Projects 2017-2018

    Illustrated leporello books are mostly only available for children, there are hardly any comparable publications targeting adults on the book market. The selection is usually limited to hidden object books, which are particularly popular with children. With its both entertaining and informative illustrations, “Along the Rhine” combines two worlds: From the perspective of tourism, “Along the Rhine” offers new perspectives – the innovative city guide shows unique stories and information about Basel that are rarely addressed in conventional travel guides. Many site-specific information and anecdotes are often not accessible to visitors. Souvenirs such as cups, key rings or postcards cannot offer these insights. And general information from conventional travel books hardly offer this special view of the city. This is exactly where the illustrated travel guide “Along the Rhine” comes in. “Along the Rhine” is the first edition of an upcoming leporello series. Other titles such as “Along the Limmat Zürich”, “Along the Aare Bern”, “Along the Seine Paris”, “Along the Thames London”, “Along the Hangang Seoul” are being developed in collaboration with local artists, designers and illustrators.

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    The network “Classical Playground” establishes connections between musicians, visual artists and authors. The protagonists are offered a playful canvas for the development of films, videos, photo series or texts. The basis for each of these works is a classical piece of music that is staged in a cooperation. The results are to be presented on the web platform classicalplayground.net. In addition, the published contributions are brought to life in the analogue present – organisers and cooperation partners can book the composed concepts as performances and ad hoc performances.

    Digitalisation, the closure of galleries, and the need for simplified access to art for a broader audience all call for new ideas. The Kunstdepot responds to these circumstances and offers a format for visibility and availability. It digitizes, archives, stores and manages artworks. It thus also solves an urgent problem common to young artists: the lack of storage space for their works. The Kunstdepot not only offers secure storage but also serves as mediator: Companies offer their premises for exhibitions; private individuals can purchase works and galleries can benefit from the modern services of the Kunstdepot. Through these different scenarios, the Kunstdepot aims to create a living art warehouse that also provides public access to works via its online platform. The Kunstdepot enters into key partnerships with professional visual artists. They are supplemented by universities and museums with their curators.

    “Mon séjour à Sainte-Croix” is a novel combination of language textbook and travel guide. Written in simple French, the guide takes German, Italian and English-speaking hikers on a journey through the town of Sainte-Croix in the Swiss Jura region. The readers are encouraged to interact with the locals and can actively refresh their vocabulary. Educational content has been developed hand in hand in an appealing design. The result is an innovative publication that gives insights into the cultural, culinary and scenic characteristics of the region in an interactive and authentic way. In addition to the edition of “Mon séjour à Sainte-Croix”, further guides for all Swiss language regions are planned.

    The “PrättiApp” is a mixed reality app for smartphones that allows families to get to know the cultural treasures of the Prättigau Alpine region in a playful way. The app is an educational game that can be played locally, i.e. in the various communities of the Grisons mountain region. Together with their parents, the children learn up close about the lively Prättigau culture – local experiences are enhanced by digitally retrievable information. The PrättiApp is thus the region’s first interactive and up-to-date educational tourism tool. However, the focus is not on the digital, the mobile phone serves as an aid to enhance the families’ experience in the region. In addition to the educational component, the PrättiApp is also a platform for local artists and cultural entrepreneurs to promote their work in a child-friendly way.

    Many producers of electronic music use self-made instruments to bring their music to the stage. In doing so they must take on two roles: interaction designers and instrumentalists. These two roles, however, demand for different skills, that not every musician can cover. This is where Tactile Audio comes in. With instruments that offer full freedom in sound design, but have a firmly defined interaction design, musicians are able to concentrate on their work and benefit from high-quality interaction design at the same time. The first product, TCTL-01, is based on a Multi-Touch trackpad. This sensor is widely used, but not in the electronic instrument market. Thus, Tactile Audio offers a new and innovative instrument based on a familiar gesture repertoire.

    Traditions and know-how in arts and crafts are passed down from generation to generation. This knowledge is our cultural heritage, which currently is at risk of being lost if it is not carefully shared. It was in this context that the idea for the video magazine “Silk Road Magazine” was born. With a broad cultural perspective, it attempts to break with stereotypes and preconceptions of cultures and countries. Whether carpentry, music tradition, lace-making, crochet-making, absinthe breweries, metalwork, silk production, jewellery production, culinary art, agriculture – future generations in Switzerland should be able to maintain a deeper perspective and a far-reaching understanding of the cultures of their diverse origins. The “Silk Road Magazine” aims to communicate cultural interaction through art and crafts between Switzerland and the East. The new video portal follows an old network of trade routes through the Eurasian regions – the Silk Road.

    The Zeitfestival is a social meeting place for art and science, where people dedicate themselves to the theme of time in various forms. The result is a vivid festival programme that is held every two years in Zurich. What began as a student initiative is now on its way to establishing itself as a fixed programme point in the cultural scene of the city of Zurich. The initiators have created a platform that focuses on the conscious artistic, intellectual and emotional handling of the trivial yet fascinating phenomenon of time. For them, time and the transience of all living things is one of the few themes that completely affects all people – regardless of their origin, skin colour, religion, social class or gender. The motto of this year’s Zeitfestival 2018 is “timeless – eternity has no time”

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