House of Electronic Arts
The HEK (House of Electronic Arts) in Basel is dedicated to digital culture and the new art forms of the Information Age. Since 2011, the institution has been central to the creative and critical discourse on the aesthetic, socio-political and economic effects of media technologies. As a platform for contemporary art that explores and employs new technologies, the HEK promotes aesthetic practices related to information technologies. This not only enables a better comprehension of the changing world we live in, but also serves to actively engage with these processes and confront pressing questions of 21st century culture, while actively contributing to their mediation.
As an interdisciplinary museum, the HEK is a turntable for current artistic events in the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, performance and design, offering the public insights into art production at the interface of art, media and technologies. The institution’s diverse programme of exhibitions, performances, concerts, smaller festival formats, educational and online activities address current social issues and questions.
Besides this abundance of events and exhibitions, the HEK is concerned with the methodology of collecting digital art. With these tasks the museum takes on a unique position and pioneering role in Switzerland. The HEK initiates and values close collaboration with artists, researchers and institutions from Switzerland and abroad in its efforts to map, document and promote current trends in media art. In recent years, the HEK has established itself as a centre of competence for media art in Switzerland through its agency in global discourse.
The HEK is the Swiss centre of excellence for the exploration of art, technology and media. In an explicitly interdisciplinary crossover approach, the HEK places emphasis on reacting dynamically and flexibly to current affairs and making themes accessible to both an expert audience and the general public. With its varied programme and numerous international and national project partners, the house presents itself as a lively hub for the examination of electronic art and digital culture.
The House of Electronic Arts Foundation launched its activities on 1 January 2011 with the aim of enabling the establishment of the eponymous institution and therefore create a venue for the mediation, promotion and documentation of electronic arts on regional, national and international levels.
The foundation presidency is currently held by Annette Schönholzer, independent consultant and owner of connect the dots GmbH. Further members of the Foundation Board are Katrin Grögel, Head of the Department of Culture Basel City; Eva Herzog, Basel City Council; Regula Steinemann, lawyer and member of the Cantonal Council of Baselland; Robert Sumner, Associate Director of Disney Research Zurich and Adjunct Professor at ETH Zurich; Nathalie Unternährer, Head of the Department of Culture of the Christoph Merian Foundation; Bernard Vischer, lawyer and partner at Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva; Thomas Wenk-Werthemann, tax expert and partner at Hoffmann & Co AG in Basel.
Detailed information about the HEK's activities can be found in our annual report, which is published every year in German and posted on our website in PDF form.
The museum management comprises Sabine Himmelsbach as Director, Barbara Gerber as Head of Organisation and Finance, and Boris Magrini as Head of Programme. The HEK team are happy to answer any questions you may have.
The House of Electronic Arts Foundation is generously supported by:
The conversion and refurbishment of the new HEK venue was funded primarily by the Christoph Merian Foundation, with additional funding from the Ernst Göhner Foundation. The Canton of Basel-Landschaft generously funded the new venue’s infrastructure:
HEK's education and outreach programme is made possible by the support of the Beisheim Foundation and the Sophie and Karl Binding Foundation:
The annual Pax Art Awards and the related exhibitions are supported by the Art Foundation Pax:
The HEK sincerely thanks all its patrons and sponsors for their generous funding and likewise all the institutions and companies that facilitated exhibitions and events by donating equipment or other forms of support.
If you want to support us, please find here informations about sponsorship possibilities (only in German): Sponsoringdossier