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15.06.13 from Basel wird besetzt (Basel Will Be Occupied)
original German version below…english translated using Google, sorry for the loss in translation!

Kunst mach geld (Art Makes a Money) Communique from Basel wird besetzt

Art Makes Money
by Basel Will Be Occupied
15th June 2013

Had it not been bold enough to earn anything with millions while others starve, no, the Art Basel went even further. A slum, a “favela” was built on the exhibition space, in which, surrounded by poverty romance may sipping bigwigs glass of champagne.

Disgusted yesterday it had a little more genuine “favela” the fat cats “favela” connected and enlivened the place until late in the evening with music, good humor and a critical look at poverty.

The police responded to this blatant threat of poverty romance with a Stosstrupp robo cops, pepper spray and rubber bullets. If poverty is not recyclable, then they should kindly hide well.

We would like to greet all the people quite fond who animates the exhibition site and hope you gehts all good.

There kiss the busy residential ends

 

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Kunst Macht Geld
Basel wird besetzt
15. Juni 2013

Wäre es nicht schon frech genug, mit irgendetwas Millionen zu verdienen, während andere hungern, nein, die Art Basel ging noch weiter. Ein Slum, ein „Favela“ wurde auf den Messeplatz gebaut, in welchem, von Armutsromantik umgeben, Bonzen Cüpli schlürfen dürfen.

Angeekelt davon hatte sich gestern ein etwas echteres „Favela“ dem Bonzen-“Favela“ angeschlossen und den Platz bis in die späten Abendstunden mit Musik, guter Laune und einem kritischen Blick auf Armut belebt.

Die Polizei reagierte auf diese eklatante Gefährdung der Armutsromantik mit einem Stosstrupp Robocops, Pfefferspray und Gummigeschossen. Wenn Armut nicht verwertbar ist, dann soll sie sich gefälligst gut verstecken.

Wir möchten all die Menschen ganz lieb grüssen, die den Messeplatz belebt haben und hoffen, euch gehts allen gut.

Es küssen, die Besetztwohnenden

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image above from the police raid on the Art Basel Favela June 14, 2013

June 14, 2013. Artists-activists in Basel came out to enliven and comment on an otherwise stale and poorly thought-out Favela Café installation in ArtBasel. The people shown here partying as an act of protest to the work by Tadashi Kawamata and architect Christophe Scheidegge. Being an unsanctioned gathering, police raid the Favela Café firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowd. Here are two views that show the scene:

View from above

This is a street level view

Artleaks perhaps did a better report on the event. Their report also links to the video showing the making of the Favela Café, complete with the preview event serving hor d’oeuvres and sparkling drinks:

Favela Cafe Art Basel preview party

In the media, the occupy activists have been portrayed as art hooligans who have allegedly attacked the police and are now facing serious fines, although the worst property damage they inflicted was drawing with chalk in the exhibition space. -Art Leaks

Read More at Artleaks
http://art-leaks.org/2013/06/17/police-v-s-favela-cafe-occupation-at-art-basel-switzerland