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 2022

ILLMATTER, Essays from the invisible
27-28.8 2022 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.

ALTER- 2023 Final Event – Restitution of residency

Edition 2023
We are the Weathers

Under Gravity: experimental dialogues at altitude
26-27.8 2023 Chandolin, Val d’Anniviers
The mountains are a place to think about gravity – it is impossible to live on a peak. Everything is moving, the mountain is shifting, the materials that give it structure are falling away. How can we remain agile and move with the change now? We are in motion, part of a process, only passing through.
_ Artists TSOEG

In The Mind of an Eye, a film by TSOEG collective

The film In The Mind of an Eye brings together recordings of the TSOEG collective’s fieldwork during their residency in Val d’Anniviers as part of ALTER- 2023. These recordings are arranged in a new poetic composition of moving sounds and images. It was edited by TSOEG associate Mark Aitken. The collaborative film interweaves the sensations, memories and visions of each individual.

Co-produced by ALTER- 2023


Glacier du Mountet (altitude 3100m)

Glacier du Mountet (altitude 3100m)
Laura Harrington 

’Crevassing’ on the glacier and inside the glacier – observing ice, microbes, and trust 

Pascal Zufferey and E. Jackson 

Cabane du Grand Mountet CAS (altitude 2900m)

Cabane du Grand Mountet CAS (altitude 2900m)
Carlo Rizzo 

Constructing a landing strip for film documentation   

Laura Harrington