Transcultural Exchange Conference

The TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference offers exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. Three Swiss presenters will featured.

Event Details


Boston University
02215 United States


February 25, 2016 9:00 am - February 27, 2016 10:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)


$115 single day pass - 285$ conference pass

The TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference offers exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. Three Swiss presenters will featured:

  • Irène Hediger is Co-Director of the Swiss artists-in-labs program at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts.
  • Florian Dombois is an Artist and Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts.
  • Cécile Vulliemin is Project Leader for Art/Sciences Programs here at swissnex Boston and Exhibition Coordinator for Hors Pistes Association.



About the Conference

Traditionally, artists relied solely on galleries and dealers to support their art. They worked largely within the confines of their discipline and studio walls. Today numerous other options for artists also exist: More and more artists are managing their own careers, working in new formats and collaborating with people in different disciplines, both here and abroad.

Reflecting this new reality and picking up where the last Conference Engaging Minds left off, TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts offers exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. For instance, panelists will speak about their international residency programs, provide practical advice (on topics such as resources for funding and managing a studio practice), discuss how art can play a vital role in social or political interventions and promote possibilities for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. Round Table discussions also will give artists with similar interests the chance to meet, network and talk about their work; and portfolio reviews with the speakers, gallery owners and critics will supply additional venues for artists to showcase their work.

Full Schedule

About the Swiss speakers


Speaker_domboisFlorian Dombois is an artist whose work focuses on time, models, landforms, labilities, and scientific and technical fictions. From 2003 to 2011, he was a professor at the Bern University of the Arts where he founded Y (Institute for Transdisciplinarity). In 2010 he received the German Sound Art Award and Kunsthalle Bern edited the monograph of his work Florian Dombois: What Are the Places of Danger. Works 1999-2009. Currently he is a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. His latest books are Ästhetisches Denken (Aesthetic Thinking, co-edited with M. Fliescher, D. Mersch and J. Rintz) and two books on his work came out 2014, Florian Dombois: Zugabe (ed. by J.F. Müller) and Florian Dombois: Angeschlagene Moderne / Struck Modernism (ed. by Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zurich).

Morning Keynote: Public Art; Public Space”, FEBRUARY 27th, 10:45 – 11:45 am, at Boston University


speaker_hedigerIrène Hediger is Co-Director of the Swiss artists-in-labs program at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS), Zurich University of the Arts and a curator. In 2009 she initiated the intercultural Art-Science Residency Exchange with China and India, extending the artists-in-labs concept to an international level. After her studies in business administration, she got a degree in organizational development and group dynamics (DAGG) and a Master of Advanced Studies in Cultural Management at the University of Basel. She has curated numerous exhibitions and cultural events in Switzerland and internationally, including Lucid Fields at ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Arts), Singapore in 2008 and the traveling exhibition Think Art – Act Science, in Barcelona, San Francisco, Lucerne and Salt Lake City, 2010-2012. In 2013 she curated experimenta13: Natur Stadt Kunst an exhibition in the public space of Basel. She specializes in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary creative processes and practices and in the development of inclusive and participatory outreach concepts.

Panel: “Thinking Outside the Box: Other Paradigms for Artists”, FEBRUARY 25th, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, at Boston University


VullieminCécile Vulliemin is currently working as a project leader for the art/science programs for swissnex Boston. She has worked in multiple Swiss cultural institutions, including contemporary art centers, performing arts festivals and film festivals. She also has experience volunteering as a Communications Manager for various organizations, including Swisselectronicmusic, an association that promotes connections among the Swiss electronic culture scene. Currently she continues to volunteer as Exhibition Coordinator for Hors Pistes, an association that initiates creative residences that encourage the transmission of handicrafts between designers and craftsmen by proposing a reworking of traditional production’s methods.

Panel: “Transforming Practices: New Ways of Approaching Traditional Forms”, FEBRUARY 25th, 2016, 3:15 – 4:45 pm, at Boston University.


Boston University, with panels and presentations also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and other locations.

For more information please visit the Conference’s official website. 

Switzerland’s participation at the Transcultural Conference is supported by swissnex Boston and SWISS International Airlines.