The Wind Tunnel Model

The Wind Tunnel Model

Transdisciplinary Encounters

Trans-disciplinary collaboration in artistic research beyond a problem.



Title Information

Edited by Florian Dombois

1st edition

, 2017


208 pages, 18 color and 12 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-792-1


Where does the wind go when it is not blowing? With The Wind Tunnel Model, artist and scientist Florian Dombois proposes new forms of interaction between art and science.

Key to this project is Dombois’s wind tunnel laboratory at Zurich University of the Arts. With an empty test platform, the laboratory is a compelling example of architecture that turns its back on its occupants, forming an invisible, yet disturbingly concrete, secondary model.

The Wind Tunnel Model features essays by Dombois and his collaborators, reflecting on this innovative concept for transdisciplinary collaboration. Together, they present a new model of interaction in artistic research and creation—the “man engine,” a mechanism of reciprocating ladders and stationary platforms installed in mines to assist miners between different levels, a mechanism that also serves as a metaphor for work at the wind tunnel laboratory. At the cutting edge of transdisciplinary research and education, The Wind Tunnel Model will forge a new path to creative production.

With contributions by Haseeb Ahmed, Jacqueline Burckhardt, Martin Burr, Florian Dombois, Julie Harboe, Christoph Hoffmann, Kaspar König, Dieter Mersch, Isabel Mundry, Mirjam Steiner, Jan Svenungsson, Sarine Waltenspül, and Reinhard Wendler.

Authors & Editors

Haseeb Ahmed

Jacqueline Burckhardt

, born 1947, is co-founder and editor of Parkett art journal and one of Switzerland's most eminent art critics and art educators.

Martin Burr

Florian Dombois

, born 1966,  holds a PhD degree in geophysics and lives and works as an artist in Zurich, where he also teaches as a professor at Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.

Julie Harboe

, born 1962, is an art critic and curator and currently also works as a researcher and lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Christoph Hoffmann

Kaspar König

Dieter Mersch

 read mathematics and philosophy at Universiy of Cologne, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and Technische Universität Darmstadt . He taught mathematical economics at University of Cologne and media studies at University of Potsdam and has been appointed head of the Institute for Theory (ith) at Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK in 2013.

Isabel Mundry

Mirjam Steiner

Jan Svenungsson

Sarine Waltenspül

Reinhard Wendler