All posts filed under: Exploring Zurich

Self-Presentations Participants

Every participant is asked to give an insight to her/his artistic work as well as about her/his personal background like cultural origins, important ethical values, concerns and current issues they think are relevant. It’s suggested to think of a way to present the work in a different way than usual, which is rather experiential oriented (for example by doing, showing, performing, interacting,..) instead of (too much) talking and it explicitly should not be a regular “power point presentation”.

How it feels to be a bag of flesh

To recapitulate, certain dualisms have been persistent in Western traditions; they have all been systemic to the logics and practices of domination of women, people of colour, nature, workers, animals – in short, domination of all constituted as others, whose task is to mirror the self. Chief among these troubling dualisms are self/other, mind/body, culture/nature, male/female, civilized/primitive, reality/appearance, whole/part, agent/resource, maker/ made, active/passive, right/wrong, truth/illusion, totaVpartial, God/man. …


  GJ Lischka, Philosopher/Artist, Berne Today we define all surfaces as PURE. There exist in fact only surfaces, which in turn lie on other surfaces. These surfaces all touch each other, touch us, in one way or another. Dirt –  that which is BEYOND PURITY – seems not to exist. An attempt to sketch the terms of an area “Beyond Discipline”, which resists closure despite its openness. TRANSMEDIA will be used to achieve this: media as form, transforming itself into many different forms of media. GJ Lischka was born in Muntlix, Austria. Studied in Berne (Switzerland) und Munich (Germany). Since 1969 actions, exhibitions, radio- and tv-programs, lot’s of lectureship. Books: Splitter. Ästhetik 1993; Alles jetzt! Die Mediatisierung 2003; SuperSurFace 2008; Denkstoff. Dichte Gedanken 2013; DVD Reality Check, mental clips 2009; Exhibition; GJL. Present Mind ZKM Karlsruhe 2014 Thursday, 01 September 2016, 7:00pm Viaduktraum, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8031 Zurich

The Phantom of Zurich

‘The Phantom of Zurich’ Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jörg Huber & Daniel Späti
As an introduction to this lecture series we will briefly outline some fundamental aspects about the topic of „Beyond Purity“ first. In a second step we focus on the concept of purity in relation to „Switzerland“ and „Zurich“. …
Today we define all surfaces as PURE. There exist in fact only surfaces, which in turn lie on other surfaces. These surfaces all touch each other, touch us, in one way or another. Dirt – that which is BEYOND PURITY – seems not to exist. …

Contemporary Reception and Social Integration of Refugees in Zurich’s Northern Outskirts

Excursion, 26 August 2016

Thomas Schmutz, Head of Communication, Refugee Organisation Zurich

Temporary Shelter at Times of Massive Immigration Interventions by Social Design / Design Activism Students; Temporary Communal Housing Alternative Container Construction at Times of Lacking Normal Houses / Living Space; „More than Living“ Innovative Business Opportunities for 2nd Generation Migrants / “Accompanied Professional Restaurant Training” for Underprivileged Migrants / “Refugees’ Choir” by Hombis Salon Manager

Disciplining & Excess in Zurich

Excursion, 25 August 2016

Speaker & Guides: Marc Latzel, Photographer & Alex Bücheli, Safer Clubbing/Nachtstadtrat/Bar- und Clubkommission Zürich & Niels Michel, ERZ Zurich (Disposal & Cleaning Department, City of Zurich) & Owner Club “Klaus”

Walk around Langstrasse, one of the central districts of Zurich (Kreis 4/5), earlier known as the red light disctrict, still known as the nightlife centre of the city, but more and more gentrified today. The walk should cluster two central and also contrasting aspects of Zurich, which are cleanliness/normativity/strategies of disciplining on one hand and drugs/excess/nightlife on the other. The walk included visits at various public spots and backyards, a meeting with a club owner in a club and ended up at Letten, where the world famous open drug scene of Zurich used to be, which is used as a public river bath today.

Visit Manifesta exhibitions

24.08.16 What People Do for Money – that is the existential question addressed by Manifesta 11. It deals with a topic which concerns all of us. Why do some people earn more than others – for the same work? Why are men often quicker than women to climb the corporate ladder? Why is social status still measured by one’s profession and position? Is the passion with which “workaholics” pursue their jobs simply a pretext for their alienation and exploitation? And there is more: how do you go about finding work in a country that is foreign to you? And how does a fully digitised world work in which robots have finally replaced us – and labour as a concept has become obsolete? These questions are associated with some of the most urgent socio-political issues of our times but they rarely offer up quick and easy answers. Neither does Manifesta. Instead, thirty artists from all over the world were invited to collaborate with hosts of their choosing from within Zurich’s diverse workforce in order to uncover their working conditions. …