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«The Nevergreen»

«The Nevergreen» is a gigantic digital object in original format, implanted to Basel by Veronesi / Weber.  

Basel, with the Rhine in the middle of the city, offers a multi-layered site to experience this project. With the positioning of the ship in the Rhine, we move the accident in the Suez Canal to Basel, in original scale, adapted to the course of the Rhine. To view and evaluate this event on an artistic level, we made it a NFT (Non-Fugible Token). The audience-member can search for the Qr-code during a walk along the Rhine, scan it and point the smartphone at the river.  

It is not meant to be a classical re-enactment of the already „historical“ event at the Suez Canal, and thus become relivable for the viewers, «The Nevergreen» is rather meant to call up big and open questions, which are necessarily linked to this event, through the local displacement, through our artistic and experimental approach. 

Within this AR project, our smartphone, that is, we become part of this encounter. The act of scanning the QR code and lifting the phone, using it like a prothesis to detect an invisible object, implies a wide field of possibilities that are only partially part of the human experience.

Experience the augmented reality from May 2nd, 2021 from six different scenic points at the Rhine.


Giacomo Veronesi is a theatre director & performance artist now based in Tallinn. After an MA in Economics and collaborating with Anatolii Vasil’ev in the context of laboratory theatre, Veronesi moves to the post-dramatic scene working intensively in Hamburg at Thalia Theater. He then becomes actively interested in performance and other artistic media than theater and starts a Ph.D. in embodied performative practices at Tallinn University of Music and Drama ( Meanwhile, he teaches frequently at master level ( and keeps creating theater works in the German-speaking context, e.g. at Luzerner Theater ( or in the free scene, for example in Zurich together with Barbara Weber and Alicia Aumüller ( At the moment he is collaborating with the company Diorama, creating digital Art in Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Barbara Weber is a Swiss director, curator, and general manager. She lives with her family in Zurich. She is co-president of the association Pro Kultur Kanton Zurich. She studied directing at the Institute for Theater, Music Theater, and Film in Hamburg. From 2008 to 2013 she was co-director of Theater Neumarkt in Zurich. She worked among others at HAU in Berlin, at Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, at Schauspiel Essen, Maxim-Gorki-Theater Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele, Wiener Festwochen, National Theater Athens, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Theaterspektakel, Manifesta, Kunsthalle Zürich, Residenztheater Munich and at Schauspielhaus Wien. She was the overall curatorial director of the long-term festival ZH-REFORMATION.CH and project manager at Kunst: Szene Zürich 2018. She has been on the artistic advisory board of IMPULSE Theater Festival since 2016. Barbara Weber realizes transdisciplinary projects with Transit Productions that combine theater, art, science, music, and politics.


Veronesi and Weber

Creative Direction
Gilberto Bonelli

AR 3D production

Design Poster
Vela Arbutina