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16.10.17 Rosamund van der Westhuizen – Unsent Letters: A Childe Pilgrim’s Song to the Road 

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This project is a transdiciplinary performance of a narrative journey. It seeks to find the common denominator between the disciplines of music, dance, and literary text, and to communicate to an audience without relying unconditionally on the traditional modi operandi (and concomitant audience expectations) developed and depended on by the individual disciplines involved. Instead storytelling, or the narrative imperative, serves as prime directive.  The piece does not aim to be theatrical, but phenomenological; an invitation to listen around the proverbial camp fire:


A figure, the Childe (Rosamund van der Westhuizen, cello), followed by a Stranger (Lou Sturm, dancer), sets out on a journey along time and space. She encounters places where the rules of  perception, knowledge, and being are in flux. Each space has a unique aural and visual identity, and poses a unique challenge to the Childe on her journey, becoming a site of ritual.  Along the way she meets a Crow (Janner Sieber, trombone), who brings new darkness but also depth to the Childe’s journey, and a Woman (Karolina Eurich, voice), whose presence introduces questions about the physicality of gendered identity. All together they bring home the problem of psychological polyphony. Their collective goal? To deliver a letter, whose text is generated by their journey.


A story about searching that interrogates the value of discovery, “Unsent Letters: A Child Pilgrim’s Song to the Road” is a project that aims to make us question, through the closeness of music, dance, and text, our collective human tendency towards narrativisation, and the agency (culpability?) imbedded in our drive towards inner logic when it comes to the joys and sorrows, successes and failures, and ultimately the meaning of our lives.






Jannes Sieber is a trombonist from Wallis currently studying in the class of Prof. David Bruchez at Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK). More recently he has become active in the world of free improvisation, which he studies with acclaimed percussionist Lucas Niggli. Transdisciplinary projects have become standard in his field of activity.



Lou Sturm is a choreographer from the Black Forest region. For 9 years she was head of the the Company TEMPESDANZA in Mexico. She is currently completing her masters degree in Transdisciplinary studies and her research project is focused on movement and perception, anatomy, and embryology.



Karolina Eurich is a pianist and singer of Russian and German descent. She is active as soloist in both the classical and pop music scenes, and as ensemble musician in various formations. This year she performed as solo artist in the Festival for Contemporary Music, “Two Days and Two Nights”, in Odessa. She also joins the Choir-Dance Project “Choreos” when they go on tour to Greece in August.


Rosamund van der Westhuizen was born in South Africa. Raised in a musical family and beginning her musical education at age 3, she started playing the violin at age 6, before succumbing to the allure of the cello at age 15. Juggling a varied set of interests, including visual art, literature, philosophy, and cultural studies, Rosamund has completed degrees in music, English literature, and Latin literature at the Universtity of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and is currently completing a masters in Transdisciplinary studies a the University of the Arts in Zürich, where she is continuing her cello studies with Cobus Swanepoel.  She is a keen ensemble player  with a passion for string quartet playing, and improvisor, since discovering the world of free improvisation in the class of percussionist Lucas Niggli. She also nurtures a special interest in works for solo cello. Her current masters work concerns the creation of performative narrative that marries music, movement, and story, in collaboration with artists in Zürich. She has been accepted into the class of renowned cello pedagogue Roel Dieltiens, with whom she begins her studies in Autumn 2017 as part of a masters in music pedagogy.


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12.6.17: The analog expo I

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A group of young designers are exhibiting their smartest or silliest, useful or useless, cheapest and most expensive creations for sale. If they disappoint their public for any reason, there is enough alcohol at the bar. Free entrance.

Balkantango, Bonendis, Citrus Ties, Deus, Doberwood Bow Ties, Gitan, Lommer Bags, Meet The Cat, Natasha Visser, reDO, Shanka Design, Sophia Home Deco and more

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15.5.17: Zürich zine workshop with Volumes

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VOLUMES invite you to make your own zine with them and share your stories about the city of Zürich using writing, drawing, collage etc. The documented results will be included in the Zürich Archive and showcased at VOLUMES 2017 in November.

Free event. Open to all. No reservation.
Bring your stories or improvise on site!

VOLUMES is a non-profit organisation which was founded in Zürich in 2013 to support the DIY-facet of Art publishing and introduce it to a larger audience.

VOLUMES’s main event is an annual book fair showcasing the creativity of self publishing. Local and international independent publishers are invited to exhibit publications often made using small means of production. The publications present an infinite variety of content and are a great medium for artists to showcase their work directly to a wider public.

VOLUMES is also building a growing archive of art books and zines, both collected and donated, which are showcased online and occasionally exhibited at fairs, workshops and discussions.

See you there 😉



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24.4.17: Dominic Oppliger: idere schtatt acht schtumpfo züri empfernt

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Dominic Oppliger, 1983, Student im Master Transdisziplinarität an der ZHdK, musizierte mit Doomenfels, Yakari, The Legendary Lightness u.a., gärtnert für Geld und schreibt und performt in seiner Muttersprache

versteckt in einer Kabine, liest Dominic Oppliger die Erzählung ‘idere schtatt acht schtumpfo züri empfernt’, welche in unzürcherischen Züritütsch während einer Stunde hautnah am Leben entlang schrammt. Das unsichtbare Innere der Kabine wird dabei zu einem lichterloh brennenden Imaginationsraum, der vom monotonen Sing-Sang der Stimme und der ungestümen Mündlichkeit des Vorgelesenen hemmungslos befeuert wird.
Ob das Lesung, Performance oder Spoken Word sein will, sei dahingestellt. Viel interessanter scheint die Frage, ob man hier über die peinliche Körperlichkeit des Protagonisten lacht — oder über seine eigene.



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