Fernando Obieta (*1990) is a new-media artist, interaction designer, and creative technologist. He has studied Transdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Interaction Design at Zurich University of the Arts and Media Technology. His artistic work and research focus on the critique and reflection of (digital) media, artefacts, systems, services and solutions — which he refers to as ‘formalisations’ — and how they’re biased and situated. He works at the intersection of concept, design, art, and technology, focusing on prototype development.

Part of the ZHdK Z-Kubator studio programme «What’s next_studio» 2021/22. Founder and president of VoteLog and currently working on the prototype set for launch in early 2022 with the support of the Prototype Fund.

MA Transdisciplinary Studies in the Arts
BA Interaction Design
HF/TS Media Technology
EFZ Bookseller

Upcoming

28.–31.10.2021 – LETTERS15. Jungkunst 2021, Winterthur

Exhibitions / Performances / Talks

2021
27.06.2021 – «Wir hatten nie wirklich Zeit, uns mit dem digitalen Wandel zu beschäftigen» – interview
24.06.2021 – Reden wir vom Geld? – panel discussion at Rathaus für Kultur Lichtensteig
15.–22.06.2021 – LETTERS to bias and Formalisations – groub exhibition Distributed Transactions, Jahresausstellung des Master Transdisziplinarität, Löwenbräu, Zürich
01.–11.05.2021 – to face – groub exhibition at Streitfestival Luzern
04.03.2021 – Ich, Wir & Digitalität: Ethik des (digitalen Designs): Design your ethical interface – Diskussionsrunden mit Dennis Lueck und Fernando Obieta – ZHdK Digital Skills & Spaces und ethix
01.-14.03.2021 – LETTERS – solo exhibition at Material Zürich

2020
01.11.2020 – the formalisers – essay
23.10.2020 – What the Digital?! Ein Gespräch mit Fernando Obieta über Formalisierungen – ZHdK podcast
21.10.2020 (postponed) – trifurcate – performance at Kraftfeld Winterthur
05.08.–30.09.2020 – public protected private – Kulturstadtlabor Winterthur
29.05.2020 – biased – ZHdK online exhibition
7.-8.05.2020 – “Do we have a problem with our problem-solving mechanisms?” – Talk at the interdisciplinary conference “Art and Digital Capital” at the Bern University of the Arts HKB

2019
13.12.2019 – trifurcate – Lange Nacht der zeitgenössischen Musik, Toni-Areal, Zürich
23.11.2019 – trifurcate – Kiosk Treff Töss, Winterthur
14.-27.11.2019 – Observation Failure Filter – Design for Sustainable Development at ETH, Zürich
17.10-22.12.2019 – Circular Instant – Kunsthalle, Luzern
26.-28.09.2019 – Observation Failure Filter – Refresh #2 ZHdK, Toni-Areal, Zürich
29.-31.08.2019 – Observation Failure Filter – Design Biennale, Zürich
02.-23.08.2019 – blinded by the light – Einzelausstellung im öffentlichen Raum, Bülach
07.-21.06.2019 – Observation Failure Filter – ZHdK, Toni-Areal, Zürich
06.-09.06.2019 – CTRL – Kunstpause, Zug

2018
27.10.-15.11.2018 – blinded by the light – Illuminate Festival, Zug
06.09.2018 – WAVE – Leere Kirche, Bülach
31.08.2018 – Raum der Konfrontation – film fest malans
07.-21.06.2018 – Raum der Konfrontation – ZHdK, Toni-Areal, Zürich
05.-09.04.2018 – for your eyes only, Junge Kunst, Olten
11.01.2018 – HEAR – Toni-Areal, Zürich

2017
06.-12.11.2017 – for your eyes only – Toni-Areal, Zürich
26.06.2017 – HERE – Toni-Areal, Zürich
06.-10.02.2017 – Vorlesen! – Lichtcampus 2017, Hildesheim

2016
16.-26.12.2016 – Holles Welt – Zauberwald, Lenzerheide
11.11.2016 – NOVASPACE – Soft Architecture, ZHdK, Toni-Areal, Zürich
23.03.2016 – Vorlesen! – Farbe, Licht & Interaktion, ZHdK, Toni-Areal, Zürich

Fernando Obieta