MATZA au Pavillon Sicli



Pavillon Sicli, Geneva – Thursday, March 14, 2024, 6:30pm

For the past 10 years, MATZA has been bringing together artists, scientists and architects to live and work in often extreme environments, from alpine glaciers to arid American deserts, via several urban sites in transformation. These often transformative experiences prompt these ephemeral communities to question their environment and their own capacity to adapt. What do you learn from two weeks on a glacier? How do you live in a desert with water rationing at over 45°? These are all experiences that force us to change our practices and take a fresh look at the climatic, natural and cultural conditions in which we live today.

This evening at Pavillon Sicli will be an opportunity to debate these questions with artists and architects close to MATZA, and to discuss the evolution of our professions in the face of a natural environment in upheaval.

With Séverin Guelpa, artist and founder of MATZA, Héloise Gailing, architect, Jean-Paul Jaccaud, architect and Marie Velardi, artist.

Moderator: Anja Wyden Guelpa

Parallel presentation of MATZA films:

Matza Aletsch: A film by Laurence Favre (18′) made on the occasion of MATZA Aletsch, 2017.
Superstructure: A film by Michael Hartwell (18′) made on the occasion of MATZA Meyrin, February 2019.
Bivouac: A film by Michael Hartwell (20′) made on the occasion of MATZA Bivouac in Lausanne, 2021.

The evening is also an opportunity to mark MATZA’s 10th anniversary and to unveil Séverin Guelpa’s book The Desert, the Glacier and the Superstructure, 10 years of field research, experimentation and collective artistic investigation with MATZA.

An event organized by MATZAproduction in partnership with the Fondation Pavillon Sicli – Architecture et Arts du Bâti.

Free admission