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

8–9 September 2018
Fiction / Nonfiction
How can we observe or/and recreate life in front of a camera? The next workshop enters the world of moving images. Fiction: How can we become a character of a script? How do we use our own experiences to act? How do we achieve a fictional truth? Nonfiction: How do we observe life for a documentary film? How do we dramatize it? Where are the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction?

In two days we will explore the basics of filmmaking through a film script from the library. Guided by writers/directors Carmen Jaquier and Jan Gassmann the participants will be in front and behind the camera.

CARMEN JAQUIER has a MA in screenwriting and is currently working on her first feature. After her shorts Le tombeau des filles and La rivière sous la langue, that were widely shown at festivals, she participated in Heimatland, a collaborative fictional work with other Swiss directors. She works and lives between Paris, Geneva and Zurich.

JAN GASSMANN is an auteur/director working on the borderline between fiction and documentary filmmaking. After his debut Chrigu in 2007, he released Off Beat, Karma Shadub and Heimatland. His last movie Europe, she loves was nominated for a European Film Prize. His films are theatrically released in Switzerland and neighbouring countries and widely screened at festivals.

The workshop will take place on the weekend of 8–9 September 2018 at Alpenhof. It will be held in German and English. 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 12 August 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.


Hanna Bergman and Marie Raffn
John Simmons
Delphine Chapuis Schmitz
Andy Guhl
Jan Voss
Doris Stauffer
Tine Melzer
Aaron Schuster