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Co-Habitations Project – Activation Weekend #4:

Cover image: Artist Cherry-Ann Davis, We Stories Trinbago –an ode to Carnival, Cotton Textile, 150 x 200cm, 2022, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Communities and Visions for the Future

Questions, as the ones raised in the Co-Habitations garden, do not equal nonaction; they can lead to new forms of informed and measured (artistic) activism, a form of contemporary hermeneutics. The workshops and performances, gatherings, and discussions, draw from and speak to an ethos of transcultural and trans-species communality, unfolding through metaphors and associative mediations rather than through linear narration.
In every case that purports a universalism, like the idea of a global ethos, a critical distance is key to ensuring we avoid cultural projection from within a dominant power, such as the Imperial West. This ethical and political obligation can be harnessed to collaboratively develop the evolutionary rationality that moves us clo-ser to a set of values that might provide a global ethics of the environment and of the other. Art and architec-ture, performances, and convenings have the potential to do so, as its languages already contain a multitude of perspectives that have collaboratively evolved and have been tested by time and discourse. A pavilion such as this can become a voice containing an array of different and differentiating timbres and articulations that create an ethos.
A globally interwoven fabric of critical individuals fa-cing the Anthropocene does not need a one-size-fits-all religion or ideology, but it does need some unifying and binding values, ideals, and goals.

All events have free admission!
Limited places available, please RSVP :

FUTURING Workshop: “How Do You ‘Make’ the Future?”
A journey through time and into dealing with uncertainty with Eva-Maria Spreitzer and Sonja Schenkel in collaboration with Klimapavillon Zurich

We all orient ourselves to the future as the basis for decisions, but how will we deal with the future in twenty or one hundred years? We are already experiencing it; things are likely to be turned upside down. Workshop followed by an informal dinner gathering.

Thursday, September 14, 2023, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
AIA Space, Löwenbräukunst, Limmatstrasse 268, 8005 Zurich
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Talk: “Connecting through Positive Intelligence and Neuroscience” with Dr. Diego Hangartner in collaboration with Kilmapavillon Zurich
Research on how to cultivate positive qualities of the mind has advanced tremendously. Resilience, stress reduction, social connectedness, and flourishing, have been understood as me- chanisms that can be actively enhanced and learned. Dr. Diego Hangartner will accessibly explain this research while offering you the opportunity to exercise your social muscles and explore some of your own patterns.
Friday, September 15, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: AIA Space, Löwenbräukunst, Limmatstrasse 268, 8005 Zurich

Lunch: “Food and Emotions” with Betty Jones and Andrea Sommer, in collaboration with Klimapavillon
Our emotions and our moods are significantly affected by what we eat. This concept has been thoroughly investigated in scientific circles. We invite you to a tasting menu and explore this connec- tion with nutritionist and healer Betty Jones, in collaboration with Andrea Sommer, specialist in subversive floral culinary practices. This event is plant based.
Saturday, September 16, 2023, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Children’s Workshop: “Traditional Street Games” with Yusuf Orhan
What games did children play a century ago? What kinds of toys did they have? What did their playgrounds look like? In this work- shop, Yusuf plays four traditional games, brought from Anatolia, with children, offering them a highly entertaining experience and encouraging them to rethink the phenomenon of play.
Saturday, September 16, 2023, 10 p.m. to 12 p.m.
Wilder Platz, Zollstrasse 99, 8005 Zurich

Program “Crossing futures, navigating past” Curated by Antoine Simeao Schalk & Larissa Tiki Mbassi
7 pm: Performance by Élie Autin
7:45 pm: Panel discussion on black cosmologies in visual arts with Laura Arminda Kingsley (Visual Artist), Laure Huguet (Photographer), Élie Autin (Performer, Model and Visual artist), Dylan Akono (Graphic Designer), Nadine Ndjoko (Coordinator of Black Helvetia)
8:30 pm: Food and Drinks
Saturday, September 16, 2023, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location for all events, except the Talk:
Wilder Platz, Zollstrasse 99, 8005 Zurich*

*In case of bad weather, the events will take place at AIA Space.

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