The independent art space sic! Elephanthouse offers regional and international artists the opportunity to realise new projects, provides time and space for experimentation as well as discussion. We show work by artists who we find to be relevant to contemporary discourse and are committed to educating our audience about them. We are interested in social and political issues and are convinced, that art is an adequate means of reflecting on these while activating the force of inspiration.
sic! Raum für Kunst
Project space, Lucerne, since 2013
Co-directed by Laura Breitschmid and Eva-Maria Knüsel
The metaphor of the perforated house symbolises the dissolving separation between exterior and interior, private and public, and analogue and digital life brought about by new forms of communication and mobility. This contemporary homelessness is touched upon in many ways in the works oft he artists; whether in the ephemerality of the media and materials used, the atmospheric presentation or in addressing topics such as hospitality, patterns of migration and the global consumption of resources.
Group show, Kunsthaus Langenthal
With Anja Braun, Daniel Dressel, Leo Hofmann, Daniel V. Keller, Lynne Kouassi and Rebecca Kunz
Curated by Eva-Maria Knüsel
This sculptural expansion was developed for the small art space sic! Elephanthouse in Lucerne, a small concrete shed located in a lively neighborhood by the railroad tracks. Rising skyward from the exterior facade, the white wooden structure appears to be sprouting from the small gray building like a geometrically reduced construct. The installation is visible from afar, contrasts in its whiteness with the surroundings and changes its aspect depending on the perspective of the viewer from towerlike to signlike. The installation was conceived for a duration of 4 years.
Lack is a magazine pairing each issue with an art institution and one of their exhibitions. Its 10th issue titled «off-color» is published at the occasion of the exhibition of Color at Helmhaus Zurich. The additional «f» in the title is meant to signal a slight but conscious divergence between the nature of this magazine and the approach of the exhibition and the institution that presents it. «off-color» thus investigates the limits of colored representation or representation through and with color – by an array of contributions by writers and artists from various perspectives.
Lack #10: off-color
Contributions by White on White, Ariane Koch & Sarina Scheidegger, Ian Whittlesea, Simon Vagts, Susanne Stauss, Simon Rothöhler, Bassma El Adisey & Daniel Morgenthaler, DeForrest Brown Jr., Lea Loeb and Mathis Neuhaus.
Editorial team: Remo Bitzi, Laura Breitschmid, Eva-Maria Knüsel and Marc Schwegler
Graphic Design: meierkolb – André Meier & Franziska Kolb
Published by Präsens Editionen, sic! Raum für Kunst and Helmhaus Zurich
Size: 220 x 310 mm
This publication documents the solo exhibition «Spots» by Franziska Baumgartner. As a last intervention before the reconstruction, she covered the walls of the exhibition space Klingental, Basel with rice paper. The starchy material combined with the wall paint and began to dissolve during the drying process. At one point the spots burst open, bulging and bending, elsewhere the paint together with the rice paper flaked off in large shreds and fell to the floor, revealing traces of paint, wall drawings and drill holes from earlier exhibitions – allowing an insight into the eventful history of the room.
The world of birds as a mirror of our environment and as a symbol of the relationship between humans and animals builds the starting point for the artist duo Flurina Badel and Jérémie Sarbach's solo exhibition "Paravent" at sic! Elephanthouse. Using the trompe-l'oeil effect, the artists bring the outside world into the interior and create a thinking space, in which complex relationships between nature and culture open up. The installation was framed by a whistling performance, which the British composer Fred Frith created especially for the exhibition. The show was accompanied by a publication with text contributions and the whistling score.
In spring 2018, students of option «Construction, Art et Espace» of HEAD – Genève participated in a workshop in Langenthal’s former porcelain factory. They reflected on issues relating to this now abandoned industrial site. Fascinated by the factory’s history and the stories that surround it, the students and their teachers shared their experiences in the form of artistic projects that evoked, through the site’s furniture and materials, the anecdotes and atmosphere of this unique part of the Swiss industrial heritage.
"Poncho" is published on the occasion of Sara Gassmann's exhibition at sic! Elephanthouse and documents the ceramic work series "Domestic Stare". Sara Gassmann is searching for a form that functions as a body as well as a three-dimensional image and understands her involvement with ceramics as a further development of her painting practice.