The Art Report: Nationale Suisse supports Tom Huber and Patric Dal Farra in exploring the “Mysteries of the Obvious”
In February 2014, two mavericks are taking over www.kunstbericht.ch, launching the next chapter in this unusual project. The Art Report is bringing together two Zurich natives, the musician Patric Dal Farra (Tinguely dä Chnächt) and the multi-talented Tom Huber, creating a whole new, self-contained universe that prompts us to think – and then think some more. The art insurer Nationale Suisse is supporting the project as part of its financial reporting process.
From February onwards, two old friends will come together at www.kunstbericht.ch under the title “Mysteries of the Obvious”. While many people these days only cultivate their friendships on social networks, Tom Huber and Patric Dal Farra, also known as the rapper Tinguely dä Chnächt, have chosen a different route. Art – in this case the Art Report – is what brings them together: two best mates who understand each other even when they’re not face to face. They don’t communicate via new media; their artistry is their social media. It’s analogue exchange versus digital data traffic. The poetically analytical Patric Dal Farra here confronts the instinctively outlandish Tom Huber. Associative thinking versus logical capriciousness, linearity versus zig-zags, clarity versus absurdity. These two ceaselessly inventive, maverick minds are creating a whole new, self-contained and surprising universe that prompts us to think – and then think some more.
Humour as the overriding element
Patric Dal Farra and Tom Huber go back a long way: two young guys from the suburbs who grew up in neighbouring communities on the banks of Lake Zurich, took the same train to school as teenagers, came home together, shared their histories. United by a love of music and a passion for pictures, whether painted or drawn, sung or rapped. And above all a unique sense of humour, shot through with a critical but laid-back view of the world and a spontaneously cautious approach to tackling it: a noncommittally career-focused attitude to whatever life holds.
Part of Nationale Suisse’s commitment to art – and its financial reporting
The specialist art insurer Nationale Suisse proposed this project to the two artists and provided them with the platform. The insurer is also supporting the project financially, but is not laying down any rules with regard to content or form. The Art Report is an integral part of the commitment to art shown by Nationale Suisse, which has its own collection centred on contemporary Swiss art. 2014 is the third time this electronic art platform has been used: in 2012 the artists huber.huber and the poet Jürg Halter (also known as the rapper Kutti MC) created a “Collection of lost things”, and this was followed in 2013 by the Paris-based artist Andrea Heller and Zurich-based author Max Küng, who exchanged letters in their “Mille Feuilles” project. It is intended that this platform will be used for four art projects in total.
Patric Dal Farra
Patric Dal Farra (born 1976) first studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, then visual communication at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
A rapper and musician, Patric Dal Farra makes all kinds of recordings with his group SLM52 and as the solo artist Tinguely dä Chnächt. He is currently creating a series of musical works entitled Temple of Speed. His music is highly regarded and has attracted media attention both in Switzerland and abroad. When not making music, he works as a translator, contributes columns to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, writes portraits of artists and exhibits at the Helmhaus in Zurich.
He lives and works in Zurich.
Tom Huber (born 1976) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
In his works, the multi-talented Tom Huber transports us into a seemingly real world replete with absurdities. He mischievously combines analogue photographs, short texts, small drawings and videos works. Minor details come together to produce amusing, offbeat yet disconcerting scenarios that would make for interesting encounters in real life. His multi-layered and richly detailed songs have a playful charm while at the same time creating atmospheres that are dark and unsettling.
He lives and works in Zurich.
Nationale Suisse's commitment to art
Art plays a major role at Nationale Suisse. This is expressed in the company's claim "The art of insurance" and in its specialisation in field of art insurance. Taking the view that anyone who wants to insure art should also be familiar with and promote art, Nationale Suisse has entered into a long-term commitment to art. Over the past seven decades, the company has built up a collection of contemporary Swiss art which is now considered to be among the most important corporate collections in Switzerland. The collection numbers over 1 500 works by 400 artists and focuses in particular on painting and drawing, but, since the millennium, also increasingly on photography and on object and video art. “Art in architecture” projects are currently being created by Pipilotti Rist, Hans Danuser and Daniel Robert Hunziker during the renovation of part of the company’s head office in Basel. Nationale Suisse awards an art prize each year as a contribution to promoting young artists. In addition, Nationale Suisse has supported the comprehensive “Acanthes” conservation project undertaken by the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel and, most recently, the development of young people in the fields of restoration and art education at the Kunstmuseum Luzern.
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