9 September – 14 November 2021
MUSIC - A Conversation Through Song Titles
An exhibition and publication with 83 international artists

Initiated by Jahic/Roethlisberger

Highlights | Publication

The new exhibition at the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger is divided into sections. The very first room begins by presenting a seemingly conventional show with regular picture-framed sheets. But on closer inspection, this presentation, together with words, short texts as well as illustrations on these pages, actually begins to create one entire work of art. Admir Jahic and Comenius Roethlisberger, two artists who have been working together for the past 13 years, have created a new exhibition with the title “Music – A Conversation Through Song Titles”. They have created an encyclopaedia of artists’ manuscripts.

Installation view MUSIC – A Conversation Through Song Titles, 2021,
Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger | KBH.G

Originally, a type of ping-pong game with song titles the two artists played together gave rise to the idea of extending this exchange to other artists, and thus created a poetic, melancholic and sometimes humorous conversation with them. More than 80 artists from all over the world have agreed to take part. The amazing and fascinating results of this process can be seen in the first exhibition room.

Jahic/Roethlisberger Neon Setup 2

Behind a curtain, 15 of these conversations are then continued in the second room, intensified with the use of neon installations allowing visitors to virtually immerse themselves into these music tracks. The effect of tangible lyrics is additionally intensified by a mirrored floor, making the songs seemingly float in space. Those who wish to immerse themselves emotionally even more should stroll through the exhibition wearing headphones, listening to the entire playlist of this exhibition, and thus turning “MUSIC” into an all-round experience for all our senses.

As always, there is a free catalogue available, accompanying the current exhibition. It not only introduces the current project here at the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger, but also illuminates the creative work of the artist duo Jahic/Roethlisberger to this date.