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October, 26 – November, 5. Swiss Authors Touring Russia

Programme of the Tour

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A group of Swiss authors and scientists — writer and playwright Ariana Koch, professor and new media expert Roberto Simanowski, writer Jonas Lüscher, and economist and futurologist Karin Frick — are setting off for the Russian tour together with Philosophicum Culture and Education Center in Basel. Authors will present their new books and participate in discussions, stage readings, and meetings with the readers. The tour includes Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Reutov, Tomsk, and Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk.

The programme culminates at the KRYAKK, Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair, on November 1–4. The main theme of the KRYAKK is The Fourth Industrial Revolution. The launch of the Russian publication of Kraft, a novel by Jonas Lüscher, 2017 Swiss Book Prize winner is the highlight.

Challenges of digital economy and new media will be in the focus of all the tour events.

Besides, the programme features Swiss artists Kasya Klimpel and Esther Hunziker’s shows at FUTURO Gallery in Nizhny Novgorod. It is to display their works dedicated to nature and human integration into its processes.


October, 26, 10:30 a.m.
Ariane Koch: Homo Digitalis.
Presentation and discussion of the play.
RSUH, Miuskaja Ploshchad’, 6.

October, 27, 8:00 p.m.
Ariane Koch: Homo Digitalis
Stage Reading & Performance. Afterwards discussion with the author.
Director: Sergej Morozov, Moderation: Elena Kovalskaja, Translator: Svjatoslav Gorodeckij.
Meyerhold Center, Nowoslobodskaja Street, 23.

October, 28, 12:00 p.m.
Ariane Koch: Workshop
About the creation of her play «Homo Digitalis» by means of the computer.
Translator: Svjatoslav Gorodeckij
Meyerhold Center, Nowoslobodskaja Street, 23.

November, 5, 5:00 p.m.
Jonas Lüscher: Kraft.
Presentation and Discussion
Moderation: Julia Pasko, Publisher of the Higher School of Economics (HSE).
German-Russian House Moscow, Malaja Pirogowskaja 5.
In Cooperation with Goethe-Institute Moscow.


October, 28, 7:00 p.m.
Kasia Klimpel and Esther Hunziker art exhibition
Gallery Futuro, Rozhdestvenskaya St. 6.

October, 29, 1:30 p.m.
Workshop with Ariane Koch and Svjatoslav Gorodeckij
«Homo Digitalis» and it’s Russian Translation.
Moderation: Irina Razina.
Linguistic University, Minin Street, 31a.

October, 29, 6:30 p.m.
Ariane Koch: Homo Digitalis
Stage Reading & Performance. Director: Lev Charlamov.
Translator: Svjatoslav Gorodeckij.
Museumof Literaure, Minin str., 26.

October, 30, 11:35 a.m.
Workshop with Ariane Koch and Svjatoslav Gorodeckij: Contemporary German-language literature in Russian Translation.
Moderation: Irina Razina.
Linguistic University, Minin Street, 31a.

October, 30, 1:30 p.m.
Roberto Simanowski: “Facebook Society: Losing Ourselves in Sharing Ourselves”
Linguistic University, Minin Street, 31a.

October, 30, 7:00 p.m.
Roberto Simanowski: «Social networks: communication utopia or the future of language?»
Presentation and Discussion (in cooperation with the publisher «Krasnaja Lastochka»)
Translator: Svjatoslav Gorodeckij.
Gallery Futuro, Rozhdestvenskaya St., 6.


October, 31, 3:00p.m.
Kasia Klimpel: «Playing with Photography».
Workshop for children.
Translator and Moderator: Svatoslav Gorodeckij.
Center for exhibition, Pobedy St. 2.

October, 31, 6:00 p.m.
Roberto Simanowski: «Social networks and future of language. The dream about meaningless communication».
Presentation and Discussion (in cooperation with the publisher Krasnaja Lastochka)
Translator: Svjatoslav Gorodeckij
Co-working Center “Start”, Ulitsa Pobedy, 7.


November, 1, 6.30 p.m.
Karin Frick: Digital revolution of consuming.
Presentation and Discussion.
National center of contemporary art. Pereulok Nakhanovicha 3А.

November, 2, 6.30 p.m.
Ariane Koch, Karin Frick and Dmitrij Galkin: «How the world will look like in 25 years?»
National center of contemporary art, Pereulok Nakhanovicha 3А.


November, 3, 4:00 p.m.
Jonas Lüscher and Mattias Senkel.
Reading and Discussion.
Akadempark, Nikolaewa Street 11 (Floor 13).


Aviatorov Street, 19

November, 1, 2:30 p.m.
Ariane Koch: Homo Digitalis.
Stage-Reading and Performance.

November, 2, 13:30 p.m.
Jonas Lüscher: Kraft. Moderation: Svjatoslav Gorodeckij (translator of the book) Translation: Anna Torgashina.
Presentation and Discussion.

November, 2, 10:00 a.m.
Roberto Simanowski: «The power of experts and participative culture»
Presentation and Discussion.
Translator: Svjatoslav Gorodeckij.
Siberian Federal University and Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University.
Ada Lebedeva, 78.

November, 4, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Karin Frick: «Digital revolution of consumption».
Presentation and Discussion.

November, 4, 2:30 – 3.30 p.m.
Roberto Simanowski: «Speechless media — about the disappearance of computers from education and public life».
Presentation and Discussion.

Karin Frick is a head of Think Tank and a Member of the Executive Board at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI). As an economist, she has been researching and analysing trends and countertrends in business, society and consumption for many years. Since graduating from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Karin Frick has held various positions in which she worked on future-related topics, innovation and change in people and markets. She was editor-in-chief of the well-known quarterly publication GDI IMPULS and managing director of the Swiss Society for Futures Studies (SwissFuture). She analysed developments in the consumer-goods and service sectors on behalf of noted companies.

Roberto Simanowski is a scholar of literature and media studies and editor of dichtung-digital, a journal for contributions on digital aesthetics, which he founded in 1999. He is the author of Digital Art and Meaning, Data Love, Facebook Society, Waste: A New Media Primer, and The Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas. Since 2014 he is professor for Digital Media Studies and Digital Humanities at English Department and School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong

Jonas Lüscher is a Swiss-German writer. He was born in Switzerland, and now lives in Munich. His bestselling novella, Frühling der Barbaren (2013, published with Haus Publishing in 2014 as Barbarian Spring) was longlisted for the German Book Prize and nominated for the Swiss Book Prize. It has been translated into 15 languages and adapted for the stage. In 2017, Lüscher published his first novel, »Kraft«, for which he won the Swiss Book Prize and the Toucan Prize.

Ariane Koch studied Fine Arts in Basel and Bern, as well as Philosophy and Theater Studies. She writes and conceives plays, performances and prose in various collaborations. Since 2009 Ariane Koch is co-editor of “Lasso”, a journal for art and literature. In the season 2015/16 she was also the house author at the Lucerne Theater. Currently she is working on her novel «Aufrückung».

Kasia Klimpel works with photo, video and Internet materials. She studied photography at the Hague Academy of Art, in 2012 she graduated from a course at the Institute of Art at the Graduate School of Design and Art in Basel. She participated in many exhibitions, released the art album “Still” (2014). The Klimpel project “The Grand Tour” was presented at the Museum in Le Chable (Switzerland) and became part of the “Quickscan NL # 2” exhibition in the Dutch photo museum (Rotterdam).

Esther Hunziker is an artist, media designer and lecturer on digital media at the Art Institute in Basel. Before studying art, she learned the trade of dressmaking and studied fashion design. Afterwards, she established her own fashion brand, worked as a screen designer, experimented with analog video-editing technology and created her first interactive narrative forms in the digital network. The area of her work includes video, internet, interactive animations and picture series. Most of her work is based on deconstruction and montage, mixing fragments of the real and the illusory world.

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