Lab & transmissions

ALTER- fosters the active sharing of challenges, knowledge and possible solutions for the transition period – cultural, climatic, energetic, economic, social – in high mountain regions.
It is a time to fill our imaginations with other stories and to encourage a learning process that would consist in letting ourselves be taught by the world. 

Mountain communities, from autarky to autonomy

Counterpoint frequencies, inaudible trails of the bees’ flight, dynamite heartbeats that shape a space in which time is no longer lineal.
Salt. Soil. Machine. Stone.
An immersion through the mouth of this mine, excavated since the XVth century. The air is dense, the tools are striking, the mountain is imploding. The compass of the machines. A lithium field. White and infinite horizon, among salt crystals, a voice is heard. The wind.

The Andes and the Alps, common story of a collective march

Five senses to feel
Walking leads the steps of the walker from a point A to a point B. Between two points on a walking map, the landscape changes under the influence of human activities or natural processes. Its representation varies according to perceptions.
Experience the territory in a collective and sensory experience of conscious walking to feed a common narrative.
_Laurence Piaget-Dubuis & Sonandes

Adriana Tenda Claude, the call of the mountain

“In the forest you can easily feel the quality, the energy of peace and silence. And the mountains push us upwards, a bit like a call. They make us feel the link between the earth and the sky.”

ALTER- 2022 Final Event – Restitution of residency

Edition 2022
Territories and worldviews
6.6-31.8 2023

ILLMATTER, Essays from the invisible
27-28.8 2023 Chandolin, Val d’Anniviers

Is it the invisible that has no matter or what we don’t want to see?
Where does the invisible inhabit and how is it part of our days, how does it affect our survival?
From invisibility, we deconstruct cultural codes and offer an immersion that opens up our perception.
To turn, to move, to change, these are the keys to urgency.
_ Artists Sonandes

ALTER- Collaboration between art and science

“For me working with scientists is really important to have facts, understanding and a different kind of way into things.”
_Laura Harrington, TSOEG artist

“Interacting with an artist who gives us another point of view pushes us a little in our tracks and forces us to change our posture.”
_Christophe Randin, Biogeograph (UNIL-CIRM)

Lea Salamin Grimentz’s first female drummer

Lea Salamin has been a member of the Grimentz Fifres et Tambours society since 2015.
She thus became the society’s first female drummer, exactly 50 years after its foundation.
There are currently three female drummers in the ranks of the Fifres et Tambours du Val d’Anniviers.

Camille Ammann, inhabitant of risk zone

Camille lives in one of the last chalets at the end of the village of Zinal, “l’Abris du bois Roux”. This chalet is located in a danger zone, the red zone, under a dike protecting the village.