artists-in-labs program, Zurich University of the Arts • Switzerland • www.artistsinlabs.ch
Since 2003 the artists-in-labs program has been enabling sustainable collaboration between artists and scientists from all disciplines. As of 2020, 58 artists and designers have worked on their projects within research groups at 24 renowned research institutes in Switzerland and worldwide.
Our transdisciplinary 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. Our work is culturally engaged and of a curatorial and mediatory nature. Publications, documentary films along with accompanying scientific and artistic research record and reflect processes and results. Recently, a student-engaged dimension has been included, seeing Master students of ZHdK and scientists coming together to exchange on key issues of our times and developing collaborative projects from there. All collaborations are presented at various national and international exhibitions, festivals, 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.
Photo Description: Zurich based designer/artist Nadya Suvorova with glass blower Emilio Harina at the scientific glassblowing workshop of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.