Luka Popadic’s film nominated for Swiss Film Award

Doctoral candidate and Fellowship alumni Luka Popadic’s film Real News has been nominated for the Swiss Film
Award within the short film category.
The film features the a young journalist on his first deployment abroad, who is faced with the absurd reality of news
production and is forced to choose between his career and his moral code within the Nato bombing of Serbia in
We want to congratulate Luka on his nomination and wish him the best of luck.

Exposition by PEER Tabea Rothfuchs published in JAR

The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) published the exposition of our PEER Tabea Rothfuchs.

Her exposition focuses on the question of what happens to the inner and outer world of a person when no medical procedure can (any longer) decipher the origin of the pain experienced? When the pain has become an independent clinical picture of ‘chronic pain’? In a series of dialogues with pain patients and pain specialists, in this study Tabea explored- as an artist and pain reminder – how chronic pain affects and changes life and what space it occupies in the lives of those affected and treated. Or formulated as a core question: are people with chronic pain included in the lives of other people, in our social structure and the political system at all?

You can find her exposition on the JAR-webpage.

Bild article about Ferhat

In the light of his Fellowship project “Turkish Delights”, which premiered online on Christmas 2021, the Bild published an article about one of the 3rd Cycle’s Fellows Ferhat Türkoglu concerning his music and its thematics of love, freedom and civil disobedience. Read more…

PEERS Final Presentation Luca Magni Correct Link

Presentation on Monday, 13. December, 17:30

We are sorry to say that there has been a mistake on the flyer for the upcoming Fellowship-presentation by Luca Magni. The Zoom-Link wasn’t implemented in the file correctly.

You can find the correct Link in the updated flyer. The password for the meeting is: 456015

Again, we apologize for any trouble we caused and we hope you enjoy Luca’s presentation and we wish Luca the best of luck on this final step of his fellowship-journey.

Impressions of the PEERS November Workshop 2021

Our PEERS cohort met in November in Zurich in the Toni Areal for a 3-day intensive workshop. The aim of the workshop was to deal more deeply with the writing of a PhD exposé and to get to know different universities and partner universities, as well as their positions,on which they offer an artistic PhD or an artistic-scientific PhD.

The 3 intensive days were accompanied by Efva Lilja, a Swedish artist and choreographer, who is also known for her highly recognized for experimental site specifics and research-based works in galleries and at alternative venues, and Macklin Kowal, an artist from San Francisco, Writer, curator, based in Athens and PhD candidate in Political Theory.

We wish our PEERS candidates every success in writing their PhD exposes.

PhD candidate Marisa Godoy’s successful defence of her doctoral thesis

On Sptember 15th 2021 Marisa Godoy has successfully defended her doctoral thesis ‘Generating co-presence: dancers’ ways of knowing and discoveries in improvisation choreography’ and thus completed her PhD at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (UK), realised under the supervision of Professor of Dance Scott deLahunta and Assistant Professor Karen Wood. Marisa’s research was part of the SNF-funded project ‘Research Video: Annotated video as a new standard of publishing practice-based and artistic research’ of the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film (IPF), led by Dr Gunter Lösel. Marisa is presently one of the mentors in the PEERS programme at IPF, and will be teaching her practice ‘Radical_Connector’ at the Theatre Department at ZHdK in Spring 2022 once more, a practice in which aspects of her research on improvisation can be experienced.

We want to congratulate Marisa on her success and are happy to have her as a mentor in the PEERS Programm.

New doctoral candidate: Molly Joyce

The 3. Cycle is happy to announce the new PhD student Molly Joyce. She will begin her doctoral journey at the ZHdK and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz on October 1st.

Molly Joyce was recently deemed one of the “most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome” by The Washington Post. Her music has additionally been described as “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “unwavering” and “enveloping” (Vulture). Her work is concerned with disability as a creative source. She has an impaired left hand from a previous car accident, and the primary vehicle in her pursuit is her electric vintage toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay which engages her disability on a compositional and performative level. 

Molly’s creative projects have been presented and commissioned by Carnegie Hall, TEDxMidAtlantic, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Bang on a Can Marathon, Danspace Project, Americans for the Arts, National Sawdust, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, National Gallery of Art, Classical:NEXT, and in Pitchfork, Red Bull Radio, and WNYC’s New SoundsHer compositional works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles including the Vermont, New World, New York Youth, Pittsburgh, Albany, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras.

Molly is a graduate of Juilliard, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Yale, alumnus of the YoungArts Foundation, and holds an Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies from City University of New York.

In her doctoral studies, Molly will take a look at disability in the performing arts. Disability in dance and music is a growing artistic field. In Switzerland companies such as Theater HORA are internationally recognized, however the discourse on disability at Swiss Art Schools is still in its early stages. In particular, the perspective of artists who identify as disabled is not yet part of the dialogue, as well as the Anglophone/U.S.-perspective in disability studies with Swiss developments.

To learn more about Molly Joyce and her work, visit her personal website. If you would like to know more about her doctoral studies, you can download the abstract to her studies here.

Bernadette Kolonko “Unsichtbares und Ungesagtes” Final Presentation

In her artistic research project “Unsichtbares und Ungesagtes” (“Invisible and Unsaid”), the director Bernadette
Kolonko investigated the question of feminist aesthetics in film. She opens up the field of visualization through
discussions with international filmmakers* and based on an essayistic short film on the processes of exclusion of
women* in images.

To join the live presentation at the cinema “Toni Kino” please register under the following event-link.
To join the live Zoom-stream sign up via mail.

“Dancer with Cancer” | Invitation to Berlin premier and resumption

We want to inform you about the course “With pantomime to more self-knowledge” that will be held in Berlin.

Pantomime as a wordless art is particularly suitable for the representation of issues that leave those affected speechless or unheard of. This course offers opportunities to mimicly and artistically express feelings of loss, grief or a (Cancer) illness to others and share it within a protected framework. You will learn basic movement techniques of pantomime in order to gain a new approach to one’s own body and find its individual possibilities of expression. The performance artist Hendrik Quast will be leading the workshop, setting the focus on presentation, (self-) staging and humor. They are looking for participants with visible or invisible disabilities, chronically ill and those interested in pantomime are also very welcome. Previous knowledge is not required.

The deadline to register is the 25.08. For more information, check out the course details or the application form.

PEERS Summer Residency 2021

In the middle of July our six PEERS were able to meet up together for a week at the Alpenhof in Appenzell. They self-organized methods of making research within a group that are able to work on- and offscreen and worked together as well as individually on their research projects. 

«The Future of the Earth» Preenacting Climate Scenarios

Doctoral-Candidate Patrick Gusset encourages conscious action through «The Future oft he Earth» Preenacting Climate Scenarios. Trying to avoid communicating the devastation that climate change will bring to our earth with numbers, Patrick tries preenacting those scenarios based on scientific findings.

Find out more about the project in the article “Im Kühlhaus schmilzt der Klimazweifel” from the Luzerner Zeitung.

Preenacting Climate Scenarios – by doctoral student Patrick Gusset

THE FUTURE OF THE EARTH: PREENACTING CLIMATE SCENARIOS tries to give the cause of climate change an experiential dimension and looks into the near and distant future: The project plays through future climate scenarios and their consequences discursively, narrative and performative. Global warming and melting glaciers are made tangible, as are the social consequences of flight and the extinction of species.
More on the event on Theater Roxy’s Website.

Publication MA Thesis Tabea Rothfuchs

The ZHdK’s artists-in-labs program (AIL) promotes artistic research by curating, organizing and accompanying stays in research laboratories for artists. Tabea Rothfuchs has completed a so-called residency at the Zentrum für Schmerzmedizin Nottwil. For her master’s thesis, she conducted a performative quarantine interview in addition to virtually implemented interviews. Read more…

Presentations Fellowship

All good things come to an end. The last cohort of our Fellowship-programme is reaching its finale with the project presentations of our five Fellows.
First to present the finalisation of their projects will be

Luka Popadic – 8k to HD
26. May 2021 – 17:30 – Kino Toni
While the resolutions with which we can record are constantly growing (HD, UHD, 8k), our eyes can no longer process them at all. Does this difference give us the opportunity for creative space and the expansion of film language? We are pleased to present the results of our research and hope for a productive discussion of our findings.
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Magda Drozd | Sound Volumes: 18 Floors
22. June 2021 – 18:00 – Zoom
The project “Sound Volumes” explores how sound contributes to a knowledge we have about buildings and the ecology of living together. “18 Floors” is the music album that emerged from this work and which will be presented together with an audio paper in a zoom session.

for all the other presentation you can check out our flyer.

Release Album “18 Floors” by Magda Drozd

We are delighted to announce that one of our fellows, Magda Drozd, released her album “18 Floors” on May 7th. The album was conceptualised and produced within the means her fellowship project «Invisible Voices».

For all those who would like a digital copy, you can find it on here.
If you’d rather like a vinyl record of the album, you will have to wait until the 4th of June, o get it via

If you wanna know more about the album, its concept and Magda you can read about it in this PDF.

JRG Day April 21

At the last Junior Research Group Day in April, we spent an afternoon looking at possible publication formats in artistic research. We looked in detail at successful papers and the Research Catalogue, as well as the Journal for Artistic Research. Our great guests for the day were Sher Doruff, director of the THIRD! Programme at Amsterdam University of the Arts and Michael Schwab, Editor-in-Chief of JAR and the Reserach Catalogue.

Theater der Zeit article about Ilija Mirsky

In the light of his new project “Olfaktoria – Ein Audioweg zum Durchatmen”, which premiered on Easter 2021, the Teater der Zeit published an article about one of the 3rd Cycle’s PhD-students Ilija Mirsky and his unique way to work with dramaturgy in the world of theatre. Read more…

PEERS Starter Workshop April 2021

On the 16.-17. of April the Starter Workshop with the six PEERS was held in a hybrid format. Three of the PEERS were able to participate in the Toni Areal and three of them participated via zoom. In the workshop, the PEERS were able to give each other a deeper insight in their research-interests, receive feedback from the group and get to know each other better.

Auf der Heldinnenreise

Eine Frau streift durch die Stadt, eine Frau knetet wütend Teig in der Küche, eine Frau liegt erschöpft im Bett. Alles schon mal gesehen? Alles typisch Frau? Bernadette Kolonko, Regisseurin und Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der ZHdK, befasst sich im Rahmen ihres Fellowship-Programms mit dem Bild der Frau im Spielfilm. Sie sehnt sich nach mehr Diversität. Read more…