Following “Metzgergasse 2011” in Berne’s picturesque old city, in 2012 Mats Staub took his “audio viewing” format to a rather less hospitable location: the Bundesplatz in Lucerne which at first sight appears to be only a place many people pass through, with a toilet block as its forlorn centre.
The audio viewing invited listeners to take a second look and turned the square into an exhibition: the exhibits here were the Erdem Kebab House, the barred windows of the Serbian Cultural Association and a balcony overgrown with ivy. And it was possible to hear the original voices of the people who live and work here.
Each visitor was free to move around the square as they chose: it was possible to start listening in front of the shop window of Photo Studio Pfaff or to go the so-called ‘Cervalat’ and listen to the stories of one of the female residents or a shoemaker. This audio viewing presented the Bundesplatz as home to a highly diverse range of life stories.
Initiative, Concept, Direction: Mats Staub
Collaboration: Nadine Tobler
Production Manager: Judith Rohrbach
Co-producer: Kleintheater Luzern
With support from: Fuka-Fonds Stadt Luzern, Kanton Luzern, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Kopp Maus Stiftung, Migros-Kulturprozent, Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft der Stadt Luzern