[ISEA2022] Institutional Presentation: Seraina Rohrer — Funding at the intersection of art, science and technology

Institutional Presentation Statement 

CCCB, June 15th. Session: Arts and science

Keywords: Funding, Innovation, Collaboration, Transdisciplinarity, Networks

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has launched a four-year focus on arts, science and technology. Through several programs and initiatives including collaborations with scientific institutions. The foundation is devoting special attention and funding to projects at the crossroads of scientific, technological, and artistic disciplines.

The foundation sees great potential in transdisciplinary fields such as electronic art, bioart, tech art or new media art and is devoting special attention and funding to projects at the crossroads of disciplines. For that purpose, different initiatives and collaborations with scientific institutions such as CERN or the Swiss Polar Institute provide opportunities for artists and cultural practitioners to engage with transdisciplinarity or deepen their existing artistic practice. From 2021-2024, Pro Helvetia wishes to contribute to the exploration of social processes and the development of future prototyping. https://prohelvetia.ch/en/dossier/art-science-and-technology

  • Seraina Rohrer is the Head of Innovation & Society Sector since 2020 and member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. She studied communication, film studies and computer science at the University of Zurich. For her PhD she was a visiting scholar at UCLA in California. For several years, she lived in Mexico and the USA, where she worked as a curator and an independent journalist. Her publications include the monograph «La India María: Mexploitation and the films of María Elena Velasco». From 2011 to 2019 she directed the Solothurn Film Festival, one of Switzerland’s largest cultural events, attracting around 70’000 spectators. From 2003 to 2009 she headed the press office of the international Locarno Film Festival.