Bally Artist 2017

Alan Bogana

Bally Artist 2017

The Bally Foundation was honored by the intensity of Alan Bogana’s research, the culmination of rigorous experimentation, and his subsequent creative work in exploring the fictional aspects of reality, making art from science.

Alan Bogana was born in Faido, Switzerland in 1979. He received an Honous Degree in Visual Arts from the Haute École d’Art et de Design (HEAD), Genève, in 2009 and further specialized in computer graphics and methodologies of artistic research at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), Zürich, in 2013.

He has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Pax Art Award in 2019, and together with Nicole L’Huillier, the first artist in residence of Simetría, a shared residency program, set up by Arts at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).

Following his residency, Bogana developed the fictional video "Ionize, Ionize!" shot in a scintillation detector factory in the Netherlands.
He has exhibited in Europe, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and South Africa; his works are part of various public and private collections. Alan Bogana received the Swiss Art Awards in 2010 and again in 2014. He was recipient of the Bally Artist Award in 2017. He currently lives and works in Geneva.

Alan Bogana is a multidisciplinary artist whose body of work encompasses installations, sculptures, digital videos, and holograms, exploring the interaction between light and matter and their sensory action.

His keen investigation of reality is conducted using sophisticated technological means, such as complex computer simulations of impossible phenomena or the manipulation of translucent or phosphorescent materials, provoking perceptive results and effects that stimulate the imagination. Deepening his work, the experimental component of these advanced technical procedures, mathematical models and electronic applications, assumes a fundamental role in his research of new territories within the nature-culture threshold. The results shed a light on the inevitable aspect of randomness.

As this comes into play, the artist’s practice is fueled by an ever-increasing degree of involvement, an impulsive necessity that pushes him to persevere with the study of the nature of things to trigger further events or to replicate known ones in order to substantiate his theses.

Fourteen fragments of acrylic glass
10 x 10 x 1,9 cm each
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland
Museo d’arte, Mendrisio, Switzerland
Photo Stefano Spinelli
Geneva Canton Contemporary Art Fund, Switzerland

"Stimmfarben" was the winning entry for The Bally Foundation’s 2017 theme, "Describe the World in one Single Color."
The installation is composed of fourteen fragments of acrylic glass arranged on a lightbox. The four initial blocks received two separate treatments. Firstly, they received an electrical discharge by means of a linear accelerator, and secondly, a shot from an assault rifle. These produced traces that recall the silhouettes of mountains and water streams. Through his research on the incidence of light on transparent surface material, the artist opened a reflection both on color and on the ephemeral perception of truth of knowledge.