In our third workshop from our Textile Design series we showed the techniques around embroidery. Our experts Mortaza and Natalie showed how it is done and how to make your boring clothes or accessories. It was again a very nice and exciting Saturday lunch together with many nice people.
We liked it so much at Pool that we stayed right here...In our second workshop from our Textile Design series we showed the techniques around sewing. Also on site were our experts Mortaza (tailor) and Natalie (tailor/product designer), who helped everyone to embellish their own garments and accessories or even sew them into something completely different. We spent another beautiful Saturday lunch with lots of creative and nice people.
Our entire workshop series of Textile Design, took place in the premises of Pool Architekten in Zurich. In our first workshop from our Textile Design series we showed techniques around textile printing. Our experts Mortaza, an Afghan tailor, and Natalie, a tailor and product designer from Basel, showed how to embellish your own garment or accessories. The result was very beautiful and exciting things and above all, we had a wonderful Saturday together.
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.
IS COMING SOON...
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.
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
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.
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...
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...
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
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.
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
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