At the University of Art and Design FHNW in Basel, she heads the initiative Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship, which includes research and development. She produces supportive projects for young artists and designers such as the initiative Swiss Cultural Challenge, as well as grants and internships in cooperation with swissnex Boston and Junge Akademie, Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Together with the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), she realised three editions of the exhibition NEU | NOW with young international artists between 2015 and 2017 in Basel. From 2009 to 2013, she taught as a research associate at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Jana Eske holds an MA in Cultures of the Curatorial (2015) and Media Art (2008).
Jana Eske combines artistic and curatorial practices in her research and development projects that deal with the politics of aesthetics and illuminate phenomena in which ideas of living together express themselves. This includes the critical examination of exhibition architectures as well as places of work and education as bearers of cultural representations. She has realized projects at Tokyo Arts and Space, HAPS in Kyoto and at the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, in the GRASSI Museum in Leipzig, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Design Museum in Helsinki and the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskyla.
Laurent Rueff is a member of the Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship team and supports the implementation of the Swiss Cultural Challenge. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communication from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design and subsequently worked as a graphic designer. From 2016-2017 he worked as a cultural attaché for the Swiss Embassy in Denmark on the “Open Embassy” programme, which won the “Danish Design Award” in 2017. Prior to his creative training, Rueff worked as a journalist, presenter and producer for various Basel radio stations. Rueff currently holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Visual Communication and Image Research at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design.
Laurent Poffet supports the SCE in a joint internship in collaboration with swissnex Boston. Poffet is a graduate of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel. His creative interests began in childhood, but became part of his daily routine in 2010, when he sought an apprenticeship as a Polydesigner 3D, in his hometown of Fribourg. Inspired by his multilingual culture, he was drawn to new or foreign experiences, further studies, and creative expression. He completed his preparatory design course in Biel, and this time period was crucial to shaping his understanding of visual representation, and nourishing his passion. He is fascinated by methods and systems, strong concepts that deepen messages and meanings. He likes to look outside the box for new solutions that could benefit the question, and he likes to approach problems playfully, and openly. Storytelling, repurposing existing structures, and images both moving and still, are additional interests of his.