Monday 24th | Kick-Off

At the start of the Summer School in Bern, the participants met up and got to know each other a little better. After the kick-off there was a speed dating-event so the participants could find groups in which they would elaborate a project together.

The participants quickly found each other and were able to start working on their projects in the afternoon.

Tuesday 25th | Enviromental Report BAFU

The second morning was spent listening to an interesting input by Karin Fink about the environmental report BAFU.

After the input the groups were able to further work on their projects and get individual mentorings by Yvonne and Benjamin, who also enquired about the ressources the groups will need to develop their projects.

Wednesday 26th | 3000 Peaks

On the third day of the Summer School, the groups were slowly starting to finalise their project ideas and implementations. After some individual work time, the project “3000 Peaks” gave an imput in the afternoon.

After further work on their projects, the participants had to say goodbye to Bern and transitioned into the next chapter of the Summer School in Zürich.

Thursday 27th | Zürich 2050 Futureproof

Arriving in Zürich, the participants made themselves with the future playground for their projects: Frau Gerolds Garten. After touring through the location, the group attended the public lunch event “Zürich 2050 Futureproof”.

The rest of the day, the participants were encouraged to continue working on their projects and enjoy the warm city summer day at their green location.

Friday 28th | HEAT Method & Panel Discussion

Fiday morning started out contemplative with a general reflection round on the week and the projects so far. After the lively discussion David Christie showed his strategic design approach, involving research into the psychological and cognitive mechanisms behind denial: the HEAT Method (in short: Hope, Evaluate, Act, Tell). After the input the participants tried to evaluate different aspects of personal and political values concering climate change using the HEAT Method.

After working on finalising their projects, the participants made their way to the Zentralwäscherei in Zürich. There the Summer School held a panel discussion with guest speakers and hosted by the Eco Art Lab core team Yvonne Schmidt, Benjamin Sunarjo, Tara Lasrado .

The idea is that the Eco Art Lab as a transdisciplinary do- and think tank brings together artistic researchers, scientists, and the public in order to develop new approaches to climate change issues. The podium raised questions of language, responsibility, and participation in the context of “Climate and the City”.

The three guest panelists were
Roland Fischer (Science writer / Curator / Tech catalyst)
Kaspar König (Artist / Sound designer / Researcher)
Anaïs Tilquin (Evolutionary biologist / Ecologist rebelling against extinction)

Saturday 29th | Operation Beton & Interventions

After finishing all of their projects, the participants held a final reflective discussion on the week. Following this, the participants held a roundtable with Dr. Annina Boogen about her project “Operation Beton”, a multi-perspective and aesthetic approache on the perception of energy infrastructure in (alpine) landscapes.

Concluding a long and animated Summer School on Saturday afternoon, the participants shared their transdisciplinary projects on climate change with the audience at Frau Gerold’s through artistic interventions.

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