15. Oct. 2017 - 30. Nov. 2017

Alexander Nieuwenhuis

Author from the Netherlands

Alexander Nieuwenhuis' Blog Intuitive Encyclopedia 

"For the Intuitive Encyclopedia Alexander Nieuwenhuis is writing a text on those who warned for ecological catastrophe and what happened to them.

The starting point of the text will be Alexander von Humboldt, German scientist and explorer and one of the first people who had the insight that natural systems are interconnected. The text will proceed to delve into the work of the Club of Rome, the Winterthur organization that raises awareness on the limit's to growth. Lastly I will look into the terrorist campaign of the Unabomber. This American scientist bombed academics and airport employees in order to halt scientific progress. Although his campaign was clearly unlawfull his theoretical backing is interestingly sound.

As these subjects are delved into the text will try to explore the central question of our times. With all the knowledge we have about climate change and ecological collapse how come we still don't act with the urgency that the matter requires? This question i consider to be unanswerable but by putting this question in the centre of the text he hopes to offer an intuitive understanding of the complexity of this issue. "

02. Oct. 2017 - 30. Nov. 2017

Pradeepan  Raveendran

Filmmaker from France / Sri Lanka

Pradeepan Raveendran was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, in 1981. He is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. He has been living in Paris, France, since 2004, as a political refugee. His first short film, ''A Mango Tree in the Front Yard'', was an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009 and subsequently nominated for a Golden Bear. His second short film, ''Shadows of Silence'', premiered at ‘Directors' Fortnight’ - Cannes Film Festival, in 2010.

Both films were screened at many film festivals, including Rotterdam and Locarno. He was also a participant of Berlinale Talents 2014. He co-founded'Exil Image' in 2008. The above-mentioned films were produced through this production company.

2017, as a participant of Open Doors, a section of the Festival del Film Locarno, Pradeepan Raveendran was selected for this residency by Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, DEZA and Villa Sträuli.

02. Sep. 2017 - 21. Nov. 2017

Wei Li

Visual artist from China

We live in the information age, but do we really know the place where we live? Do we really know the people around us? At the age of nine years old, Li Wei started imagine and create many different pictures of Switzerland in her mind since then. Switzerland translated to Chinese is about peaceful, more like a wonderland instead of a nation. Many years later, talking to foreigner friends about China, Li Wei found that they also have lots of persistent impressions of China.

"Hear" and"say" are the principal way to disseminate information in human society - we spread news in this way, spread public opinion in this way, most of the time, our willpower can not change the truth, but people use to turn the truth to what they hope from oneself experience.

In the project of "Hearsay" he will interview three different kind of people (1) people who have never been to Switzerland. (2) people who have been to Switzerland. (3) people in Switzerland, trying to collect impression of Switzerland through different people. The project is including performance and video.

Li Wei is invited by Pro Helvetia to this three month's resideny at the Villa Sträuli.

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