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All his art projects are entitled Reality Hacking (RH), followed by a number. He's now up to RH 324. Peter Regli now focuses more and more on sculpture, but the vast majority of his work is ephemeral: actions, performances and installations, most often taking place in public space.

60 years of performance art in Switzerland museum Tinguely, 20.09.2017 - 28.01.2018

Performance video compilation (10'21'')

Regli earned recognition with his projects from the series Reality Hacking - a series of bried and often anonymous interventions in the pulic space. Without clearly being recognizable as art, the Reality Hackings impair or alter everyday reality, give rise to doubts.

RH 202, Crash Composition (Zurich, 01.06.2003)

With Ensemble für Neue Musik Zurich, Centre d’art contemporain Genève, 11.07.2003, et Centre culturel suisse Paris, 05.12.2003

RH 205, 8 Ship Sirens (Zurich, 01.04.2004)

With Ensemble für Neue Musik Zurich, Centre d’art contemporain Genève (11.07.2003)

RH 212, Ship Concert (25th Zürcher Theater Spektakel, 12.08.2004)

With Ensemble für Neue Musik Zurich

RH 225, Among Others 5 (Künstlerhaus Dortmund, 27.05.2004)
RH 226 (Kunstmuseum Bern, 27.08.2004, colour video, sound, 10'21'')

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre culturel suisse 18.09-13.12.15

RH 202, Crash Composition (Zurich, 01.06.2003)

With Ensemble für Neue Musik Zurich, Centre d’art contemporain Genève (11.07.2003) and Centre culturel suisse Paris, 05.12.2003

RH 205, 8 Ship Sirens (Zurich, 01.04.2004)

With Ensemble für Neue Musik Zurich, Centre d’art contemporain Genève (11.07.2003)

RH 212, Ship Concert (25e Theater Spektakel Zurich, 12.08.2004)

With Ensemble für Neue Musik Zurich

RH 225, Among Others 5 (Künstlerhaus Dortmund, 27.05.2004)
RH 226, (Kunstmuseum Berne, 27.08.2004, vidéo couleur, son, 10'21'')

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A hacker of the ordinary

Peter Regli delights in disturbing our daily lives, often on a large scale. ...

Peter Regli delights in disturbing our daily lives, often on a large scale.

Peter Regli's “Reality Hacking” takes many different forms: performance pieces, concerts, interventions in the landscape (in the tradition of land art), sculptures, and installations. As their name implies, they are interventions in daily life that upset, modify and “hack into” our perception of reality by adding a utopian, impossible dimension that tends towards the surreal. The resulting performances are recorded on video.

RH No. 202, Crash Composition (2002-2003) combined an intervention carried out in Zurich with a concert by a music ensemble in Geneva. A video recording was made of a shelf full of crystal objects being pushed down a monumental staircase in Zurich, then the soundtrack was translated into a musical score that was played a month later by a classical ensemble in Geneva.
RH No. 197, Mountain Prayer (2002) involved placing powerful loudspeakers at the top of a church spire in a small town in central Switzerland. Traditional local religious songs were played through the speakers, but complaints from local residents, who mistook the recordings for Muslim calls to prayer, put a stop to the project after a few days.

Elsewhere, eight tour boats were invited to play a tune on their whistles and sirens. Clearly, such “disturbances” were aimed to transform our way or perceiving ordinary everyday life and to use art as an activator of new realities.

 

Denis Pernet

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