Science and Technology in Cultural Context
Digital Art Weeks 2008

Digital Art Weeks

Committee & Contact


Documentation 2008


Basel DAW

Shanghai DAW





The DIGITAL ART WEEKS program is concerned with the application of digital technology in the arts. Consisting of symposium, workshops and performances, the Digital Art Weeks program offers insight into current research and innovations in art and technology as well as illustrating resulting synergies in a series of performances during the Digital Art Weeks Festival each year, making artists aware of impulses in technology and scientists aware of the possibilities of application of technology in the arts.

Digital Art Weeks Chairs: Jürg Gutknecht, Art Clay, Stefan Müller Arisona
Organising Institution: ETH Zürich

DAW+ 08 Event in Basel: 25th to the 28th of September 2008

Under the title of "Shanghai Echoes" what was accomplished in Shanghai was also presented in Basel. Several of the artworks native to the Shanghai project were presented in a compact version at various venues including a performance of China Gates on the Münsterplatz. → more

DAW+ 08 Event in Shanghai: 15th to the 25th of May 2008

This year's DAW is on the road and not at home in Zurich. The first part of the DAW program was sucessfully presented in Shangahi, China. We would like to thank all of the sponsors, artists, scientists and assistants for participating.
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About the Events in 2008

With the strengthening of globalization and the complex interrelations on all levels that that growth brings with it, it is clear that trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary approaches become important success factors. The turbulence of the present day leads one to reconsider the roots of one's own culture and to consider those geographically farther apart anew. Ironically through the means of modern communication, we have all become 'close' partners as 'distant' neighbours without cultural contradiction. A natural process of discovery has taken place via reciprocal perception by having to search for the foreign in the familiar in order to tune into the familiar in the foreign for the purpose of celebrating a high level of clarity in cultural identity and at the same time allow for cultural adaptation in times of constant change.

The programme for 2008 invites its participants to experience such cooperation through sharing as a group a wider range of offerings that fall categorically neither in the East nor in the West but can be found somewhere in between by simply tuning in intellectually and culturally along with us. By holding the festival in two diverse cultural locations, we are providing fertile ground for international networking on both the culutral, politcal and scientific levels, bringing Swiss cultural to Shanghai and vise versa in a blend of culutral exchange in reagard to tradtion and innovation.

- Art Clay, Artistic Direction 2008

Committee Members for 2008

Art Clay (ETH Zurich)
Steve Gibson (University of Victoria, Canada)
Beatrix Boillat (Swissnex Shangha, Shanghaii)
Johnny Golding (University of Greenwich, London)
Jürg Gutknecht (ETH Zurich)
Stefan Müller Arisona (ETH Zurich)
Moira Norrie (ETH Zurich)
Will Pappenheimer (Pace University, New York)
Bruno Spoerri (Studio for Electronic Music, Zurich)
Atau Tanaka (Sony CSL, Paris)
Pablo Ventura (Venura Dance Company, Zurich)

The Digital Art Weeks have been supported by:




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