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DIZH Bridge Professorship for Digital Cultures and Arts

Since July 1, 2024, Roland Meyer has combined teaching and research at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the University of Zurich (UZH) as Bridge Professor of Digital Cultures and the Arts. In a written interview with Martina Egli, the image and media scholar gives an insight into what will keep him busy in the coming years.

M. Egli: Welcome, Roland! You are the first bridge professor between UZH and ZHdK. What do you expect from this special position?

R. Meyer: As I myself studied at an art academy, the HfG Karlsruhe, and have taught and researched in both a university and an art academy context, I am particularly interested in bringing these two worlds into a dialog. The Center for Arts and Cultural Theory (ZKK), which was newly established this May as a joint center of the two universities, provides an ideal institutional framework for this, and I will be working on its further development in the coming years – something I am very much looking forward to. Together with colleagues from both institutions and from very different disciplines, we want to take a look at the central issues of the present – the climate crisis, cultural wars and real wars and, what will primarily concern me, the role of the arts in the face of so-called “artificial intelligence”. Our aim is to combine scientific, theoretical, artistic and practical perspectives – because all these topics are too big for a narrow disciplinary approach and require the collaboration of researchers with very different methods and forms of expertise.

Roland Meyer. Foto: Regula Bearth

Center for Arts and Cultural Theory

The University of Zurich (UZH) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) have been running a joint center, the Center for Arts and Cultural Theory (ZKK), since 2024. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (UZH) and the Department of Cultural Analysis and Mediation (ZHdK) are involved.

DIZH bridge professorship

The bridge professorship for digital cultures and arts was created as part of the digitization initiative of the Zurich universities (DIZH).

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