SWISSGAMES is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

REFRESH #2: future trends in focus



26 – 28 September


Supported by Pro Helvetia, REFRESH #2 unites designers, artists, researchers and experts from Switzerland and abroad to anticipate possible futures for Design and the Arts.

During its three days of workshops & conferences, REFRESH is a unique experience that transforms Zurich West in the temporary home for digital artists, digital shapers, digital critics and experts. Here, all these different spheres will meet and collide. It is the place to be for those who are interested in the intersection of digital arts, design and technology.

Many outstanding and internationally renowned designers, artists and experts will be attending, such as Thomas Oberender (Curator & Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele), Sarah Ellis (Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company), Yasaman Sheri (Design Direction Augmentation & Sensing), Erika Marthins (Artrebels), Tobias Gremmler (Digital Artist), Galit Ariel (Augmented Human/Digital Identities),  Andreas Refsgaard (Artist & Creative Coder), Takeshi Yamada (teamLab) or Léa Pereyre (Verity Studios).

Check out the program here.

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