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REFRESH X Fantoche #1

What influence do immersive technologies, such as augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR), have on our self-perception? How does artificial intelligence (AI) change our individual behaviour and that of entire societies? How does the advancing digitalization affect the creative industry, and what potential does it derive for its subdisciplines?

Under the subtitle «New Realities: Design - Arts - Technology», the interdisciplinary exhibition «REFRESH X Fantoche» and it's public programme present selected projects dedicated to the themes of «Immersive Journalism», «Immersive Play», «Digital Identities», and «Digital Doubles». Through films, games, VR experiences and innovative technical experiments, «REFRESH X Fantoche» reflects the zeitgeist, questions the role of designers and artists in an increasingly digitalized world, and discusses possibilities for binding ethics in dealing with the flood of available data.

About REFRESH festival
«REFRESH» is an interdisciplinary festival format that brings together designers, artists, researchers and experts from Switzerland and abroad. In keynotes, masterclasses, screenings, performances and a comprehensive exhibition, REFRESH explores possible futures for design and the arts.

The festival takes place annually at the Toni-Areal and is initiated by the Department of Design and the Immersive Arts Space of Zurich University of the Arts. In 2022 «REFRESH X Fantoche» features a selection of projects from «REFRESH»'s last edition at the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival in Baden.

REFRESH is curated and co-directed by Maike Thies, Research Associate and Head of Interdisciplinary Innovation at the Department of Design, Zurich University of the Arts.

Team:
Prof. Christian Iseli (Co-curation & -Codirection 2018 – 2021)
Prof. Dr. phil. Chris Salter (Co-curation & Co-direction starting from 2023)
Stephan Wespi (Head of Scenography)
Stefan Kraft (Technical Expert)
Patrik Ferrarelli (Identity & Branding)
Flurin Fischer (Exhibition assistance & art education)

REFRESH #4. Recap-Video by Marco Bach. © ZHdK.