X - cene. An Oral History Project

Seminar Special Questions in History of Art and Architecture (052-0825-20)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Ursprung, Chair of Prof. Ursprung
Lecturers: Dr.Dora Imhof & Helene Romakin & Berit Seidel
Time: 21.09.20 16-18h
Location: HIL H 37.2 - Attention seminar takes place at different venues

In the seminar we will explore different forms of interviews. The interviews will take place in the context and on topics of the "X - cene Matinee" in the wind tunnel of the ZHdK. This series of events will deal with the current discourse on the Anthropocene, Pyrocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene and Chthulocene. We will interview the invited artists of the series, but also security, facility management, students, visitors, etc. In this way, the wind tunnel will be recorded as a living laboratory, production and meeting place.

Students will deal with central current discussions on the Anthropocene and get to know forms of artistic engagement with it. They will also learn about the methods and techniques of interviewing and about oral history as an instrument of research.

In recent years, the interview has become omnipresent in architectural discourse, but also in art. The seminar examines and reflects the manifold forms and uses of the interview, both in the media and in scientific research, especially oral history.

Besides classical forms of interview recording we will experiment with other techniques such as I-phone, livestream cameras.

The resulting interviews will become part of the Oral History Archive of Contemporary Art and Architecture.

link to the wind tunnel

X cene - Matinee
The X – cene Matinee is an event series that examines the diverse manifestations and current discourse surrounding the Anthropocene, Pyrocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, and Chthulucene. In the Wind Tunnel we seek to discover new forms of communication by translating scientific data and psychological states into visual, audible, and tangible experiences. Together with the audience and select invitees, we search to pose the right questions about interdependent living and the human role in the new era. Creating individual and collective encounters, the answers we find might be esoteric, spiritual, dramatic, inspirational, fictional, aesthetical, analytical, intellectual, or may be no answers at all.
The X-cene Matinee will take place on three weekends throughout Fall 2020, with contributions by Clemens Krauss, Isabel Lewis & Stefanie Hessler, and Isabel Nolan.

P R O G R A M M:

Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 14.9.2020 (erster Semestertag)

1. Sitzung 21.09.20 4pm ETH HIL H 37.2
- Einführung

2. Sitzung 28. September 2020 ETH HIL H 37.2
- Was ist das Zeitalter des Anthropozäns?

Crutzen, Paul, and Eugene Stoermer. “The Anthropocene.” Global Change Newsletter 41.1 (2000): 17–18. 

Haraway, Donna. “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble,” lecture given on May 9, 2014 at the Anthropocene: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet conference, UC-Santa Cruz, California:

Demos, T. J. Against the Anthropocene : Visual Culture and Environment Today. Sternberg Press, 2017, Chapter 1. 

Zusätzliche fakultative Lektüre:
  • Bajohr, Hannes, ed. Der Anthropos Im Anthropozän. Die Wiederkehr Des Menschen Im Moment Seiner Vermeintlich Endgültigen Verabschiedung. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2020
  • Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010.
  • Bonneuil, Christophe, and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz. The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History, and Us. New York: Verso, 2016.
  • Bruno, Latour. Das terristische Manifest. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2018.
  • Davis, Heather, and Etienne Turpin, eds. Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. Open Humanities Press. London: Open Humanities Press, 2015.
  • Gan, Elaine, Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, and Nils Bubandt (Eds.). Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Minneapolis / London: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
  • Haraway, Donna J. “Staying with the Trouble: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene.” Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2016.

3. Sitzung 5. Oktober 2020, Windtunnel, ZHdK
- Der Windtunnel als Ort und Forschungslabor


30 Ways of reading the Tunnel, Florian Dombois, 2020 

Unbehagen an der Stadt, Utopien der DigitalModerne und die urbane Grammatik von morgen, Niklas Maak im Gespräch mit Heinz-Norbert Jocks  

4. Sitzung 10. Oktober, ZHdK, 10-12 Uhr
- X-cene Matinee Clemens Krauss

5. Sitzung 12. Oktober 2019, ETH HIL 37.2
- Oral History und Interview

Naomi Stead, Deborah van der Plaat, Janina Gosseye, «Ways to Listen Anew. What Next for Oral History and Architecture?» in: Speaking of Buildings. Oral History in Architectural Research, Hg. Janina Gosseye, Naomi Stead, Deborah van der Plaat, New York 2019, S. 268-284 

Zusätzliche fakultative Lektüre:
Charles T. Morrissey, „Oral History Interviews: From Inception to Closure“, in: Thomas L. Charlton/Lois E. Myers/Rebecca Sharpless (Hg.), History of Oral History. Foundations and Methodology, Lanham etc. 2007, S. 160-196

Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 19.10.2020 (Seminarwoche)

6. Sitzung 26. Oktober 2020, ETH HIL H 37.2
- Diskussion der Interviewkonzepte
Visual Input-Linkliste 

7. Sitzung 31. Oktober 2020, ZHdK, 11-13 Uhr
- X-cene Matinee Isabel Lewis & Steffi Hessler

8. Sitzung 9. November 2020, ETH HIL H 37.
- Diskussion der Interviewkonzepte

16. und 30. November: individuelles Arbeiten, keine Sitzung

9. Sitzung 5. Dezember 2020, ZHdK, 11-13 Uhr
- X-cene Matinee Isabel Nolan

Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 7. und 14.12.2020 (vor Schlussabgaben)


Berit Seidel
Dr. Dora Imhof
Helene Romakin