Top of Zett Online 2020

During Corona, Zainab Erbudak Lascandri could only perform via Internet, for example at the Zoom-In Festival of Swissnex in April 2020. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdKIshita Chakraborty uses small ceramic mushrooms to illuminate topics such as migration and identity. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdKMaterials, samples and opinions: Students on the continuing education course “Interior Design Development Programme” discussing possible alternatives. Photograph: ZHdKWith her project #BlackGirlMagic, Cherry-Ann Davis is exploring the magic that is the African female. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdKRobi Voigt develops fantastic stage designs in his sleep. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdKLinus Maurmann refrains from using casing parts whenever possible. You should see how your devices work. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdKFine Arts student Gaia Del Santo uses the internet to explore human existence through art. Portraits: Regula Bearth © ZHdK. Art: Gaia Del SantoAgile project management: Michèle Graf at a Major-Minor-Forum with members of ZHdK. Photograph: Regula Bearth © ZHdKFrom left to right: Swetlana Heger, Michael Eidenbenz, Claire Schnyder, Marijke Hoogenboom, Thomas D. Meier, Hansuli Matter, Kristina Trolle, Christoph Weckerle. Photograph: Regula Bearth, Betty Fleck © ZHdK“We repress death and are afraid of dying. Design can help us to see dying as a part of life.” Bitten Stetter teaches and researches in this area. Photographs: Regula Bearth @ZHdK

The 10 most-read Zett articles in 2020

This year once again, Zett, the magazine of Zurich University of the Arts, portrayed students and lecturers and presented their exciting projects and works. From mushrooms and living spaces to stage sets and objects for dying — the following articles from 2020 were particularly well received by Zett readers.


More space for creativity, boredom and experiments

Zainab Erbudak Lascandri has been involved in interdisciplinary artistic projects since she was young. The Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary Studies allows her to combine her experience in theatre, film, music, scenography and performance.

Exploring identity questions with mushrooms

The art of fine arts student Ishita Chakraborty is strongly influenced by her own migration history. In 2021 she will be exhibiting her work at the Biennale Internationale de Casablanca.

Feel-good home environments
Show me how you live, and I will tell you who you are. For many Swiss people, their living style expresses their personality. The demand for beautiful, sustainable and functional living is attracting new professionals to the market. The continuing education programme “Atmospheric Design” will launch at ZHdK in the 2020 autumn semester. Those involved are hoping to provide the furniture industry, which is facing manifold challenges, with fresh impetus.

The urge to create something
Cherry-Ann Davis is a graphic designer from Trinidad and Tobago and expresses her views of the world through visual communication. Through her work she wants to break up stereotypes and narratives. An endeavour very close to her heart is the positive portrayal of African women.

Dreaming of stage design
Fantastic stage designs — Robi Voigt develops these in his sleep. In the truest sense of the word. His work enchants audiences at renowned theatres and opera houses. Now, with his latest project, he wants to invite the audience to dream its own images.

From carpenter to industrial designer
As a carpenter, Linus Maurmann lacked professional versatility. He is now living this desire to the full both on and beyond his industrial design course.

Self-censorship is fake
Fine Arts student Gaia Del Santo uses the internet to explore human existence through art. Charging cables as umbilical cords, data profiles and the almighty matrix surround and fascinate the young artist of the Generation Z as much as nature itself.

How ZHdK is reinventing studying
Art education, design, film, fine arts, music, dance, theatre and transdisciplinarity: these disciplines are studied and taught under one roof at the Toni-Areal, the campus of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). The close proximity of disciplines at ZHdK is unique, productive and allows for much more. The major-minor study model is designed to enable students to move more freely among course offerings. Project manager Michèle Graf discusses the future of studying and why “T-Shaped Professionals” have an advantage in professional life.

Who is Who: University board
The University Board is responsible for university-wide issues. It convenes over 20 times a year to take decisions concerning the university’s goals and strategies. Its other duties include issuing legal guidelines, coordinating teaching, research and continuing education, launching projects and appointing lecturers and executive staff. It consists of the President, the Director of Adminstration and the Heads of Departments, who also head one of the five dossiers. The Chair of the University Assembly attends the meetings of the University Board in an advisory capacity and is entitled to make proposals — a special feature of ZHdK in contrast to other universities of applied sciences. The Secretary General and her deputy, the Head of University Communications and the Quality Development and Accreditation Officer also take part in board meetings.

Things for dying
“Objects can take away our fear of dying.” Designer and researcher Bitten Stetter talks about death and design and reflects on the “aura of the end of life.”

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