Sunday 19th April 2015, 2:30pm
Getaway #1: Romy Rüegger
Romy Rüegger chose this Sunday’s getaway destination. *)
– Romy writes. As an artist. She recently published a newspaper called “Personal Criticism” together with Rosalie Schweiker. In this newspaper they take the freedom to bitch in the most funny and convincing way about what art does to people, what people do to art and to each other. Romy has an ambivalent relationship towards images. I met Romy while studying photography. Shortly afterwards, I quit taking photographs. Now we are thinking about opening a bar together, since we both like to invite and host people. The bar might be called “top-bottom bottom up”. It will most likely be located in Romy’s attic. –
Translating Mohnkuchen with Moon Cake just makes so much sense. Especially if you use the term moon cake to coin the Moon-Cake-Walk. All of a sudden Michael Jackson joins and walks along, silently and backwards. By now we all know that Mohnkuchen is called poppy seed cake in English, but let’s stick to the moon cake. Just for this text.
Apparently they used to serve the best moon cake at the Bäckeranlage for the longest time. One day they stopped. Romy used to like to go there, she remembered, back then on Sundays for a piece of cake. So here’s the question: Where to go these days when you feel like a really good piece of moon cake?
We walked up the hill on Röschibachstrasse, on the first really sunny and hot day of the year. We turned and walked past Bucheggplatz, past Michbuck, past Berninaplatz and down again on the other side of the hill. Cherry Blossoms. Single family houses. Very green grass. Small deserted shops for rent. In a tiny park in front of the Hallenstadion we rested. Only later I heard that the moon cake was still in the oven at that moment. Did the orange sculpture which is also a fountain use to be at Escher-Wyss-Platz once? Maybe. Maybe it was another similar orange sculpture which is also a fountain.
Google maps suggested 1h of walking to arrive at our moon cake destination. It took us two before we arrived at what we knew by then would be the newest Genossenschafts-Wohnungsbau, on the former Hunziker Areal. Appartment buildings designed to house new forms of living together. Adressing questions of sharing on the 21st century, of communal live, of energy and the using ressources in a contemporary way. Home to the alternative leftish part of Zurich’s 30 yearers’ generation.
Inside we found a loft. Almost white cube atmosphere. Big glass dividers. Astonishing views. We had conversations with poeple with dread locks. And we had prosecco. And an amazing moon cake. Actually two. One was vegan.
When asking around for a piece of cake some days earlier, Romy got to know that her friend Caro would be making one for the open house day organised by some of the freshly moved-in inhabitants of the Genossenschafts-Wohnungsbau. This determined our destination. The address is Dialogweg 16. Almost as funny as the name of the Genossenschafts-webpage: www.mehralswohnen.ch. Almost as funny as the term Moon-Cake-Walk.
*) Mirjam Bayerdörfer invited Romy Rüegger for this very first Outside Sunday.