Open to the public and free entrance

Location: Zurich University of the Arts, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96,
Room 5.T09


21 NOV 2018, 6–7:30 pm
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Solomon Prakash is a mechanical engineer and has been a social entrepreneur for the last 28 years. He has worked with homeless youth in India and started public school reform initiatives which expanded to several Indian states. Solomon Prakash also has founded several social businesses on livelihood development, started a design and marketing company to help artisans and worker-owned enterprises working on lacquerware (wood toys), woodworking,
metal craft, and textiles. Solomon also founded a company that connects blue-collar workers to jobs and skilled training. He founded a software company to assist rickshaw drivers. He is a Global Leadership member and was country head of Ashoka in India. Currently, he is a managing partner with Poptech, Camden, Maine, U.S. and a process design consultant for UN agencies working in Jordan for refugees from Syria. He also consults with social enterprise startups. Solomon currently lives in Bern.

7 NOV 2018, 6–7:30 pm
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As a cross-media artist, researcher, curator and writer based in Hong Kong, Wen Yau has focused on performance/live art and social practices. Her talk on performance and auto-ethnography will focus on the search of critical identities in social practices. Wen Yau‘s work often grapples with cultural differences and intimacy in public space and has been presented internationally. She was a researcher at Asia Art
Archive (2005–2012), organized the “Action Script: Symposium on Performance Art Practice and Documentation in Asia” (2010), and has just completed her PhD thesis, “Performing Identities: Performative Practices in post-Handover Hong Kong Art and Activism” at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2015-2016, she served as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Performance Studies Department at Northwestern University, USA. She also contributes frequently to various periodicals in Hong Kong and Asia.