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Wind Tunnel Festival

April 29-30, 2022
curated by
~ tilde
Wind Tunnel, ZHdK, Zurich

There is a wind tunnel on the roof of the art school in Zurich. It is an open space that provides a gentle airstream, molds the invisible, and undermines modernist techno-positive backgrounds. The wind tunnel is a walk-in sculpture with its own ecosystem. Depending on the affiliations and care in place and moment, it changes its rhythm. Wind tunnels have fundamentally changed contemporary art and design for a hundred years, and they continue to foster many layers of interpretation–especially when you slow down their engine. Combined with light and smoke, it becomes an infinite metaphor machine challenging expectations, thoughts, and attitudes.


On April 29–30, 2022, the Wind Tunnel invites artists, scientists, and the audience for exchange and encounters. In open rehearsals, we spend time together, searching for new insights and moments of connection, with only sun and moon above us.

We will approach the wind through sound, film, literature, and music and talk to it through curatorial practice and planetary science with contributions by Andreas Bunte, Florian Dombois, DJ trách nhiệm (Quyngh Dong & Luca Klett), Mika Elo, Andy Graydon, Ravit Helled, Kabelo Malatsie, Tom McCarthy, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Christof Nüssli, Christoph Oeschger, Helene Romakin, Luise Schröder, Leslie Thornton, Irene Vögeli, and U5.

On Friday, 29 April 2022, at 4 pm, we invite you to join the opening reception.


From 5 pm, Florian Dombois, Andy Graydon, Tom McCarthy, Ari Benjamin Meyers, and Leslie Thornton will animate the wind tunnel. At night we will celebrate the same-day nourished organism of relations with a DJ set by DJ trách nhiệm (Quynh Dong & Luca Klett).


On Saturday, 30 April 2022, 5 pm, we will meet in a wake turbulence with Ravit Helled and Kabelo Malatsie, followed by Filmallmende with Andreas Bunte, Florian Dombois, Mika Elo, Christof Nüssli, Christoph Oeschger, Luise Schröder, Leslie Thornton, Irene Vögeli, U5.


At 8:28 pm, we will welcome the new moon.


The Wind Tunnel Festival is cared for by ~tilde.

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