Below is our entire portfolio.

If it seems too long or chaotic, we invite you to pick a selection:
walking / playing / interventions  //  presenting / teaching  //  writing / publishing  //  inviting / curating 


PUFF travels – possible urban fantastic futures   
/ audio tour / interventions / performing / art
Audio tour (1,5 h / 3 tracks) to 3 different possible futures of Sydhavnen, a neighbourhood in Copenhagen, with over 100 participants of the experimental cities conference conference as part of the City Link Festival 2017.
September 2017, Copenhagen, DK

I går var i dag Fremtiden – en Tidskapsel 
/ interventions / performing / art / research / archiving
‘Yesterday, today was the future – a time capsule’ was an interactive urban performance that captured 24 typical hours around the Copenhagen Harbour.
For lots of pictures see fb.
September 2016, Copenhagen, DK

/ curating / programming / walkshops / performances
zURBS and Nextzürich are taking over a pavillion in the middle of Zürich’s city centre. For the time of 2 years they are initiating and programming an urban laboratory for participative and artistic research on urban development, urban politics and urban perception. www.pavilleon.org
July 2016 – June 2018 (2 years), Werdmühleplatz, Zürich, Switzerland

Lecture: zURBS & Nextzürich – ExpertInnen-Bewegungen zur Stadtentwicklung 
/ presenting / teaching
Giving a lecture on the the activities of zURBS and Nextzürich at the semester course on “new urban social movements and their significance for the praxis in social work” (Neue städtische soziale Bewegungen und ihre Bedeutung für die Praxis Sozialer Arbeit) at the by FHNW (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz), with Markus Nollert from Bureau für Raumentwicklung.
May 9, 2016, Basel, Switzerland

Gentrifiers Anonymous
/ workshop / performing
Inagurating meeting of the newly formed community GA – Gentrifiers Anonymous. A performative experiment and self-reflective critique on the fact, that we are all gentrifiers, partially, and on the question of how to deal with that constructively. Workshop as part of “the Living School” session on expulsion at the Peckham Liberal Club, curated by the artist Brandon LaBelle and the South London Gallery. For GA-updates see fb or web.
February 2016, London, UK

Blicke, Erinnerungen, Fragen, Ideen und Utopien – Partizipative Wunschproduktionen bei zURBS und Nextzürich
/ presenting
Presentation by Sabeth about participative wish-production in the projects of zURBS and Nextzürich. As part of the symposium «Wege zur Baukultur – Schweiz und Österreich im Dialog» in Vienna, invited by sia, the swiss society of engineers and architects.
November 2015, Vienna, Austria

Zeitkapsel Europaallee 2015
/ interventions / performing / art / research / archiving
24-h urban research and intervention, 24h in situ, 24h of collecting the here and now for a time-capsule, to be buried for the future to find out what was really going on in Europaallee 2015. Commissioned by SBB
September 2015, Zürich, Switzerland

Stories of Home
/ writing / graphics / art / model / exhibition
contribution to the exhibition Stories of Home: utopian models, stories and photo-montages around the former mental hospital St. Clement’s site in Mile-End London
July 2015, London, UK

St. Clement’s – in transition
/ workshops / model / utopia
A series of workshops conducted aimed to involve the local community around the former mental hospital St. Clement’s site in the process of developing permanent public art works for the site. , in collaboration with Applecart and the blacksmith-artist Agnes Jones. Commissioned by Linden Homes
June 2015, Mile-End London, UK

Archiving the City
/ walkshop / performing / archiving
An urban exploration for the symposium Performing Urban Archives
June 2015, Queen Mary University London, UK

Exkursion zu Zürcher Zwischennutzungen
/ presenting / teaching
The organisation and guiding of an excursion to projects which are tempararily using vacant space in Zurich, by Sabeth, as part of the third international conference on social work and city development (Internationalen Tagung Soziale Arbeit und Stadtentwicklung) with this year’s theme of “emanzipation and urban development” by FHNW (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz).
June 25, 2015, Zürich/Basel, Switzerland

Introductions To Invisibility Studies
/ writing / graphics
4 introductory articles and illustrations in the frame of the research project “negotiating (in)visibilities” at The University of Copenhagen. Published in the book “Invisibility Studies – Surveillance, Transparency and the Hidden in Contemporary Culture”.
January 2015, Peter Lang Verlag

Materiality as Performance
/ presenting
Presentation by Cecilie on the idea of materiality as performance in the context of the zURBS project “Montopia”, at the conference “Performing Dialectics“.
January 2015, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Zürich 2015
/ writing / graphics
Conception and design of a New Years-Card in form of a poster-size calender with 12 poems on the 12 city districts, for Zurich’s city council member Richard Wolff.
December 2014, Zürich, Switzerland

invisible Nordhausen
/ walkshops / urban interventions
Walkshops with kids/teenagers for the East-German children and youth festival “Wildwechsel“.
September 2014 (1 week), Nordhausen, Germany

/ workshops / model / art / exhibition
Utopian model-building with 80 participants in the frame of the contemporary art festival “hik et nunk“.
September 2014 (1 week), Crochetan Theatre, Monthey, Switzerland

zURBS @ LEERgang
/ walkshop / panel
Walkshop through the Mitte-district in order to find and activate small urban vacancies, as a contribution to LEERgang, the annual conference of Leerstandsmelder, invited by openberlin.
+ Sabeth on the podium “Performanz im Stadtaktivismus”, discussing performance in urban activism. Next to Dr. Frauke Surmann & Niels Boeing, Moderation Nils Grube & Iver Ohm.
July 12, 2014, Berlin Mitte, Germany 

/ game / treasure hunt / performing
A Bus-and-bus stop game at the TfL (Transport for London) bus cavalcade in Regent Street in London, invited by UCL (University College London).
June 22, 2014, London, UK

Urban Hacking
/ presenting
Lecture on the theme of “urban hacking” at the hacking festival CKSTER.org in Berne, invited by RAST. See video of presentation.
June 6, 2014, Bern, Switzerland

invisible Basels
/ walkshops / archiving / exhibition / panel
Walkshops and making/exhibition of an alternative city archive for the festival and conference “performaCITY“.
+ Cecilie and Sabeth on the panel  “Performing Utopian Visions“, next to Dr. David Pinder & Prof Jen Harvie from Queen Mary University London.
June 2014 (2 weeks), Theater Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland

invisible Zürichs – the book
/ writing / designing / publishing
A book collecting impressions, contributions, findings and reflections from the 2-month project “invisible Zürichs“.
June 2014, self-publishing

De-tour for ZHAW
/ de-tour
A playful de-tour through Zürich West with a group of ZHAW students (Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften).
May 28, 2014, Zürich West, Switzerland

Invisible Ludwigsburg
/ teaching
2-day seminar on performance in the city with drama students at the Academy for Applied Arts Baden-Württemberg.
May 27/28, 2014, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Tracing Invisible Londons
/ walkshop / exhibition / roundtable discussion
An invisible-cities-walkshop around Euston Station in London, in the framework of the annual exhibition and event programme “Cities Methodologies“, organized by Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (University College London).
+ zURBS as part of round table discussion “Learning to Walk“.
May 2014, UCL London, UK

Performing Things
/ presentation
Presentation on the project “invisible Zürichs” and the transformative potential of urban materiality, by Cecilie, at the symposium “Performance, Place, Possibility” at the University of Leeds, in the frame of the Ludus Festival.
April 4, 2014, Leeds, UK

Zukunftswerkstadt Dynamo
/ expertise
Sabeth being invited to an expert workshop on the future of youth culture centre Dynamo.
March 11, 2014, Dynamo, Zürich CH

Zürich 2014
/ writing / graphics
Conception and design of a New Years-Card in form of a poster with questions about your city in all different languages, for Zurich’s city council member Richard Wolff.
December 2013, Zürich, Switzerland

invisible Kreis 5
/ walkshop
invisible-cities-walkshop through Zurich West with 40 employees of the NGO swisscontact, as an introduction to them moving their office to the district.
December 2013, Zürich West, Switzerland

Intervention Klarsicht  [intervention clear-sightedness]
/ performing
Performative contribution by Sabeth to the book-release of “Schweizgespräch. Von der Lust und Freude am Politischen – Eine Denk-Allmend für den Flugplatz Dübendorf” by Thom Held und Jürg Minsch.
October 28, 2013 Buch-Cafe Sphères, Zürich, Switzerland

Invisible Zürichs and the alternative city archive
/ writing
Three articles on the alternative city archive and “invisible Zürichs” in Common the Journal.
autumn 2013, online

/ teaching
Seminar on the theme of the “dispositif” in the context of “invisible Zürichs” at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
autumn 2013, ZHdK & Gessnerallee, Zürich, Switzerland

Exhibition at the annual swiss architecture show “architektur 0.13”
/ interactive presentation / archiving / exhibition
Representation of the invisible Zürichs-archive at the swiss architecture fair “architektur 0.13” with a lot of questions and questionnaries on our relation to the city including a remote city-archive.
October 24.-27, 2013 (3 days), Maag Halle, Zürich, Switzerland

invisible Zürichs
/ curating / programming / walkshops / archiving / performances
zURBS curating Südbühne (“Südbühne für alle”), invited by the theatre Gessnerallee Zürich. www.invisible-zurichs.ch
October 16 – December 20, 2013 (9 weeks), Südbühne, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Zürich, Switzerland

Perform Now
/ presenting
Presentation and walkshop by zURBS in the frame of “TRANS:SCRIPT“, the theoretical part of the performance festival “Perform Now”, invited by Thomas Lang.
October 4, 2013, Winterthur, Switzerland

Pecha Kucha
/ presenting
Sabeth contributing 20 slides à 20 seconds to the Pecha Kucha of sia (Schweizer Ingenieur- und Architektenverband), invited by Stefan Kurath.
October 3, 2013, Club Exil, Zürich, Switzerland

Gentrifizierung und Aneignung durch Imagination [Gentrification and appropriation through Imagination]
/ teaching
Guest lecture by Sabeth in the lecture series “Produktion in der Stadt: neue urbane (netzwerk-)Ökonomie – Stadtentwicklung und (klein-)Unternehmertum”, invited by Fabienne Hoelzel at ETH chair of architecture and urban design, Prof. Kees Christiaanse.
September 26, 2013, Basislager, Zürich, Switzerland

Negotiating (in)visibilities
/ teaching
Lecture by Cecilie for art students at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and Basel University of the Arts and Applied Sciences.
September 16, 2013, Basel, Switzerland

Urban Interventions
/ teaching / interventions
Interdisciplinary seminar week Z-Modul, together with artist Johannes M. Hedinger & Imanuel Schipper, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
September 9-13, 2013, ZHdK Zürich, Switzerland

Boom Boom Bang Bang
/ curating
Curating, consulting and supporting the artists Paul Polaris in her (performative) demand to build a ruin by blowing up Kunsthaus Zurich. See online logbook: www.boomboombangbang.com
September 2013 – March 2014, Zürich, Switzerland

Re-flect! Art in Public Space
/ map / game
A participative search along the question: how does art reflect the public? A map full of exercises, as a contribution to the art festival “Reactivate! Art in Public Space“, invited by the city of Zug.
August 23 – September 28, 2013, Zug, Switzerland

Re-Imagination des Urbanen – das Potential der Kunst als Methode der Stadtforschung
/ presenting
Presentation by Sabeth in the conference block on the right to the city, at the international conference on social work and city development (Internationalen Tagung Soziale Arbeit und Stadtentwicklung) by FHNW (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz).
June 21, 2013, Basel, Switzerland
Re-Imagination des Urbanen: Stadtforschung mit sozial-artistischen Methoden
/ writing
paper on the re-imagination of the urban by Cecilie and Sabeth, as a contribution to the “Sammelband Soziale Arbeit und Stadtentwicklung” from Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW.
(coming out soon)

Öffentlicher-Raum-Discount [public space discount]
/ interventions
Public pasta cooking and eating in public space, for everyone, for free. As part of “böff“, a cooperation with Konzeptbüro Rote Fabrik, aiming at playing with and in public space.
May 28 & September 3, 2013, Bürkliplatz, Zürich, Switzerland

Negotiating Invisibilities
/ teaching
Lecture by Cecilie on the theme of how to work with art in urban space, for master students in Composition and Transdisciplinarity, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
May 2013, Zürich, Switzerland

Spatial thinking and artistic practice – revisiting de Certeau
/ writing
Article by Cecilie in Common the Journal – Konjunktur und Krise no.2.
May 2013, online

Zürich – eine Gebrauchsanweisung [Zurich – a user’s manual]
/ game
A playful walk along Bahnhofstrasse, re-interpreting and re-using the most commercial street of Zurich. As part of the international Jane’s Walk Day.
March 4, 2013, Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland

Streifzug: Nachhaltiger Stadtspaziergang? [sustainable city-walk?]
/ walkshop
A stroll through Freiburgs neighborhood Vauban, a combination of treasure hunt, roleplay and household-visits, looking for ‘community’ (as ‘social sustainability’) and its manifestations. Invited by Finkenschlag of Stadttheater Freiburg. 20 participants.
March 2013, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Invisible Gents
/ walkshop
invisible-cities-walkshop in the working class area Rabot in Ghent, Belgium, with a group of 20 participants (mainly students).
March 2013, Rabot, Ghent, Belgium

No Cities, No Future?!
/ presentation
Presentation on the “invisible Gents” walkshops, at the Symposium “No Cities, No Future?!“, next to Kristian Villadsen (Gehl Architects) and Jurgen Randers (Club of Rome). Invited by the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Gent.
March 2013, Theater Vooruit, Gent, Belgium

Zürich Braucht Einen Wolff
/ movie
A poetic short movie as support for the election of Richard Wolff (urbanist / sociologist / INURA) in the city of Zurich’s city council (Stadtrat).
February 2013, Zürich, Switzerland, online

Urbanes Leben
/ about zURBS / interview
Article on zURBS in the swiss street magazine “Strassenmagazin Surprise” by Diana Frei, in form of an interview with Sabeth.
January 2013, Surprise 292/13, Seite 23.

wenn ’sozial-artistische’ Methoden die Neugierde aller für Zusammenhänge von Urbanität wecken
/ about us / interview
An interview with Sabeth on democracy, participation and the zURBS methods of deconstruction and imagination, by Thom Held & Jürg Minsch of the public think-tank Denk-Allmend.
December 2012, online
Autumn 2013, Haupt Verlag Bern

Öffentliche Kunst braucht Freiheit [Public art needs freedom]
/ writing
Statement in the architecture journal Hochparterre, as response to the question: How to combine place-marketing and artistic content? The question was posed to Sabeth as well as Christopher Doswald (kiör Zürich), Christoph Schenker (ZHdK) and Richard Wolff (INURA).
November 2012, Zürich, Switzerland, Hochparterre 11/2012

Welche Kunst für wessen Stadt? / What art for whose urban?
/ writing
Article by Sander van Parijs on the conference reART:theURBAN and on the work of zURBS. Published in Arch+ 209 as well as in Common the Journal No. 1.
November 2012, online

Kongresszentrum Gerold?
/ presentation / performative de-tour
Presentation of the methods “deconstruction and imagination” including a tour through the (imaginary) conference centre on Geroldareal. An excursion for ETH masterstudents in “Verkehrs- und Infrastruktursysteme”, invited by the IRL ETH Zurich.
November 2012, Geroldareal, Zürich West, Switzerland

Excursion (in)visible Langstrasse
/ walkshop
invisible-cities-walkshop in Zurichs “Langstrasse”, for and with researchers participating the conference “Negotiating (In)visibilities” by University of Copenhagen and ETH Zurich.
November 2012, Zürich, Switzerland

/ curating
Inviting and supporting a 3-day intervention by the french artist-group boijeot.renauld.turon. questioning the urban presence of the symposium reART:theURBAN. Supported by “böff“.
October 2012, Zürich, Switzerland

Lust & Find
/ walkshop
A search for the lustfull city around Zurichs Langstrasse, demanding all five senses of participants of the symposium reART:theURBAN.
October 2012, Zürich, Switzerland

Social-artistic methods to work with the city
/ presenting / discussing
Table-Talk with the Hamburg-based collective Spacedepartment. Symposium reART:theURBAN.
October 2012, Gessnerallee, Zürich, Switzerland

Das Hochdach über dem Stauffacher [the highrise roof over the public square Stauffacher]
/ utopian utopia / model
Proposing an oversize roof without commercial (or any other clear) reason to cover the square Stauffacher, as an utopian contribution to the exhibition “Urban Manufacturing“. A collaboration of zURBS and Furrer Jud Architekten. Invited by the ETH Zurich, exibited at Theaterhaus Gessnerallee during the symposium reART:theURBAN.
October 2012, Zürich, Switzerland

Züri West De-Tour & MA-trans lecture
/ de-tour / teaching
A de-tour through Zurich West and its art in public space, with subsequent workshop and discussion of students contributions. For and with 30 art-students of the ZHdK master program in transdisciplinarity. Invited by Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
September 2012 Zürich, Switzerland

Where is the critical? Questioning contemporary practices of “critical” art in order to pursue alternative urban imaginations
/ writing
Article by Cecilie & Sander van Parijs on the work of zURBS, being published in “Models Ruin Power”
(coming out soon)

THEORIST: urbanism and participation
/ presenting / discussing
Panel discussion with zURBS, Stefan Kurath and Collectivo Macrame (Instant Favelas), Invited and moderated by Sasha Cisar in the frame of THEORIST.
September 2012, Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich, Switzerland

Asphalt Gallery @ AATC
/ exhibition / intervention / guerilla tactic
A guerilla art installation of empty picture frames in the public parking lots below Hardbrücke, as part of the “international parking day” and the public art festival “Art And The City” (AATC), in collaboration with Laura Bruns, supported by the AATC Festival and by “böff
September 2012, Hardbrücke, Zürich, Switzerland

Schatzsuche @ AATC
/ treasure hunt / game / map
Installations and treasure-map in form of a manual to individually explore Zurich West and its visible and invisible art treasures. As part of and supported by the “Art And The City” Festival.
August – September 2012, Zürich West, Switzerland

De-Tour @ AATC
/ de-tour / walkshop
A participative de-tour through Zurich West and behind and around its public artworks. As part of and supported by the “Art And The City” Festival.
June – September 2012 (3 tours), Zürich West, Switzerland

“böff” – Bespielung öffentlicher Freiräume [re-appropriating public spaces]
/ curating / interventions
A project-series supposed to initiate and/or support playful urban action. A cooperation of zURBS and Konzeptbüro Rote Fabrik. See www.boff.li
since summer 2012, ongoing, Zürich, Switzerland  

Kunst und Partizipation
/ presenting / discussing
3 presentations revolving around zURBS’s approaches, working methods and projects. Part of the lecture series “Art needs the Urban. The Urban needs Art“. Invited by the urban collective, Einschleichende Neubauten.
May 2012, Fox-House, Wien/Vienna, Austria

The Pink Rabbit Experiment
/ walkshop
Playful imaginative parcour through the former industrial Binz-district, with participants (artists & scientists) of the research project “Re/Okkupation“. Invited by Imanuel Schipper, ZHdK.
March 2012, Binz, Zürich, Switzerland

/ blogging / writing
Various contributions by zURBS on Zürich’s blogging plattform “Westnetz” on zURBS projects and urban or urban art topics.
all year 2012, online (Cecilie / Nina / Sabeth)

Opening zURBS
/ exhibition
Exhibition of the models from the “Zurich West nochmals anders?” workshops, combined with artistic interpretations by Ildiko Sera, Evelien Stichelmeyer and Nina Lund Westerdahl.
February 2012, Galerie zieglerzwei, Zürich, Switzerland 

Züri West nochmals anders?
/ workshops / models
Utopian urban model-building workshops with seven groups of residents/users of Zurich West, capturing their dreams and ideas about their district.
February 2012, Zürich, Switzerland

zURBS newsletters
/ writing
Every now and then, we send out a newsletter to our members, our friends, our fans and probably to some who keep thinking it is spam. Here you get to our newsletter sign-up and archive.
ever since January 2012