Christoph Büchel

Born in 1966 in Basel and best known for his conceptual projects and large-scale installations, the work of Christoph Büchel repeatedly manipulates and exploits the perceived power of the social and legal contract, subverting the relationship between artist and audience while insisting on a more active political role for both. Often appropriating mass media sources such as the Internet, printed political pamphlets and everyday household objects, his complex installations immerse his audience in scenarios that are often physically demanding and psychologically unsettling. Cramped tunnels, claustrophobic chambers and frequent dead-ends induce feelings of panic and paranoia. In this sense, his works are explicitly political, exploring the unstable relationship between security and internment, placing visitors in the brutally contradictory roles of victim and voyeur, and referring to new forms of propaganda in an era of mediated war.

Europe – The Future History
Europe – The Future History is an exhibition that wonders about the question: What image represents...
12 Jun 2015 - 06 Sep 2015
Kunsthaus Zürich
Elevation 1049: Between Heaven And Hell
Taking place in and above Gstaad, Elevation 1049, curated by Neville Wakefield and Olympia Scarry and...
27 Jan 2014 - 08 Mar 2014
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