Invent the Future with Elements of the Past

12 Zurich Artists on a Stroll with Lucius Burckhardt

Edited by Adrian Notz and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Invent the Future with Elements of the Past

Edited by Adrian Notz and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

256 pages | 110 color plates, 66 halftones | 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 | © 2015  
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9783858814876 Published February 2016
Swiss sociologist and pioneering urban planner Lucius Burckhardt (1925–2003) developed the concept of “strollology,” or the science of the walk. In Burckhardt’s concept, the only way to truly experience the urban environment is to move within it on foot. As an approach to urban planning, the stroll redefines the relationship between the planned urban development and patterns of movement through time and space.
Invent the Future with Elements of the Past looks at a fascinating recent artistic interpretation of Burckhardt’s theories: the contribution of twelve contemporary artists to the Swiss Pavilion at the fourteenth International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Developed in Zurich and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the project was realized through a series of strolls throughout the city that offered new narratives about the urban space. The resulting objects and events are reproduced here with more than one hundred illustrations, including many in color; interviews with the participating artists, and contributions by Judith Albert, Muriel Baumgartner with Tom Stäubli, Stefan Burger, Christina Hemauer with Roman Keller, San Keller, Adrian Notz, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Paul Polaris, Christian Ratti, Roland Roos, Tom Stäubli, Navid Tschopp, and !Mediengruppe Bitnik.
Dr. Dr. h. c. Markus Notter—STEO Foundation: 50 Years
Hans Elrich Obrist—Jamais 2 sans 3
Adrian Notz—Invent the Future with Elements of the Past
An Interview with Adrian Notz

1. Research

Reports from Venice

2. Homage


Paul Polaris—Tohu wâ bohū
About Destruction and the Creation of Icons

Navid Tschopp—Squatbox

Stefan Burger—Das Brüttiseller Gebüsch
The Bushes of Brüttisellen

Judith Albert—Durch das Auge der Hand
Landscape in a Ballpoint Pen

Christina Hemauer und Roman Keller—Über die Blauheit des Himmels
Concerning the Blueness of the Sky

Muriel Baumgartner mit Tom Säubli—Verdichtung
Between Patchwork and Conceptual Design

Roland Roos—Prügelei

¡Mediengruppe Bitnik—Same Same

Christian Ratti—Sammlung Buser

Fictional Dialogue between L, E, C, K, R, G, N and S

3. Symposium

Rituals for a Society in the 21th Century
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