Giaco Schiesser

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Born 1953. Professor for the theory and history of the media and culture with a focus on Media Culture Studies as well as head of the department Media & Art at the University of Art and Design Zurich (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich, HGKZ).

Giaco Schiesser studied philosophy and German literature studies at the Freie Universität (FU) in Berlin. From 1997 to 2002 he conceptualised and realized the establishment of the university department New Media with the focus on digital agency, connective interfaces and collaborative environments at the University of Art and Design Zurich as head of that department. From 1999 to 2002 he was a member of the direction of the department (together with Knowbotic Research and Margarete Jahrmann).

Giaco Schiesser has lectured as a guest professor at various universities in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. (Including, in 2003, at Piet Zwart Institute for the Slave / Master Engine project.)

His work focuses on the culture, aesthetics and eigensinn of media, ideology, and democracy, and on the constitution of the subject and everyday life.