Collegium Helveticum

Walking Festival of Sound


For up-to-date info on the program, check out the Walking Festival of Sound website.

Participation is for free.

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Walking Festival of Sound is a transdisciplinary event exploring the role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings. It combines a number of free and public events including walking performances, alternative city tours and sound walks, all taking place in diverse public spaces around Zurich. The festival is co-directed by Jacek Smolicki and Tim Shaw. 

Surprise City Tour
Hans Peter Meier, Surprise NGO

Friday June 21, 2024, 9:00

The Walking Festival of Sound invite the Surprise Association to offer a tour of Zurich from the perspective of Hans Peter Meier. On the tour you will learn how urban planning and socio-economic development have changed public spaces and the way people affected by poverty are treated in Zurich. But you will also hear who drew attention to the problem of homelessness in the 1960s and what measures church and city representatives took to respond. The tour takes you to inconspicuous places. These are visited by peopleon the edge of society, for example due to addiction and poverty. At the end of the tour you will find out how the club's offerings enable numerous people to cope with everyday life under difficult conditions.

Hans Peter Meier has been selling "Surprise" at Bellevue since January 2009. Internationally, he installed software standards, trained IT personnel, and led a jet-set lifestyle. During this time, his alcohol consumption began to steadily increase. In his last job, he managed software that banks used for their stock trading. In 2000, the dot-com bubble burst, followed by restructurings. Meier lost his job in 2003. He took on many odd jobs until even those dried up. Drinking became a problem. During this time, he was a part of many institutions of the "Social City Tour." Today, he is a recovering alcoholic and lives solely from magazine sales and, since October 2014, from the Social City Tours. His motto: "It can happen to anyone. Even with little money, one can live with dignity."

The Shortest Night Stroll
San Keller

Friday June 21, 2024, 22:00

This year's Shortest Night Stroll guides walkers from the city of Zurich to Lake Pfäffikon in the Zurich Oberland. The walk begins at sunset and ends at sunrise, lasting 8 hours and 5 minutes, occupying the duration of the shortest night of the year in Zurich. Participants choose their own starting point in the city. Each participant is invited to wear sunglasses for the entire walk in order to recognise each other throughout the night. The walk ends with a group swim in Lake Pfäffikon at dawn.

As an ‘artist artist’, San Keller takes on various roles and positions in the art world with a great deal of scepticism, self-irony and energy. What others don't do, he popularises. A questioner who provides simple answers. San knows no opening hours. Everything is there, anytime and anywhere. He relentlessly acclimatises us to the familiar. A master of real time, of imponderables and a romantic who believes in freedom in the existing.

But on the seventh day you shall rest: Sunday Soundscapes
Monika Dommann

Friday June 21, 2024, 22:00

What’s the sound of a Sunday morning in the center of Zurich? We will walk from a shopping mall in a train station to a grain elevator. Following the material cultures and time regimes of shipping and shopping, we will listen to rushes and doldrums. The soundscape of cities nowadays is shaped by infrastructures, bylaws and religious traditions. How has the sound of the city's logistics changed over the past hundred years?

Monika Dommann explores processes of formation and the impacts of technology, media, infrastructures, and knowledge in various social, cultural, and political contexts from the 19th to the 21st century (particularly the interconnections between Europe, North America, and the Caribbean). She teaches history at the History Department of the Unniversity of Zurich. Recently she has published two books about the history of Logistics and Datacenters. Materialfluss. Eine Geschichte der Logistik an den Orten ihres Stillstands, Frankfurt a.M.: S. Fischer 2023. Data Centers. Edges of a Wired Nation, Zürich: Lars Müller Publishers 2020 (Edited together with Hannes Rickli and Max Stadler).

230623 - I Still Haven't Read “The Passages” by Walter Benjamin
Vreni Spieser

Sunday June 23, 2024, 13:00

Exactly a year ago, Vreni Spieser took her last walk through the shopping galerias of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Exactly one year later, she is walking in the greenery of Zurich, listening to the birds; the scent of trees, grass and flowers. For this walk she shares her memories, experiences and thoughts of Buenos Aires with you. An attempt to create an archive of a certain architecture typology: The Galerias. Or to name them as the decaying tunnels and caves through the belly of a city.

Vreni Spieser works mostly with installation and performance, often in relation to architecture, often in ways that are temporary or impermanent. A central theme is her interest in ornamentation, itself a product of migration, adaptation, and transformation. She works to create alternative spaces that can be read as a counter-position within our culture, where critical reflection on what already exists is possible and the imaginary of an alternative possible life can be realized.

Dove va l’umanità? Boh!
Where is Humanity going? Boh!
Wohin geht die Menschheit? Boh!
Stalker (Giulia Fiocca, Lorenzo Romito)

Sunday June 23, 2024, 17:30

What moves us to walk? Why do we do it together? Where do we go? While walking, we ask ourselves these questions. Answers will come.

The first question is about learning from Rome, the city that regenerated itself through a number of significant transitions. Latium, Mundus, Asylum, three forgotten myths we use as compass while walking together. Three stars to search for in the sky from the Observatory. An invitation to reinvent it. A proposal by Stalker (Giulia Fiocca and Lorenzo Romito), Rome, Italy.

Stalker, (Giulia Fiocca, Lorenzo Romito) is a collective of artists and architects, founded in 1995 in Rome, focused on local research and activities, with particular attention to marginal areas, mainly urban voids and spaces in transformation. Their practice is based on urban explorations, listening and interactions that enact a creative flow within the investigated area, its people and their collective memory and imagination. These processes aim at generating social and environmental relationships capable of self-organizing themselves and evolving. The activities of Stalker promote sharing of knowledge, collaborations and awareness-raising inside different communities towards their territory and their cultural environment.

Silent Walk: Navigating Inner Soundscapes
Simon Hauswirth

Monday June 24, 2024, 10:00

The 'Silent Walk' aims to capture the essence of experiencing and perceiving sounds internally without the actual auditory component, emphasizing the imaginative and perceptual aspects of subjective acoustic experiences.

Simon Hauswirth completed his Master of Arts in Audio Design with a minor in Composition at Elektronisches Studio Basel in 2012. After graduating, Simon lived in Berlin where he worked at a sound-postproduction studio and started a studio community with composers and visual artists, where he worked as an electronic musician and realized sound design for film and sound scenography for spaces. From 2011 to 2019 Simon lectured Sound Design for Film at the SAE Zurich. He has been a permanent employee at Idee und Klang Audio Design since 2018, where he has been able to lead and help shape a wide range of projects in the field of sound scenography, sound art and corporate sound architecture. In 2022, he co-founded the Swiss Society for Acoustic Ecology together with a group of sound ecologists from Switzerland.

Swiss Society for Acoustic Ecology
Idee und Klang

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