brief information about the work and biography of Protoplast

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“Artefacts are anomalies that occur in the representation of images and perceptions. They arise from misleading or confusing alterations of data or observations based on perceptual errors. By choking out the indigestible remnants of modern media's visual stimulus overload, Protoplast explores the roots of human sensations. Protoplast's artefacts are tangible byproducts of their exploration of the human perceptual apparatus and their reflection on the world wide way of media reception.” ► Protoplast artefacts appear in the form of “wild works” (wildly pasted posters) in the wild urban terrain and in the form of “mixed media works” (photographs, paintings, installations, sculptures, printmaking, drawings) in the civil field of art.

Protoplast, founded in 1990, is a team of three Swiss artists generating artefacts.

Protoplast has presented their works internationally at various museums, galleries and art institutions including Kunsthalle Basel, ACC Galerie Weimar, Kunst Raum Riehen, Kunsthalle St.Gallen, Gallery Guillaume Daeppen, Neue Galerie & Joanneum Graz, Kunstfest Kulturhauptstadt Europas Weimar 1999, installations at seven public places in Weimar, Universitätsbibliothek Basel, Galerie Littmann Basel, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Galerie Apropos Luzern, Centre Pasquart Bienne, Städtische Galerie Böblingen, Kunsthaus Langenthal and Kaskadenkondensator Basel.

“Protoplast, founded in Basel in 1990, has emerged as a special kind of artistic formation: The personalities involved no longer appear with a concept of art, but decidedly with a concept of company. Their activity is not aimed at artistic works, but launches 'products' with changing trademarks. These products are 'imaginary' and 'virtual'. Their usability is limited, as is their distribution. For their effect lies in the aesthetic suggestive power they convey as objects, display boards, printed matter and occasionally in the form of a shop window. Protoplast creates signs for marketing, advertising and sales without hiding behind a business art philosophy. The people involved in Protoplast build relationships between the world of goods and the world of art, which include a social side as well as the aesthetic.”  ► Dr. Thomas Kellein, Director of Kunsthalle Basel (1995)

The previous programme of producing imaginary products [history] was developed, presented and completed by Protoplast from 1990 to 2010. 

“Protoplast, founded in Basel in 1990, has emerged as a special kind of artistic formation: The personalities involved no longer appear with a concept of art, but decidedly with a concept of company. Their activity is not aimed at artistic works, but launches 'products' with changing trademarks. These products are 'imaginary' and 'virtual'. Their usability is limited, as is their distribution. For their effect lies in the aesthetic suggestive power they convey as objects, display boards, printed matter and occasionally in the form of a shop window. Protoplast creates signs for marketing, advertising and sales without hiding behind a business art philosophy. The people involved in Protoplast build relationships between the world of goods and the world of art, which include a social side as well as the aesthetic.”  ► Dr. Thomas Kellein, Director of Kunsthalle Basel (1995)

The current programme of generating artefacts started 2010. The Protoplast artefacts live wild [wild works] and civil [artefacts] lives.

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