Bjørn Schaeffner

Journalist, SRF, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tages-Anzeiger, Groove, Resident Advisor, ClubCultureCH

Bern

About

Bjørn Schaeffner is one of the heads behind the project ClubCultureCH that aims to document the history of Swiss club culture and nightlife. He has co-directed the documentary «Revolution Dancefloor» about the history of Swiss club culture (2022) for Swiss national television SRF. As a culture journalist, Schaeffner has worked for mainstream media like Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tages-Anzeiger, Republik, Die Wochenzeitung or international scene publications such as Resident Advisor, FACT Mag, RBMA, Groove, de:bug or Das Filter.

A brief history of Swiss club culture

Club culture as a mass phenomenon is a mirror of the Swiss public and closely interwoven with the history of our country - in social, economic, technological and musical terms. This presentation will look into the history of Swiss club culture and try to answer some of these questions: How did it come about that "parties" became the
most frequented cultural sector? How did club culture become an economic factor, a "courant normal", an integral part of society, and increasingly also a political issue? In which ways is Swiss club culture developping in times of eventisation, diversification and digitisation?

Abstract

Lecture & Discussion
14.00 - 15.30

World Heritage Club Culture

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