Boom Boom Bang Bang


2012-2013
Intervention & building application
Kunsthaus Zurich, Heimplatz 1
Paper, typewriter, spray can,
At the invitation of Sabeth Tödtli,
Urban laboratroy zURBS

On April 17, 2014, at Heimplatz in Zurich, Paul Polaris gave a farewell speech to the Kunsthaus. Polaris delivered her poetic swan song standing on a beer barrel. She interrupted herself with the smashing of champagne glasses at regular intervals.

Following a lengthly collaboration with a renowned Swiss explosion expert, an application for planning permission was submitted on April 2014 to the Zurich planning permission office, titled "Conversion into a ruin by blowing up”. Collapse principle, vibration prediction, ignition sequence and security dispositive formed the basic elements of this proper planning application, which was rejected under Building Decision 705/14.

Text by Dolores Zoe Bertschinger and Elly Clark