EVENTS

What connects the most? Food, sports, music and dance are the best means of communication we have. Even without language. That's why, together with other organizations, we organize small festivals, celebrations and meetings where different cultures are welcome.
The goal of these events is for people to meet and make new contacts and exchange ideas. Only by talking to each other, we can experience the needs of others.

FESTIVAL, FORUMS, ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS, ETC.

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CITY IN TRANSITION FESTIVAL

Why the "City in Transition" festival?

We need a change now. And we need it now. Our planet Earth is crying out for help, and even immediate change may come too late for humanity. We need to move from climate change to radical transition! We need changes in our thinking and in our actions! We need to analyze the current problems in a complex way, through the goals of sustainable development, in order to be able to provide long-term and sustainable answers to local and global problems.

We have brought together different disciplines with a wide mix of nationalities, cultures and languages to develop a new sustainable and inclusive city. In our case this city is Zurich. If we are successful, we can transfer the ideas and actions to other cities throughout Switzerland, Europe and the world. Many of the problems have already been defined at various levels, and some institutes, companies, organizations and communities are already taking action, but these actions are still very isolated. We have brought all these local and global developments together during the festival in Zurich to create an interdisciplinary and intercultural melting pot for new sustainable and integrative action-oriented developments.

Everyone is invited: Every question, idea and action was discussed during the 5 days. After the festival, our local and global communities will continue to use the knowledge gained. We have no more resources to waste, and that includes time and energy. The festival aimed to create zero waste from top to bottom. We have a responsibility to be sustainable. The festival is for all those who follow an unwritten open door policy. All events are free and, most importantly, accessible to everyone throughout the city. Sponsorship, donations and an enormous amount of voluntary energy has made it possible for the festival to be possible.

The first two festivals took place in September and December 2019.

 

 

FOGO AREAL

Since its opening at the beginning of 2019, we have been able to use one of the ZHdK studios twice a week. The room, more precisely a shipping container, is very suitable for meetings and project meetings. Its surroundings are, among other things, the first accommodation for refugees that has integrated other uses such as studios and student housing from the very beginning and therefore has a great appeal for us.

Link to FOGO

CO-SPACE

The "Co-space" project is our next step into the future. We want to put our guideline "shelter is not enough" into practice and offer a space outside your own four walls where people can meet, communicate and work together. The idea is a space that is centrally located, accessible for everyone and that brings together different people and organizations to become active together. We are currently looking for financial and material support, a free space in the city of Zurich and partners. The goal of this space is to enable true encounters in order to discuss and work together on problems, possible solutions, experiences and insights.

FOGO AREAL

Since its opening at the beginning of 2019, we have been able to use one of the ZHdK studios twice a week. The room, more precisely a shipping container, is very suitable for meetings and project meetings. Its surroundings are, among other things, the first accommodation for refugees that...

CO-SPACE WERKEREI SCHWAMMENDINGEN

In January 2018 we were asked for help to build the furniture and repaint the rooms for the newly emerging Creative Space in the Werkerei Schwmmendingen (Zurich). So we built the furniture together with many volunteers. In return, we can use the premises free of charge, for example for our...

CO-SPACE WERKEREI SCHWAMMENDINGEN

In January 2018 we were asked for help to build the furniture and repaint the rooms for the newly emerging Creative Space in the Werkerei Schwmmendingen (Zurich). So we built the furniture together with many volunteers. In return, we can use the premises free of charge, for example for our annual general meeting.

Link to Creative Space

TRANSFER “LÜCHTTURM”

SAFFA FOR EVERYONE!

The art installation Transfähre was part of the "Lüchtturm" 2019 on Saffa Island during the 40th Zurich Theater Spektakel, where a new meeting place was created for the duration of the spectacle. A lively free space for friends and strangers - without the pressure of consumption and tickets. For three weeks it offered space for a wide variety of activities.

TRANSFERRY: NO PAST, NO FUTURE?

The floating pavilion symbolizes the life of the refugees. The faded narrow sides of the raft represent the lives left behind and the uncertain future prospects here in Switzerland, because their knowledge and skills are often neither recognized nor appreciated. The long open sides stand for the transformation into a new life full of new experiences, friendships and opportunities, into the here and now. Being on the transfer ferry, one never really saw exactly where the journey was going.

TRANSFERRED!

Without a fixed schedule, crossings from the Saffa to the mainland and back took place during the spectacle. A blackboard oriented the visitors about the installation, but this service was not offered directly. Instead, people could join us whenever we shouted "crossing". The approximately three tons of buoyancy gave our raft a capacity for about 30 people before it was pushed under water.

MATERIAL - SUSTAINABILITY

The wooden profiles are made of pine from Zurich and should also be an investment for future building projects from us. The "nail boards" - i.e. what holds the profiles together - are recycled waste wood from the spectacle itself, as well as from the climate festival on the Hardturm fallow. We were able to borrow the floats locally in Zurich, so-called "Jetfloat" elements, which we put together to form a 3x4m raft.

Link from Lüchtturm

LIVING ROOM @ LÜCHTTURM

In June 2018 we were asked by Lüchtturm if we would like to participate in their festival in the stadium wasteland Hardturm. We agreed right away that we also wanted to be there.

Fallow land for everyone! Three summer days of a non-profit festival for everyone to join in. Free of commerce, open for experiments and creative initiatives. Together with a wide variety of actors, we played in this urban open space.

We diverted a delivery van with material from a conversion project that would have been disposed of directly, across the stadium wasteland and thus maintained a "living room" on the large square for three days. The living room, covered by an old paraglider, offered several benches and tables including a built-in grill as well as a fan and library for the hot hours. Thus, a space for all kinds of interactions was created on the huge asphalt surface. Among other things, our "Summer chair", a kind of portable camping chair, could be built there under guidance. The whole festival functioned exclusively through collections during its entire duration.

Link to Lüchtturm

CAFÉ FOR ALL

In June 2020 we were asked by the Autonomous School of Zurich to realize a summer use of the inner courtyard. Due to the measures against COVID-19 they had to close their café on the first floor, because the distances there could not be kept. For many people, the café replaces the living room, as they live in asylum centers scattered throughout the canton, where such rooms are often lacking. It was therefore important to the operators* to find a weatherproof replacement as soon as possible so that this meeting place can function again with the measures taken.

The result is a construction planned and built on site together with the users. Our "Mother Hexagon" pavilion was used for the second time: the element construction can be easily assembled in one day. In the meantime, intensive consideration was already being given to how a covered area could be built from the material available on site: We received many tarpaulins from the Helmhaus from past exhibitions, which we were able to connect to form a continuous roof area, thus determining the size of the roof. The supporting structure consists, similar to the "transfer ferry", of three frames prefabricated on the ground, which are then brought into position with a lot of "woManpower". Trusses connect the frames with each other, the pavilion and the ramp form the two "corner pillars". Equipped with a wall panel, the roofed area could also be used as an "outdoor classroom".

The construction phase took a good two weeks and enjoyed a great deal of participation from a wide variety of people. In addition to the actual building work, the tables and benches were repainted, a garden was laid out and people got to know each other. Inclusion through collective building, through doing something together. It is amazing what such a community is capable of. The built result here almost recedes into the background.

Link to Autonomen Schule Zürich

TO ZURICH: BARRACA CULTURAL

The exhibition "To Zurich: Barraca Cultural", which we are pleased to present with Gustavo Hansson in the Helmhaus, took place from 06.12.19 - 26.1.20.

"The transformation of an artist's entire oeuvre into his house"

Together with the artist Gustavo Hansson we built the "Barraca Cultural" in the Helmhaus. The idea behind the "Barraca" is that it unites the entire work of an artist under one roof and thus consists of nothing more than that, the construction fades into the background. The art becomes a new home, a "shelter", a protection. The artist's work deals with themes that are also of constant concern to us: Migration, activism, integration, inclusion. As a walk-in art object, the "Barraca" itself becomes a place to deal with these themes; it becomes a community space where people sing, perform, dance, eat and talk to each other.

This project also continues an interest of ours to build as many different things as possible with the same material. Six months earlier, all the wood had been used as a "transfer ferry" on Lake Zurich during the Theater Spektakel. And since we took special care not to cut anything up, it could be back again next summer.

Link to Nach Zürich

ARCHITECTURE – ACTIVISM

Architecture activism at the Games.Fights.Encounters exhibition in March 2020 at the Oncurating Project Space in Zurich

During the exhibition and mediation project "Games.Fights.Encounters" we used four instruments to take action: Our first tool was the wall of "architectural activism", inviting visitors to reflect and, if possible, share their thoughts about the refugee accommodations in Zurich and the rest of Switzerland with the audience. The wall should enable everyone to think and speak out more about the current political situation in Switzerland and its impact on society. In addition, the "activism folder" and the brochures allowed everyone to delve into the subject matter.

On this wall the current topic of the "Federal Asylum Centers" was taken up: Where and how are the accommodations located? What does the environment look like in which these people will live? What rights does a person with asylum status have in Switzerland? How does our society deal with this topic, how important is it to us? What happens behind the walls and fences? And what do these people think about our society?

Our second instrument was a walk, during which we visited a former and current refugee shelter in Zurich. After the walk, we had a discussion with the visitors and our invited guests about the situation they saw. We used the discussion as a third instrument, even though we believed that we had to do more than just talk.

The second event should have been a simple but very useful action- our fourth instrument: We wanted to build a table prototype with the participants, which can later be used for amazing inclusive programs at the GZ Wipkingen at the BAZ location. Unfortunately, this event could not take place because of Corona.

Link from Games.Fights.Encounters