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THE
UNOFFICIAL HIKING SOCIETY AG
WELCOMES YOU

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About

About

The Unofficial Hiking Society

Aktionsgesellschaft (AG)

 

Unofficial Hiking Society is an organic art collective based in Basel, Switzerland. The AG relies on physical and digital hikes as a means of environmental exploration and knowledge building. Our hikes offer critical information on topics such as capitalism and neoliberalism and create critical counter-narratives to what big corporations and institutions tell about themselves. The "unofficial" stands for resistance to economic norms, conformity and bureaucracy and counters these with the direct appropriation of the spaces around us, as the walks take place without advance notice and outside of institutions' radar. With changing collaborations and themes, the collective aims to make visible and reflect on public space, its inherent exclusionary structures towards certain groups and communities as well as on methods of accessibility. As a platform for research, the project creates opportunities to critically engage with such semi-hidden, semi-public worlds and creates new public(s).

In cases of institutional collaboration, clients must be willing to create an open space for our research and intervention. Even in collaborations, we keep parts of our work unofficial and act freely and spontaneously towards the institutions without involving them in the details of our investigations. This requires a curiosity for surprise as well as a sincere willingness for self-criticism that goes beyond tokenistic criticism.

APPEARANCES

 

2024 

Research Project

"Unofficial Kunstmuseum Basel"

CH-Basel

Presentation of research results during Kunsttage Basel 2024 at Keck Kiosk (Kasernenplatz)

funded by Kanton Basel-Stadt Research Grant
and Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung

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09.03.2024

Unofficial Kunstmuseum Basel

Aussenstelle

Exhibition Offspace SPOT

CH-Basel

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22.10.2023

Basel Kolonial City Tour,

Culturescapes 2023 Sahara

CH-Basel

06.03.2023

Gira Furiosa, 

"Unofficial Novartis Campus"

CH-Basel

We are a Basel collective, consisting of different and changing members from the fields of visual arts, film, public health and science, who come together in various hiking clubs. In the first edition, the focus is on an anticapitalist critique and queer feminist perspective on the pharmaceutical industry. The second edition is currently in development and deals with counter spatial practice as well as the (lack of) accessibility of big art institutions on the example of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Artmuseum). 

Want to join us and offer an unofficial anticapitalist, counter-neoliberal or ecological hiking tour? Contact us!

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