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Initiated by the Department Design and the Immersive Arts Space of the Zurich University of the Arts, «REFRESH #3» will take place as a hybrid conference from September 17th to 20th, September 2020 in partnership with the Digital Festival Zurich. A part of the speakers and workshop leaders will be physically present on site, while others will participate virtually via video conferencing tools. Under the title «Experimental Futures and Immersive Experiences», REFRESH #3 (talks, exhibition, workshop, performances, screenings) brings together designers, artists, researchers and experts from Switzerland and abroad to anticipate possible futures for Design and the Arts. The third edition of the interdisciplinary conference REFRESH is to be devoted primarily to the topics «Digital Humans» and «Extended Realities». Both reflect the spirit of the times, questioning the role of designers and artists in an increasingly digitalised world. Both ask for a binding ethic in dealing with the flood of available data sets produced by us.

Many outstanding and internationally renowned designers, artists and experts have confirmed their participation, such as Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Formafantasma, Forensic Architecture (Goldsmith University), Cameron Wilson, Tabita Rezaire, Yasaman Sheri, Duncan Speakman, Markus Gross, aatb, Winnie Christiansen.

Head of REFRESH #3:
Maike Thies
Christian Iseli

Stephan Wespi

Visual Identity:
Patrik Ferrarelli

Recap-Video. REFRESH #2.