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Co-Habitations Project – Activation Weekend #3:

Plant Constituents: Collecting Deviant Recipes from the Past Reinvent and rediscover our relationship with plants

Humanist, architect, and art theorist Leon Battista Alberti suggested in 1435 that art should henceforth be placed in an eternal dichoto-my between unattainable self-love and self-awareness. For Alberti, the reflection of the self—Narcissus—lies at the beginning of all art. With the rising concern for ecology and climate change, however, we can no longer imagine nature as being outside— as being outside of us, the polis, thinking, as signifying the non-human, the other, the external. Within this context projects like the Co-Habitations garden imagine the possible futures of discourse: How can artistic and architectural propositions become projects of genuine learning and ongoing inquiry? How can we reconnect to the soil of our planet and reflect ourselves in its pools?
The Life of Plants, a publication by philosopher Emanuele Coccia, develops an original “phytophilosophy,” which argues that plants are the medium through which we perceive and experience the world, as we breath the air they create. The future, this new philosophy tells us, is thought by some to not be human, but rather posthuman. In other words, we will no longer be able to recognize ourselves as our-selves if we continue to distance ourselves from ourselves as beings. By realigning us with the vegetal, we might turn this dystopian idea into a space for us to immerse ourselves into the more-than-human without losing ourselves, like Narcissus, into our own reflection.

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Participative Performance: The Great Spectrum between Low Tide and High Tide-a together act of embodiment and presence with Emilia Giudicelli and BadLab
This is an attempt to form a group as a vulnerable social assembly. Could we experience for a few minutes the poiesis of vivre- ensemble? From simple choreographic tasks and a widening of our body awareness, our group will move together. Accessible for wheelchair users or people with injuries. The plan can adapt easily to all individuals.

Wilder Platz, Zollstrasse 99, 8005 Zurich*
Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 6 p.m.
*in case of bad weather, the event will take place at Zollhaus, Zollstrasse 121, 8005 Zuerich
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Dialogue and Workshop: “Regenerative Building - Creating Biodiversity in Urban Areas” with Catherine de Wolf (ETH Zurich), Katharina Riedl (Bau-Teilen), Nicolas Petit-Barreau (Anku)
Dialogue around regenerative and participative building methods to increase biodiversity in urban areas, followed by a workshop on building a micro pond. By embracing the concept of biodiversity, our natural ponds not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space but also provides a host of benefits for the environment.

Wilder Platz, Zollstrasse 99, 8005 Zurich*
in case of bad weather, the event will be at Zollhaus.
Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 7 p.m

"City Walk" by chef, artist and urban gardening pioneer Maurice Maggi
The team explores urban terrain, uncovering appreciation for city greenery. Seemingly weeds transform into medicinal plants, while herbs, roots, and leaves offer culinary possibilities. These botanical finds extend to the "Echo of Leaf and Body" workshop, enhancing participants' connection to their city and urban landscape.
Friday, September 1, 2023, Open Lab from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wilder Platz, Zollstrasse 99, 8005 Zurich
Friday, September 1, 2023, Open Lab from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Workshop: “Echo of Leaf and Body” with Lisa Biedlingmaier, Corinna Mattner, Maya Minder, and Caterina Giansiracusa
During the workshop, BadLab will create a collective resonance space through the sound of the gong and gesture. Participants will focus on their relationship toward intuitively chosen plants and create a personal healing pattern in the form of a hapazome mandala.💚Children and family friendly💚
Friday, September 1, 2023, Open Lab from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Wilder Platz, Zollstrasse 99, 8005 Zurich

Distilling Workshop“The Essence of the Day” distilling hydrosols—flower water— with Lisa Biedlingmaier, Corinna Mattner, Maya Minder, and Caterina Giansiracusa

We "distill" the essence of a place by foraging the plants that grow in the surrounding, by sorting them due to their healing categories or active agents and then actually distilling hydrosols and excerpting the fragrances and essences. 💚Children and family friendly💚
Saturday, September 2, 2023, 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
Location: AIA Space, Limmatstrasse 268, 8005 Zurich

The events are part of the project “Co-Habitation”, which is a critical contemplation on what cities will look like in the future and what challenges society will face in the nearest 100 years. Imagining possible outcomes in the face of ecological crisis aims to open a discussion, explore new perspectives and share knowledge from different disciplines in order to look for solutions collaboratively.

How do we want to live - now and in 100 years? This central question is the focus of the community-based public art project. We rethink the future in collaboration through collective action and art + science practices. The pavilion, in form of a landscape of encounters, is situated at Wilderplatz close to Zurich Main Station. The platform hosts a diverse, participatory program of artistic workshops, discussions, and performances.

We are looking forward to welcome you!

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