All posts tagged: Transcultural Collaboration

Phase 1: In remembrance (2023) – Zurich

Installation and audio The work “In Remembrance” investigated the memory of being protected as a child in the sweet comfort of a pillow fort. A comfort that originates from the feeling of being protected inside, separated from an “uncanny” outside. A condition that made us feel safe as kids but seems less comforting and starts to crumble, when we turn our attention to different ways that border keeping logics unfold in today’s society. Together Lucy HO TSZ LONG, Matthias NAEGELI,  Larissa PLATZ, Aparupa SAHA and Vincent VAN DER DONK created a work that comprises a deconstructed installation of a pillow fort, with accompanying background sounds and vocals inside. The outside had a patchwork of quilts, sheets, printed blankets, a pillow draped around it – everything that goes into constructing a pillow fort. While the visitor could stand underneath a hanging structure like a protective shelter to climb underneath, their lower half stayed exposed. Once inside, they would hear a poem about childhood memories, about being inside and outside, dripping on them from a hanging sound shower. …

Participants 2023

We are happy to present you the Transcultural Collaboration participants of 2023, connecting students from eight countries and several different Art Schools. To give you a chance to get to know the participants better, we asked them to talk to us about their motivations, their passion for collaboration, their concerns regarding their artistic practice and about what makes them feel safe. When do you feel safe to create?HO Tsz Long Lucy: My work aesthetic is based on doing something meaningless in response to the Nobodies in society. Nobody who is always being ignored by society. At the same time those Nobodies make up a crucial part of society, they contribute the most but stay invisible, without their contributions being properly acknowledged and valued. Through my meaningless actions I try to raise awareness for Nobody, communicating that their effort is important and valuable to me. Trying to make them feel loved. What motivates you for your work?SAHA Aparupa: What motivates me to work is to find a space for myself in which I can connect with …

Phase 1: The Rose (2023) -Zurich

Installation and sound composition The installation “The rose” created an illusionary space for visitors, where they imagine themselves traveling between different realities. It dealt with the sense of cultural distance and alienation that emerges from different individual realities and social surroundings. Laris BÄUCKER, Jamira ESTRADA, Jing HAN and Anh PHUONG created an interconnected experience of space and sound. A complex structure of fabrics and wool threads that moved parallel to each other, intertwined and strung together, creating an embodied sensation of entanglement configured the visual part of “The rose”. The auditory part was a musical arrangement of three poems in different languages. Laying under “The rose” wearing headphones and emerging themselves in the fragmented construction of musical arrangement and poems the visitors could observe the suspended sculpture and move on the threshold of several realities and perceptions. The work emphasized different levels of realities, that sometimes may connect or show as diametrically opposed daily lives. Protection here meant both respecting and understanding each other’s levels of reality, but it also meant to unsettle boundaries, find empathy, …

Phase 1: Websy (2023) – Zurich

A performative sonic and visual landscape Ray FREY, Ai De YANG, Julia SHU and Piero SCHERER collaboratively created a sonic and visual landscape “Websy”, where everything was connected to something, but nothing was connected to everything. A space where tools, artifacts and rare finds got entangled through an intertwined web of cables, film stripes and strings. A space where performers and visitors, sound and objects, came together to craft their own ecosystem. A system in which one must learn to give space and listen to each other to build new connections and combinations that preserve the system. Over the span of a week the group set up their base in one of the rooms of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). With each day and each new find their engaging landscape grew. Visitors then were invited to a performance to see and hear this somehow chaotic, somehow organized, somehow intuitive, somehow encrypted structure while the performers improvised their way through the landscape. It was not possible to understand everything at once, to decipher, cable by …

Phase 1: Sleeping Peels (2023) – Zurich

Interactive Installation Conceived by Leonie DITTLI, Esme Chuyi WANG, Xi Jie WANG, Lucia Salomé GRÄNICHER “Sleeping peels” invites the visitors to reflect their bodily experiences in a vulnerable state of rest centered around sleeping appliances such as medication and the mattress. The latter is a witness to all the bodies that have lied on it. It is the sight of dreams, emotions, and sweat. While sleeping you unburden your thoughts, anxieties and everything that is not seen under your daily shield of protection. Leaving you in a state of vulnerability that is rare but can also be taken advantage of. Right there the market steps in and promises you goods and methods to improve your sleep. Via monitoring and collecting data on your sleep cycle, via offering you the pharmaceutical tools to better protect your sleep? “Sleeping peels” invited to lay, to trace, to smell. In front of a staged mattress one could find a pile of sleeping pills made out of chalk. The label of the mattress provided the visitors with instructions. It read: Take …

Phase 1: Approaching Tower (2023) – Zurich

Multimedia digital and site-specific installation  Originating from many influences from Rapunzel to Zurich’s churches to the Panopticon, “Approaching Tower” explores the complex social power structures that are embedded in the architecture and the symbolism of towers. As a diptych of physical scenography and virtual reality created by Leo BARTON, Ho Man HO, Tak Tsung NG and Martha OELSCHLÄGER, the work presents multiple modes of dissecting the image of a tower and its many manifestations. Physically, visitors could ascend and descend the site-specific stairwell dressed with protective chains, referring to the suicide protection net found on Blauer Turm. With the help of VR-glasses the visitors were virtually able to emerge themselves to the foot of a composite church and communications tower listening to a reactive soundscape. Interrogating the multifaceted and contradictory symbol of the tower, this piece began with the question “when does protection become threatening itself?”. A question which heavily depends on perspective and alignment, negotiating the thresholds between preservation and over-protection, ideology and social control. This cross-disciplinary project brought together the participants expertise in …

Phase 1: Wabisabi (2023) – Zurich 

Performance, 20 min. 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 protection 𝘵𝘰 connection 𝘵𝘰 communication, 𝘢 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘛𝘩e 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 Wabisabi, conceived and performed by Christian Del CONTE, Senri SUZUI, Raymond FREY and Guan-Ying HU, 𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 being exposed to the uncanniness 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. Based on the 𝘉𝘈𝘉𝘌𝘓 𝘛𝘖𝘞𝘌𝘙 𝘚𝘛𝘖𝘙𝘠 the group reflected on different modes and 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳𝘴 protection brings about. The performance was set in a installation made out of 𝘵𝘸𝘪𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴, associated with “𝘣𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦” 𝘢𝘯𝘥 “𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯”, 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘶𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺. The accompanying musical 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦-𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘳𝘩𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘮 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱t 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 during the performance and worked like an intensifier while the performers slowly started to cut down the installation in a ritual act. R𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 humanity nowadays the performance posed the question: What i𝘧 𝘸𝘦 𝘨𝘰 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘨𝘦…. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 creative 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 involved c𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴. The final presentation was the first and only full performance, therefore the group …

Whispers of Another Other

The children’s game “Chinese Whispers” is the starting point of a reflection on biases within communication. By including artificial intelligence as a player, we confront ourselves with the notion of “Othering”. Image generating and captioning software is looped together to exacerbate the system’s biases, while an AI voice calling on a telephone complains about its work being criticized.

TC 2022 – Online Information Event

Ready for a new adventure? On 29 March 2022 we are happy to share some information about the upcoming Transcultural Collaboration, International Semester Programme. Online Information Event29 March 2022 11.00 – 12.00 London12.00—13.00 Zurich18.00 – 19.00 Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei19.00 – 20.00 Tokyo Zoom: 468588

Trailer & Final presentations shown at One Minute Space

On 10 and 11 December, the participants of the 2021 Transcultural Collaboration programme presented their works at One Minute Space in Athens. The exhibition covers a wide range of topics. We invite you to take a look at the projects and be inspired. Projects presented: The Toilet II: What traces remain? Where do you come from? Kin Feasting Access Point microwave~d Looking Through Water Common Ground Group

Access Point

With “Access Point”, the artists attempted to show an improvised performance four times, incorporating four different but equally important concepts in one piece. The central object was a vacuum cleaner used to clean the exhibition space and the materials experimented with during the exploration process.

Oracle Foyer

The Oracle Foyer is a joint project by three artists from different cultural backgrounds (Taiwanese/Japanese/German). In this project, they explored the differences between and relationships with their cultures on the level of superstition, proverbs and divination. Inspired by the myths surrounding the Oracle of Delphi. Their Oracle Foyer, a sensory interactive installation, set in an open-air interstitial space between the two buildings of Communism.

A Room for One’s Own (Strawberries and Cigarettes)

The collective is interested in the issues of identity formation through analogue and digital spheres and the power structures that surround these identities. The group, formed by feminities, wanted to create a space of exploration where all voices could be heard without discrimination. Combining spatial design and performance. A rhythmic chant with words and phrases created in the process of community healing.

To Dream*

Taking ‘to dream (發夢)’ – an expression used for the Hong Kong movement referring to going on the streets – as the title for the work, the collective invites the audience to follow their journey through the past few months: they display traces of their search in Hong Kong. They worked with interviews taken and material collected, as well as a fictional film essay concerning the future of the city in crisis. In order to overcome the distance between Hong Kong and Zurich, the work involves live performances such as moving Lennon TVs live-streaming the movement and a tea corner that invites people to talk directly with members of the group.

欢迎来到我的直播间 | Welcome to My Live – 播间

A live performance, installation by CHEN Zhenglang (Fine Arts in Dance (Choreography), The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), Lena SEEFRIED, (Art Education Curatorial Studies, Zurich University of the Arts), LEI Xuan (Fine Arts in Dance (Choreography), The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), Milos STOLIC, (Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts) at McaM Shanghai.