Serendipity Seminar Week 2016


Composing essays with audiovisual recordings

We want to open our senses to a space in Zurich we circle everyday, but don’t perceive consciously. We will pause in the daily movement and experience the public space beyond our usual perspective. Audiovisual media will help us to examine spatial, acoustic and atmospheric phenomena in the landscape and grasp different meanings of a place.

In this exercise, we will explore the landscape edges of Zurich’s empty center: the railway field from central station to Europabrücke. We want to discover the audiovisual layers of this diverse area: the unexpected natural reserve in the middle of this urban field and its rapidly changing edges. Equipped with cameras and microphones, you will frame scenes of the everyday activities around the clock with office buildings, nightclubs, private gardens, construction sites, housing complexes and wastelands.

The final result of the course will be a collective audiovisual essay of Zurich’s “Gleisfeld”, tracking 24 hours of field recording. You will learn how to work with audio- and videorecorders and edit with software such as Reaper and DaVinci Resolve.


COURSE BLOG: See the on going work from students






Prof. Christophe Girot
Ludwig Berger
Johannes Rebsamen
Matthias Vollmer



Johannes Rebsamen

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10.03.2016, 15:00 – 17:00 Introduction to Course (HIL H 40.5)

12.03.2016, Individual Exercise (video techniques)
13.03.2016, Individual Exercise (audio techniques)

14.03.2016, 09:00 – 17:00 Discovering site / Test-recordings / Concept

15.03.2016, 09:00 – 17:00 Discovering site / Test-recordings / Concept

16.03.2016, 24h RECORDINGS (full day)

17.03.2016, 09:00 – 19:00 Editing

18.03.2016, 09:00 – 12:00 Final Crit