Traversing Topologies

Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research

As an experimental form of conferencing Traversing Topologies: Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research is interested in ways of experiencing real topologies in alignment with the numerous versions of their abstraction and generalization. With decentralized actions, walks, performances, and interventions, the conference explores mental, geographical, and digital landscapes, and in the process designs forward-looking perspectives for artistic research and knowledge configurations.

«To conference» means finding a way to get together, sharing experiences, approaches, methods, processes and results. The conference connects three linguistic regions (Central Switzerland, Valais and the Ticino), reveals geographical and disciplinary fringes and takes place both online and in real space.

On 25 September 2021, the conference starts with an opening event at the Hochschule Luzern - Design & Kunst in Emmenbrücke. Then continues at La Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana in Ticino and at École de design et haute école d’art du Valais in Sierre on 13 May 2022 and finally concludes with various projects in the Gotthard area on 14 May 2022.


The Livestream / Conference is over. Thanks for joining us and make sure to check out our website for further information.

Time Who & What Title
10.00 Rachel Mader Welcome and Introduction
  Sarah Kolb Topologies of Artistic Research. Notes on the Transformative Turn in Art
  Kadiatou Diallo Topographies
  Jens Badura The Genius of Place – Outline
of an Aesthetic Topology
11.10  Discussion  
11.30  Break  
11.45 Barbara Ungepflegt / 
Andrea Glauser
Where Is My Where?
12.00 Tobias Matter Augmented Co-Creation
for Public Spaces
12.30  Lunch break Ongoing presentation of «Augmented
Co-Creation for Public Spaces»
13.30 Practices of Attunement (PoA) together//apart
14.40 Donatella Bernardi Beyond Connections
and Endemism
15.10 Break  
15.40 Florian Kutzli /
Fernando García-Dory
Potential Landscape
16.00 Ilka Becker / Sarah Kolb /
Jutta Strohmaier
The Lure of Mycelial Space:
Sharing Knowledge with/ through Mushrooms
17.00 Resume and Previews  
17.30 Apéro – Drinks and Snacks