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Binaural Views of Switzerland 

On the traces of William England’s 1863 photographic journey through Switzerland:
an audio-visual exhibition.

Binaural Views of Switzerland is an audio-visual observation of the changes caused by human activity in the Swiss Landscape since 1863, when the pioneering British photographer William England made his Grand Tour of Switzerland, creating stunning stereoscopic photographs of over 150 locations.

Artist Alan Alpenfelt, over a two month journey, has re-discovered 30 of these locations, documenting the changes in their aspects and atmospheres, re-presenting them in his exhibition, using binaural sound recording and 3D photography.

His work highlights the stark contrasts between past and present by immersing the visitor in the sights and sounds of each environment, then and now.

The centre of the exhibition is a Kaiser Panorama, which features the stereoscopic photographs linked to headphones through which the visitor can choose between the contrasting binaural soundscapes of the present day or the imagined ones of the past.

Awareness of the effects of mass tourism, modern transport, climate change and industrial development pervades the exhibition, stimulating questions as to how resilience and conservation can somehow still be achieved.

Contact: info [at] vxxzweetz [dot] com

Special thanks to
Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana for providing the space, The London Stereoscopic Company and Peter Blair for providing information on William England, to all the tourist agencies who helped Alan find the exact spots.
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