Design + Magic An Open Investigation Into Two Intertwined Realms

21.10.2023, 10.30am–8pm – Kornhausforum, Kornhausplatz 18, 3011 Bern

The lettering "Design + Magic" in front of squares in different sizes and colours.

Where in the past, performing magical spells has been negatively associated with witches, today witchcraft and it’s visual and social characteristics get reinvented by feminist activism. Western society historically tends to label the seemingly unexplainable with the term magic and we still see this when talking about the latest technological progress and artificial intelligence.

We invite you to delve into the intersections of design and magic. Join our festival, organized by design students of the MA Design of the HKB.

The festival will be held in English and will be free of charge.


11 am – Workshop

Susana Francisco
The Monster Needs Friends

Please register for the workshop via until 17.10.

2 pm – Introduction

Vera Sacchetti
Interweaving Design and Magic

2.40 pm – Lecture

Joost van Wijmen / Encounter Foundation 
Superhero or Designzero?

3.20 pm – Lecture

Yann Martins 
The Future is Magical Programming Paradigm

4.10 pm – Lecture

Paloma Ayala and Melody (Melo) Chua 
River Oracle – Water Bodies as Guiding Beings

4.50 pm – Q&A / Panel discussion

5.45 pm – Lecture and Tasting

Chris Santiago 
Spirits of Resilience


  • Start date 21.10.2023, 10.30am–8pm
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  • Place Kornhausforum, Kornhausplatz 18, 3011 Bern
  • Costs free of charge