Bombay Beach Biennale: Swiss Pavilion – S01E03 Refuelling

Artist Urs August Steiner represents Switzerland with a kinetic installation at a yearly renegade celebration of art, music, and philosophy that takes place in the Californian Desert.

Event Details


Bombay Beach Biennale
Bombay Beach, Salton Sea United States


March 22, 2019 - March 25, 2019

The Bombay Beach Biennale is an annual celebration for artists, creatives and supporters who invest their time and resources into the revitalization of Bombay Beach and raise awareness of the Salton Sea environmental crisis. 

The 2019 event took place on March 22-24 and encompassed over 150 activations in 72 hours, including an academic conference, live music, performances, opera, ballet, film screenings, and multiple museum openings. Many of the art installations presented at the festival will become permanent fixtures within the town which is being transformed through an ongoing infusion of artwork, creativity, and community engagement.

Urs August Steiner presented his installation at the Swiss Pavilion at the Bombay Beach Biennale which remains on view in the town. The kinetic installation, S01E03 Refuelling, is part of his long-term project Non-Crystal. The work explores the paths of science fiction into science laboratories, driven by the desire for immortality. It displays human existence as a race, without accepting bodily limitations. Steiner’s work refers to cryonic projects in the Californian desert, where frozen bodies await their resurrection from cold dream states in a distant future.

The project is supported by swissnex San Francisco and the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia. The installation can be viewed at Bombay Beach.


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