At a glance

2017

  • KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange 2017:  Information on the upcoming artists-in-labs residencies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology Eawag in Dübendorf, Switzerland is coming soon!
  • artists-in-labs Master Series pilot project 2017: Artist and student of MA Transdisciplinarity at ZHdK, Chi-yung Wong, at the Translational Neuromodeling Unit at University of Zurich. In collaboration with MA Transdisciplinarity / ZHdK.
  • artists-in-labs residency of South African artist Miranda Moss in spring 2017: Miranda Moss from Cape Town at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL. 

2016

  • KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange 2016: Artists Marie Griesmar and Sandra Kühne explored Red Sea ecology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST in Saudi Arabia
  • Russian Swiss Residency Exchange 2015 - 2016: Artist Anastasia Potemkina from Urban Fauna Lab visited Zurich for the Final event of her artists-in-labs Residency. See

2014 - 2015

  • Russian-Swiss Residency Exchange 2015: Claudia Comte and Urban Fauna Lab explored ecosystems in Russia and Switzerland
  • National artists-in-labs residency 2015: Marc Boulos at the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience EPFL
  • Collaboration project: 
Quantum of Disorder
  • SNF AGORA project: State of the Art:
    Science and Art in Practice

2012 -2013

  • Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange: 
a 3-month art project in Swiss and Indian research institutions; main focus: biology/biodiversity 
  • Bachelor-pilot project with CCES/ETH: 
climat change
  • SNF AGORA project: State of the Art: 
State of the Art:
    Science and Art in Practice

2011 - 2012 

  • Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange: 

3-month art-science project in Swiss and Indian research institutions; main focus: biology/biodiversity
  • Bachelor-pilot project with CCES/ETH: 
climat change
  • SNF AGORA project: 
State of the Art: Science and Art in Practice

2009 - 2010

  • Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange: 5-month art-science project in Swiss and Chinese research institutions; main focus: environmental science/climate change
  • Swiss artists-in-labs program: annual four 9-months art-science projects in Swiss research laboratories

2007 - 2009

  • Swiss artists-in-labs program: 
annual four 9-month
    art-science projects in Swiss research laboratories

2003 - 2004

  • artists-in-labs: 
twelve 3-6-month art-science projects in Swiss research laboratories 

Portrait

Since 2003, the artists-in-labs program has been facilitating artistic research by way of long-term residencies for artists in scientific laboratories and research institutes. This programme is part of the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS) at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and promotes sustainable collaboration between artists and scientists of all disciplines, not just in Switzerland but all around the world. These long-term interdisciplinary and cross-border collaborations provide artists with an opportunity to critically engage with the sciences and their experimental and aesthetic dimensions. This includes explorations of the site of the laboratory, as well as a range of scientific topics, methods and technologies.

Our interests lie in the interaction and expansion of types of contemporary knowledge and artistic production, and the creative potential resulting from exploring the parallels and differences of scientific and artistic practices. We perceive our work as being culturally engaged and of a curatorial and mediatory nature.

Publications along with accompanying scientific research record the processes and results of these cross-border collaborations and offer reflections on them. In addition, in recent years the programme has expanded to include a student-engaged dimension, seeing undergraduate arts and science students coming together to brainstorm some of the key issues of our times. The results include a range of science and arts projects, with outputs feeding into both scientific research and artistic practice.

All the collaborations the programme produces are presented at various national and international exhibitions, symposia and workshops, making it possible to share findings and ideas, and to provide accessible discussions and aesthetic experiences to our students, peers and to the public.

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The artists-in-labs program ist part of the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS) of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK).

Objectives

  • promotion of inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue
  • aesthetically-reflexive interpretation of complex data issues and scientific research
  • development of practice-based artistic research in the context of scientific laboratories
  • generation of new forms of aesthetic and epistemic knowledge and innovative projects
  • enlargement of the network and opportunities for teaching and research 
  • transfer of knowledge to the society
  • initiation of sustainable, transdisciplinary projects

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