1967 - 72
All members of ZÜND-UP were students of architecture in Vienna: Timo Huber, Bertram Mayer, W.M. Pühringer, Hermann Simböck.
The name of the group ZÜND-UP is indicative of the strong English influences in the Sixties, the second part of the name being English. "ZÜND" means "BURN" - bringing to our minds Paris 68, Woodstock and Vietnam.
1967: ZÜND-UP was founded. Happenings were the chosen expression of the time. Take a look at the photos and you know what that was like.
1968: To study architecture in that time was quite interesting in altering attitudes towards architecture, engaging social, political and new aesthetic viewpoints and ideas like participation in a provoking way.
1969: Combining architecture, political statement and happening ZÜND-UP creatively developed several projects dealing with the relationship of technology and human being, The Great Auto-Expander being the most prominent.
1970: Hans Jascha, Wolfgang Brunbauer and Günther Matschina joined and a new group was found: "Salz der Erde" (Salt of the Earth). More and more the lecture room was left behind. The "Action to End the Salzburg Festival" and the participation in a competition for a underground stop with the movie "Metro" are illustrating this step outside of university.
1971 Another movie is produced dealing with "Better Housing and Living" as part of TV series "The Emprovement of Austria". "The Ten Objects" are basic objects of everyday life transformed in a creative expression and vision.
1972 An exhibition of Austrian groups of architecture did not take place. But 30 years later you can find ZÜND-UP in the "Centre Pompidou" in Paris.
ZÜND-UP won't die - this slogan is 30 years old and still true.
Timo Huber and W.M. Pühringer are working together, now.
2006 "Spurwechsel" Technisches Museum Wien
2006 "summer of love" Kunsthalle Wien
2002 "Mega" Kunsthaus Mürz
2002 MEGA Künstlerhaus
2001 "Les Anne´es Pop" - Centre Pompidou, Paris
1999 "ZÜND-UP stirbt noch lange nicht" - Architekturforum Linz
Art and Construction:
Kunst am Bau