Alex Mayenfisch


Born 1954 in Lausanne, where he still lives and works today. In 1985, he co-founded the film collective Climage. Since 1986 independent film author and producer.

00:00: Start. 01:15: A revelation. 02:14: Zéro de conduite – Bad behaviour. 03:27: A printer as activist. 04:27: The demise and Lôzane bouge. 05:10: A break in the United States. 05:44: The early days of cable television. 07:05: Brian Eno and Nam June Paik. 08:32: 1985 – Founding of CLIMAGE. 10:11: The discovery of Bob Wilson. 11:35: Our first production: Primeurs.12:18: Television in France. 13:28: Meeting Fernand Melgar. 14:24: Experimental broadcast on Télévision Suisse Romande. 15:25: Video festivals. 16:15: Screening creative videos. 17:08: Becoming friends with Stéphane Goël. 18:47: All together. 19:23: Keen on documentary video. 21:02: The conquest of leasure time. 22:17: The themes of my films. 22:44: CLIMAGE = 40 documentaries. 24:00: Credits



1986,  realization: Alex Mayenfisch, Yves Kropf, Antoine Jaccoud, 15 mins, U-matic low band, color, 10 mins (excerpts), original online: website of Radio Télévision Suisse ( > Climage)

A collection of absurd and peculiar stories in the spirit of Bob Wilson.

La conquête du temps libre


1992, realization: Alex Mayenfisch and Madeleine Denisart, 52 mins, French audio, Betacam SP, color, 15 mins (excerpts), original online: website of Radio Télévision Suisse (> Climage)

Swiss people are known for their zealous work ethics, which has become somewhat of a national stereotype also internationally. In the postwar years, these ethics were confronted with a new reality—that of leisure. The generation who experienced this shift of values had to find a way for themselves to assimilate to a new mode of spending their time. This story is told by people who were witnesses to this shift. The film also travels in time through the film archives, predominantly using amateur material from the 1920s through to the 1960s.

Press commentary
For a young generation who cannot imagine a life without holidays, this film is astonishing; it is delightful for those who were part of this revolution and will fascinate those willing to take the time to let themselves be swept away by the rhythm of the images. (TV 8)
    The film provides us with the inspiration to think about what’s next, i.e., about the present. (VO réalités)
    The film’s true significance lies in its testimonies by contemporary witnesses. They revive an era where each day of freedom brought new discoveries. (Le Nouveau Quotidien)
    The film judiciously puts progress and social achievements into context. (L’Express)