The virtual doors of the Faculty of Design
and Art of unibz are open for all

Design and art… future, vision, innovation, crisis, and above all – inspiration!
A special opening event and semester’s work presentation.

Thursday 21st January,

18:00 — 20:00 (CET) Opening event

Join the event

On Thursday, January 21, the first online edition of Gäste Ospiti Guests will open from 18:00 to 20:00 with a very special vernissage. In a virtual tour, around a dozen design and art courses from the 2021 winter semester will be presented in 5-minute presentations each.

WUP Design 

Foundation Design Course, 1st semester

Lecturers: N. Cohen, S. Kehrle, A. Benincasa

The 1st semester, the so-called »WUP« or Warm-Up Semester is an interdisciplinary design foundation course. The WUP semester for the Major in Design is divided into two teaching modules: »Visual Communication« and »Product Design«.


Out of the Present*

Lecturers: S. A. Schmidt-Wulffen, R. Previdi

After 300 days of zero gravity, more than ever bound in time and space to the conditions of now and here, we have adapted to learning and teaching—and vice versa—in order to understand the needs and to accomplish a necessary toolkit. Applied and approved strategies have allowed us to individually and collectively imagine, produce and exhibit art within a space that is non-conditional, virtual, bound neither to time nor space, that is not here, not now.

*Andrei Ujica, 1995

Studio Image

Worth a 1000 Words?
Image and Text: From Representation to a New Politics of Seeing

Lecturers: E. Leitolf, G. Cordin, G. A. Duarte Peñaranda

“Worth a 1000 Words?” explored the relationship between image, text and politics of communication. One central issue that has been explored is how the convergence of private and public spaces for thought, communication and action changes the relation of photographic image and textual information and thus contributes to new politics of seeing and communication. Through the lens of diverse topics we investigated how art processes can set in motion, subvert and transform social, political and media discourses.

Product Design

New Domestic Escape

Lecturers: F. Faccin, A. Mason, A. Mattozzi

After an unprecedented period in human history in which 7 billion people have been forced to live their homes in a new and totalizing way, the time has come to redesign the views of the houses that are no longer alone private spaces, but work spaces, meeting places, real and virtual, of coexistence with a new idea of family and community.

Visual Communication

New Domestic Escape

Lecturers: P. Corraini, G. Seta, V. Burgio

What is Home today? Where does domestic space start and end? When do we feel at home? Starting from the heroic exhibition “new domestic landscape” hosted at MOMA which in the 60s launched “Italian design” in the world, we will start looking for new and visionary ideas of dynamics, relationships and interactions that design our living spaces. The house is no longer a panorama (landscape) that we have in front of us, but a starting point for our contact with the world (escape).

Visual Communication

Space Is the Place

Lecturers: T. Mayfried, M. Galluzzo, E. De Cecco

The exploration of the universe is no longer science fiction, but tough real economy. As in the decades of global colonialism, such «expeditions» clearly have territorial conquests and resources in mind. The project uses «future» as a kind of projection foil to mirror speculative ideas and to bring what is being imagined back down to earth and our present. 

Studio Space

Walking with Vertigo

Lecturers: M. Bartolini, L. Trevisani, A. Metzner-Szigeth

The course was remodelled, due to Pandemic, on the topic of “Background”. The private world we share publicly. On this ambiguity of public and private of sharing and exclusion, work training modalities were activated to shift the everyday towards the qualities of the open and sometimes unknown place.

Product Design

In-between project and production

Lecturers: K. Prey, F. Sommacal, G. Festi

“ATELIERprojekte” is conceived as a design experience, aimed at refining and testing technique, creativity, personal organization, research, and communication. After the study of diverse typologies of product and companies, each student freely chose a personal project to work with, consisting in an object to develop, also imagining its potential producer. The path is completed by a rich formation in digital modelling and a theoretical deepening of communicative issues touched by the project itself.

Visual Communication

Design by reason

Lecturers: C. Upmeier, G. Camillini, G. Glüher

The project deals with visual graphic identities and visual communication in general for institutions. Which features characterize corporate design? In which sense do brand development and branding differentiate from it? Visual identity design aims to express the significance and the image of an institution, making it recognizable in different media.

Interior and Exhibit Design

The Pink Pavilion

Lecturer: R. Gigliotti

In the centre of the city of Bolzano, not far away from the Talvera river, there is a building that we dealt with throughout semester. The building is currently empty and unused and its plaster has a tinge of pink. We decided to call it "The Pink Pavilion“ and started thinking what it could become. 
We decided that it should be used for cultural purposes, including exhibiting. But our "Pink Pavilion" should not be what Brian O’ Doherty, in his scathing critique called a white cube (1976). How will "The Pink Pavilion" manage to become a landmark in the cultural landscape of the city of Bolzano?
We only received the coordinates to find the building, and when we got there we realised we couldn't even get close…

MA Eco-Social Design

Transforming the City by Care:
Care-ful Micro Transformations in Bolzano Don Bosco

Lecturers: Krois Kris, Karl Emilio Pircher, Secil Ugur Yavuz

10 teams collaborate with OfficineVispa, the municipality and local stakeholders/dwellers fostering conviviality and social-ecological transformations in Don Bosco. Particular attention is given to the diverse social practices of CARE and to social infrastructures, which are enabling it.

Studio Interact

Perform, Body. II

Lecturers: I. Zuffi, H. Ingrid, F. Tarquini

The body as expressive tool. Bodies testing each other from a distance, in dialogue with the will to say (“Breakfast piece with questions”). We call ‘body’ a place that summarizes a vast complexity, a living organism that deals with memory, identity, inheritance and transmission. When such complexity experiences a new movement, room for a new sediment is found. Later we will tell you about it.

Studio Interact presents
Friday 22nd January 14:00 — 18:00 (CET) OPENING EVENT

The current situation let Studio Interact keep on exploring new artistic attitudes. On Friday 22nd we are going to recreate the same atmosphere we experienced throughout this semester. The presentation will include performances alternated by moments of exchange in which guests are welcome to take part. Hope to see you online!

Product Design

Mind the Gap... !
Ideas for a better quality of stay at Bolzano station

Lecturer: K. Hackl, S. Ugur Yavuz, M. C. Addis

Based on a growing awareness not only of the ecological benefits of rail travel, our semester project focused entirely on improving the "user interface" of the Bolzano train station. Nine students present their design proposals, which deal with the contact zones between travellers, public railway infrastructure and architecture and the surrounding urban fabric.

Project partners:
Kuratorium für Technische Kulturgüter, Dr. Wittfrida Mitterer
Plattform Kulturerbe und Kulturproduktion, Dr. Waltraud Kofler-Engl

Friday 22nd January 11:00 — 12:00 (CET) OPENING EVENT

On Friday 22 January from 11:00 to 12:00, the "Mind the Gap...!" studio team will open its digital doors to discuss nine student projects. Each presentation lasts about five minutes and shows innovative ideas for a better quality of stay at Bolzano train station.

Visual Communication

Max Mustermann, designer

Lecturers: G. Camuffo, A. Facchetti, H. Höger

Today, a designer’s first task is to design her or himself, creating her/his context, defining her/his own narrative and her/his personal approach to the discipline. But what does it mean to design yourself? The course asks the students to imagine and design a graphic design studio that doesn’t exist, imagining and producing traces of her/his life, and her/his work.