Stefan Baltensperger + David Siepert
“We demand that art does not only question, but also carry the responsibility to shape society.”
Swiss based artists Stefan Baltensperger and David Siepert have been working collaboratively since 2007. With their artistic practice, Baltensperger + Siepert critically reflect on social, cultural, and political issues. They immerse themselves into systems, aiming to make them visible and to manipulate them. The focus of their work lies within ‘the political’ and the understanding of cultural and social structures.
“As artists we often ask ourself: What does Art mean nowadays? What kind of role do we want to assume in today’s society?
To see things differently, we need new eyes – we need new concepts of perception. We need to explore the relations between identity and the construction of the world. We believe that all mayor challenges we are facing today will result in movement of people. Different concepts of perception and ways to define one’s world therefore are coming together. We need to reflect on those different traditions of thinking and perceiving. To understand this fundamental task, we must create new tools of perceiving beyond our individual horizon and already established mechanisms.
In our understanding art was, and always will be connected to the production of new ways to see and understand the world in which we are living. We are talking about the creation of entry points into topics that inevitably lead to a deeper reflection and thinking processes.
Therefore Art can not be limited to the spheres of the art world only, it must unfold beyond it to have an impact on today’s society.”
Baltensperger + Siepert
Studio Sihlquai 55