Focus Step out!

BY ANDREA ZELLER
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If you want to make headway, you need to be daring — to look beyond your own horizons, to take a step beyond your own boundaries and to work with people from other spheres. In this issue of Zett, devoted to our focal theme “Step out!,” students, alumni and researchers from Zurich University of the Arts show how their unusual ideas, commitment and openness bear surprising, even astonishing fruit. For example, industrial designers Simon Oschwald and Fabian Engel, who have successfully made their mark in the national start-up scene. Or dancer Aram Hasler, who made it from Zurich onto the world’s stages and who keeps reaching and transcending her own boundaries for the sake of art.

Artistic research also benefits from abandoning well trodden paths, as the “Sounding Soil” project reveals. Out of curiosity, Marcus Maeder placed sound sensors into the ground and discovered the acoustics of a hidden world. The research project “Expedition 2 Degrees” also explores outdoor space: using virtual reality, it aims to render tangible the effects of rising temperatures in the alpine region for secondary school students. Opening up new horizons by stepping out of one’s familiar surroundings is one of the goals of “Atelier Inklusiv,” a teaching project in which art education students exchange their studios with those of people with disabilities.

Barbara Junod, curator of the exhibition “3D Lettering on Buildings,” invites us on a city walk through Zurich featuring examples of exciting building signage. This issue also introduces Japanese musician Yui Yukutake, who funds her studies partly with street music. Not by playing her accustomed instrument, the horn, but the alphorn.

Further contributions on Step out!

Andrea Zeller is a project manager at ZHdK University Communications.