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ELIA BIENNIAL - virtual visits

Virtual Visits

Sit forward and travel to the creative spaces of Zurich. These virtual visits will bring you straight to the cultural initiatives that are blurring the edges, removing preconceptions and working towards systematic change. Each day of the conference is dedicated to one of the key components of future planning.

Digitalisation, commoning & future careers

Wednesday 18 November, 14:00 - 15:00 CET

What is the role and meaning of transdisciplinarity in the context of the ubiquitous digitalisation and what can transdisciplinarity contribute to the future careers? The tour looks specifically at two initiatives that are connected to ZHdK: Dezentrum and Z-Kubator. Dezentrum is the “think tank for future experiments”, co-founded by alumni of ZHdK. By researching, experimenting and creating, Dezentrum opens up a variety of perspectives on the topics of decentralisation, the future of work, digital participation, and an automated society tangible for a broad audience, thereby including it in shaping the future. The Z-Kubator promotes, as part of the Zurich Centre for Creative Economies (ZCCE), the development of independent artists, cultural producers and designers at the ZHdK by mixing aesthetic ideas with entrepreneurial practice.


Transdisciplinarity within and beyond the arts

Thursday 19 November, 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Get to know Collegium Helveticum, a center for transdisciplinarity run by the University of Zurich, the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and the ZHdK, where the arts and the sciences intertwine. Within the framework of the various fellowship and doctorate programs we will introduce you to a research and exhibition project on digital infrastructures led by artist and ZHdK lecturer Prof. Hannes Rickli and Prof. Dr. Monika Dommann, professor for history at the University of Zurich.



Friday 20 November, 14:00 - 15:00 CET

During this virtual visit, you will explore how design and arts are interfering in social, interdisciplinary and intercultural settings. “Hic et nunc” was developed at ZHdK’s design department and has established a collaboration with the theatre department (Theatre Education). Together they devise interdisciplinary teaching formats and new approaches to everyday questions in a center for recently arrived refugees in Zurich, and “Power to the people”; an initiative of a ZHdK student who is herself a refugee, proposes city tours from refugees for residents of Zurich as a new tool for empowering a marginalised minority of society. Discover how unexpected alternative experiences can develop into a discursive tool for exchange, education, empowerment and inclusion.