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HGK Basel Research Day: TRANSVERSE AND TIMETRAVEL – Writing Practices in Design and Artistic Research

The public Research Day at the HGK Basel on 11 December, entitled TRANSVERSE & TIMETRAVEL, explores writing practices in creative-artistic research. The question "Why do I write?" will be addressed in workshops, talks, performances, book presentations and readings.

Join us at the HGK Basel for the annual Research Day on December 11 2023. Hosted by the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Culture (IXDM), TRANSVERSE & TIMETRAVEL focuses on writing practices in design and artistic research
taking up the question of “Why am I writing?” in a day of provocative joyful workshops, talks, performances, book launches, tender reading and exchange. Open to all.

The Critical Media Lab of the Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM) nurtures a set of activities and a community of students and researchers working at the intersections of design, media, arts & technology.

The Critical Media Lab works on future-facing, collective research that has an agenda. Focusing on practice-based and creative situated approaches for configuring other infrastructural realities and grounded imaginations. It aspires to do critical work to strengthen the struggle against extraction, oppression, and exploitation, pursuing an agenda of justice and material equity.

The current research of the Critical Media Lab attends to infrastructures for digital publishing, energy, AI, XR, NetZero, future work, green transitions, critical computation, biodiversity, video archiving, toxic materials, institutional operations, urban resilience, urban commons, decolonial listening, social transformation, life affirmation and critical access.

Programme overview of the HGK Basel Research Day 2023

TRANSVERSE AND TIMETRAVEL: Writing Practices in Design and Artistic Research
Annual Research Day, Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW
Monday, December 11 2023, 12 – 20 pm
Hosted by the Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)


12.00 CRITICAL SOUP: Shared Lunch (CML)
Please join us for lunch at the Critical Media Lab to share soup and exchange with research groups.

13.00 Welcome from IXDM Research (AULA)

13.15 Keynote: TRANSVERSE: Nishat Awan (AULA)

Nishat Awan is Professor of Architecture & Visual Culture at UCL Urban Laboratory. Her research focuses on the intersection of geopolitics and space, including questions related to diasporas, migration and border regimes. She is interested in modes of spatial representation, particularly in relation to the digital and the limits of witnessing as a form ethical engagement with distant places. Nishat will discuss the transversal writing practices of the ERC Starting Grant, Topological Atlas. The project combines ethnographic research with digital mapping, working across Pakistan and Turkey in challenging geographies.

Writing workshops focusing on practices and exchanging research experiences:
TRANSPOSE: FieldNotes (Solveig Qu Suess, Moritz Greiner-Petter, Johannes Bruder + Special Guests)
TIMETRAVEL: Writing with and against the archive (Lucie Kolb, Lara Kothe, Stefanie Bräuer)
TRANSCODE: Labelling For the Food Commons (Viktor Bedö)
The workshop engages participants in an experimental machine-teaching activity to address food commoning, predictive algorithms and sensing kitchens and bodies.
+ further workshops to be announced.

16.00 Artistic Research in Design Networking Event (chaired by Linda Ludwig) 
Three artistic research networks share details of their support and vision for research
The gkfd (Gesellschaft für künstlerische Forschung)
SFKP art education network (

16.30 Double Book Launch: “Plants by Numbers” and “Technologies of Care in a More-than-Human-World” with Helen V. Pritchard, Jane Prophet, Taey Iohe, Youngsook Choi, Kathleen McDermott and Yvonne Volkart

We celebrate through conversation, presentations and a closing performance the launch of two open access book. Plants by Numbers: Art, Computation and Queer Feminist Technoscience, edited by Jane Prophet and Helen V. Pritchard (Bloomsbury 2023) and Technologies of Care. From Sensing Technologies to an Aesthetics of Attention in a More-than-Human World by Yvonne Volkart (diaphanes 2023)

18.00 APERO at the Research Library (rosa book shop, CIVIC)
Open Call: Bring your zines, poetry, papers, books, materials, ephmera, publishing infrastructure, impromptu readings to share in the rosa book shop during the Apero. (Call to follow).

19.00 TALK AND SCREENING: Isadora Neves Marquez (Kino) hosted by MAKE/SENSE PhD programme of the Basel Academy of Art and Design

Isadora Neves Marques is an award winning film director, visual artist, and writer working across poetry and theory. Her essays and critical writings focus primarily on the intersections of art and cinema with ecology, gender, technology, and science fiction. She is a regular contributor to e-flux journal and Art Criticism, and has published in books by MIT Press, Verso, Sternberg Press, Archive Books, and museums such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt, among others. She is a co-founder of the film production company Foi Bonita a Festa, her films and artworks have been show in major art institutions globally. She is also co-founder of the poetry press Pântano Books, through which she published her poetry collection Sex as Care and Other Viral Poems (2020) and poetry collections by CAConrad, Serubiri Moses, and Odete.

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Datum und Zeit

11.12.2023, 12:00–20:00 Uhr iCal


Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel
Institute Experimental Design und Media Cultures (IXDM) 
Freilager-Platz 1
4142 Münchenstein b. Basel

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Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel
Institut Experimentelles Design und Medienkulturen

Institute Experimental Design und Media Cultures (IXDM)

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel Institute Experimental Design und Media Cultures (IXDM) Hochhaus: D 3.01 Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein b. Basel
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