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Lecture by Eva Fotiadi at Spring Academy organised by Zurich University of the Arts

Dr. Eva Fotiadi gave an insightful lecture at the recent Spring Academy organised by the Zurich University of the Arts. The lecture took place on April 20th, 2024, and was titled “Research between theory and practice: exhibiting art for sensory diverse bodies”.

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During her presentation, Eva explored the intersection of theoretical research and practical application in making art exhibitions more accessible to sensory diverse audiences. Her research over the last five years has centered on exploring the possibilities of implementing sensory translation in exhibition spaces, as a way to make art accessible to audiences with diverse sensory abilities – especially deaf, hard of hearing and hearing. Eva’s project has started as practice-based curatorial research in collaboration with artists. It has subsequently evolved into theoretical reflection that brings together disability studies and curatorial studies.


The lecture was part of the Spring Academy’s program, which ran from April 19th to 23rd, 2024, under the overarching theme of “May Artists Think? Practices of Cultural Analysis and Aesthetic Theory at the Art Academy“. The academy provided a platform for critical discussions on how theory intersects with art practice and its impact on education and societal engagement. For those who missed the live lecture, further details can be accessed through the Zurich University of the Arts event page. Read more about the Spring Academy programarrow

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‘Could experimental sensory translation of art works improve their accessibility for sensory diverse exhibition audiences?’

Eva Fotiadi is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group and a theory tutor at the St Joost School of Art and Design, where she is also a member of the Diversity Dialogues platform

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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