In the land of watches, trains arrive and depart on time. The SBB, the Swiss Train Authority, takes pride in stating that 96% of trains do so.
Last Friday, like many weekdays, I left my house at 9:37 and caught the bus across the street at 9:39. I was heading to the studio to edit a short video about a car show in Milan. The bus arrived at the train station at 9:46 giving me plenty of time to hop on the 9:55 train to arrive at my destination at 10:01, a short and fast six-minute ride. This precision is taken for granted by folks living here. Everyone knows that showing up one minute, sometimes just seconds, after the scheduled time, means reading emails and messages while waiting for the next train.
On January 3, 2019 we harvested Brussel sprouts in -1º Celsius weather. Do you know how they grow? Brussel sprouts are certainly underrated. Enjoy the short film. I am including a recipe that is easy to prepare, delicious, and will make brussel sprouts a favorite, even among those who say they don’t like them. Trust me!
Human feces and urine can be recycled for fertilizing crops, generating energy, conserving drinking water, protecting our waterways, and slowing down the climate crisis. But we are still flushing, even though we can make billions of dollars if we do it the dry way. My next film “Shit Happens” will lead an investigative quest across four continents for sustainable answers. We have already secured 35% of the budget. In the meantime, I shoot and edit video about topics related to the film. Like this short and humorous one
In autumn of 2018 Switzerland voted on a proposition to subsidize those farmers willing to let their cows and goats grow horns. For decades their horns have been welded at very high temperatures at an early age to prevent them from growing. It is very painful as you can imagine. The reasoning behind this treatment is to protect the animals from hurting each other with the horns when grouped together. It also saves space and thus money.
As a newly minted Swiss citizen, I voted in favor of the proposition.
2016 marked the 100 anniversary of Dada, my favorite art movement.
Petra (a psychologist) and I (a filmmaker) were chosen to show our “joint venture”in Manifesta 11, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art that took place in Zürich from 06 June to 18 September, 2016. The concept developed by Christian Jankowski, Manifesta 11’s curator, was to pair an artist and a worker, while focusing on the fields of work found in Zürich and asking the questions “What do I do for money?” and “What does my work do to me at the same time?”
So we made a film -the ideal medium to combine dreams and storytelling- to celebrate the 100 anniversary of Dada, an artistic movement that was born in Zürich, Switzerland in 1916. The film is titled “Le roi cherche une toilette à louer”: Hand printing, cutting words, mental sounds, and random acts of poetry can lead you to unexpected places where the mundane blends with the sublime. The film is inspired by a poem by Tristan Tzara, one of the main founders of Dada, titled “L’amiral cherche une maison à louer.”