The Wind Tunnel Model
Trans-disciplinary collaboration in artistic research beyond a problem.
1st edition, 2017
208 pages, 18 color and 12 b/w illustrations
17 x 24 cm
Where does the wind go when it is not blowing? With The Wind Tunnel Model, artist and scientist Florian Dombois proposes new forms of interaction between art and science.
Key to this project is Dombois’s wind tunnel laboratory at Zurich University of the Arts. With an empty test platform, the laboratory is a compelling example of architecture that turns its back on its occupants, forming an invisible, yet disturbingly concrete, secondary model.
The Wind Tunnel Model features essays by Dombois and his collaborators, reflecting on this innovative concept for transdisciplinary collaboration. Together, they present a new model of interaction in artistic research and creation—the “man engine,” a mechanism of reciprocating ladders and stationary platforms installed in mines to assist miners between different levels, a mechanism that also serves as a metaphor for work at the wind tunnel laboratory. At the cutting edge of transdisciplinary research and education, The Wind Tunnel Model will forge a new path to creative production.
With contributions by Haseeb Ahmed, Jacqueline Burckhardt, Martin Burr, Florian Dombois, Julie Harboe, Christoph Hoffmann, Kaspar König, Dieter Mersch, Isabel Mundry, Mirjam Steiner, Jan Svenungsson, Sarine Waltenspül, and Reinhard Wendler.