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"Co-Habitations": Winner of Clima Now Award

 

With Maya Minder, Ishita Chakraborty, Maurice Maggi, Raphael Portmann, Violeta Burckhardt, Martina Huber, Carolina Brunelli, Alexandra Eichenauer, Guillaume Habert

 

How do we want to live – now and in 100 years? This central question is the focus of the one-year “Co-Habitations” project of the art space WE ARE AIA | AWARENESS IN ART. It deals with the idea of a future worth living in and involves numerous actors because climate change is a challenge for society.

The landscape of encounters as a garden for human and non-human species is situated at Wilderplatz, close to Zurich Main Station. The platform hosts a diverse, participatory program of artistic workshops, discussions, and performances.

Dates:

May 2023 – October 2023
As part of the project, the following exhibitions are held at We are AIA space:
“A City Beyond – Rethinking Co-habitation” from the 15th of March to the 27th of May 2023
“Energy Giveaway at the Humuspunk Library…” from the 10th of June  to the 22nd of September 2023. Opening 9th of June at 4-7 pm

 

 

The Co-Habitations garden offers a community kitchen and garden that contribute to activating the space by being both an urban meeting place and a recreational space. A long table reinforces the communal idea and provides space for creativity. The garden and shade provided by the structure will transform the space into an urban oasis, which through the respiration and transpiration of plants, will generate a micro-climate and a new refuge for the human and non-human inhabitants of the city.

Through a participative approach, the pavilion offers a space for the critical encounter between citizens through an array of art and activities that research resilient modes of habitation and sustainable consumption practices by elaborating on thinking and making processes together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning together from and with the youth and different communities.

Learning how to change our relationship with the environment from parasitic to symbiotic one is the main objective of the project. Learning from the elderly and from young generations, learning through discussion and through collective and individual acts – all of these lie in the basis of our approach.

 

Co-Habitations Weekend #3
31. August – 2 September

 

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.

Dialogue and Workshop: “Participative Building with Plants” with Catherine de Wolf, ETH Zurich, Katharina Riedl, Bau-Teilen, Violeta Burckhardt, studio erde, Nicolas Petit-Barreau, Anku

Dialogue and workshop around participative building methods with plants to envision our common future in collaboration. Organized by the Co-Habitations Collective.

Wilder Platz, Zollstrasse 99, 8005 Zurich
Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 7 p.m

City Walk

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 “Echo of Leaf and Body” 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.
Wilder Platz, Zollstrasse 99, 8005 Zurich
Friday, September 1, 2023, Open Lab from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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!

The core team of the project will include artists, eco-activists, researchers and urban designers. Such a diverse team would create a potential to unite artistic and scientific methods and create a well-rounded approach to deal with the issue.

The platform, in a form of a pavilion, will be designed and constructed by Institute of construction and infrastructure management of ETH, with inputs from university professors and in cooperation with the students.The project will last for a year and will include several phases.

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“Co-Habitations”: Winner of Clima Now Award