The Toilet in the Flushlight

Touring exhibition about water and nutrient cycles

There are enough nutrients in a person's daily excrement to grow three carrots or the grain for 2.5 baguettes. An enormous potential, but how can it be used and what happens to our excrement after we flush the toilet?

The Flushlight exhibit will get to the bottom of these questions from spring 2024, bringing innovative solutions such as composting toilets, urine-based fertilizers and water recycling to the stage across Switzerland.

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Ongoing & Next events

Past events

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Wädenswil

11.05.2024

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30.06.2024

FRESH WATER PIONEERS

“Liquid Gold and Holy Shit” – In den Tiefen unserer Kanalisation schlummert ein Schatz. Wie können wir diesen Schatz bergen und sorgsam mit der Ressource Wasser umgehen?

Dieser Frage geht VaLoo, das Netzwerk für kreislauffähige Sanitärsysteme, am diesjährigen Spezialitätenmarkt in Wädenswil auf den Grund. Diesen Samstag 11. Mai gewähren wir von 9 bis 16 Uhr Einblick in die Aktivitäten unserer Mitglieder ZHAW, Eawag und den waschechten Süsswasserpioniere von Kompotoi. Letztere lassen dich an ihren Schätzen teilhaben, wenn du bereit bist, dir die Hände schmutzig zu machen…

-> 10.30 Uhr Wie können Wasser- und Nährstoffkreisläufe geschlossen werden? – Führung durch das Forschungsprojekt Modo.

Im Anschluss an den Spezialitätenmarkt wird das Flushlight-Exponat vom 13. Mai bis 30. Juni in der Bibliothek Grüental der ZHAW ausgestellt und kann während der Öffnungszeiten besichtigt werden: Mo-Fr 9.00 bis 13.00 Uhr, 14.00 bis 16.00 Uhr.

 

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Lyss

19.04.2024

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05.05.2024

[Drinking] water

[Drinking] water – Who does it belong to? How do we deal with it?

As part of the exhibition “Water is a human right”, VaLoo is designing a room in the Kulturmühle Lyss (Marktplatz 6, 3250 Lyss). From 19.04 to 5.05.2024, you can find out how we can protect our drinking water and recover nutrients using resource-oriented sanitation systems.

Vernissage on 19.04.2024 19.00 h

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Zurich

21.03.2024

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21.03.2024

Screening of Holy Shit

On World Water Day – March 21, 2024 – Eawag-Sandec, Blue Communities Switzerland, the Reformed Church of Zurich and VaLoo invite you to the Water Church in Zurich! We shine the Flushlight on our daily business and what happens to it after flushing. Flush and go was yesterday!

The documentary “Holy Shit” shows what happens to our digested food after it has left our bodies and raises the question of whether it is waste or rather a resource that can be reused. Director Rubén Abruña explores this question in an investigative and entertaining search through 16 cities on 4 continents.

The film will be framed by an introduction by Rubén Abruña and a panel discussion (see flyer). So that all the questions raised by the film and the panel can be discussed until the end, VaLoo invites you to an aperitif in the foyer of the Wasserkirche afterwards! The panel and the thematic aperitif build a bridge from the global issues in the film to Switzerland and show what is already being done and what is still needed for Sch#!$e to help us save the world.

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St. Gallen

12.10.2023

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22.10.2023

OLMA

VaLoo is exhibiting at Olma from October 12 to 22. The exhibition shows how nutrient and water cycles can be closed in Switzerland.

The efficient use of resources is becoming increasingly important in Switzerland, too, as climate change, water scarcity, eutrophication, urbanization, heat stress, loss of biodiversity, fertilizer shortages and environmentally harmful fertilizer production pose major challenges for society. With the “Carrot-Loo”, VaLoo is therefore drawing attention at Olma to the great potential of circular sanitation systems. For each urination, enough nutrients are excreted to produce three carrots. The Olma appearance is the forerunner of the touring exhibition “Flushlight”, which will start in spring.

Are you interested in pointing the «flushlight» at the toilet with us?
We will be on tour throughout Switzerland from April 2024. Get in touch!

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