Kunsthalle ohne Schwellen is a series of one-day summer workshops for people with disabilities and has been taking place in different spaces at Kunsthalle Basel for the last nine years. In July 2019, participants from different institutions in Basel and the surrounding area took part in workshops related to both exhibitions of Geumhyung Jeong and Dora Budor. Following an entertaining tour of the exhibition that focused sound and noise, the participants had lunch together in beautiful sunshine outside the Kunsthalle Basel workshop. This gave them the chance to get to know one another better and discuss their impressions of the exhibition. In the afternoon session, the participants gained hands-on experience in various workshops and had the chance to experiment with visual and auditive perception. Participants could create Chladnian sound figures with fascinating patterns. The programming tool Makey Makey allowed them to play the piano themselves, as well as make self-drawn robot figures speak. Activating the sound installations by the musician Thomas Zimmermann the participants were able to test themselves musically and improvise freely. The end of the day was marked by a small joint concert before they went home with many beautiful impressions.
The program Kunsthalle ohne Schwellen addresses individual people with disabilities and accompanying persons as well as groups from institutions.
In 2010 this workshop series won the Museumstern, a distinction awarded by the City of Basel to institutions that are actively committed to meeting the particular needs of handicapped and elderly persons and to creating opportunities for them to take part in museum activities.
Next workshop series will take place in summer 2020.