People, People 2023

Faculty Team 2023

Daniel Späti, Head of Transcultural Collaboration
Daniel Späti originally studied design and worked for Bally, a global fashion brand, in his early career. In 2001, he was appointed as a lecturer in the Design Department at the Zurich School of Art and Design (HGKZ, since 2007 ZHdK). Soon afterwards, he became part of the leading team tasked with establishing the new BA Trends & Identity. Passionate about music and cultural events, Daniel has been organising concerts, club events and performances at various locations and festivals in Zurich since 2004. When Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) was founded in 2007, he began working across the creative disciplines and initiated the first international summer school, which welcomed students from all departments. In 2013, he further developed the summer school into the internationally unique semester programme “Transcultural Collaboration” and acquired seven partner universities to join. In 2017, he became head of ZHdK’s strategic initiative assigned with developing a sustainable approach to internationalisation called “Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich” (2013-2018). Based on their experiences and the established network, Daniel and his team proposed to further develop this initiative to become “Shared Campus,” a cooperation platform for international education formats, research networks and joint productions currently comprising 13 arts universities. Since 2018, Daniel is leading the Shared Campus Management Team. His expertise lies in the field of transcultural and cross-disciplinary educational formats, in creating playful yet challenging learning environments and in supporting participants from conceptualising to realising art and design projects. He has also contributed to various research projects and published on topics of events and city development.

Nuria Krämer, Deputy Head of Transcultural Collaboration
Nuria Kramer studied Multimedia at the Centre de la Imatge i Tecnologia Multimedia, Polytechnic University of Catalunya. In 2010 she graduated in the MA in Transdisciplinary and pursued a Certificate in Advances Studies in Research in Artisitic Universities. From 2013 to 2018 she was head of Connecting Space Hong Kong, being responsible for the art space and the on-site development in Hong Kong of the international platform for artistic collaboration Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich. This project was further developed from 2018 onwards into Shared Campus, where she is part of the Management Team and coordinator of the Critical Ecologies theme group. Since 2015 she is a lecturer in the Transcultural Collaborationprogramme and acts as its deputy head since 2019. Her focus in the artistic field lies on the development and implementation of collaboration concepts, curatorial activities and programming with a particular interest in finding forms for decolonializing knowledge.

Dimitri de Perrot, Director/Sound Artist/Set-Designer
Dimitri de Perrot is an internationally awarded Swiss director, sound artist, musician, and set-designer. At the core of his work is the narrative through and with sound at interfaces of theatre, music and fine arts. He staged interdisciplinary theatre and music projects with actors, dancers and musicians, composed for film and theatre. In his more recent work he creates scenic sculptures and sound-installations for theatre spaces, museums and places of the public. His works tour worldwide and have been programmed in prestigious venues such as: Le Centquatre – Paris, BAM – New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Hong Kong Arts Centre, Museum Tinguely Basel, Festival d‘Avignon, Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Romaeuropa Festival – Rome, Barbican London, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Biennale Musiques en Scène – Lyon or Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste in Dresden. De Perrot holds an Executive Master in Arts Administration (EMAA University of Zurich). He was co-founder of the directing collectives MZdP (1998-2005) and Zimmermann & de Perrot (2006-2017). With their productions he performed life on stage for almost two decades. In 2017 he founded his own production company, the Studio DdP. He lives and works in Zurich. 

I-Wen Chan (Taiwan)

CHANG I-Wen is an Associate Professor at Taipei National University of the Arts. She received her PhD in Culture and Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of specialization include interdisciplinary and intercultural performance. She serves as a board member of the “Taiwan Dance Research Society.” I-Wen is the author of the book Beyond Dancing: Dance in Contemporary Art  (Taipei: BOOKMAN BOOKS, 2022), and the co-author of Inter-Asia in Motion: Dance as Method (Routledge, 2024), Networked Bodies: The Culture and Ecosystem of Contemporary Performance (Taipei: Taipei Performing Arts Center, 2022). Her articles are published in the Journal for the History of the BodyArts Review, Inter-Asia Cultural StudiesTaiwan Dance Research Journal, Culturebot, and Curatography. She is the curator of the exhibition “Digital Corporeality” at Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB, 2021), and the co-curator of the “Taiwan Art Biennial 2022—Love and Death of Sentient Beings” at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2022-23).

Zainab Lascandri (Switzerland)

Zainab Lascandri is a black, trans – and interdisciplinary artist who balances between pop culture and the elite arts. She leaves her mark in a tireless manner. Whether in theatre, film, music, performance, installations or fine arts. The boundaries of her works become blurred, categories become deconstructed and rearranged. She usually works collectively and rarely solo. Her intersectional space of thoughts and actions allows her to flow into every gap that is barely noticeable.

Eisa Jocson (Philippines)

Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines, trained as a visual artist, with a background in ballet. She has been commissioned by and toured extensively in major contemporary festivals.

Eisa Jocson exposes body politics in the service and entertainment industry as seen through the unique socioeconomic lens of the Philippines. She studies how the body moves and what conditions make it move – be it social mobility or movement out of Philippines through migrant work. In all her creations – from pole to macho dancing and hostess to Disney princess to Superwoman to Zoo animals – capital is the driving force of movement pushing the indentured body into spatial geographies. A host and disruptor, her practice is an embodied archive of Filipino labor.

Ruobing Wang

Dr. Wang Ruobing is an artist, educator, independent curator and academic based in Singapore. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Ruobing’s artistic work spans across a variety of methods and approaches, including drawing, film, photography, sculpture and installation. Concerned with challenging and exploring different ways of seeing nature and urban landscapes in relation to the rapidly changing world of today, Wang creates artworks that actively disrupt perception and spotlight on the anthropological nature of objects. Wang has exhibited extensively, with solo and group shows showcased both locally and abroad.  

As an academic, her research concentrates on environment, sustainability and transcultural discourses, particularly on contemporary art in China and Southeast Asia. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (JCCA), Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Nanyang Art and a range of exhibition catalogues.

She was previously a curator at the National Gallery Singapore. At present, she works as a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. As an independent curator, her recent curated exhibitions include “Alternative Ecology: The Community” (2024), “Artist as Collector” (2021), “12 SOLO” (2020 -2021); “Arts in Your Neighbourhood” (Public Art Trust 2018 and 2019); “Happens When Nothing Happens” (The Esplanade, 2019); “Of Other Places” (2019); and “Beneath Tide, Running Forest” (2018).

Ruobing is also the co-founder of the independent art space Comma Space.

Marsha Bradfield, Course Leader MA Intercultural Practices, Central Saint Martins College, UAL
Marsha Bradfield rides the hyphen as an archivist-artist-curator-educator-researcher-writer-and, and, and. Her practice variously considers the subject of interdependence. This includes authorship, value systems, organisational structures and the economies/ecologies of collaborative cultural production. 
Marsha’s practice has featured in projects for 16 Beaver (New York), Centre A (Vancouver), Deveron Projects (Huntly), Flat Time House (London), the ICA London (London), India Art Fair (Delhi), the Knot (Berlin), Labor (Budapest), the Matadero (Madrid), the Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), South London Gallery (London), steirischer herbst (Graz), the Science Gallery (Melbourne), Tate Modern (London), Taipei Biennial 2000 (Taipei) and Wyspa (Gdansk). 
Marsha’s teaching practice spans BA, MA and PhD in the areas of art/design/performance and their curation and education. She is the course leader of MA Intercultural Practices at Central Saint Martins and teaches at Chelsea and Camberwell, two other colleges of University of the Arts London.

Ricardo Eizirik, Composer
Ricardo Eizirik (born 1985 in Brazil) is a composer with an extended artistic production ranging from written music to installation art and performance works as well as performing and producing electronic music. His work focuses on themes such as bodily perception, banality and the mechanization of society. He has also shown a keen interest in the historical depictions of these themes and often appropriates objects, sounds and movements from historical sources into his work.
He is currently based between Berlin and Zürich.