Lecturer, bachelor and master
Multimedia workshop, digital publishing
Esther Hunziker studied fashion design and video art at the Department of Audiovisual Design at the SfG HGK in Basel. Since 1996 she works as a media designer and artist in the field of digital media. Her work includes video, photography, animation, installation and interactive online works.
The artist’s interdisciplinary work is mostly based on deconstruction and montage, where she often mixes the real with the illusory world; she lets collide supposed opposites, such as as the normal and the extraordinary, the usual and the unknown, the authentic and the fake, the earthly and the alien, and builds her own digital creatures and narratives, — somewhere inbetween.
Her work has been shown at numerous festivals and exhibitions, including: Kunsthaus Baselland, Esther Hunziker (2018); Kunsthalle Basel, Exposed Exhibitions (2017); Kunstraum LLC New York, Demo Day (2017); EMAF Kunsthalle Osnabrück, The Future of Visions. Don’t Expect Anything (2016); Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, Digital Abstractions (2016); Kunsthaus Pasquart Biel, Short Cuts (2015); Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Selection 14 (2014); FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo (2011 / 2006); International Media Art Award, ZKM Karslruhe, denkbilder / mental images (2005). In addition to studio stays in Bratislava, Helsinki, Edinburgh, Chongqing and Berlin, she has received various awards and prizes, including the Basel Medienkunstpreis (2017), Werkbeitrag Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt (2004, 1996), Viper Swiss Award (2004) and first prize for digital literature from dtv & t-online (2004).