2016 Milan Classic Car Show

In addition to manufacturing great (looking) cars, Italians also love to collect, show, and drive them. Enjoy the 1-minute glimpse at the 2016 Milan Classic Car Show..

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Ich bin ein Schweizer

“Ich bin ein Berliner”: John F. Kenneddy said in a speech on June 26, 1963, in West Berlin.

“Ich bin ein Schweizer”: Rubén Abruña said on January 28, 2019, in Schwamendingen after obtaining his Swiss passport.

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First Harvest of 2019!

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!

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Using a Compost Toilet in The Absent House

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

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Horn-y Switzerland

Scottish Highland cows in Schwamendingen

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.

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Dada: 100 Years

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.”

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Trapani, Sicily: Sunday May 30, 2017

Enjoy the under 3-minute video.

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Rubén Abruña

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Der abgerissene Strick

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Für deutschsprechende Leute: nur das Video anspielen. Viel Spass!

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Una mirada poética a uno de los pasatiempos favoritos de Petra.

El hilo roto
puede anudarse
de nuevo, pero
sigue roto.

Quizás nos encontremos
otra vez
pero ahí
donde me dejaste
no me encontrarás
otra vez.


A poetic look at one of Petra’s favorite pastimes.

Text translation:

The torn thread
can be knotted again
back to one, but
it is torn.

Perhaps we encounter
each other again,
but there,
where you left me
you will not
find me again.

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The Undercover Gardener

To lighten the heavy load that so many dear people are carrying in Puerto Rico and the USA, I share this video shot at the beginning of the wonderful summer of 2017.

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