The FHNW Academy of Art and Design’s incentive programme “Swiss Cultural Challenge” supports innovative ideas by creative artists and cultural workers. Over the last six months, eleven graduate students from Swiss art and design universities have developed business ideas focusing on the peaceful coexistence of humans, plants, and animals.
Looking at Negotiation
In support of the digital exhibition, the mentors of Swiss Cultural Challenge – Matthias Einhoff (Cofounder of Z/KU Berlin), Monica Moisin (Founder of the Cultural IP Rights Initiative) and Robert Stutz (Cofounder of the attorney’s office Beutler Künzi Stutz AG) –discuss the topic of cooperative modes of negotiation in a panel discussion on 7 May 2020. Under the heading “Looking at Negotiation”, they explore the significance of negotiation processes for the creation of value in the cultural industries. The initial argument is that, as far as cultural and creative industries are concerned, collaborative efforts are far more likely to lead to a successful start-up than competitive cooperation. The talk is hosted by Jana Eske (Head of Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship).
Is co-founder and director of the Center for Arts and Urbanistics www.zku-berlin.org , an interdisciplinary hub for urban research and artistic practice located in Berlin. Next to his managing and curatorial responsibilities he is heading the development of research-based projects at the interface of urban discourses and local practices with outcomes such as www.citytoolbox.net – learning platform for urban practitioners, www.wasteland-twinning.net – urban wasteland survey, www.hackingurbanfurniture.net – urban infrastructure revisited. As a founding member of the artist collectives www.kunstrepublik.de, and Superschool he has been working in the public sphere exploring the potentials of art to (re)activate the social and spatial relationships of individuals and groups. E.g. www.skulpturenpark.org and for collective knowledge production. (Congress-of-halfknowledge). As co-initiator and board member of www.hausderstatistik.org , an inclusive 60,000sqm development project, he co-moderated the process and co-directed the and for public arts section www.allesandersplatz.berlin He has been teaching at UdK-Berlin, DigitalArtsLab-Tel Aviv and as a visiting professor at Kunsthochschule Kassel.
Is a cultural Intellectual Property and Fashion Lawyer and Cultural Sustainability Consultant. She focuses on developing frameworks for co-design and collaboration with cultural groups, craftspeople, local communities and Indigenous people. She is looking at negotiations from an interdisciplinary perspective, at the intersection of law, cultural heritage and sustainable development.
Is one of the founders of Beutler Künzi Stutz AG, an IP boutique law firm established 20 years ago. The firm is specialised in intellectual property matters, they advises and represents national and international clients with respect to IP related issues. Robert Stutz has focused on design since the beginning of his career, having written about the overlap of Copyright and Design rights in the field of industrial designs in his Ph.D. Thesis. He has written numerous articles on this subject in learned journals and contributed to several books. He currently lectures at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art (HSLU), the Écal (École Cantonale d`Art de Lausanne) and the School of Art and Design Berne (SfG / HF Product Design). As president of the Bernese Design Foundation he is also involved in the promotion of designers and design. He is looking at negotiations from the legal prospective as an attorney and also as a coach, teaching communication skills.
With their business ideas, the participants in this year’s Swiss Cultural Challenge are pursuing a common goal: encouraging the peaceful coexistence of humans, plants, and animals in the future. Their projects range from ideas for artist residencies in digital space, to advancing nature in cities, to service offers for staged food events, as well as innovative process development in organizations.
About Swiss Cultural Challenge
A business idea often starts with a project. A successful launch of their enterprise in the market is what concerns the participants of Swiss Cultural Challenge. However, the development of innovative and meaningful projects and job structures requires sufficient time for experiments and the exchange of ideas. Irrespective of whether a project just needs a few finishing touches, a new format is being developed, or whether it is still in its infancy: the FHNW Academy of Art and Design’s incentive programme supports graduate students from art and design universities across Switzerland in the critical phase between studying and professional life. Addressees include creative personalities and initiators who are prepared to assume responsibility for their immediate as well as distant environment and show an interest in co-creating and networking.
NO/RESIDENCE is a home residency programme for artists working with communities in their own local neighbourhood. We believe in the power of communities, now more than ever. Accordingly, we offer all advantages of a traditional programme: we support creation, encourage collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and capacity building, in addition to boosting visibility. Networking and remote collaborations are casual these days. We can operate sustainably without having to travel long distances.
The included performance is an excerpt from the online opening of UN/CUBE, the virtual gallery space of NO/RESIDENCE. “LOCKDOWN” was a collaboration between four artists, live streaming simultaneously from two countries. It demonstrates the principles of our programme: community | collaboration |interdisciplinarity | sustainability | experimentation and progress.
Performers: Endre Kertész & T.I.T.S. Performance Group: Nela Kornetová, Jan Husták Other collaborators: Mikolaj Szabó, Loránd Szécsényi-Nagy, Agnus Szekeres The presented manifest is based on texts by Boris Groys.
Zentrale für Umweltausstellungen
The environment needs art and design. The Zentrale für Umweltausstellungen, founded by Julia Sommerfeld, communicates environmental problems and solutions in a different way – aesthetically, empathetically and participatorily, in order to sensitize and encourage the local population to take action for the environment and especially for the climate.
The exhibition "Plan B. Bäume als Partner für eine klimafreundliche urbane Zukunft" renders visible the underappreciated potential of urban trees. An interactive programme of events provides visitors with information on what they can do locally to protect urban trees and thus contribute to a climate-friendly future – in Basel and beyond.
heyna is a collaborative online archive showcasing artisans and their traditional textile crafts. Aiming to preserve the knowledge behind each craft, making it accessible and visible, as well as spreading awareness of its socio-cultural heritage by activating this knowledge and transforming it into a current practice. A community is founded on the collective work that goes on behind the platform; it deepens the understanding for each craft and strengthens the notion of supporting one another for the sake of a more connected and visible global craft trade. This film visualises the background story of heyna, explains the name, and presents the concept and targeted impacts.
Nadja Müller und noch Nora Gailer
At co-co-co, we design digital and collaborative formats for the development of innovative results. Problems and questions are developed together to present clear and tangible solutions. Thinking through making leads to creativity on the part of all participants, agile processes, and human-centred cultural change. Our unique creativity methods are designed to be specific, visual, and tangible. We encourage intensive collaboration and build on the existing knowledge of all participants.
Our team consists of five women. As designers we bring together our many years of knowledge and experience in design, strategy, gamification, research, consulting, and social pedagogy. www.co-co-co.org
IKON. is jewellery with a message and specially designed as a gift. Remember, your jewellery IKON. is a QR-key to an intimate online note created for you by your loved one.
Each jewellery IKON. is a hand-crafted item – special, unique and sustainably produced in Russia (from recycled silver, 925) – and equipped with a natural silk strap for wearing and soft velvet napkin for caring. The online message is encrypted and super secure – nobody (not even I as the Admin) can read it. Our IT-developers are in Russia; we keep the data on a secure Swiss Cloud platform. You can check the quality of the product here: https://www.instagram.com/ikon.love.official/ Pre-order is now open. Price per IKON.? with one message* for first 56 pre-orders is 300 CHF. Production time is one month. https://www.instagram.com/ikon.love.official/
The core idea of this project comes in the shape of an innovative method of creating a three-dimensional object using a single cord. This manual technology makes it possible to create a self-sufficient stable structure that changes its specificity and characteristics depending on the material, while maintaining the same production process. This means that any material can be used as a raw material, only flexibility and length are essential. In addition, this production method is open and allows you to go back a few steps or, if necessary, even undo the object and retrieve the original material.
Carola Scherzinger, Sophia Prölss, Agni Pantazopoulou
Food is often treated as a rather trivial part of everyday life. Cooking and eating are linked with our social lives and have the ability to trigger emotions and connect people.
However, we tend to one-sidedly perceive the real impact of food through our taste stimuli, and are less aware of the properties of food and its history.
Food Identities is a design platform which investigates ways to explore cognitive gaps and misunderstandings in the food industry and our eating habits in particular. Scenographic concepts have the ability to blend food properties – texture, colour, smell – with spatial parameters in order to create new fields of human interaction, resulting in a “made to measure” food installation that moulds storytelling with multisensorial experiences – kinetic, mental, linguistic – using food as a medium of social intervention.