“The metaphor of the seed is relevant in my film. The idea of who plants a seed in our minds—the effort it takes to grow an idea into a successful product or project. And perhaps going on from that, the possibilities that arise out of being able to affect that growth process.” Lucia Helenka talks to the Woolf about biohacking, filmmaking and her newest project: STEM.
Steve Wheen, multimedia storyteller, talks to the Woolf about the impact of creating tiny storyworlds, the power of imagining, his miniature gardens and his work as The Pothole Gardener, a project that transforms ‘crappy to happy’.
“Yet write he did. At some point in his thirties, cramps in his hands had made writing painful. He interpreted this as a psychosomatic rejection of the pen and turned instead to the pencil. This changed his output from wry and witty tales to wanderings through the landscape of the mind.” J.J. Marsh on beloved Swiss writer Robert Walser.
“Fact: If you want to get close to the stage, you have to prepare. Some call it a military operation. I call it war.” D.B. Miller scans the audience in the pit with a series of vignettes.
We take a closer look at some of the seeds and micro worlds of filmmaker Lucia Helenka’s STEM film project.
From crappy to happy: inspect some of the miniature gardens created by Steve Wheen, the Pothole Gardener.
“On November 9th, the day after the US election, I found myself in Houston. Having finished a speaking engagement at the university, I was visiting a dear friend. In need of solace, we went to the Rothko Chapel—a gathering place for civil rights activists from around the world, and an interfaith sanctuary for contemplation.” – Darcy Alexandra, organiser of the Writers Resist event in Zurich.
“The result is a sobering realisation of how quickly a society can shift from progressive to reactionary, and how much must be done by those who defend the democratic ideal. Most of all, we acknowledge the power of words.” J.J. Marsh pens a response to January’s Writers Resist event in Zürich.
Charles Blass, Zürich-based poet and DJ for Radio LoRa, performs his poem, ‘Resurrection’.
Liam Klenk compiles a calendar of literary goings-on in Zürich and beyond this Spring.