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Short CV of Ludwig Zeller

In my practice I am interested in exploring the relationship between technologies and culture through a multitude of artistic and scholarly perspectives. I enjoy blurring the supposedly clear, disciplinary borders between art, design and the humanities. I have worked as a designer and artist since 2005 and joined the board of the Academy of Art and Design Basel in 2011.

As a lecturer at the HGK FHNW I encourage my students to probe the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of new (and old!) technologies. In my personal research, I put emphasis on the narrative qualities of fictional design artifacts and speculative scenarios. Strategies for creating awareness and reflection of our status quo as well as the discussion of the relationship between society and technology are key points for my explorations.

Image credit: Nicole Müller

Selected articles

Zeller, Ludwig. 2023. “Creative Amplifiers. Augmenting Human Creativity with Text-to-Image Generators”. In: xCoAx 2023. 11th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X. Edited by Miguel Carvalhais, Mario Verdicchio, Luísa Ribas, and André Rangel. 120–137. 

Ludwig Zeller and Hannes Barfuss (2022). “OpenSoundLab – A virtual sound laboratory for the arts”. In: Proceedings of the 17th International Audio Mostly Conference (AM ’22). New York: Association for Computing Machinery. 159–162. [Link]

Ludwig Zeller and Martin Rumori (2021). “Sonic Imagination. Aural Environments as Speculative Artefacts“. In: xCoAx 2021. 9th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X. Edited by Mario Verdicchio, Miguel Carvalhais, Luísa Ribas and André Rangel. 307–324. [Link]

Ludwig Zeller (2020). “Die Affekterwartungen der materialisierten Kritik”. In: Matters of Communication. Formen und Materialitäten gestalteter Kommunikation. Edited by Axel Vogelsang, Sabine Foraita. Bianca Herlo. Bielefeld: transcript. 165–175. 

Ludwig Zeller (2020). “Multidimensionale Prothesen. Refining the Oil of the 21st Century”. In: form 285. 54–59. 

Ludwig Zeller and Martin Rumori (2019). “The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies. Life-World Fiction within Augmented Auditory Space”. In: Acoustic Space Journal 17 – Virtualities and Realities – New Experiences, Art and Ecologies in Immersive Environments. Edited by Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits. Riga: RIXC. 103–120. 

Ludwig Zeller (2018). “The Limits to Ethics“. In: form 278. 91–109. 

Ludwig Zeller (2018). “The B1/B2 Manifesto: Refining Dichotomies in Post-utopian Design Research”. In: Unfrozen – a Design Research Reader by the Swiss Design Network. Zürich: Triest. 37–62. 

Ludwig Zeller (2017). “Next Nature Network. Die post-naturalistische Wunderkammer“. In: form 273. 70–76. 

Ludwig Zeller (2017). “Es wird immer anders. Teilhabe und Deliberation in der ‘Akzidenzgesellschaft’“. In: Shaping Future. Neue Methoden für Partizipation in Forschung und Innovation. Edited by Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO, Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag. 142–147. 

Ludwig Zeller (2016). “Narrative World Constructions”. In: form 263. 57–64. 

Judith Dörrenbächer and Ludwig Zeller (2016). “Wicked Games: Insights through Mimesis in Narrative Experiments“. In: Narratives at the Beginning of the 3rd Millennium. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.