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Fondation Beyeler Audiovisual Broadcast

Fondation Beyeler and Nordstern Basel present Dixon x Transmoderna

Machine for Living. Courtesy Sabrina Ratté
Machine for Living. Courtesy Sabrina Ratté
Fondation Beyeler Gallery 1. Courtesy Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel and Studio Wolfgang Tillmans
Fondation Beyeler Gallery 1. Courtesy Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel and Studio Wolfgang Tillmans

In collaboration with the Transmoderna team, Dixon, one of the most renowned artists in electronic music, created a unique DJ stream that digitally remakes and reinterprets the Fondation Beyeler space. The ambitious audiovisual project will be broadcast online on the 7th of April, 2021 at 8pm in partnership with the music platform Beatport and Denon DJ.

Fondation Beyeler Gallery Facade. Courtesy Studio Deussen
Fondation Beyeler Gallery Facade. Courtesy Studio Deussen

The starting point of this virtual experience is the architecture and the park of the museum, which were elaborately modelled in 3-D for this purpose. Dixon will perform an exclusive one-hour set of electronic music in the form of a hyper-realistic avatar. Especially for this performance, Transmoderna have selected artworks from the Fondation Beyeler collection to surround the avatar in the exhibition rooms. These include photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans, sculptures by Auguste Rodin and paintings by Paul Klee. These will also be accompanied by works from renowned digital artists. For the realisation of this project, Transmoderna is collaborating for the first time with neural artist Sofia Crespo, multimedia artist Sabrina Ratté and generative artist Feileacan McCormick. In the course of the set, the artworks as well as the architecture of the building itself will be altered by AI effects and transformed into a hyper- realistic Gesamtkunstwerk.

The music influences this transformation. Unlike a DJ set in a real club, the music played by Dixon’s avatar triggers audio-reactive changes in the virtual exhibition spaces: ruptures, shifts and complete inversions of commonly understood museum space. One track in particular stands in for this transformation: Wolfgang Tillman’s “Can’t escape into space”, which features in the set before the release of the accompanying album.

The stream was filmed by digital artist Aaron Jablonski entirely in Unity, a game engine software that allows for the most advanced hyper-realistic renderings. The Denon DJ booth of Dixon’s avatar was created exclusively for the stream by architect Timur Novikov.

Dixon Avatar 1. Courtesy Mimic Productions
Dixon Avatar 1. Courtesy Mimic Productions

Dixon x Transmoderna takes place within the framework of an art.set, a Fondation Beyeler format in collaboration with Nordstern Basel that presents international electronic musicians in an art context live or online.

Virtual Stream
Wednesday, 7 April, 20:00 CET

Beatport – Youtube / Twitch / Facebook
Fondation Beyeler – Youtube / Facebook
Nordstern Basel, Transmoderna, Dixon & Denon DJ – Facebook

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Exhibition venue with the theme ‚Living with Art‘

Wilhelmina Jewell Strong - Sparks

Founder of BiTHOUSE Projects - BAAR Art Journey


Collector behind the ARNDT Collection

Sandra Guimarães

Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Helga de Alvear

Grazyna Kulczyk

Founder of Muzeum Susch


Interview with Georgie Pope and Eleonora Sutter, Co-founders

Kamiar Maleki

Director at VOLTA

Gallery Weekend Berlin 2022

Tokini Peterside

Founder and Director, ART X Lagos


Founding Director of the Athens Biennale

Boris Ondreička

Artistic Director of viennacontemporary

Maribel Lopez

Director of ARCO

David Gryn

Founder and Director of Daata

Gary Yeh

Founder of ArtDrunk and Young Collector

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Maike Cruse

2020 Gallery Weekend Berlin

Touria El Glaoui

Founding Director of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Johann König

Messe in St. Agnes

PArt - Producers Art Platform

A crisis initiative to help artists directly affected by the pandemic

Barbara Moore

CEO of Biennale of Sydney

Unique Collector’s Item

by Independent Collectors

Alix Dana

Fair Director at Independent

When Collectors are Able to Commission

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Juliet Kothe and Julia Rust

Initiators of Collection Night, Berlin

Marie-Anne McQuay

Curator of Wales in Venice, 58th Venice Biennale 2019

Dorothy and Herb Vogel

Two extraordinary art collectors

Heather Hubbs

Director at NADA

Every Art Collection Needs Space

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Collecting Art with François Pinault

Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi

A Common Ground

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Caroline Vos

Director at Amsterdam Art Weekend

Hidden Collections

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Nicole Berry

Executive Director of The Armory Show

Daniel Hug

Fair Director at Art Cologne

The Role of the Art Fair

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Peter Bläuer

Director at LISTE

A Brush Against Nature

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Ilaria Bonacossa

Director of Artissima

Excessiveness, the Latent Danger of Collecting Art

by Independent Collectors

Jo Stella-Sawicka

Artistic Director at Frieze

Florence Bourgeois

Director at Paris Photo

Where Artists Can Work More Playfully

by Christiane Meixner

Specifically Commissioned

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Manuela Mozo

Executive Director of UNTITLED, ART Miami and San Francisco

Important Museums and Private Collections

by Christiane Meixner

Susanna Corchia

Director of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend

Emilia van Lynden

Artistic Director at Unseen, Amsterdam

Carlos Urroz

Director at ARCOmadrid

Shoe Smudges Streaked Across the White Walls

by Christiane Meixner

Amanda Coulson

Director at VOLTA Basel

Douwe Cramer

Director at Singapore Contemporary

Art and Architecture – Attractive Allies

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Jo Baring

Curator of Sculpture Series, Masterpiece London

Bidders and Buyers

by Christiane Meixner

Anne Vierstraete

Managing Director at Art Brussels

Nanna Hjortenberg

Director at CHART

The Crucial Role of the New

by Independent Collectors

Makers and Believers

On Art History’s Most Famous Patrons

The Past is Back

And collectors are buying it up

Are Artists the Better Curators?

On the diminishing boundary between professions in the art world

The Digital Museum

On the importance of the museum’s web presence

The Man in the Middle

On the curator’s private and public engagements

A Private Matter?

On the importance of physical space for the value of art

Off the Wall

How museums contribute to the worth of artworks

Where to Go Next?

The fragmentation of Manhattan’s gallery scene

To Buy or Not to Buy

Collectors on their experiences of letting an artwork slip away

How to Pass On a Passion

On long-term challenges for new private museums