Summer School: Climate and the City

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.

SNSF-research project “EcoArtLab. Relational encounters between the arts and climate research”

Starting in February 2023

We are glad to announce that the SNSF-research project has been approved. This practice-based research project at the Institute for Practices and Theories of the Arts at the Bern University of the Arts (BFH) in cooperation with the mLAB at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern investigates how the interplay of expertise from artistic research, geography and critical sustainability research and climatology can be made fruitful for the climate debate. It connects current discourses of Artistic Research, Ecological Arts and critical sustainability research in Geography, which have so far only been considered in isolation. 

Currently, we putting the team together. More information to come…

Zürich 2050 – Futureproof

Thursday August 27th, 11–13h, Frau Gerolds Garten
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.

Roundtable: HEAT Method

Friday August 28th, 11–13h, Zentralwäscherei
Language: English

The roundtable 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: Transdisciplinary approaches to climate change

Friday August 28th, 17–19h, Zentralwäscherei
Language: English

Roland Fischer (Science writer / Curator / Tech catalyst)
Kaspar König (Artist / Sound designer / Researcher)
Anaïs Tilquin (Evolutionary biologist / Ecologist rebelling against extinction)

Hosts: Yvonne Schmidt, Benjamin Sunarjo, Tara Lasrado

The Eco Art Lab as a transdisciplinary do- and think tank brings together artistic researchers, scientists, and the public in order to develop new approaches to climate change issues. The podium raises questions of language, responsibility, and participation in the context of “Climate and the City”.


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

The roundtable 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.

Eco Art Lab interventions

Saturday August 29th, 14–17h, Frau Gerolds Garten
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.

➡︎ Interventions program

Eco Art Lab Summer School “Climate and the city” is a project in collaboration with and: