Focus Renaissance


A renaissance in 2021: what follows questions the past, outlines new approaches and breathes new life into old ideas. Thus, for instance, the rebirth of masculinity lies at the heart of Nicola Genovese’s work. He redresses the traditional image of man and breaks with prevailing patterns, stereotypes and cliches.

Back to the tried and tested: two ZHdK film students edited a whole film manually until some unexpected trickery blocked their progress — and called for new ideas. The often underestimated recorder is also experiencing a renaissance and is declared a favourite by music lecturer Andreas Bohlen.

A virus is imposing a “new normal” on us: amid the pandemic, ZHdK has transitioned from classroom teaching to digital knowledge transfer. But not everything can be moved online at an art and design university, says Susanne Schumacher, Chair of the Digital Council.

For instance, how to dance together in times of corona — despite “physical distancing”? An interview about obstacles, the transformation of dancing and nightly Zoom sessions between Canada and Switzerland. The fine arts study trip to Ljubljana was also planned completely differently. Despite the adverse circumstances, lecturers Sadie Plant and Rico Scagliola stuck to their plan.

He is regarded as the luminous figure of the Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci. His art and teachings have remained exemplary to this day. Lecturer Paolo Bianchi explains the timeless Leonardo Principle while art and culture researcher Sigrid Adorf takes a look back. She explores how the eternal story of a new beginning could be told afresh, as well as captures what is still valid and dusts off old ideas.


Gianna Bartsch is a project manager at ZHdK University Communications and Deputy Lead Editor of Zett.
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