On initiative of a Japanese student at ZHdK, ZHdK’s Prof Ulrich Görlich and a group of design students collaborated with Tokyo’s most well-known art school, Tokyo Geijitsu Daigaku, and finally met after almost a year of remote and online collaborations. The exchange resulted in an exhibition in Tokyo as well as several presentations by Prof. Goerlich.
At a special lecture with the ironic sounding title “Zurich University of the Arts – Is there a better art school? (Yes, on Mars)” held at Tokyo Geidai on Wednesday, October 14, Prof. Görlich (Head of Program, ZHdK) and Prof. Schiesser (Head of the Department of Art & Media, ZHdK) both introduced their school as well as an trans-cultural exchange program they had established. Hopefully this program will be extended also to Japan in the near future.
The following Swiss Wine & Cheese gathering emphasised the good contact – many intense and friendly discussions were held. Tokyo Geidai will visit Switzerland’s ZHdK next year!
Public Program of the exchange week:
Half-Understood, Half-Collapse, Half-Open is the first exchange exhibition by fine arts students from two leading art universities of Japan and Switzerland. Social media played a central role in the creative process for the realization of this project by building communication channels between artists from both countries. The exhibition is open everyday from 10:00 to 17:00 and is free of charge. Side events:
– Tokyo Research Report, Oct. 13, 15:00, followed by reception party
– Lecture by Ulrich Görlich, ZHDK Professor, Oct. 14, 18:00, followed by apero
– Performance by Katherine Paino Miranda, Oct. 16, 17:00,
– Closing talk, Oct. 20, 15:00, followed by closing party.
Further information: http://tokyogeidai-zhdk.tumblr.com