Mit dem Tisch durch die Wand, scenography

Project and events: April-July 2014

Scenography for ZCLUB, Collateral Event of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

Diploma project MAS Spatial Design, ZHDK Zurich

Anne-Chantal Rufer
in collaboration with
Michele D’Ariano Simionato
Nina Heydorn
Aleksandra Pavlovic


With its title «money, space, and postindustrialisation» the ZCLUB represents the Zurich University of the arts (ZHDK) at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 in the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. For seven evenings various formats come together, discourse meets performance, concerts meet actions.

«Mit dem Tisch durch die Wand» builds up the setting for this event. The «Table» accompanies the Z Club throughout its seven evenings. It is not only an object, but also a format. Even if it is a symbol and a medium, the table does not contain a message. The colours and surfaces follow a specific scheme, whose identity emerges through their juxtaposition. The Table is not a rigid monolithic element, it is instead a conglomerate of single elements which work both horizontally and vertically.

Our mission is to conceive a table that hosts people, their ideas, their projects and their guests.

The table stages a ceremony which follows a protocol.

Giving an object a Gestalt is a cultural process which is subject to rules.

Rules and culture seem to be mutually dependent and are relatable to the table.

From our overview of the table we learned that wherever it is involved, there are rules, codes and
organisation at play.

Organisation follows regularities and the result is comprehensible as a pattern.

A pattern follows rules. The table implies rules.

Patterns are momentums of repetition.

A pattern, is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.

There is a poetic in repetition and regularity.

Our table design shall be conceivable and usable as a pattern.

Things ‘are’ only what they ‘mean’. And what they mean depends on situations and relationships.

We leave it up to the users to project their own understanding onto the table.

A code is a system of rules to convert information into another.

We supply a code and not a message.



making the table