Esther Hunziker (* 1969) studied Fashion Design and Audiovisual Art at the SfG HGK in Basel. Since 2011 she is a lecturer for Digital Media Art at the Art Institute FHNW HGK in Basel. Her work includes online projects, interactive animations, videos, image series, and installations. Deconstruction and montage are basic elements in her work where she often mixes the real with the illusory world, creating new alienated realities, on- and offline. Her work has been exhibited widely at exhibitions and media festivals, such as FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo; EMAF European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; HeK House of Electronic Arts Basel, Basel; Kunshaus Baselland, Basel; Kunsthalle Basel; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; u.a. She received several grants as well as studio residencies in Berlin, Edinburgh, Chongqing, Helsinki, and Bratislava. Esther Hunziker lives and works in Basel, Switzerland.
Object-like beings appear on six monitors, all of them speaking at the same time. Their bodies are like stone formations or strange meteorites, while their language is human, banal, and quotidian. This is a babble of voices from original audio tracks on real video streams: texts from real people, who point the cameras at themselves and express their feelings, which they share online at any time with anyone and no one in particular. Esther Hunziker borrows these “feelings” from the nonstop stream of global networks and gives the language new bodies. She calls her hybrid beings “specimens,” so-called scientific paradigms, which she conserves and presents as “foreign” objects on the monitors.