Initially founded by an auction house INEICHEN ZÜRICH (est. 1973), the gallery received its name after a mechanical linkage in watches and clocks that gives impulses to the timekeeping element and periodically releases the gear train to move forward, advancing the clock’s hands. The root “escape” refers to the evasion of something undesirable or fight from confinement. It can also be a form of temporary distraction from reality and routine. On the contrary of escapism, ESCAPEMENT ART does not rush towards an exit in the phantasies, but progresses continuously towards understanding of the reality.
Today a person is overwhelmed by tons of information, often very negative and demanding his or her action or at least a behavioural change. As Walter Benjamin wrote, that “The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight.” We are limited from thinking in the ‘state of emergency’ by politics, mass media, social networks, and simply because of routine and stress. The issues, which require our actions - such as climate change, political repressions, inequality, consumerism are being addressed by the artists. They act as mediators, giving voices to the mute and inviting us to think critically.