Jana Eske combines artistic and curatorial practices in her research and development projects that deal with the politics of aesthetics and illuminate phenomena in which ideas of living together express themselves. This includes the critical examination of exhibition architectures as well as places of work and education as bearers of cultural representations. She has realized projects at Tokyo Arts and Space, HAPS in Kyoto and at the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, in the GRASSI Museum in Leipzig, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Design Museum in Helsinki and the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskyla.
At the University of Art and Design FHNW in Basel, she heads the platform Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship, which includes research and development. She produces supportive projects for young artists and designers such as the initiative Swiss Cultural Challenge, as well as grants and internships in cooperation with swissnex Boston and Junge Akademie, Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Together with the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), she realised three editions of the exhibition NEU | NOW with young international artists between 2015 and 2017 in Basel. From 2009 to 2013, she taught as a research associate at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Jana Eske holds an MA in Cultures of the Curatorial (2015) and Media Art (2008).
Mayar El Hayawan
Mayar El Hayawan (*1994) is responsible for the graphic output of the Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship programs and initiatives as well as supporting the head of the program with various administrative Tasks at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. In collaboration with the Swiss Consulate swissnex Boston, she represented the university and its two initiatives ECAM and SCE during her time in Boston. Her responsibilities include the expansion of the research and development of networks as well as the organisation and coordination of events in the fields of art, design and research.
Mayar El Hayawan graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design. Before working for the University and swissnex Boston, Mayar was involved in various projects, such as the exhibition Weltformat in Dubai. As a designer and artist, she is interested in how media, interactivity and design research can influence culture and society. In her research she focuses on questions of social structures, history and the reconciliation of technology, art, design and community.
Laurent Rueff is a member of the Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship team and supports the implementation of the Swiss Cultural Challenge. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communication from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design and subsequently worked as a graphic designer. From 2016-2017 he worked as a cultural attaché for the Swiss Embassy in Denmark on the “Open Embassy” programme, which won the “Danish Design Award” in 2017. Prior to his creative training, Rueff worked as a journalist, presenter and producer for various Basel radio stations. Rueff currently holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Visual Communication and Image Research at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design.