In the area of research, the ILEA initiates projects in the field of culture, art and ecology. In addition to projects and long-term studies in the fields of cultural anthropology and artistic research, transdisciplinary projects are also carried out in cooperation with educational partners (currently ETH and ZHdK). In conjunction with the ILEA’s other activities, studies and texts are published, publications are issued, talks are organised, and indoor exhibitions are conceived.
Since 2020 the ILEA has rented several rooms in the Berghotel Alpenblick in Tenna/Safiental. In addition to a research library, the ILEA also maintains living space. For this purpose a residency programme (for artists and researchers) is under construction.
The multi-year oral history project “Safientaler Gespräche” (Safiental Conversations) in which audio interviews are conducted with valley residents and participants in ILEA projects, has been running since 2019. Lead: Dominik Landwehr, Johannes M. Hedinger > SOUNDCLOUD
The ecoacoustic forest observation project “ACLA” by Marcus Maeder in collaboration with ETH and ZHdK, has been running since 2021. The first results will be shown at Art Safiental 2022 and in a solo presentation at the Berghotel Alpenblick (2022). > Exhibition > Video