Eskin Basel



IDEA OF ESKIN at HeK ( In English) 

Eskin is a performative tribute to nature and to the re-wilding or re-design of our local environments. It is based on a technical platform that encourages local empowerment for those who want to be included in the cultural debate on climate change and speak out about pollution and energy use.  Eskin in Basel, is the second collaboration with visually impaired persons that gives them a chance to be included in this debate. Alongside choreographers, scientific consultants and artists, these participants work in this project, one that was initiated by Swiss Australian media artist Jill Scott.  The participants will perform five interlinked scenes on a unique stage with customized sound objects, interactive graphics, dancers, computer interaction and wearable technologies. The aim is to educate the audience and encourage them to be pro-active about climate change.



Scene 1. Homeland and the Farm

This scene is based on the healthy memories we have from childhood about the farmland around us. The sound of cows and other animals and the land itself as well as the tastes from local food that grows on it. These tactile pleasures and sound sensations from our own childhood memories of the Swiss landscape illustrate how our changes in temperature are shifting these memories.

Scene 2. Our energy use and the City

This scene maps the energy use in our cities as seen from an aerial perspective. It uses satellite data from Basel to create an impression of how the distribution of our energy from industries and pollution from our activities such as commuting and industrial production will affect our physical health.

Scene 3. River and Pollution

This scene compares the beauty of abundant Swiss river water with the effect on water quality of our own waste and agricultural and glacial run-off. Also, micro-plastic waste is featured here as an analogy and its effect on life under the water and our drinking water.

Scene 4. Forest and Extinction

This scene shows the relation between climate change and the effects on biodiversity. It features the affects of higher temperature levels and how predator-prey relationships are already changing and may shift again in the future.

Scene 5. Mitigation and Adaptation

This scene is a call to the audience to get up, demonstrate and be engaged in the improvement of local conditions. It features action based on teamwork as a necessary element to look at the problems of adaptation and encourage mitigation. Mitigation (auf Deutsch: Eindämmung des Klimawandels) is the acceptance of climate change with the need for our action to lessen the future climatic effects of it.


Additional posters in the theater space: We plan to exhibit five relevant posters featuring related solutions in the space.







«In der Nacht fliegt die Seele weiter»



Pina, in Rot gekleidet, steht in einem Hellgrauen Raum, umgeben von schwarz angezogenen Menschen mit Augenbinden. Es ist eine Langzeitaufnahme und die Bewegung der Leute wird durch die Bewegungsunschärfe deutlich. Pina steht still.

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Erstaustrahlung 15.12.2013 in Sternstunde Kunst auf SRF1





Öffentlichkeitsarbeit mit Schulklassen

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