“Theory is a thrilling path to take”

Joëlle Studer. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdK

“Theory is a thrilling path to take”

Student portrait: Joëlle Studer

Joëlle Studer grew up in Neuchâtel and lives in Zurich. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Art & Media, specializing in Theory.


Perrine Yarar: What project are you currently working on?
Joëlle Studer: I’m currently writing an article about the vinyl fans’ fascination with record covers. As quite a few covers don’t have any visuals, some fans started creating their own. It’s fascinating to compare these unique self-made covers with commercially designed ones. I’m hunting for that kind of artwork everywhere at the moment. If you are interested in seeing some of them, you have to visit the current exhibition “Total Records – Vinyl & Photography at the Fotomuseum in Winterthur.” The text will be published in “Präfixe zu Kunst und Theorie“-magazine on the topic Kunst Feld” which will be released in June.

What inspires you?
Things change all the time, it might be a song or a particular exhibition, an author or an artist, a specific place, but I think that, in general, people inspire me a lot.

Why did you choose this course of studies?
Considering my interests, studying Art & Media Theory was somehow a logical conclusion and a thrilling path for me to take.

How do you prepare yourself for a presentation?
I prefer written presentations, however, my best oral presentations were the ones I didn’t work on that much beforehand.

What would be your dream job after graduating?
I haven’t really thought about that yet.

What is your favourite place in Zurich?
The Museum Rietberg, they always have great exhibitions and lectures there. I really like the architecture of the annex they built in 2007; the combination of the old buildings and the new glass structure is awesome. Now that spring is here, you can take a stroll in the beautiful park or have a coffee on the terrace and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.

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