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SUPERSHOW - more than a show

With SUPERSHOW – more than a show” at Kunsthalle Basel SUPERFLEX subjected the institution to a precise analysis and demonstrated to the visitors the increase in the immaterial value of the institution since its beginnings. Instead of paying an entrance fee all visitors were paid 2 Swiss francs upon entering the kunsthalle. Except for basic informations printed on the walls – such as the number of square-meters, wall color, max number of people allowed in each room and so on – the exhibition space was stripped bare. Talkative visitors, in fact embedded actors with each their ‘financial character’ (Marxist, investor etc.), was placed as to make contact with the ordinary visitors in order to discuss various economic issues based on a manuscript. The “Kunsthalle Basel factor” was calculated based on the average difference between the former value of artworks, before exhibiting in the institution, and their current market value. SUPERFLEX also exposed the institution's ideal value. The focal point of the artists' attention was the audience: the visitors were both the subject and the producers of the SUPERSHOW. Hence, the exhibition itself became a “value escalation machine” in which the visitors assume an active role as producers of surplus value. Curated by Adam Szymczyk.


 


 


Graphic design by Rasmus Koch.


 


 


 


 








 


 


 


 


 

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With “SUPERSHOW - more than a show”, SUPERFLEX subjected the Kunsthalle Basel to a precise analysis and demonstrated to the visitors the increase in the immaterial value of the institution since its beginnings. The “Kunsthalle Basel factor” was defined by different experts, whose economic and political perspectives was presented in the exhibition. The “Kunsthalle Basel factor” was calculated based on the average difference between the former value of the exhibited artworks and their current market value. The Kunsthalle's surplus value, however, was not solely determined by economic standards. For this reason, SUPERFLEX also exposed the institution's ideal value. The focal point of the artists' attention was the audience: the visitors was both the subject and the producers of the SUPERSHOW. The exhibition itself was a “value escalation machine” in which the visitors assume an active role and produce a surplus value. Graphic design and exhibition design in collaboration with Rasmus Koch

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