Around twice a year a workshop takes place at the Bibliothek Andreas Züst. For each workshop, a guest is invited to select a book from the collection of the library, which she or he will then use as the starting point for a two-day workshop. Incorporating book excerpts, discussions and associative journeys through the library, the basic idea is to approach a topic together. The workshop series is organized by Annett Höland and Simone Koller.

Workshops 2018

We’re happy to invite you to an augmented reading experience through the library:

10–11 March 2018
The reader, the writer and the robot
Our next workshop will be about reading, writing and the potential to create new stories based on present technology: What happens when the physical book meets the logics of a smartphone? Together with Swedish designer Hanna Bergman (The Reading School) and Danish artist Marie Raffn, we will work with the smartphone as a tool and filter. Drawing inspiration from radical methods of text production such as those of the Oulipo group, we will explore experimental ways of reading based on technological constraints and opportunities.

HANNA BERGMAN initiated The Reading School in 2015 to encourage experimental ways of communication. Workshops and talks provide a platform to investigate the act of reading – in this context ‘reading’ means reading text, images and also surroundings. Hanna Bergman holds a MA from Design School Kolding from 2010.

MARIE RAFFN is an artist who investigates the fragile relationship between imagery, language and meaning. Her works unfold primarily in time-based media, artist books and installation. She holds a MFA from Malmö Art Academy from 2016. Recent exhibitions include Artist Books at Lunds Konsthall and Dead Swath She Said at Cph Art Week.

The workshop will take place on the weekend of 10–11 March 2018 at Alpenhof. It will be held in English. Apart from language skills no special knowledge is required in order to participate.

260 CHF (students: 160 CHF) for workshop incl. accommodation and food. An additional voluntary donation is much appreciated.

Via e-mail by 10 February 2018.
The number of participants is limited.

Past Workshops

“…‘reading a book’ is just a variant of ‘gathering’ in the authentic sense. This means laying one thing next to another, bringing them together as one—in short, gathering…” (Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics, Trans. by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt, Yale University Press, 2000, p. 131)—Following this motto, 2012–2014, the library held five workshops: Proceeding from “Self and Others” by R. D. Laing, author and philosopher Aaron Schuster led the participants through the history of the psychiatry and anti-psychiatry movement. The second workshop explored everyday linguistics: In collaboration with artist Tine Melzer, a publication was created, in which idioms were taken ad absurdum. A year later, the artist, feminist, and art educator Doris Stauffer provided insight into her work and creativity. In the fourth workshop, using his books—of which twenty-two are to be found in the collection of the Bibliothek Andreas Züst—, artist, publisher, book dealer, and Rotaprint printer Jan Voss told about his way of making books, and, with the participants, produced “Leere Taschenbücher” (Empty Paperbacks). For the fifth workshop, improvisation musician Andy Guhl presented the main principles of his working process, and, with the participants, attempted to produce sound using the most rudimentary means available.


John Simmons
Delphine Chapuis Schmitz
Andy Guhl
Jan Voss
Doris Stauffer
Tine Melzer
Aaron Schuster