Forschungsmittwoch #163:

«The Future of Art and Science Collaborations»

Scientific research, artistic practice and society are increasingly intertwined. Artists and designers collaborate with scientists and science is looking for ways to integrate artistic practices. Unlike traditional science communication, these approaches foster new ways of knowledge production by engaging with different communities. Yet, our understanding of their impact is limited. Questions remain about equal collaboration, exchange formats, quality criteria, and funding structures. The EcoArtLab of the HKB, in collaboration with the mLAB (Institute of Geography, University of Bern), hosts a discussion with different Swiss funding representatives to explore these questions within existing structures.

Katharina Schneider-Roos, Innovation & Society Specialist, Pro Helvetia; Julia Schneerson, Agora Program Manager, SNSF; Katia Weibel, Deputy Director, Stiftung Mercator Schweiz

Yvonne Schmidt, Head EcoArtLab, HKB

Institut Praktiken und Theorien der Künste

Organized by Mirko Winkel, artist & curator, coordinator mLAB & collaborator EcoArtLab

13th March, 2024 | 18.30 – 20.30
incl apéro & roundtables
HKB, Auditorium | Fellerstrasse 11 | 3027 Bern

Please register until 11.3.2024:


«Kultur und Klimaschutz»

Last week, Yvonne Schmidt contributed a short interview to the program KlimaZeit, which focused on how culture and art can address climate change, but also play an active role in dealing with it and thus create new structures and processes.

2nd February 2024

Best Practice Award 2023

«EcoArtLab – Relational Encounters I: Zukunftsbilder»

Our research toolbox was awarded the Best Practice Award as part of the call for research-based teaching, which is looking for teaching formats and teaching materials that have been developed through research work and successfully tested in the classroom.

„For the year 2023, the department management was able to award the Y research toolbox „EcoArtLab - Relational Encounters I: Images of the Future“ by Yvonne Schmidt with Johanna Paschen and Riikka Tauriainen with a performance bonus. This toolbox has successfully built bridges: Firstly, between research project and interdisciplinary teaching, and this in relation to our annual theme „Future“. Secondly, Yvonne Schmidt organized her course as an inter-institutional cooperation with the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern and the Forum for Climate and Global Change (ProClim). “

Forschugsmittwoch #159

Infrastructuring Otherwise: Carbon Endings and Regenerative Practice

On the 29th November we had the pleasure to host a Lecture by Helen V. Pritchard. The presentation took place within the series Forschungsmittwoch (research Wednesday) of the HKB. Through the lecture entitled ‘Infrastructuring Otherwise’, we got to learn more about their work and projects related to ‘citizen sensing’ and ‘regenerative energy communities’.