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Lea Letzel, Pedro Oliveira, Alexander Tillegreen
06.11.2020 to 22.11.2020


Thursday, 5.11.2020 - 7:00 pm

opening hours

tuesday - friday
11.00 - 19.00

saturday, sunday
12.00 - 18.00


basis e.V. Gutleutstraße 8-12 60329 Frankfurt am Main
Lea Letzel and Luísa Saraiva: A CONCERT/ EIN KONZERT (2018)_Photo: Tassilo Letzel


06.11.–22.11.2020, opening 05.11.2020

With INHABITING basis basis e.V. is cooperating with the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics for the first time for a joint exhibition project. Starting point is the artist-in-residence program INHABIT, which was founded at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt in 2019. Within this framework, three guest artists from different artistic disciplines work in dialogue and exchange with scientists from the research institute for three months each year. The exhibition of the first edition with the artists Lea Letzel, Pedro Oliveira and Alexander Tillegreen will show artistic works that were newly created during the residencies in the scientific environment.

In a performative sound installation using the medium of pyrotechnics, Lea Letzel will deal with notations and their visual and auditory choreography in space, raising the question of the connection between sounds and culturally determined mental images. In the installative sound work by Pedro Oliveira, which deals with the use of accent recognition software in European asylum processes, sound is examined for its political dimension and its inherent power structures. Alexander Tillegreen's work also focuses on a sound installation, which is dedicated to the construction of language along the phenomenon of so-called "phantom words".

All three artistic positions deal with the topic of sound in terms of content and concept, and each shows different approaches and spatial translations.


Lea Letzel studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen and the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Since 2015 she is also trained as a pyrotechnician and special effects technician. She has participated in international exhibitions as well as performances at Witte de With, Rotterdam; Maschinenhaus Essen; Theater Duisburg; Philharmony, Duisburg; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; Bonner Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn; FrankfurtLAB, Frankfurt am Main; Acht Brücken Festival, Köln; Edith- Russ- Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg; PACT Zollverein, Essen.

Pedro Oliveira holds a PhD from the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as an MA in Digital Media from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen and has most recently worked as lecturer and research associate in Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. He is also a founding member of the platform Decolonising Design. He has participated in international exhibitions as well as performances at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; IASPIS, Stockholm; HKW, Berlin; transmediale Festival, Berlin, Deutschlandradio Kultur;  ctm Festival, Berlin (HAU2);  Goethe-Institut Brussels, Belgium; sonorities Festival, Belfast; ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin

Alexander Tillegreen completed his Meisterschüler at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste-Städelschule in 2017. Additionally he studied fine arts at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York and art history, musicology and sound studies at the University of Copenhagen. Alexander Tillegreen has participated in international solo and group exhibitions as well as performances at the MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST Frankfurt; CTM Festival, Berlin; Kunsthalle Darmstadt; fffriedrich, Frankfurt; Agnes Maybach, Galerie, Cologne; Jean Claude Maier Galerie, Frankfurt; Tom Christoffersen Gallery, Copenhagen; Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen; Code Art Fair, Copenhagen; and Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.