CACY Yverdon

CACY Yverdon

Tsunami Architecture (with Heidrun Holzfeind)
5-channel video installation, HDV, 58 min total, 2012/2014

Curated by Karine Tissot

Installation view ©A.Honegger_CACY_Yverdon-les-Bains

 

 

The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami was one of the worst natural catastrophes in history. While international attention has faded, post-tsunami challenges continue to have an impact on affected communities. Six years later and just weeks before Fukushima, we looked at what has been achieved, what went wrong and what challenges remain. On a three month trip from December 2010 to February 2011 to the five countries most affected–Thailand, Aceh/Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India–we investigated the current state of architecture built or reconstructed in the aftermath of the Tsunami. Using video and photography, we documented the long-term effects of the disaster through conversations with survivors, eyewitnesses, aid workers and rescue personnel. We also established a collection of footage of the disaster and the reconstruction efforts. 

We were interested in how the flood of aid money has transformed the affected regions, rebuilt and refashioned local economies and shaped communities. How does collective and individual memory work, years after such a highly publicized media mega-event? How has architecture built after the Tsunami been able to respond to the individual needs of affected communities? How were these communities able to participate in the recovery process? How have these structures been adapted over time by their inhabitants, and how did architectural interventions alter societal and communal structures? 

In some cases, locals were integrated in the reconstruction efforts and empowered to organize themselves to rebuild their livelihoods; effected communities have upgraded their living situation through the newly built housing but quite often the housing design has been culturally insensitive and well-meant efforts created a so-called "dependency" syndrome in which communities keep demanding outside assistance instead of becoming actively involved in improving their situation. 

Commissioned by OK Centrum Linz 

 

Tsunami Architecture (with Heidrun Holzfeind)
5-channel video installation, HDV, 58 min total, 2012/2014

Found Footage: Banda Aceh/ Thailand/ SriLanka, Maldives, India  

3 Monitors (4:3), DVDs looped

Installation view Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon ©A.Honegger_CACY_Yverdon-les-Bains

Tsunami Architecture (with Heidrun Holzfeind)
5-channel video installation, HDV, 58 min total, 2012/2014

Installation view Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon ©A.Honegger_CACY_Yverdon-les-Bains

A house is a house is (Heidrun Holzfeind)

Slide installation, 2012

Installation view Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon ©A.Honegger_CACY_Yverdon-les-Bains

 

Voyages Apocalyptiques

Ongoing project of 98 photographs so far, 1994-2015

Each photograph 20 x 24 ", C-print framed, edition 3+1

Installation view Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon ©A.Honegger_CACY_Yverdon-les-Bains

 

For his photographic series “Voyages Apocalyptiques,” Christoph Draeger only once witnessed the event himself — on 11 September 2001 from the window of his studio in Brooklyn he watched the Twin Towers collapse, and his camera recorded the disaster. But without being at a safe distance, the catastrophe was no longer simply to be consumed. No longer a journey to the site of past horror. The act of terror had come to him. And although Draeger was able in this moment to maintain some distance, this one picture still adheres formally to the sensational journalism he is usually at such pains to undermine. The Swiss artist deals with catastrophes, terrorist acts and airplane crashes. Years after the events, he visits and photographs locations such as Three Miles Island, Lockerbie or Kobe. Places from which the traces of devastation have disappeared. The railway station in Bologna is once again a totally normal railway station with tracks, trains and covered platforms. And Hiroshima simply a Japanese city, cloaked in the tender red of the evening sky.

The photographic sequence “Voyages Apocalyptiques” (since 1994) is Draeger’s quietest work, and at the same time also his most enigmatic. Elsewhere he displays an almost childish delight in big bang effects, fireballs glowing in reds and yellows. On first encountering these images, it is not always clear whether they have been excavated from a media archive, lifted from an action movie or playfully created by the artist himself. The borders between fiction and reality are rendered indistinct, to resemble precisely the live spectacle transmitted through our screens by media pictures: news images and Hollywood scenes of terrifying beauty equalized and enjoyed from the comfort of an armchair. After a journey through Christoph Draeger’s world of images, reality is not quite so quickly forgotten.

Rolf Bismarck (Excerpt from catalogue text in "Reprocessing Reality", P.S. 1/MOMA, New York 2006,  curated by Claudia Spinelli)

 

Index of “voyages apocalyptiques” 1994 -2014

(the date on the left is the day when the photograph was taken) 

1. World Trade Center, New York City, USA, Jun 24 1994 /  Terrorist bomb Feb 26 1993, 5† 

2. Charleston, South Carolina, USA, Jun 29 1994 / Hurricane Hugo Sep 22 1989, 20†  

3. Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, Jul 1 1994 / Space shuttle Challenger disaster Jan 28 1987, 7†  

4. Homestead, Florida, USA, Jul 7 1994/ Hurricane Andrew Aug  24 1992,  22† 

5. Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA, Jul 24 1994 / “ Trinity”, first atomic bomb testing Jul 16 1945, 0† 

6. Los Angeles, California, USA, Aug 8 1994 / Rodney King riots 4. 29. 1992, 58† 

    Northridge earthquake Jan 19 1994, 48† 

7. Malibu, California, USA, Aug 12 1994  / Brushfires Oct 26 1992, 3 † 

8. San Francisco, California, USA, Aug 17 1994 / Earthquake Apr 18 1908, 700† 

   Loma Prieta earthquake, Oct 17 1989, 63†

9. Mount St. Helens, Washington, USA, Aug 22 1994 / Volcanic eruption May 18 1980, 57†  

10. Little Bighorn, Montana, USA, Aug 25 1994 / Indian battle against General Custer, June 25 1876, 221 † (US soldiers )

11. Three Mile Island, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, Aug 30 1994 / nuclear meltdown Mar 28 1979, 0† 

12. Fiumicicoli, Corsica (F), Nov 7 1994 / flood Nov 7 1993, 4† 

13. Brig, Switzerland, Nov 11 1994 /flood, May 1994, 2† 

14. Heysel-Brussels, Belgium, Jan 13 1995  / Riot, followed by stampede, May 29 1985, 41†

15. Zeebrugge, Belgium, Feb 6 1995 / Ferry capsized 3. 6. 1987, 138 † 

16. Bijlmermeer - Amsterdam, Nederlands, Feb 9 1995 more than 250†/ El-Al plane crash into building 10. 4. 1992 

17. Schweizerhalle - Basel, Switzerland, March 9 1995 fire in chemical plant 11. 1. 1986 

18. US Airbase Ramstein, Gemany, March 28 1995 61† / USsoldiers midair collision during airshow 8. 22. 1988 

19. Kobe, Japan, July 31 1995 more than 5000† / Hanshin-earthquake 1. 17. 1995 

20. Hiroshima, Japan, Aug 4 1995 more than 80’000† / first atomic bomb dropped on a city 8. 6. 1945 

21. Nagasaki, Japan, Aug 7 1995 more than 200’000† / last atomic bomb dropped on a city 8. 9. 1945 

22. Fugendake, Mt. Unzen, Japan, Aug 10 1995 45† / volcanic eruption 6. 3. 1991 

23. Minamata, Japan, Aug 12 1995 more than 1000† / mercury pollution of the seashore from the1950’s 

24. Tokyo, Japan, Sep 9 1995 more than 180’000† / japan’s worst earthquake 9. 1. 1923 

    11† / terrorist sarin gas assault of subway system 3. 20 1995 

25. Furiani-Bastia, Corsica (F), May 5 1996 17† / tribune crash during soccer match 5. 5. 1992

26. Vaison la Romaine, France, July 8 1997 34† / flashflood in campground 9. 22. 1992

27. Los Alfaques, Spain, July 10 1997 180† / gas truck explosion in campground 6. 11. 1978

28. Kwangju, Korea, Aug 31 1997 Hundreds † / military massacre during student riots 5. 9. 1980

29. Seoul, Korea, Sep 5 1997 501† / departement store collapse 6. 29. 1995

30. Pont de l’Alma - Paris, France, May 9 1998 3† / Diana and Dodi crash and die with their driver 8. 31. 1997

31. Eschede, Germany, Aug 18 1998 102† / ICE 884 deraillement 6. 6. 1998

32. Dusseldorf-Airport, Germany, Aug 21 1998 17† / fire in elevator 4. 11. 1996

33. Omagh, Northern Ireland, Feb 17 1999 29† / terrorist car bomb Aug 1998

34. Derry, Northern Ireland, June 20 1999 14† / Bloody Sunday: British paratroopers shot catholics on 1. 30. 1972

35. Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 26 1999 Thousands † / Civil-war since 1968

36. Galtür, Austria, July 7 1999 43 † / Avalanche 2. 24. 1999

37. Lakehurst, New Jersey, Aug 13 1999 36 † / Zeppelin Hindenburg crashes on landing: May 6 1937

38. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sep 1 1999 more than 1900 † / TNT explosion in harbour: 2.12. 1917

39. Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sep 2 1999 229 † / SR 111 Crash, Sep 2 1998

40. Remscheid, Germany, Nov 3 1999 7 †/ Starfighter Plane crashes into building/ 17.4.1990

41. Bologna, Italy, Dec 27 1999 85 †/ Terrorist Bomb in Central Station, 2. 8. 1980

42. Biesca, Spain, June 13 2000 Over 60 † / Flashflood on campground, 22. 8. 1998

43. San Petru, Corsica(F), Sep 16 2000 180† / Plane crash, Inex Adria Aviopromet, 1. 12. 1981

44. Gonesse-Paris, France, Oct 2 2000 113 † / Concorde Crash, 25. 7. 2000

45. Uster, Switzerland, Oct 4 2000 14 † / Public pool building collapse, 9. 5. 1985

46. Brühl, Germany, Nov 11 2000 9 † / Trainwreck, 6. 2. 2000

47. Bay of Pigs, Giron, Cuba, Nov 19 2000 more than 100 soldiers † / Secret US-Invasion, 17. 4. 1961

48. Pompeij, Italy, March 4 2001 more than 5000† / Volcanic eruption, / 24. 8. 79 a.c.

49. World Trade Center, New York City, USA, Sept 11 2001, more than 3000 † / Terrorist attack, / 11.9. 2001

50. City Hall, Zug, Switzerland, Oct 10 2001 14 † / Lunatic attack in parliament, 29.9. 2001

51. Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USA, Jan 3 2002 265 † / AA 587 crashes after takeoff, 12.11. 2001

52. Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 20 2002 more than 10’000 † / Earthquake, 19.9. 1985

53. Mont Blanc Tunnel, Chamonix, France, April 22 2002 39 † / tunnel fire 26. 3.1999

54. Carandiru Prison, São Paolo, Bresil, May 30 2002 111 † / police massacre after prison revolte 2. 10 .1992

55. Lockerbie, Scotland (UK), Sep 11 2002 270 † / Terrorist bombing of Jumbo Jet Pan Am 103, Dec 21 1988

56. Evolène, Switzerland, Sep 16 2003  12 † / Avalanche, 21. 2.1999

57. Candelaria, Rio de Janeiro, Nov 24 2003 8† / massacre of homeless children by police/ 23. 7. 1993.

58. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France, July 11 2004  4† / Roof collapse of new airport terminal/ 23. 5 2004

59. Toulouse, France, Sep 23 2004 29† / chemical explosion/ 21.11.2001

60. Texas City, Texas, USA, Apr 3 2005 14† / chemical plant explosion/ 23. 3. 2005

    more than 600† / Explosion of 176-ton ship carrying ferilizer/ 16. 4. 1947

61. Galveston, Texas, USA, Apr 3 2005 more than 6000† / Hurricane/greatest natural disaster in US history, 8. 9.1900

62. Guadalajara, Mexico, May 13, 2005  / 215† / Sewer explosion, 22. 4. 1992

63. Tlatelolco, Mexico D.F., Mexico, June 6, 2005 254† / police massacre on protesting students/ 2. 10.1968

64. Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico, Aug 9 2005 more than 50† / Army massacre on protesting zapatistas, 2.1. 1993

65. Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico, Aug 12 2005 45† / Paramilitary massacre on zapatista women and children, 22.12. 1997

66. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA, Sep 25 2005 4† / National guards’ massacre on protesting students/ 4. 5.1970

67. Atocha Station, Madrid, Spain, Apr 25 2006/ 191† and more than 1700 injured after a series of simultaneous terrorist attacks against the commuter train system/ March 11 2004/

68. International Trade Hall, Chorzów-Katowice, Poland, May 21 2006/ 65† and 170 injured after roof collapse due to heavy snowfall/ 28. 1.2006

69. Tavisstock Square, London, England Jun 5 2006 / 56†/ Four simultaneous terrorist attacks on the subway system / 6. 6. 2005

70.  Birmingham,  England, Sep 16 2006/ 21† and 182 injured in two simultaneous pub bombings by IRA > Birmingham Six / 21. 11. 1974

71. Dubrovka theatre, Moscow, Russia, Mar 1st 2007/  At least 129 hostages(mainly children) and 33 Chechen terrorists killed after hostage crisis/Oct 25 2002

72. Loran, Alexandria, Egypt,  Feb 15 2008/building collapse 35 †/ 25.12.2007

73. Ras al-Shaitan, Sinai, Egypt,  Mar 22 2008/ terror bombing, 3 † and twelve wounded/ 7.10. 2004

74. Taba, Sinai, Egypt,  Mar 22 2008/ terror bombing, 31 † and 159 wounded/ 7.10.2004

75. Ueberlingen, Germany, Feb 2 2009 / Mid-Air Collision, 71 †/ July 2 2002

76. Altamont, California, USA, Sep 12 2009/ the end of the hippie dream, violence at a Rolling Stones free concert 4† 

77. Plurs, Lombardy, Italy Jul 4 2010 / Bergsturz Sep 4 1618, 900 †

78. Fidaz, Graubünden, Switzerland/ Jul 27 2010/ Bergsturz    18†/  April 10 1939

79. Kaprun, Salzburg, Austria Aug 3 2010/ fire in the train, 155 †/ Nov 11 2000

80. Ban Namkhem, Thailand, Dec 13 2010/ Boxing Day Tsunami, Dec 26 2004, more than 2000†

81. Kho Phi Phi Don, Thailand, Dec 18 2010/ Boxing Day Tsunami, Dec 26 2004, 2000-3000†

82. Khao Lak, Thailand, Dec 27 2011/  Boxing Day Tsunami, Dec 26 2004, more than 5000†

83. Phuket Airport,  Thailand, Jan 2 2011/ Crash upon landing, Sep 16 2007, 90†, 40 injured

84. Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, Jan 5 2011/ Boxing Day Tsunami, Dec 26 2004, more than 60'000†

85. Lampuuk, Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, Jan 9 2011/Boxing Day Tsunami, Dec 26 2004, almost 7'000†

86. Telwatta, Sri Lanka, Jan 19 2011/Boxing Day Tsunami, Dec 26 2004, worst train wreck in history, more than 1'000†

87. Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India, Feb 12 2011, /Boxing Day Tsunami, Dec 26 2004, more than 6'000†

88. Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, India, Feb 20 2011/ Terrorist attacks, Nov 16 2008, 31†

89. Victoria Railway Terminal (CST), Mumbai, India, Feb 20 2011/ Terrorist attacks, Nov 16 2008, 58†

90. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, Asch Building, New York City, USA, Apr 2 2011/ Factory fire, Mar 25 1911, 146†

91. Elm, Glarus, Switzerland, May 10 2011/ Rockslide, Aug 11 1881, 111 †

92. Barajas, Madrid, Spain, May 20, 2011/  Avianca Flight 011 crashed, Nov 27  1983, 181†

       Runway collision of two planes, 7 Dec 1983 135†

       Spanair Flight 5022 crashed upon take-off,  Aug 20 2008, 154†

93. Livorno, Jun 6 2012/ Moby Prince disaster, ferry fire, April 10, 1991, 140†

94. Sierre, Switzerland, Oct 3 2012/ bus accident, Mar 13 2012, 22†

95. St. Francis Dam, San Francisquito Canyon, Greater Los Angeles, USA, Mar 9 2014 / dam failure March 12, 1928, 600†

96. Le Mans, France, Aug 24 2014/ racing car disaster, Jun 11, 1955, 84†

97. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, Jan. 26, 2015 – World's worst gas tragedy, Dec. 2–3, 1984, at least 3’787 †, claimed over 16’000 †

98. Charlie Hebdo, Paris, France, May 26, 2015

Reference:

http://voyageapocalypticonumerique.blogspot.ch/

 

Boxing Day Tsunami Survivors

Series of 31 framed photographs, Lambda Prints, 35 x 52.5 cm each

Edition of 3+1, 2011

Installation view Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon ©A.Honegger_CACY_Yverdon-les-Bains