Graphic designer, artist, self-publisher and gender-queer activist. She is part of the multimedia art collective ELAF. Among others, they held a four-part exhibition at Debatterie by thealit/Bremen Nov 2018 with variations on the topic of abjection. They are part of the Dynamic Archive Project launching in Summer 2019. Franziska Bauer is also co-editor, writer and graphic designer of the annual self-published, queer-feminist maga_zine Purple Scare.
An art historian with a doctorate in artistic publishing strategies, active in the field since the 1960s. She works at the Institut für Experimentelles Design und Medienkulturen Basel in the research project «Institutions as a Way of Life» on the legacy of institutional critique, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). She also publishes regularly on self-publishing, education, and art criticism, most recently the monograph «Study, Not Critique» (transversal 2018). She is co-editor of the magazine Brand-New-Life and a member of the Art Commission of the Culture City of Bern.
She studied graphic design with a focus on editorial design and typography in Hamburg. In 2016 she published the award-winning book «das Lethe-Kompendium», which has been exhibited several times worldwide. In this book, she acted as editor, author, artist, curator, and graphic artist and devoted herself to publishing as an artistic practice. After stays in Amsterdam and Berlin, she now works in the studio of Bern University of the Arts in Switzerland. Since 2017, she has also been studying for her master’s in Design Research at Bern University of the Arts, where she is an associate researcher in the research project «Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited» and researcher in the field of Design History. www.larakothe.com
Designer, professor, and researcher. He is based at Bern University of the Arts, where he teaches design history, directs the MA Design course, and coordinates the Research Field Design History. He organised the symposium «Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland» (2014), edited a publication of the same name with Davide Fornari (Triest, 2016), and is co-coordinating the research project «Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited», funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Sinergia programme (since October 2016).
She studied Fine Arts and Philosophy in Amsterdam, received a studio scholarship at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, and earned her doctorate in England. She combines the philosophy of language with visual means and publishes books. From 2004 to 2009 she was a lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam and did regular exhibitions and publications at home and abroad. Since 2014 she has been a lecturer at Bern University of the Arts (Y Institute, Design, and Art: Fine Arts). www.tinemelzer.eu
She works as a freelance graphic designer at the Atelier Mirabella-Morganti in Zurich, mainly for clients from the cultural and educational sectors. She teaches in the Department of Design at Zurich University of the Arts and works there in the Graphic Design Collection of the Museum für Gestaltung. She has been studying for her master’s in Design Research at Bern University of the Arts since 2017.
is a graphic designer (Studio Tania Prill, Zurich) and heads the HfK Master Studio “School of Visual Combinations”. Recent publications: “Under the Radar – Underground- and Selfpublications 1965–1975” (2016, ed. with Annette Gilbert and Jan-Frederik Bandel), “Typografie als künstlerisches Ereignis” (2016, ed. with Michael Glasmeier), “MONEY” (2015, with Alberto Vieceli and Sebastian Cremers). Tania Prill was Professor of Communication Design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG) and has been Professor of Typography at the Hochschule der Künste Bremen (HfK) since 2010, where she coordinates the AIP Archive of Independent Publishing.
Studies at the School of Visual Combinations, MA Studio Integrated Design, University of the Arts Bremen.
Studio Harris Blondman
The award-winning graphic design studio of Harry Bloch and Joris Landman. The Swiss-Dutch studio combines classic editorial and design knowledge with new media expertise and creative coding and works at the cutting edge of graphic tradition and digital experimentation. www.harrisblondman.nl
Saskia van der Meer
studied integrated design at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen with a focus on graphics and moving images. Since 2019 she has worked as a freelance graphic designer and teaches integrated design at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen.
An art historian with a doctorate in late-absolutist urban planning, curator, critic, text and cultural worker. Activities at various museums, including 1999/2000 as curator of the Kunstverein in Konstanz. From 2001–2015 he worked in different management positions at the F+F School for Art and Media Design in Zurich, from 2011 as its rector. Since 2015 he has been Head of the Department of Design and Art at Bern University of the Arts. Vogel was a member of the Art Commission of the City of Zurich from 2006 to 2014, a member of the jury of the Guggenheim Foundation from 2013 to 2018 and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bern Design Foundation since 2016.