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.
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.
Events and Important Dates:
April 22: Construction Workshop & Brainstorming
April 22, 2023 from 2pm to 3pm: Construction day 1
May 11, 2023 from 9am to 6pm: Construction day 2
May 12, 2023 from 9am to 6pm: Construction day 3
May 13, 2023 from 9am to 6pm: Construction day 4
June 1, 2023 from 9am to 6pm: Construction day 5
June 2, 2023 from 9am to 6pm: Construction day 6
June 3, 2023 from 9am to 6pm: Construction day 7
June 8, 18:00 – 21:00 Opening Pavilion – Alicia Framis’ Performance
June 9, 13:00 – 14:00, Ana Nuñez, potato stories with cooking performance in collaboration with Maurice Maggi
June 9, 18:00, Opening Exhibition “Energy Giveaway at the Humuspunk Library…”, AIA Space
June 10, 13:00 – 14:00, “There are No Clean Lines at the Edge” – Regenerative Energy Communities in conversation with Zeenath Hassan from TheDirt Talk
June 11, 11:00 – 13:00, Regenerative Energy Community Workshop at Pavilion
June 11, 17:00 – 18:00, Alicia Framis (performance about the transformation of fears)
June 11, 18:00 – 19:00, Ana Gabriela Nuñez, potato stories with cooking performance in collaboration with Maurice Maggi
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.