Zurich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity–May 16-23

A heady mix of performing and visual artists, scientists, urban planners, public intellectuals and researchers will come together to examine the far-reaching influence of one of Europe’s great cities during Zurich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity.

The multi-venue, citywide festival takes its inspiration from the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Dada movement, founded in Zurich by refugees fleeing World War I, and the city’s current role as a global center of artistic and scientific innovation. In all, 25 events will engage audiences in panels and performances highlighting the contemporary relevance of visionary movements and ideas born in Zurich and their impact on American culture.

Highlights include:

Dada Bomb at Secret Location and The Box. Sat, May 17, 7pm

The signature event of the festival, the evening curated by the acclaimed Giants Are Small, will revisit the great Dada acts of 1916 Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and offers a vision of what Dada would be in 2014 New York. Dada Bomb, whose theme is  “death of privacy,” is a live event in two parts beginning at a secret location where the audience will enter an immersive Dada designed space and experience visual elements, short acts and original food items created by Doug Fitch. The audience will then be led to The Box where they will enter an art/music event exploring the death of privacy in contemporary life.

Dada on Tour and Dada Pop-Up: The Absurdities of Our Times at the Whitebox Art Center, May 18-22

Dada on Tour opening May 18 features a “nomadic” tent, a multimedia installation featuring the “Starry Heaven of Dada”, which maps the journey of the international art movement from 1916 to 1923. Dada Pop-Up opening May 19 is an exhibition of artworks curated by Swiss artist Clarina Bezzola. The show opening will feature uncensored, spontaneous performances and exchanges as they would have taken place at Cabaret Voltaire almost one hundred years ago, when artists and otherwise curious people let their minds run free to see what would happen. Featured artists will present short vignettes rekindling a time when art was created in a fun and communal spirit.

MetroNeXt+ and Yann Arthus-Bertrand: Switzerland From Above at Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, May 17–22 

Is this the future of travel?  Using the latest in augmented reality technology, MetroNeXt+ will exhibit a replica of a vintage New York City subway entrance that transports visitors to downtown Zurich. It uses 2D and 3D graphics and photogrammetry technologies to display 3D models of Zurich’s old town and the historic “Augustinergasse.” Participating artists include Caroline Bernard, John Craig Freeman, Lorenz Meier, Curious Minds, Lalie Pasquale, the recently deceased HR Giger (RIP).

Seven large-format photographs taken by helicopter of Switzerland’s speculator landscape by award-winning photographer and environmentalist, Yann Arthus-Bertrand will also be on view.

Full festival schedule:  www.zurichmeetsnewyork.org