Manifesta: Art & Research

Science Trail is an event series for all PhD candidates and postdocs of the University of Zurich. In the context of this event series young researchers invite each other to particularly exciting, beautiful or even spooky parts of their research fields. The event series is thus about offering insights into laboratories one would not necessarily be aware of otherwise. For the next Science Trail we would like to invite you to a special laboratory outside the university:

Special Science Trail in Cooperation with Manifesta

Discussion with the Director of Manifesta: Hedwig Fijen


Manifesta, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary Art, changes its location every two years. Between June and September 2016 the Manifesta Biennial will take place in Zurich.

Manifesta is a special kind of biennial acting as a potential platform for social change: In contrast to most large scale art biennials and exhibitions, Manifesta is set up to investigate and reflect on emerging developments in contemporary art within a European context. Manifestas biennial topics thus are directly reflecting Europe’s changing economic, social and cultural landscape in an artistic visual language. Based on the fact that Europe’s history is characterized by continuous developments of identities and urban conditions, Manifesta examines the regional cultural characteristics of its host cities. This strategy can be identified with the upcoming Manifesta in Zurich, where the artist Christian Jankowsky is researching the Swiss social, economical and geo-political status towards labor, to depict serious changes taking place in our post-fordist era.

In the upcoming Science Trail event Manifesta’s founding director will give us an insight in how the nomadic biennial tries to dig deep into local layers of society, how Manifesta uses its biennial programs to build up networks, create sustainable audiences and collaborations between different communities. Hedwig Fijen will thereby highlight how Manifesta creates its own rules in not only selecting cities and regions characterized by specific political and social tensions but also uses these models of cities as pars pro toto traces of all European histories. She will highlight how Manifesta initiates specific reflection processes to discuss today's and tomorrow's issues, thereby showing that even local issues are normally caused by geopolitical developments such as the immigration crisis or global climate change.

Date and time: 26 January, 5.30-7.30 pm

Meeting point: Sihlquai 125 (1st floor)

For organizational reasons the number of participants is limited.



You are very welcome to join us for this Special Science Trail!
The event will take place in English.

We are looking forward to seeing you on 26 January.
Hedwig Fijen, Director of Manifesta
Heiko Schmid, Educational Coordinator of Manifesta11
And your Graduate Campus Team