of Sound


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FRIDAY 21.06.2024, 9am

Start: 09:00 am, Place: Militär/langstrasse Busstation 32 Richtung Strassenverkehrsamt


Surprise City Tour / Hans Peter Meier,
Surprise NGO

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."


FRIDAY 21.06.2024, 10pm

Start: 10pm,
Place: various places within Zurich


The Shortest Night Stroll / San Keller

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.


SATURDAY 22.06.2024

Start: 12pm: meeting point at AIA and departure,
1pm: reaching the site, introduction: picnic and discussion
2pm: collective fossil hunt
5pm: departure to Zurich
6pm - until late: drinks, food and music at Bitwäscherei, Zentral Wäscherei, Zurich


Deep Time Walk / Roland Fischer,
Awareness in Art organization

Schichten und Geschichten: A walk through earth's history, and a collective fossil hunt, with a bit of luck. How can looking back into deep time help with coming up with other perspectives on the history of humanity, especially in relation to nature and the earth, the biological and the mineral – non-utilitarian, non-exploitative, circular, symbiotic, non-anthropocentric?


Roland Fischer is a curator and science mediator with extensive experience in the intersection of art and science. He began his career as a science editor at ‘Wochenzeitung’, ‘Der Bund’ and ‘Basler Zeitung’. Parallel to his work as a science journalist, he has curated and managed a large number of projects. With the SNF Agora project ‘Live Study’, he provided a platform for the public to actively participate in scientific experiments. As curator of the ‘Black Box Science’ and ‘Wildes Wissen’ series of events at the Schauspielhaus Zurich, he brought science and theatre together in an innovative way.


SUNDAY 23.06.2024

Time: 09:30am - 11:00am,
Place: Stadelhofen. Entrance of Coop Supermarkt

image credits: Shopville, Zurich Main Station ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Bensberg, Ralph / Com_L42-0272-0001-0014 / CC BY-SA 4.0


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

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).


SUNDAY 23.06.2024, 1pm

Start: 1pm,
Place: Hegibachplatz - Drahtzugstrasse 5, 8008 Zürich


230623 - I still haven't read "The Passages" by Walter Benjamin / Vreni Spieser

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 ornament, itself a product of migration, adaptation, and transformation. Spieser 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. The expression Eldorado is central in her work. She is not looking to track down the bearer of the legendary name so much as to discover what it stood for and might still stand for today. Among other things, the name Eldorado has been connected with the history of capitalism, seafaring and migration. Eldorado has the ring of adventure, but mostly its tales end in fiasco and blood.


SUNDAY 23.06.2024, 5:30pm

Start: 5:30pm,
Place: Collegium Helveticum

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

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.

MONDAY 24.06.2024, 10am

Time: 10am,
Place: Bellevue Platz

Silent Walk: Navigating Inner Soundscapes
/ Simon Hauswirth

The 'Resonance Within' 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