VOLTA art fair: reflecting on last year’s faves (part 2)

Last year, while walking through the different booths, my friend said: “Look, a child, in the corner.” We went into the Artcourt gallery , and there it was a boy facing the corner, holding his knees, wearing a grey sweatshirt and dark trousers, head between his knees.

Volta 11, child as a bench.

Next, the lady in charge of the space invited us to sit… On. The. Child. Because child is not a child, but a sculpture/installation by japanese artist Taiyo Kimura. Sitting, an act that should have been super simple to do, it was quite difficult to execute, since, well… the piece was hiperrealistic.

This was a solo exhibit of Taiyo Kimura. Press play to listen to the interview is Short and sweet, and with the story behind the Boy.


art fair

VOLTA art fair: the reflection on last year’s faves continues

on sitting on a child.

art fair

VOLTA art fair: Reflecting on last year’s faves


Batia Shani wash rack

Batia Shani’s “Tissue” installation.


After 11 years living in Basel, last year (2015) it was the first time that I visited VOLTA, a parallel fair to Art Basel, and I was pleasantly surprised. Which means that this year I’m definitely attending again.

I did some interviews with artists producing stuff that blew my mind.

Here is the first one (click the play button) : with israeli artist Batia Shani whose works presented by Tamar Dresdner Art Projects,  were mainly embroideries, but the one that made me go into full Stendhal Syndrome was an installation made out of a massive laundry hanger with girl’s dresses made out of army uniforms.

This piece has a deeply personal story behind it. One that made me appreciate it in a much more deeper level. Click play to hear all about it.

As a bonus, a picture of the presenter, Tamar Dresdner, Batia and her embroideries as background and yours truly

Batia Shani embroidery

Batia Shani embroideries on the back. From left to right: Tamara Dresdner, Batia Shani, and Rosina Bucio.

This year Tamar Dresdner Art Projects brings artist Gil Desiano Bitton. I’m curious to see his paintings in person.



Burlesque, Cabaret, Music, Roller Derby, Tages Woche

Auntie Sam Presents: The Burlesque ode to love.

Burlesque show taking place February 14th 2015

Burlesque show taking place February 14th 2015

For this edition I interviewed Auntie Sam, the force of nature who has been producing a number of shows here in Basel, mainly burlesque and Cabaret, but not limited to them. She also writes a column in English called “Ask auntie Sam” in the Tageswoche where you can find answers on everything about living in Basel.

And if you are artistically inclined, you can go to her “Dr. Sketchy’s anti-art school” sessions in SUD, in which a burlesque artist poses for you to draw her. And last, but not least, if you’re a woman looking for some contact sport, she started the first roller derby team here in Basel.

The music comes as generous courtesy of a good friend of mine, Tareke Ortiz a musician/producer/cabaret artist. He lives in Mexico, and at the moment he is putting together the line up to be presented at Cumbre Tajín, a multi-media festival taking place in Veracruz, Mexico. The music I’m using is the soundtrack of a cabaret for children called “En duende está el misterio.” A piece performed in a non-existent language, in order to demonstrate the fact that we can still empathize without “understanding” the words we are saying.


My favorite of Auntie Sam’s columns in Tageswoche  

Press play to listen to the podcast.

kooki, Music

February Is all about Looooove

Yeap, this month the 2 podcasts are dedicated to Love, with capital L, and bold, very very bold.

On the first one, I interviewed Auntie Sam, the force behind Burlesque and Cabaret here in Basel. This one will be aired tonight, so stay tuned.

The second, will be aired around February 14th, and will feature Christine Gerber Rutt, also known as Kooki, who will talk about “Making love work, no matter how.”


SULP : Swiss Urban Ländler Passion

Swiss Urban Landler Passion : Swiss Market Place

Swiss Urban Landler Passion : Swiss Market Place

For this first episode, I interviewed Hannes Fankhauser, a musician who plays the tuba, bass and alphorn. I met him through my good friend HoiYan Shum, in a summer soiree hosted in their fantastic, imperfect, back garden. (achtung! I mean imperfect as a compliment.) So far, he has been like a distant accomplice/sibling that I never had: when I asked if he knew of someone wanting to sell an ocean drum, he lend me one; when I asked if I could use one of his tunes to be this podcast’s theme song, he said “of course.” In this session, he talks about his experiences as a member of the band SULP (Swiss Urban Ländler Passion.) Explains what Ländler means, how you make an Alphorn sound like a didgeridoo, Basel’s  Kannenfeldpark as a boy’s whisperer, places over the rainbow and Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Langstrumpf). And last, but not least, he lets us know which was the creative process behind SULP’s new album: Swiss Market Place. The album will be presented on Friday, January 16th 2015, at 18:15 at Wohnzimmer located inside the Markthalle: Steinentorberg 20, Basel (tram stop Markthalle) Want to know more about them? then listen to the podcast and listen to their songs before the CD release, but in the mean time, check the links:

Resume of each of SULP members, complete with a video of one of their concerts: 

Playing in the most unlikeliest of places, like an  auto-repair shop: Alphorn as a didgeridoo


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