Yvonne Volkart is lecturer in art theory and cultural media studies at the Institute of Aesthetic Practice and Theory IAeP, Academy of Art and Design, FHNW Basel, and at the Master of Arts in Art Education, Zurich University of the Arts. She is senior researcher of the SNF-funded project Times of Waste at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Studies IXDM, Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel, which engages with inventive approaches to workshops, audio walking, mappings and video essays in order to query the long ways, transformations and left-overs of the smartphone and its wastes.
She was research fellow of the SNF-funded project RhyCycling – Esthetics of Sustainability in the Basel Border Area (2010–2013), and she was project leader of the research project Cyborg Bodies, Mediaartnet (ICS/ZHdK/ZKM Karlsruhe). From fall 2017–2020, she leads the SNF-funded research project «Ecodata – Ecomedia – Ecoaesthetics. The Role and Significance of Technologies and Technoscientific Methods in the Arts for the Perception and Awareness of the Ecological» at the IAeP, Basel.
Yvonne Volkart lives as an art critic in Zurich, and is a regular contributor to springerin. From 2009–2011 she was curator at Shedhalle Zurich (with Anke Hoffmann), and realised several group exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and books. From 2007–2009 she curated the touring exhibition and the book Ecomedia. Ecological Strategies in Today's Art (together with Sabine Himmelsbach and Karin Ohlenschläger), presented at Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg; [plug.in], Basel; Sala Parpallò, Valencia. She received the art critic’s grant of the City of Zürich (2010), the Swiss Art Award for Criticism (1998), and in 1996 she was Art Critic in Residence in Vienna. Her main concerns are ecological, political and digital aesthetics; the Anthropocene; climate change; New Materialisms; gardening, landscape, nature, and technology; the non-human; trans- and intermedia; history of modernity; art and science; curatorial practices; queer and gender theory (i.e. cyberfeminism, she was member of Old Boys Network); history and performativity in the arts. (2019)