Cultures - Histories and Futures addresses globalisation’s impact beyond political power structures, considering emerging phenomena around identity, distinction, coalescence, projection or transformation, as well as new experiences of difference and belonging. Their redefinition means that the cultural coordinates of the present also give way to new perspectives on histories, genealogies, traditions, and visions of the future. On the one hand, this theme’s goal is to raise awareness around the ambiguities, uncertainties or paradoxes of a post-globalised world in terms of cultural and historical differences. On the other hand, art is understood as a critical practice that reflects on the experience of social change through the lens of aesthetics. Essentially, the theme’s activities aim at enhancing transcultural sensitivity.
So far, Cultures - Histories and Futures organises an international semester programme, two summer schools and a curatorial workshop:
Taking place in Zurich and Hong Kong, the semester programme Transcultural Collaboration is organised by seven art universities. Guided by annually changing transcultural topics, such as tradition, identity, genealogy of the present, values, ethics, different ways of life, globalisation processes in general and between Europe and East Asia in particular, participants come together from a wide range of backgrounds to engage in artistic dialogue across disciplines and cultures. Learn more about the program here.
The summer schools Improvise! is designed as a five-day immersion into spontaneous and collective sound making. The programme considers improvisation to be a quintessential, existential experience at the core of music making and being human.
The summer school Fabrication of Relics engages in creating readymades with a focus on historical contexts assuming that today, when relics, crafts or art works are renewed for creative purpose, their meaning and importance only manifests when we are able to contextualise them with reference to our cultures and histories.
The five-day workshop Curating on the Move is a practice-based questioning of the challenges that contemporary curators are faced with in globalised settings. It is based on the assumption that in globalised culture, a strong knowledge of artists and creative practitioners working in diverse geographical, cultural and political contexts is crucial.
Applications are open for the semester programme Transcultural Collaboration 2021
One of the collaboration teams delved into the inner world of the smart phone and concluded: our phones might need a bit of wellness.
Students share their reflections and impressions on the past, present and considerations of the future - in light of their own particular experiences of place.
Catch a glimpse into the Transcultural Collaboration workshop week at HART—a hot spot for contemporary art on Hong Kong island.
Find out how people from different artistic disciplines interact and work collaboratively, what difficulties they might face and what strategies they follow.
26 artists with different cultural backgrounds presented their collaborative explorations in a two-week exhibition.
An in-depth conversation about the challenges of making art with the director of the independent Chinese theatre collective Grass Stage.
Reader, Theory and History of Art; Brazilian Modern and Contemporary Art, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, Chelsea College of Arts (UAL)
Lecturer, BA Fine Arts, Department Fine Arts (ZHdK)
Deputy Head of BA / MA Directing, Theater | Professor, BA / MA Theater and Directing, Department of Performing Arts and Film (ZHdK)
Programme Manager, Shared Campus | Deputy Head, Transcultural Collaboration, Assistant Professor (ZHdK)
Chi Wo Warren LEUNG
Associate Professor, Visual Arts (SCM)
Associate Professor, Sound Art | Perception psychology (SCM)
Dr Cedric MARIDET
Assistant Professor, Sound Art, Academy of Visual Arts | RPg Programme Director (HKBU)
Prof. Ranko MARKOVIĆ
Head of International Relations in Music, | Co-Head, Classical Music, Department of Music (ZHdK)
Dr Camilo MENDEZ
Associate Professor, Composition, Extended Instrumental Techniques & New Music Notation, Department of Music, Faculty of Arts (HKBU)
Dr Wolfgang MUENCH
Dean, Learning, Teaching & Research (LASALLE) (TG coordinator)
Prof. Isabel MUNDRY
Lead, Studio of Contemporary Music, Department of Music | Professor, Composition and Theory, MA Transdisciplinary Studies, Department of Music (ZHdK)
Dr Timothy O'DWYER
Head of School, School of Contemporary Music (LASALLE)
Prof. Dr Dorothée RICHTER
Head of MAS Curating and Professor, Further Education Centre | Head of PhD in Practice in Curating Programme (ZHdK)
Chair, Shared Campus Project Team (ZHdK) (TG coordinator)
Dr Lucy STEEDS
Reader, Art Theory and Exhibition Histories, Department Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College | Convenor of RNUAL (Research Network UAL), Doctoral orientation and training, Research Management and Administration (UAL)
Dr Chi-Sui WANG
Director, Office of International Affairs (TNUA)
Dr Peter ZAZZALI
Senior Lecturer of Acting | Programme Leader (BA Hons) Acting (LASALLE)