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Online & offline festival: OTHERWISE 2021, Polymorphic Futures

Text by CLOT Magazine

OTHERWISE 2021 takes as a starting point the concept of polymorphy as that which describes many forms and none at the same time. It explores how social and cultural forms can be redefined as transitory in conjunction with material and immaterial processes.

Founders Michaela Büsse and BenjaminBurger understand OTHERWISE very much as an invitation for like-minded researchers and artists to explore common interests and to nurture each other’s practices. Several inputs from experts coming from biology, psychology, the arts and humanities will guide our investigation and provide further inputs from their respective practices.

The concept for OTHERWISE 2021 results from the feedback of its precursor edition in 2019. OTHERWISE was set up as a festival-as-research hosting 50 researchers and artists over three days at Gessnerallee in Zurich in its first iteration. Every attendee was a workshop leader and participant simultaneously, creating an environment of mutual learning and exchange. They will continue this journey in the 2021 edition but on a smaller scale and over a longer duration, assuring an intensified exchange, foster cross-pollination and new collaborations.

Artists participating are Marit Mihklepp, Rybakov, Karlsruhe, Flurina Gradin, Karolina Sobecka, Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero, Bernadette Köbele, Jonas Gillmann & Seraina Dür, and Patrick Gusset

OTHERWISE 2021 opens on April 9 with Sensing Gaia  – Listen Back, a sonic installation by Merle Ibach, Patrick Salz, and Paul Heinicker. OTHERWISE 2021 takes place between 10.04 – 15.12.2021 online and at Gessnerallee in Zurich. 

(Media courtesy of OTHERWISE)
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