Band of Burnouts lab

If it seems quiet over here at No Fun that’s because I am in the midst of a 10-month long research residency with the School of Commons. My research lab there is called Band of Burnouts and, as in the name, it is all about burnout. Here is the short ‘about’:

Band of Burnouts is a research lab with the School of Commons undertaking a transdisciplinary study of the burnout in a multi-perspective, multi-voiced exploration of experiences. Focuses of the lab’s research include accounting for the unaccounted details, considering the burnout as a collective rather than individual experience, and taking seriously the body as a producer of knowledge.

You can read all about the lab here, and here is more insight into our ‘ways and workings‘.

What We’re Up To

There is a lot of action going on with the lab at the moment. I’ll make a short list of what is happening at present.

Band of Burnouts presents We Are Not Sick

This weekend we are hosting the band We Are Not Sick at Zurich’s annual contemporary music festival Lange Nacht (Long Night).

The research lab will recreate We Are Not Sick’s mixed-media performances, with the Sad by Design album being played in full with an accompanying projection of image collections reflecting the encroaching sadness provoked by social media architectures.

Although band members Geert and John won’t be present, We Are Not Sick’s atmospheric sets will be recreated at the Mehrspur club, with a special edition zine available onsite including an interview between myself and Geert Lovink, a band poster, and micro-publication of the Sad by Design album’s lyrics.


  • Where: 
    Mehrspur Music Club
    Toni-Areal, Förrlibuckstrasse 109, 8005 Zürich 
  • When:
    Saturday 3rd July, 19:30
We Are Not Sick live at Transmediale 2019

About Lange Nacht Festival

Since 2014, the Lange Nacht (Long Night) festival has presented the forefront of contemporary music in and around Zürich over a weekend in July. The annual festival celebrates and presents the full spectrum of music, silence, sound, tone, and noise. The spectrum includes works of classical modernism as well as world premieres, instrumental and tape compositions, video and sound installations, improvisations by people, machines and objects, performances, rituals, and genres for which there is no name yet.

That’s the updates for now on the lab. Keep an eye on the lab space at School of Commons to follow along.