What It’s Really Worth: Artist Workshop with Baltensperger + Siepert

Swiss artists lead participants to negotiate their own definition of “value.”

Photo: What It’s Really Worth, Baltensperger + Siepert

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


October 26, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


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“Like probably everybody, we had fantasies of just printing our own money — and so we did. We minted our own coins and created a context in which these coins actually can be used. But the question remains. What is it really worth?“

During the workshop “What It’s Really Worth“ from Swiss artists Baltensperger + Siepert, participants will explore different aspects of the notion of value. In an experimental setup, the participants will set out to find out more about value, including the hidden and immaterial.

Baltensperger + Siepert have been working collaboratively for over a decade. They will explain and introduce workshop participants to their personal methodology and art practice. During the short workshop, each participant will make use of this methodology to find out what is really important to them.

This artist-led workshop is part of the swissnex Salon and the Zurich Meets San Francisco festival, held in partnership with CCA’s Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies.


2:30pm — doors open
3:00pm — workshop starts
6:00pm — workshop ends


Baltensperger + Siepert

Baltensperger+Siepert is the collaboration of Swiss-based artists Stefan Baltensperger and David Siepert, who have been working collaboratively since 2007. With their artistic practice, Baltensperger and Siepert critically reflect on social, cultural, and political issues and stress the boundaries of contemporary Art into new dimensions. They immerse themselves into systems, aiming to make them visible and to manipulate them. Since 2010 the focus of their work lies within ‘the political’ and the understanding of social structures. As artists they ask: “What does it mean to be an artist nowadays? What exactly is our role in today’s society? 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, the creation of moments of knowledge in a multidimensional way. We are talking about the creation of entry points into topics that inevitably lead to a deeper reflection and thinking processes. Art can not be limited to the spheres of the art world only, it must unfold beyond it and should try to have an impact on today’s society.”

Photo: What It’s Really Worth, Baltensperger + Siepert