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20 years IAD

At the turn of the 21st century, several interaction design programs launched around the world. Among institutes in London, New York and Ivrea, the Interaction Design department (IAD) at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) started its educational and research activities in this emerging field. Over these last 20 years, pressing social, political and ecological transformations have brought significant challenges together with fresh approaches to interaction design practice, research and education.

We start the vicennial celebrations of IAD, by reflecting on these changes in a series of online conversations titled On Interactivity. Our team members have invited international colleagues to share, speculate and investigate the past, present and future of interaction design.

These conversations will also be condensed in a series of panels at Ars Electronica, together with Infinite Nows, an exhibition showcasing IAD student projects. Probing the alternative presents through investigative, speculative and experimental practices, these projects reflect the values and approaches of IAD shaped over its 20 years of existence.