Dora Budor

I am Gong

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on The Year without a Summer (Klug’s Field), detail, 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on The Year without a Summer (Klug’s Field), detail, 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, f.l.t.r. view on Origin III (Snow Storm), Origin I (A Stag Drinking), and Origin II (Burning of the Houses), all 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on Origin III (Snow Storm), 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on Origin II (Burning of the Houses), 2019. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on Origin II (Burning of the Houses), 2019 (detail). Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on The Preserving Machine, 2018-19. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on The Preserving Machine, 2018-19. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor, installation view, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019, view on The Preserving Machine, 2018-19, detail. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Dora Budor’s research materials: photograph of Johann Jakob Stehlin’s Musiksaal in Stadtcasino Basel, built 1874–1876. Condition after 1905. Courtesy: Archiv Kantonale Denkmalpflege Basel-Stadt

Dora Budor, poster for the exhibition, I am Gong, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019. Design: Ronnie Fueglister

Exhibition text and related events (PDF)
➔ Press images (ZIP)

Dora Budor in conversation with Antonine Scali, Klima Magazine (10/2018)
Dora Budor: Breathes the future, CURA. Magazine (2/2019)
Dora Budor on the libidinal language of architecture, Artforum (02/2019)
On Being a “Deviation Amplifying” System, Flash Art (06/2019)

For her first institutional solo exhibition in Europe, Dora Budor (* 1984) investigates the architectural history of Kunsthalle Basel and its surroundings in order to use sound, dust, and environmental data from dissonant temporalities to create an evolving “score” for her exhibition. Inspired in equal measure by science fiction, cinematic staging, and the overwhelming hybridization of nature with the human-made, the Croatian-born artist turns the exhibition into a reactive machine. The result is a disquieting exhibition experience, with artworks whose unfolding forms are modulated by invisible forces.