Permi Jhooti is British/Indian digital artist, academic and former professional football player from London, UK, and has been living in Basel, Switzerland, since 2005. As a digital artist, Permi likes to work with live performance, developing bespoke systems for interaction. Her prints and installations have been shown in exhibitions in Miami, New York, Basel, Cologne, Stuttgart, Barcelona and Basel. She has been commissioned for bespoke video works including companies such as LÓreal, Novartis and Mobiliar.
She is director of BeyondX, an organization which brings artists and performers together to combine technology, science and art, as well as the technical director of Carta Blanca Dance, a performance platform working primarily with the dancers of the Basel Theatre Basel. She also founded the HeartBasel festival, a social and cultural project, bringing together artists, technologists, dancers and musicians to create new performances, installations and artworks with interactive technologies.
Permi has a technical background, graduating from Imperial College, London with a Software Engineering degree. For her PhD, she conducted her research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), developing new techniques to reduce respiratory imaging artefacts in cardiac MRI. Two of her resulting patents were licensed by Siemens and she has published over 25 papers with over 50 international presentations. On moving to Basel, she focussed her research on biofeedback techniques in cardiac and neurological MRI, collaborating with design schools in Basel and Delft as well as consulting for other research centres in London.
As the first British Asian professional footballer in the UK, she has received awards from Prince William and the English FA for services to football (2013), as well as being the recipient for the Inspiration Award at the 1st Asian Football Awards in London (2012) and the BEDSA Life Time Achievement Award (2018) in London, UK.
She is a motivational speaker and has been invited to be guest speaker | ambassador for high profile events and large companies including FIFA, Commonwealth Games Youth Conference, Mobiliar, Luzern Kantonal Bank, Basel and Swiss Tourism.
She was voted #1 , “Die Wegbereiterinnen” | Groundbreaker, Schweizer Illustrierte Top 50 Women of Basel, 2015.
Rachelle Anaïs Scott - Choreographer
Rachelle Anaïs Scott is a French/American contemporary choreographer and performing artist from New York City and currently resides in Basel, Switzerland. Alongside her professional dance career, Rachelle’s choreographic works have been performed by Cedar Lake, Nürnberg Ballet, Theater Basel and she has created a series of freelance productions and dance films. Her work has been selected for Award Winner in Dare 2 Dance Film Festival, awarded Finalist in SzólóDuó Festival Dance, Finalist Film Selection in Ork Kota Dance Film Festival and Official Selection for Dance Camera Istanbul. She has also worked with renown artist from L’Opéra de Paris in collaboration for the international dance collection Room to Room, and two of her current pieces can be seen in Blois Danse Festival 2022 in France. Rachelle’s newest creation is a collaboration with Kunstmuseum Basel and the Picasso / El Greco exhibition premiered in September 2022.
Rachelle received her dance training from The Alvin Ailey School and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & the Performing Arts. At the end of her high school studies, she received the YoungARTS/New York Regional Award in Dance and the Eiger Scholarship Award. Rachelle went on to attend The Juilliard School, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduating from Juilliard, Rachelle became a member of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City, a soloist dancer with Nürnberg Ballett Staatstheater in Germany, and is a current member of Theater Basel in Switzerland. Throughout her dance career, she has danced works by Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal, Alexander Ekman, Richard Wherlock, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Sidi Larbi, Andonis Foniadakis, Goyo Montero, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, among others. For her achievements in Dance and the Performing Art, Rachelle is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award from the United States and Bavarian Arts Prize from Germany.