Schöne Neue Schweiz

  • Location: Ardez GR
  • Location: Zihlschlacht TG
  • Location: Veglia di Peccia TI
  • Location: Märstetten TG
  • Location: Samedan GR
  • Location: Gmüde BE,
  • Location: Kesswil TG
  • Location: Münster VS
  • Location: Speicher AR
  • Location: Ardez GR
  • Location: Appenzell AI
  • Location: Fusio TI
  • Location: Guarda GR
  • Location: Geschinen VS
  • Location: Guarda GR
  • Location: Veglia di Peccia TI
  • Location: Appenzell AI
  • Location: Ulrichen VS
  • Location: Sumiswald BE
  • Location: Appenzell AI

Description

A series of well-known Swiss village views and their subsequent provocative visual redensification by means of montage.

The work summarised under the title “Beautiful New Switzerland” was the subject of a 4-day seminar in 2011 at Hochschule für Technik in Zurich (HSZ-T). The task was to develop pictorial visions using photography and subsequent montage, in an attempt to visually condense heritage-protected central zones of well-known Swiss village structures, such that the ever-louder call for sparing use of land and the associated densification efforts were also to be transferred to views of protected villages. After an introduction to digital image processing and its tools, the course participants travelled to 7 selected Swiss regions known for their historical and characteristically formed village centres. The next step was to comprehensively capture these in photographs. The selected regions included the Engadine, Appenzell, Ticino, Valais, Emmental, Jura and the Eastern Swiss Plateau. Afterwards, the students were asked to extend and condense the traditional structures and buildings found in the photographs, on the basis of selected images from the inventory and by using montage. The aim was to provocatively question the well-known and “sacred” image of typical Swiss village views and to propose a plausible visual alternative via the medium of the image.

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Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Raul Gomez
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Fabbio Munaco
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Roger Brennenstuhl
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: David Casadevall
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Tobias Burger
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Markus Achermann
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Aydin Dogan
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Markus Durrer
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Christian Ehrbar
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Paolo Giannachi
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Renate Gwerder
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Roman Häni
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Benjamin Saner
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Luzia Imlig
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Michael Schlömer
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Thomas Schmid
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
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Student: Andreas Studer
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Sarina Suter
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Cornelia Sutter
Teaching Module: Schöne Neue Schweiz
Technique: Montage
Semester: Spring 2011
Student: Michael Steiger