Focus Shush!


It needs to be endured, extended and savoured: silence. It is far more than empti­ness, nothingness or a white sheet ofpaper. Silence is both stylistic device and attitude; it triggers emotions, fills space and makes the invisible tangible. Eight indi­viduals from the field of teaching arteducation, design, film, fine arts, music, dance, theatre and transdisciplinary studies explain what they associate with silence.

Taboos are often quiet — not, however, in the theatre education project “Avanti, avanti,” which addresses the elephant in the room, breaks taboos, shouts them into a microphone and smashes them to pieces.

The short story “Reunion” ends in an atmospheric silence. Eight students doing their Master’s either in art education or transdisciplinary studies worked collectively on a story about silence, discussed narrative strands, threw ideas overboard or rearranged them. Dominic Oppliger, who runs the seminar on “Collaborative Writing,” explains how the story emerged.

Take a deep breath and plunge: Emma McMillin and Oliver Sahli, two game design students, have developed a meditation and virtual reality game that takes players on an immersive journey through the hidden realm of fungi.

The “Toni” is also in a chatty mood and reveals its glamorous and royal secrets. But, shush!


Gianna Bartsch is a project manager at ZHdK University Communications and Deputy Lead Editor of Zett.


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