Otherwise festival
now fully booked



Otherwise is a 3-day multisensorial and experimental festival-as-research taking place between 01.03.19 and 03.03.19 at Gessnerallee in Zurich.


In response to the idea of the post-anthropocene, a life after human exceptionalism, ecological catastrophes, political extremism, and accelerated global fossil capitalism, we aim to seek strategies and practices that help us overcome the stasis that originates from one dominant narrative proclaiming doomsday and no possible way out.

With Otherwise we want to encourage participants to stay with the trouble we are facing — some of us sooner than others. Acknowledging the fact that asymmetrical power structures, uneven distribution of risk and responsibility and a non-correlative cause-effect relationship are the nature of the Anthropocene discourse, we are looking for survival strategies nevertheless. Bringing together approaches ranging from aesthetics to activism, art to policy making, global south to north, Otherwise aims to reframe disaster as the potential for transformation — what is left otherwise?

With this first edition of Otherwise — a festival-as-research — we straightforwardly ask how to possibly live in the ruins of the Anthropocene — the epoch which marks humanity’s becoming of a geological force. With its small-scale format Otherwise means to provide a breeding ground, a space for the in-between, for collective overwriting, unsettling and enacting biases beyond individual and society, nature and culture, geology and technology. It creates a framework that challenges one-way perception and provokes collective becoming of its participant-collaborateurs. Sessions at Otherwise will engage the whole sensory apparatus ranging from talks to walks, meditation to simulation, inhalation to fabulation. Together we will playfully, subversively and collaboratively un-learn and re-think what planetary inhabiting means.

Progr
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The programme for OTHERWISE comprises an exciting mix of sessions about bodily experiences, introspective practices, collective and individual quests and liminal performances. Out of 60 submissions we chose 18 collaborators who will be in the core of this research endeavour called festival and together with us explore the potential for collective transformation.

A CALL FOR A POSITIVE AUTOMATION
Maël Henaff

ANIMA MUNDI
Aiina aïon

CRUISING THE MAP
Lucas LaRochelle

ELECTRIFIED
Krolikowski Art

GUIDED SESSION 007
Karolin Brägger & Martina Mächler

MARS SONG
Elisa Storelli & Constantin Engelmann

SYNESTHESIA TRAINING
Lacey Verhalen
MYHT – ULTIMATE LIMITS
Linda Luv

NEW NATURE
Davide Piscitelli

REFLECTING ON ALGORITHMIC AGENCY
Labor 5020

SENSING GAIA
Merle Ibach, Patrick Salz, Paul Heinicker, Philipp Weibel

STRATEGIES OF ARRIVAL – HOW TO MOVE LIKE A TERRESTRIAL BEING
Michail Rybakov

DOG WALK
Benjamin Burger, Michaela Büsse, Rebekka Bangerter
TALKING STONES
Marit Mihklepp

UTOPIA RESHUFFLED
Shintaro Miyazaki, Selenca Savić, Viktor Bedö, Michaela Büsse, Yann Patrick Martins

UTOPIA AND SOCIAL PREPPERS: SESSIONS FOR REWRITING NARRATIVES OF FEAR
Alla Popp & Sarah Wenzinger

SPECULATIVE PRACTICES OF BODY MUTATIONS
Katya Pislari, Sasha Puchkova and Daria Iuriichuk

CROSS-SPECIES SURVIVAL DINNER
Research Institute for Botanical Linguistics


FLAGS FOR THE EARTH
Postfossil

Regist
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Registration is closed. There are no seats available anymore. We will announce further plans for collaboration later this year.

OTHERWISE is a small-scale festival-as-research which is why we limit participation to 50 people in total. Rather than providing infotainment we want to establish a long-term platform for collaborative transformation, un/learning, experiencing and experimenting between its participant-collaborators.

The core team of participant-collaborators comprises of the session leaders which leaves us with a very small amount of places we can offer publicly. Due to the intimate nature of the event we only give places to those who commit to our vision and want to attend all 3 days of the festival. Participation if free of charge; travel and stay has to be arranged individually and will not be covered by us.

Location


Otherwise Festival will take place at Gessnerallee in Zurich - one of the prime venues for the production and presentation of works in the performing arts, both nationally and internationally. Its programme reflects a love of experimentation, innovative forms of performance, relaxed cross-over formats and high quality standards.

Gessnerallee is located in central Zurich, close to the main station.

Gessnerallee 8
CH-8001 Zurich

For questions and inquiries please send an email to info@h0.institute
Otherwise Festival is initiated by H0 — Institute for Metamorphosis
Concept & Curation: Michaela Büsse & Benjamin Burger
Video & Website: Konstantin Mitrokhov
Design: Benjamin Burger