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Engadin Art Talks (E.A.T.)

On the eve of E.A.T.'s tenth anniversary edition, The Design Edit publishes one of the poems to be performed by Swiss designer Rolf Sachs.

Zuoz, Switzerland
25th – 26th January 2020

By TDE News / 9th January 2020
E.A.T. line up COURTESY: E.A.T./Engadin Art Talks Stiftung

E.A.T. line up
COURTESY: E.A.T./Engadin Art Talks Stiftung

FOR EACH OF the last nine years, in the beautiful Swiss mountain village of Zuoz, Engadin, a few days have been set apart in January for a gathering of artists, designers, architects, writers, scientists and performers. Here they clear their minds with mountain air, unveil new projects, share ideas and debate issues of importance to us all.

Village of Zuoz, Switzerland, where E.A.T. is held COURTESY: Aurélien Pillet

Village of Zuoz, Switzerland, where E.A.T. is held
COURTESY: Aurélien Pillet

The brainchild of the art collector, philanthropist and publisher Cristina Bechtler, E.A.T. is ten this year, and the distinguished curatorial team – Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries), Bice Curiger (the first female to curate the Venice Biennale, now Artistic Director Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles) and also Philip Ursprung (Dean of Architecture at ETH Zürich) – has proposed silence, and the activity of listening, as its theme.

Rolf Sachs, ‘untitled’, 2012 COURTESY: Rolf Sachs

Rolf Sachs, ‘untitled’, 2012
COURTESY: Rolf Sachs

Amongst the speakers this year are the artists David Claerbout, Jeppe Hein, Emeka Ogboh and Marianna Simnett, the architects Tatiana Bilbao and Jeanette Kuo, environmental activist Cyrill Gutsch, writers Erling Kagge and Ben Okri, philosopher of plants Emanuele Coccia, designer Rolf Sachs and neuroscientist Wolf Singer, with contemporary dancer Charlotte Jarvis, as well as composers Chris Watson and Isabel Mundry.

Village of Zuoz, Switzerland, where E.A.T. is held COURTESY: E.A.T./Engadin Art Talks Stiftungt

Village of Zuoz, Switzerland, where E.A.T. is held
COURTESY: E.A.T./Engadin Art Talks Stiftungt

The idyllic Engadin is home to many artists, collectors, private foundations, sculpture parks and international galleries, so art lovers are well entertained during breaks in the talks – but if you can’t get there yourself, you can follow the events through the live-stream on their website.

As a sneak preview of Rolf Sachs’s presentation, on the theme of ‘Emotion’, billed for Saturday afternoon, The Design Edit is proud to present his new poem, Tolerance.

Rolf Sachs COURTESY: Rolf Sachs

Rolf Sachs
COURTESY: Rolf Sachs

Tolerance

morning dew
considerate
jealousy
education
ethics
envy, greed and desire
liberation
empathy
passion
art
the truth
sceptical and/or cynical
honesty
upbringing
chocolate stains
respect
cool!
faith
angst!
evergreen
friendship
generous mind
imperfection
integrity
light, shadow and darkness
childhood
acceptance
liebe, love, amour
clarity
human
Malevich, Duchamp, Beuys, Klein …
frost and steam
freedom
a cedar tree
awareness
soul & spirit
endure
temptation
humour
curiosity
arrogance
mischwald
pure
yours, mine, ours …
dream

Tolerance

Rolf Sachs, Rome, January 2020

Rolf Sachs, ‘insepar-able’, 2012 COURTESY: Rolf Sachs

Rolf Sachs, ‘insepar-able’, 2012
COURTESY: Rolf Sachs

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