Creative Economies Forum 2022: What clothes we will wear on Mars
On 7 and 8 September, the Creative Economies Forum (CEF) 2022 at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK will present over 25 internationally renowned experts from the fields of art and culture, research and entrepreneurship to debate “Future Skills – Future Now”. Keynote speeches and interactive panel discussions will take place during this two-day event at the Toni Campus, and the public can participate in various workshops. Admission is free of charge.
This year’s edition of CEF will use case studies from all manner of disciplines – the neurosciences, smart cities, artificial intelligence, fashion technology – to reveal how creative professionals can create valuable synergies and generate real “spillovers” – which are here understood as concrete applications of artistic, creative activities in the sectors of business, science and society, and which are often the drivers of innovation. But what skillsets do creative people need to build bridges across these sectors? How can they successfully develop ideas together with engineers, philosophers, psychologists, scientists and others? The CEF will address these and similar topics in top-class panel discussions and workshops. The participants will also have the opportunity to get a multi-layered picture of the issues involved, and the plurality of experts at hand will enable them to begin building up initial skills. The future world of work will be shaped more by a need for relevant skills and networks than by searching for fixed job profiles.
You can find the full programme here, plus more information on the workshop topics:
Fashion Technology: Without research into space travel, many innovative high-tech fabrics used in the textile sector today would simply not exist. But with the latest developments in space travel in mind, what might we deduce from this, both for the fashion industry and for future cooperation between engineers and creative professionals?
Smart Cities: Cities account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. How can the cultural and creative industries contribute to the development of “smart” cities, both from a systemic perspective and from the point of view of individual citizens? What dimensions are important here?
Lobbying: Why should creative people engage in lobbying? And how can art and culture be employed as lobbying tools? In addition to current political developments that affect the creative sector, tips will be discussed for organising one’s own lobbying activities.
Artificial Intelligence: What does artificial intelligence mean for creative and artistic professions? What skills and approaches are required on the labour market? What role could universities of the arts play in these developments? How do human beings position themselves – legally, ethically and philosophically – with regard to AI? Besides plunging into these issues, participants will have the opportunity to test a skills-matching prototype.
Another highpoint on the first evening will be the screening of the award-winning documentary film “The New Bauhaus”, followed by a discussion with the film’s producers. This film is about László Moholy-Nagy, whose pioneering approach to integrating technology in design has lost none of its inspirational power.