by Hannah Weinberger

wedidntwanttoleave.live is an interactive sound experience by Basel-based artist Hannah Weinberger and an exhibition that took place over the course of four days in thirteen host sites around the world.

Entering the website wedidntwanttoleave.live, visitors activated an ambient composition through the step counter sensors on their smartphones, each new participant adding a layer to a live collaboration across time zones. Physical spaces across the world simultaneously hosted and broadcasted the collective experience, where visitors accessed the website through an on-site QR-code to contribute to the rhythmic pulse. 

Venues: Basel: Institut Kunst, Berlin: TV Bar, Dhaka: Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts, Lagos: 16/16, Los Angeles: MAK Center for Art & Architecture, Mexico City: Casa Pani, New York: Honey’s, Oslo: Schloss, Paris: LAMYLAND, São Paulo: Caracol, Shanghai: Club All, Tehran: Pejman Foundation, Tokyo: Fig.

Presented by Fitzpatrick Gallery, produced by The Performance Agency, technical direction by Rocket Science and supported by Pro Helvetia, Kanton Basel-Stadt, and the Guggenheim Stiftung

HANNAH WEINBERGER is a Swiss artist born in 1988. She lives and works in Basel and holds a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Fine Arts in Zurich. She has presented solo exhibitions at: Quartier General, La Chaux de Fonds (2020); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2019); Villa Merkel, Esslingen (2018); Kunstverein Braunschweig (2017); Freymond Guth, Basel (2016); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2016); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2016); Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg (2015); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2014); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2014); Kunsthalle Freiburg (2013); Swiss Institute, New York (2012); and Kunsthalle Basel (2012). Her work has been presented internationally at such institutions as: Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2020); Centro Centro, Madrid (2019); Fridericianum, Kassel (2019); Art Parcours, Art Basel (2018); Copenhagen Contemporary (2017); Okayama Art Summit (2016); Migros Museum, Zürich (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2012); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2011); Kunstverein München, Munich (2011); Kunsthaus Glarus (2010) et. al. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including: Georg und Josi Guggenheim Prize (2016), Swiss Art Award (2019), and the first Swiss Emerging Artist Prize (2018) of Société Générale Private Banking Switzerland.

Special thanks to all the venues. Without their generous support and collaborative spirit this project could not have been realized.