Blog, Edition 2015, TC 2015


Throughout the whole semester of the 1st pilot of “Transcultural Collaboration” in autumn 2015 we are having a regular and continuous lecture series framing and defining the program focussing on various aspects of “Transculturality”, which is the core topic of this graduate semester program.

All lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

General content

The economy goes global, and political systems are intertwined worldwide: goods, information, signs, and humans are on the way to (apparent) boundlessness. Trans- and multiculturalism seem to be the order of the day. But what does this “categorical imperative” mean exactly? Are our local or regional orientations obsolete? Are we now always on the road, “in-between”, schizoid and manifold in our identities? How can we gain the skills and the know-how to engage in different cultures, so as to appreciate and to relate to them? These are of course “big” questions. Nevertheless, we aim to discuss the challenge and our desire to embrace this “transculturality” in our personal and institutional work? Is it about knowledge, experience, critique, about friendship, competition, power, and authority?  Is it possible – based on our experiences – to “understand” each other? And how can we develop ourselves while experiencing yet another crucial revision of our culture? Is it at all possible to speak of “our” culture?

Participating Lecturers

Dr. Mark Terkessidis

Opening Lecture on Transculturality & Collaboration
Journalist/Author/Migration Researcher, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Jörg Huber

Artist – Subject – Politics
Art Historian , Philosopher, Head of the Institut of Critical Theory, Zürich University of the Arts

Roger M. Buergel

The Migration of FormTransculturality in the Arts
Curator; Curator Documenta 12, Director Johan Jacobs Museum Zurich

Jörg Scheller

Cosmopolitan Rhapsody – Transcultural Tendencies in the Music Video Genre

Curator and Head of BA Photography, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

Gina Marchetti

Transcultural Encounters, Transnational Feminisms: Women Media Activists and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong
Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hongjohn Lin

Imaginary Identity: The Fake Formosan George Psalmanaazaar
Artist, Curator and Chairperson Fine Arts Department, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan

Frank Vigneron

Non-essentialist hybridization – Now you see me, now you don’t.
Director of MA program in Fine Art, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Zhao Chuan

Grass Stage’s Route to Social Theatre
Writer, art critic, curator and theatre director

Gordon Mathews

Cultural Identity in the World Today
Professor of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Tracing Hong Kong Urban Space in the 1950s through the Cinema
Chair School of Film and Television Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts


Creative Migration: ‘to emigrate inwardly’
Author, Melbourne and Shanghai

Read more about all lectures of the LECTURE SERIES ON TRANSCULTURALITY here: