Projekttage 3: Thinking with plants in 2436 meters above the sea (gLV) 

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Nummer und TypMTR-MTR-1019.21F.003 / Moduldurchführung
VeranstalterDepartement Kulturanalysen und Vermittlung
LeitungUlrich Görlich, Jana Thierfelder, Boris Previsic
ZeitSo 27. Juni 2021 bis Fr 2. Juli 2021
Anzahl Teilnehmendemaximal 16
ECTS1 Credit
VoraussetzungenStudium MA Transdisziplinarität

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LehrformProject week, workshops, presentations, own project work
ZielgruppenWahlpflicht für Master Trainsdisziplinarität.
Geöffnete Lehrveranstaltung für alle Master-Studierenden der ZHdK.
InhalteArts meets science at 2436 meters on the Furka Pass, literally. The Furkablick Hotel, centre of the famous FurkArt activities in the 80ies and 90ies, and 50 meters further the old military camp now serving as the headquarters for the Alpine Research Station Furka (ALPFOR). The non-profit association ALPFOR, affiliated to the University of Basel is running the research station. ALPFOR's aim is to monitor and study biodiversity and the behaviour of alpine plants and the impact of global change. It offers ideal conditions for scientists, students and naturalists to understand and explore the alpine environment.

Project week
Erika Hiltbrunner and Christian Körner, both biologists, will lead us through a five-day workshop. Inputs will touch on the living conditions of alpine plants, the microclimates they create, their taxonomy, but also why diversity matters in the alpine landscape. We will get insights into how biologists work with “nature”, how they categorize it and how they structure the environment with scientific tools. By putting the small and tiny into the centre of our attention, we try and see what usually stays hidden when crossing an alpine grassland. Once we gained some deeper knowledge about the location, the plants and soils of the alpine habitats, there will also be time to develop individual projects that allow to try out and question artistic strategies that allow to move within this biosphere.

Besides the ALPFOR team and the students and teachers of ZHdK, PhD students of the Urner Institut der Kulturen der Alpen of the University of Lucerne, run by Boris Previsic will also take part in the project week. This will offer a further exchange between the different ways of knowing in the Arts, represented by ZHdK, the Sciences, representd by ALPFOR and the Humanities, represented by the Urner Institut der Kulturen der Alpen.

Erika Hiltbrunner:
Christian Körner:
Urner Institut Kulturen der Alpen:
Leistungsnachweis / TestatanforderungActive participation, 80% attendance, development of own work individually or in a team.
Arrival: Sunday, June 27th, in the late afternoon (latest for dinner and welcome at 19:00)
Departure: Friday, July 2nd , afternoon (c. 14:00)
Dauer6-day block event and excursion to the Alpfor, Furka Passhöhe, 6491 Realp.
Bewertungsformbestanden / nicht bestanden
We will stay at the research station at the Furka Pass at 2440 m. Participants will arrive Sunday afternoon (latest for dinner and welcome at 19:00) and depart Saturday afternoon (c. 14:00). ALPFOR is providing bed and food in youth hostel style. A cook will be organized and a vegetarian food option is available, but no vegan one. However, everything is produced and farmed locally.

Please make your own travel arrangement. The post bus station is called 'Hotel Furkablick'. Buses start from either Andermatt or Oberwald. There is good mobile phone connection, but limited WLAN.

What to bring
You will need your laptop, notebook for field notes and any other material you need for your work, waterproof mountain boots (NO sport shoes please), slippers for indoor, sun hat, sun cream, good weatherproof cloth, towel. Small bag (rucksack) for outdoor activities. There are wool-blankets, duvets, bed linen and pillow covers. Sleeping bags are welcome. Rooms are equipped with 3, 4 (mostly) and 5 beds. We commonly use the 4-bed rooms for 3 people as long as space permits.

Students have to take care of half the cost for accommodation, food and transportation (with Halbtax). It will be around CHF 210. In case you would like to take part in the project week but cannot afford the costs, please get in touch with us and we will find a solution.