Pagina in italiano

exhibition - Binaural Views of Switzerland

Next exhibitions:
2 - 14 February 2021
Lugano High School 1
Lugano, CH

August 2021
Pro Helvetia Swiss Selection

Past Exhibitions:

26 February - 7 March 2021
SonOhr Festival
Bern, CH
CANCELLED (Covid-19)

5 September - 11 October 2020
FIT Festival internazionale del Teatro e della scena contemporanea
LAC Hall - Lugano, CH

November 2020
Tel Aviv, Israel
(”Selfies” video sequence)

14 - 17 May 2020
Swiss Stereoscopic Society annual assembly
La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH
CANCELLED (Covid-19)

18 - 20 June 2020
4th International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media
Lisbon, Portugal
CANCELLED (Covid-19)

7 - 31st August 2020
Pro Helvetia Swiss Selection Edinburgh
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK
CANCELLED (Covid-19)

Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana.
Thursday 14 November - Thursday 5 December 2019. 

By following the 1863 Swiss journey of the British photographic genius William England, the exhibition presents a series of his stunning stereoscopes in a newly constructed Kaiser Panorama

Each photograph is connected to two soundscapes:
1. The environments recorded in the exact present-day locations where the photographs were taken.
2. The fictional sounds of how those locations might have sounded in 1863. 

The total immersion experience becomes a unique occasion to travel through time by seeing and, in addition, listening to the differences between the modern-day environment and that of over 150 years ago.

How has the industrial revolution and subsequent contemporary tourism affected the landscape?

What has changed radically and what still remains intact?

How do we address tourism sustainability and its impact on the conservation of the environment?

These are some of the questions the exhibition raises.

Parallel to the Kaiser Panorama, every location visited by Alan Alpenfelt is photographed in 3D format and placed on Google Maps Street View.
Extracts from these photos are printed as a series, in homage to William England who, in a way, can be considered the inventor of what has become the promotional touristic photography of today.

The Kaiser panorama 

At the centre of the Exhibition is the Kaiser Panorama. A sort of public stereoscopic viewer, it was patented by its inventor August Fuhrmann in ca. 1890. There would be a number of viewing stations through which people would peer through a pair of lenses showing a number of rotating stereoscopic glass slides
In our exhibition, we add the element of sound technology. Connected to each view, there are headphones available to listen to binaural recordings of the present-day soundscapes recorded in each location. They can be compared with the imagined soundscapes of long ago.

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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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