16.11.2019 - 30.08.2020

Under the Radar

extended until 30/8/2020
Much of the work of architecture takes place before and after the actual act of construction, as architects probe the conditions governing the territories in which they are intervening. In a process similar to that of investigative journalism, they collect pieces of evidence, analyse them and synthesise them into a narrative.
The exhibition ‘Under the Radar’ presents an international overview of significant research projects dealing with this investigative form of architecture: The ‘Handbook of Tyranny’ by Theo Deutinger (At), ‘The Murder of Halit Yozgat’ and further inquiries by Forensic Architecture (UK), ‘Italian Limes’ by Studio Folder (It), ‘Smuggling Architecture’ by Kwong Von Glinow (USA), ‘Swiss Lessons’ by EPF Lausanne’s Laboratory Basel (CH), ‘Sand and Labour’ by the Professorship Architecture of Territory at ETH Zurich (CH), ‘Parallel Sprawl’ by Kunik de Morsier (CH) and ‘Meteorological Architecture’ by Philippe Rahm (Fr). In all cases, the emphasis is on the methods, content and conclusions of these spatial analyses of territory. Certain hidden mechanisms – Who controls which spaces? Who manages them? Who benefits? – can thus be revealed. 

The S AM has updated and expanded the exhibition in reaction to COVID-19.

As part of this, Theo Deutinger and students at the University of Kassel have developed cartographic analyses of the ways in which the pandemic has expressed itself in spatial terms. These studies, entitled «The Image of the Virus» and «The Pandemic Space», complement Deutinger’s own contribution «Handbook of Tyranny» in the exhibition.

In addition, the contribution by Forensic Architecture detailing human-rights violations has been updated with new investigations. «Pushbacks Across the Evros/Meriç River» comprises three films documenting the violence exercised against migrants and refugees in the Greek-Turkish border zone, among them the death of the refugee Muhammad al-Arab.

The exhibition is supported by:

Sulger Stiftung
Hans und Renée Müller-Meylan Stiftung

S AM Supporters:
Abteilung Kultur des Kantons Basel-Stadt
Christoph Merian Stiftung

S AM Sponsors:
ComputerWorks AG
Zumtobel Licht AG
Truninger AG

S AM Partners:
SIA Schweizerischer Ingenieur und Architektenverein
Levante Software
Karl Bubenhofer AG

S AM Media Partner:

Accompanying Programme
15/11/2019: 7 PM
Public opening
 With speeches in German by Andreas Ruby, Director S AM, Andreas Kofler, Curator S AM, Marcel Hagmann, Member of the Executive Management of Amnesty International Switzerland

24/11/2019, 11–12.30 AM
Family Sunday

Tour for parents and workshop for
children aged 5-11
Language: German
Admission: children CHF 5, adults CHF 20

28/11/2019, 7 PM
‹Of Superbugs and Secret Zones›

Lectures by Keller Easterling, architect, author and professor at Yale University School of Architecture, and Xenia Vytuleva, architectural historian and curator, discussion moderated by Andreas Ruby, Director S AM
Location: Ackermannshof, St. Johanns-Vorstadt 21, Basel
Admission: CHF 12 (red. CHF 8)
Supported by: Hans und Renée Müller-Meylan Stiftung

5/12/2019, 23/1/, 20/2/ & 12/3/2020: 6 PM
Public guided tours
 in German except for 20/2/2020 English
Admission: CHF 12 (red. CHF 8)
Tour free

17/1/2020, 6 PM – 2 AM
Museum Night

Guided tours, participatory performance,
workshop ‘Passport – The Right to the World’,
Language: German

5/2/2020: 10–12 AM
Wednesday matinée
in the S AM 
Language: German
Admission: CHF 10 (red. CHF 5)

5/2/2020, 12.15–12.45 PM
 (Wednesday lunchtime concert)
With the percussionists Fabio Da Silva, Mikołaj Rytowski, Zacarias Maia and Pedro Tavares: ‘Urban space, sound, silence – 3 × 4′33″’
A collaboration between: mimiko, Basel Academy of Music (Prof. Christian Dierstein) and S AM
Language: German
Location: Offene Kirche Elisabethen, Elisabethenstrasse 14, Basel
Admission: free (donations welcome)
Further information: mimiko.ch

13/2/2020, 7 PM
‹Handbook of Tyranny›

Lecture by Theo Deutinger, architect and author, followed by a conversation with Finn Canonica, editor-in-chief of ‘Das Magazin’
Language: German
Location: Ackermannshof, St. Johanns-Vorstadt 21, Basel
Admission: CHF 12 (red. CHF 8)

24/2/2020, 4–6 PM
Short lectures by Theo Deutinger / Andreas Kofler, conversation between Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Prof. Milica Topalovic, Andreas Ruby

Short lectures by Theo Deutinger, architect and author, and Andreas Kofler, Curator S AM, followed by a conversation between Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, architect and designer; Prof. Milica Topalovic, ETH Zurich; and Andreas Ruby, Director S AM. Organised as part of the lecture series ‘Sessions on Territory – Urbanism Beyond Technofix, Technology’ by the ETH Zurich Department of Architecture’s Architecture of Territory chair
Location: ONA Focushalle E7, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, Zurich
Admission: free
Further information:  topalovic.arch.ethz.ch

Upcoming exhibitions

25.11.2023 - 07.04.2024

What if

Unbuilt Architecture in Switzerland

Opening: 24/11/2023, 7 PM

Lost, rejected, abandoned or altered... There is a vast number of architectural designs that continue to be talked about in Switzerland, even though they have never been built. The S AM takes a look back at them and constructs a utopian-dystopian image of what Switzerland could have been.