Z-node is a research initiative, which began in 2004 as a collaboration between the Institute for Cultural Studies, Zurich University of the Arts, (ZHDK) Zurich, Switzerland and the School of Technology, Communication and Electronics at the University of Plymouth, England. The four main aims of Z-node are: to explore and define new cultural epistemologies between design, art, science and technology, to search for original hybrid combinations of media and art practice and scientific theory by focusing on critical and ethical discourses, and to discuss the future of the arts in relation to the cultural and social impact of technology on society.
The researchers in Z-node are doctorial candidates and supervisors, based at the University of Applied Arts in Zurich, but the University of Plymouth awards their graduate doctoral degrees. These artists-researchers wish to explore trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural theory and practice in subjects like communication, collaboration, social science, cultural difference and environmental sustainability.
Director of Studies: Prof. Dr. Jill Scott
First Supervisors: Jill Scott & Angelika Hilbeck
We, at z-node, are linked to the main hub of PhD researchers in Plymouth which has a trans-disciplinary focus called the Planetary Collegium. Like the Plymouth group (The CaiiA Hub) and the Milan Group (M-node), the z-node students/researchers as well as the supervisors are practicing artists, theoreticians, scientists, designers and teachers/professors with years of experience from Switzerland and elsewhere. The members meet three times per year for face-to-face 10-day seminars and once a year for international conferences attached to our Visiting Scholars Program.