked conflicts through the ages.

#17.2 - Reality bites
Miquel del Rio
Loose associations as a tool to explain the world.


TEOK #16

@ Depot Basel

#16.1 - Contemporary dance
Rona Mutalova with Maya Conzelmann and Livia Marina Kern
A desire to show different ways of contemporary dance and its broad spectrum of perception.

Drawings made by the audience during the performance.


TEOK #15

@ Haltingerstrasse

#15.1 - Las Bargas Films
Juan Laborda
A personal take on a filmmaker's story: a journey into the cinematic world of one man viewed through the eyes of his legacy.

#15.2 - Alcohol, depression and social criticism
Amelie Klein
How Scandinavian crime fiction, also known as Scandinavian Noir or Nordic Noir, changed a whole genre. And why it is so addictive.


TEOK #14

@ Birzigstrasse

#14.1 - How to decentralize and get rid of mega corporations
Stefan El-ghatta
Touching on principles of evolution, we will look at the DNA of mega corporations and make an adventurous case that they face extinction in competing with a new, decentralized species.

#14.2 - Building with earth and bamboo
Mónica Sedano
You touch the earth, you feel the ground. You touch the bamboo, you feel the sun. Given that more than 50% of the world's population lives on raw earth buildings and that bamboo is one of the best structural materials, shouldn't we know more about them?

money money


@ Depot Basel

For its thirteenth edition, TEOK collaborates with Dutch design collective Fictional Collective in the initiative, curating an event around the topics of DEBT, CURRENCY, VALUE and TRUST. Our thirteenth session is entitled COMMON WEALTH, and it starts with an exploration of financial systems both implemented and emerging, analysing alternative currency and value systems. We will then question trust: can it be undermined, exploited and used for nefarious ends? A reflection of the many ways in which spam has evolved to become more and more sophisticated will allow us to critically enquire which are the limits of trust in the digital world.
All this will be included in the THIS IS WORK publication, Chapter #4 Common wealth

#XIII.1 - The sharing economy
Diego Palencia de Sarriá
From ownership to usership; new labour markets and the economy of instant satisfaction.

#XIII.2 - Fraud and scam on the internet
Tom Wespi
A short story about Scammers on the flatshare site


TEOK #12

@ St. Alban Vorstadt

#12.1 - We want the funk
Jeanne Autran
A move into the Funky and Psychedelic universe of 1970s P-Funk music bands. The 'Funk' is not just a good groove, but it's the fluid of life, the primary dance spirit, the love, the god, as well as the basic concept of an inspired social protest movement.
Let's get Funked-up!

#12.2 - African new wave dance music
Hans Focketyn
In the last 20 years an incredible variety of new music styles, bands and projects has emerged in a similarly diverse amount of African countries. These new music scenes are very specific to the countries where they come from, with music at times based on the combination of traditional elements with electronic instruments, or being simply a very particular evolution of local pop music with an extremely danceable beat. Together, they form the new wave of African dance music.


TEOK #11

@ Hagenbachstrasse

#11.1 - There will be blood
Nathalie Geiser
A true story of cultural resistance: Jura's collective memory. The rise of the national and cultural identity of a rural region.

#11.2 - General Theoria of Madness
Tiago Trigo
We are all insane, but why? Dr. Häuser Trigo, a master in Psychiatric Anthropology by the London University of Brunel, will share with us some of the research that he and his team in London are developing while ascertaining the delicate subject of the human cognoscence.



@ Depot Basel

#‎X‬.1 - Fenced Nature
Basil Thüring
With the Head of Geosciences at Basel's Naturhistorisches Museum, an exploration of the diverse and fascinating ways in which exhibits are shown in Natural History Museums.

#X.2 - Displaying the Absurd
Pedro Portellano
Spain's nearly 28.000 roundabouts are big urban displays where you can find some of the most unbelievable pieces of unnecessary contemporary art in the country. This is a curated selection of the best Roundabout Art in Spain.

#X.3 - Ecology is Queer
Bárbara Maçães An exploration of ecology, minimalism and representation – from drawings to land art, poems and environmental interventions – shedding light onto the many layers of this highly constructed term.

More about Display.



@ Muhlheimerstrasse

#9.1 - Body building
Chrissie Muhr
Physical exercise reflect on architectural space. Experience structures, processes, typologies and culture by running and swimming in architecture.

#9.2 - Coffee
Brigitte Clements
From tree to cup, a delve into the adventures of a coffee bean.



@ Dornacherstrasse

#8.1 - Taste
David Gregori
We eat, all the time, at least once a day, and sometimes not very selectively. A closer look to the food in our mouth.

#8.2 - Sausagiety
Matylda Krzykowski
Sausagiety deals with persistent interpersonal relationships, and is a social grouping sharing the same social territory. Sausagiety addresses dominant cultural facts and expectations.



@ Colmarerstrasse

#7.1 - Mmmmm…Malevich
Leonid Slonimskiy
From figurative to non-figurative and back. The grave of Malevich.

#7.2 - Les cités Obscures
Mariana Santana
Les Cités Obscures, an introduction to tourists. Welcome to a world as vast as ours, with geography, fauna, flora, inventions, architecture, culture, religion…



@ Farnburgerstrasse

#6.1 - A personal approach to the violin
Tobias Eglauer
An attempt to talk about an instrument I can’t play and I don’t really understand.

#6.2 - Relations
Vesna Jovanovic
Recent years have brought upon us the age of the ‘me’: the self-obsessed, self-defined, narcissistic self. But how did we get here? This lecture explores the many convoluted path to the self, and the many relations that are inextricably linked to our definition of ourselves.



@ Claragraben

#5.1 - Internet junk
Juan Palencia
Is there any beauty down there?

#5.2 - Views on the Bramante Tour
Benjamin Krüger
Last June, a bus full of architects, researchers and curious souls travelled throughout the north of Italy in search of Bramante. But what were they looking for? And what did they find?



@ Hammerstrasse

#4.1 - Complete Voice Technique
Jasmin Albash
Singing is not difficult - everybody can sing. Hear about the Complete Voice Technique and develop what kind of sounds your voice is able to do in a healthy way. You’re free to try. The Complete Vocal Technique is a singing method developed by Danish singer, vocal coach and vocal researcher Cathrine Sadolin. Since the 1980s she has been researching all the sounds the human voice is able to produce, coming up with a new terminology and visual representation.

#4.2 - Alésia: The Jurassienne Hypothesis
Sylvain Baumann & Cristina Génova
The battle of Alésia in 52 BC determines the end of the Celtic world and the beginning of Roman rule, but the real location of this battle was never determined… In 1840, Napoleon III placed Alésia in Alise-Sainte-Reine, Burgundy, but in 1962 the site of Chaux-des-Crotenay, in Jura, was discovered to correspond to Caesar’s original description of Alésia. Following years of confusion and complication, we trace the many locations, and questions, surrounding the site of Alésia.



@ Türkheimerstrasse

#3.1 - Déjà-vu effect
Giulia Mela
One of the most celebrated Pop icons of the last thirty years, Nicolas Cage remains a mystery, and his face an enigma. Analysing the aspect, gestures and expressions of Nicolas Cage throughout his career, this presentation wonders: Why does his face produce a déjà-vu effect?



@ B59

#2.1 - The Edge of Knowledge
Stefano Orani
What is knowledge? And what is its relation to mankind? A perspective from the edge.

#2.2 - The Edge of Cosmos
Stefano Orani
Everything you wanted to know about cosmos* (*But were afraid to ask).



@ B59

#1.1 - NOMA, best restaurant in the world. Fact or Fiction?
Francesco Valente & Aleris Rodgers
A visual exposé of haute, hyper-local nordic cuisine

#1.2 - From Space Monkey to IKEA Monkey
Vera Sacchetti
The tale of Darwin, a monkey that got lost in a suburban IKEA in Toronto, his furry coat and the internet craze around him.


TEOK would like to thank for their support/talk:

Stefano Orani, Francesco Valente, Aleris Rodgers, Giulia Mela, Jasmin Albash, Sylvain Baumann, Cristina Génova, Benjamin Krüger, Vesna Jovanovic, Raquel Buj, Bea Aragón, Cristina Navas, Tobias Eglauer, Leonid Slonimskiy, Mariana Santana, Jelena Vucic, Jakob Henke, Chrissie Muhr, Brigitte Clements, Natalie Geiser, Depot Basel, Basil Thüring, Barbara Maçães e Costa, Pedro Portellano, Jolanthe Kuger, Tiago Trigo, Jeanne Autran, Hans Focketyn,  Fictional Collective, Blanca García Gardelegui, Diego Palencia de Sarriá, Tom Wespi, Nicolás Miranda Turu, Tadea Ipiña Mariscal, Alicia Argüelles García, Stefan El-ghatta, Mónica Sedano, Juan Laborda, Amelie Klein, Elisabeth Hinz, Kimberlie Birks, Jamie Yuenger, Delphine Camus, Rona Mutalova, Maya Conzelmann, Livia Marina Kernand, Alexandru Denes, Miquel del Río, Safak Korkut and his mom, Kleinhafen, Viviane Stappmanns, Malte Ziegler, Alma Sacchetti Ziegler, Chus Martínez, Marina Otero, Jean-Paul Willemse, James Martin, Carla Cardoso, Frederico Duarte, Mathieu Bujnowskyj,  Alfredo Brillembourg, Marcel Aubert, Nadine Schütz, Martin Andersson, Erika Pinner, Nina Haldimann, Joana Duarte, Maria Sá Couto Antunes, Rita Melo e Sá, Antía Díaz Leal, Charlotte Truwant, Dries Rodet, Katharina Volgger, Jana Eske, Jenni Schmitt, Jamie Allen, Dominique Koch, Swiss Cultural Challenge, FHNW, Food Culture Lab, Pepe Algeciras, Clemente Biccochi, Jon Garbizu, Victoria Collar, Tess Walraven, Peter Whinyates, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Claudia di Lecce, Andrea Zaia, Wilhelm Neumann, Wolfgang Zane Hockenjos, Orlando Lovell, Nina Paim, Julian Meisen, Artem Kitaev, Blanca García Gardelegui, Jeremy Nedd, Katie Green and everyone else who came to a TEOK to learn with us.