In conversation with Aoi Hasegawa, Master in Product Design and Master in Interior Design Programme Leader, Stephan Zimmerli will give insights about his career and research.

Constantly crossing disciplinary boundaries, Stephan Zimmerli’s work focuses on the interplay between Architecture, Scenography, Drawing and Music, with an emphasis on the themes of temporality, memory and reminiscence, atmosphere, and the craft of the thinking hand. At the core of its practice lies drawing with pencil, charcoal or ink as every day research method.

After finishing his degree project in Peter Zumthor’s Atelier at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in 2003, Stephan Zimmerli graduated from the school of Paris-Belleville. After completing his education, he started working as an architect, mainly on cultural and public programs such as libraries, museums, hospitals, artist’s studios and theatres, while teaching courses and workshops in several architecture schools across Europe.

Since 1999, he is also collaborated with scenographer, author and stage director Marc Lainé, within their Paris-based studio, La Boutique Obscure. Together, they have designed about 40 projects in theaters across France, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland.

In 1995, he founded the folk-rock band Moriarty with musicians Arthur Gillette, Thomas Puechavy, Charles Carmignac & Rosemary Standley releasing 5 full-length albums and composing a number of musical scores for movies, theatre or radio plays. With the other members of the band, Stephan Zimmerli also co-founded the independent record label Air Rytmo.

Stephan Zimmerli’s visual art work has been exhibited in galleries in Paris and London, and broadcast in various publications, interviews and documentaries. The current focus of his research is on developing drawing as a performative art – informed, constrained and enriched by its intrinsic, organic relationship with music, theatre & architecture.

The talk will be held online on 25th January at 5.30 pm CET.

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