Traversing Topologies

Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research




«To conference» means finding a way to get together, sharing experiences, approaches, methods, processes and results. As an experimental form of conferencing Traversing Topologies: Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research has been interested in ways of experiencing real topologies in alignment with the numerous versions of their abstraction and generalization. The conference revealed geographical and disciplinary fringes, took place partly online but mainly in real space, and connected three linguistic regions – Central Switzerland, Valais and Ticino – with the Gotthard Area as the central knot between them.

With decentralized actions, walks, performances, and interventions, Traversing Topologies: Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research explored mental, geographical and digital landscapes, and in the process suggested forward-looking perspectives for artistic research and knowledge configurations.
The conference started on 25 September 2021  with an opening event at the Hochschule Luzern - Design & Kunst in Emmenbrücke, followed by two intermediate events in March 2022, to conclude with the main program from 13 May 2022 at SUPSI, La Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana in Ticino, in parallel at EDHEA, École de design et haute école d’art du Valais in Sierre and on 14/15 May 2022 with various projects in the Gotthard area around Hospental, Realp and Andermatt.  


We greatfully thank all contributing guests, artists, students, staff
and organisers for this dense and intense adventure in time and space
and hope for a continuation of thoughts and exchange.