Invent the Future with Elements of the Past

Invent the Future with Elements of the Past

12 Zurich Artists on a Stroll with Lucius Burckhardt

An artistic research based on theories and ideas of Lucius Burckhardt, renowned sociologist and urbanist and inventor of the Science of Strollology.



Title Information

Edited by Adrian Notz and Hans Ulrich Obrist

1st edition

, 2015

Text in English and German


256 pages, 110 color and 66 b/w illustrations

19 x 26 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-487-6


Swiss sociologist and pioneering urban planner Lucius Burckhardt (1925–2003) developed the concept of “strol­lology,” or the science of the walk. The only way to truly experience an envi­ronment is to move within it on foot. As an approach to urban planning, the stroll redefines the relationship be­tween planned urban development and patterns of movement through time and space.

Invent the Future with Elements of the Past looks at a recent artistic interpreta­tion of Burckhardt’s theories: the con­tribution of twelve contemporary artists to the Swiss Pavilion at the fourteenth International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2014. Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the project offers new narratives about the urban space. The resulting objects and events are reproduced here with more than one hundred illustrations and interviews with the participating artists.


With contributions by Judith Albert, Muriel Baumgartner with Tom Stäubli, Stefan Burger, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, San Keller, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Adrian Notz, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Paul Polaris, Christian Ratti, Roland Roos, and Navid Tschopp.

Authors & Editors

Judith Albert

, born 1969, is a video and installation artist educatd at School of Art and Design Lucerne HSLU and Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.

Lorenza Baroncelli

 is an architect and curator. She currently woks as a consultant for Urban Regeneration for the city of Mantova, Italy, and as a curator at London's Serpentine Gallery.

Muriel Baumgartner

, born 1976, is an artist and has graduated from Zurich University of the arts ZHdK.

Stefan Burger

, born 1977, is an artist and photographer graduating from Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.

Nora Hauswirth

 is an art educator and curator, working at Zurich's Cabaret Voltaire

Christina Hemauer

 is an artist, working in collaboration with Roman Keller.

Roman Keller

 is an artist, working in collaboration with Christine Hemauer.

San Keller

, born 1971, is an artist.

Mediengruppe Bitnik

, artistsʼ collective of Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo their accomplices, film author Adnan Hadzi (London) and journalist Daniel Ryser.

Adrian Notz

, warden, prophet, and historian of Dadaism, working at Zurich's Cabaret Voltaire of which he was appointed director in 2012.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

, born 1968, is Artistic Director of London's Serpentine Gallery and a freelance curator. He has before been a curator at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Museum in Progress, Vienna.

Paul Polaris

, born 1982, is an artist living and working in Berlin.

Christian Ratti

, born 1974, is an artist and co-founder of Büro für Wildtierarchitektur, an interdisciplinary collective of professionals in ecology, architecture, art, and technology.

Roland Roos

, born 1974, is an artist.

Tom Staubli

, born 1976, is a designer.

Navid Tschopp

, born 1978 in Iran, is an artist living and working in Switzerland since 1989.