European Center of Art,
Design and Media based Research

Design, art and media follow, mirror, advance and shape the trajectory of cultural developments. They create constellations that inform the world we live in and reflect transformations in our lifeworld. In the course of the process, existing structures, views and methods are scrutinized, new alignments are modelled and put up for discussion. Out of these activities, which, from an economic point of view, we may ascribe to the cultural industry, arise the foundations for the examination and development of future lifeworlds. In this sense art, design and media contribute to the weaving of a new social fabric and to a better understanding between diverse social groups.

The aim is to enhance the significance of new artistic and creative practices and their interleaving with media, to bring them to the fore in the context of global knowledge society and to brand them as relevant and defining indicators and actors of social change and development. In doing so the empowerment of artists and designers plays a pivotal role. For this purpose we are establishing in Basel the internationally orientated European Centre of Art, Design and Media Based Research (ECAM). The Research Centre is designed to enhance the quality of the cultural debate, to strengthen research in art, design and media at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, and to promote and interlink highly qualified cultural experts. It serves as a platform that focuses on current cultural discourses and examines the role of artistic, creative and media practices in wider society. Integrated in the Research Centre is a graduate school.

Contact us for more information:


FHNW Academy of Art and Design
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW
Kirsten M. Langkilde, Director
Freilager-Platz 1
CH-4023 Basel
T +41 61 228 44 11