The festival REFRESH #4 takes place on a yearly basis in November at the Toni-Areal. Under the title «New Realities: Design – Arts – Technology», REFRESH is an interdisciplinary forum for keynotes, masterclasses, panels, lab insights and an exhibition. The festival deals with the risks and opportunities of digitalisation for design and the arts, also including speculations about possible futures.
Many outstanding and internationally renowned designers, artists and experts joined the previous editions, such as Thomas Oberender (Curator & Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele), Sarah Ellis (Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company), Yasaman Sheri (Design Direction Augmentation & Sensing), Erika Marthins (Artrebels), Tobias Gremmler (Digital Artist), Galit Ariel (Augmented Human/Digital Identities) or Andreas Refsgaard (Artist & Creative Coder), Takeshi Yamada (teamLab), Léa Pereyre (Verity Studios) and many others.
The festival takes place in partnership with the Swiss Digital Days. Participation in the event is free of charge.