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Bern University of the Arts

Climate & the City: Eco Art Lab at NEA Summer School

The Eco Art Lab is a transdisciplinary think and do tank at the Bern University of the Arts, which aims to initiate collaborations between artistic researchers, scientists, and the public. With regard to Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 13 (Climate Action), the Lab’s goal is develop and test innovative methodological approaches to ecological issues and to create mediation formats that promote environmentally conscious action.

For now, all of our efforts are concentrated on the upcoming Summer School “Climate and the city”. This August, 20 students from a range of backgrounds will work in transdisciplinary teams and develop research projects on the theme «Climate & the city».

Join various moments of the atelier & open lab to gain insights into the working processes of artists and scientists as they jointly develop new formats of knowledge production through artistic research and transdisciplinary perspectives.



Thursday August 27th, 11–13h, Frau Gerolds Garten, Zurich Language: German

For years, the city of Zurich has been taking concrete measures to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It was the first Swiss city to commit itself to the goal of a 2000-watt society. However, much remains to be done. Martina Blum and Daniel Gerber show how the city of Zurich intends to achieve its climate goals and what a sustainable Zurich of the future could look like.



Friday August 28th, 11–13h, Urbansurf, Zurich; Language: English

Stammtisch provides an opportunity to engage with and discuss issues around climate change in an informal setting. David Christie will present the HEAT method, developed to help individuals start their own personal climate action plan.


PANEL DISCUSSION Climate and the City: Exploring transdisciplinary approaches to climate change

Friday August 28th, 17–19h, Schwarzescafé Luma Westbau, Zurich

Hosted by Tara Lasrado, Yvonne Schmidt & Benjamin Sunarjo

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Saturday August 29th, 11–13h, Frau Gerolds Garten, Zurich; Language: German

Stammtisch provides an opportunity to engage with and discuss issues around climate change in an informal setting. Annina Boogen will present multi-perspective and aesthetic approaches on the perception of energy infrastructure in (alpine) landscapes.



Saturday August 29th, 15–18h, Frau Gerolds Garten, Zurich; Language: English/German/French

At the end of the week, we share our transdisciplinary projects on climate change with the audience at Frau Gerold’s through artistic interventions.






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