Berit Seidel
Curriculum vitae

Since 2017 Vice President and Boardmember of AAA - Association of Assistants at the Department of Architecture

Since 2011 Assistant at the chair for the history of art and architecture, gta Institute (chair of Prof. Dr. Philip Ursprung)

2015 - 2018 Singapore ETH Center, Research Assistant at Future City Laboratory, ‹17 Volcanoes› project with Professors Philip Ursprung and Alexander Lehnerer, Singapore

2009 - 2011 Master of Arts in Fine Arts, at University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland, as a member of the artist collective U5

2006 -2009 Bachelor of Arts in New Media, at University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland

2006 - 2010 Assistant at the chair of Prof. Gregor Eichinger, DARCH, ETH Zürich

2006 - 2009 Bachelor study, Department Media and Art, ZHdK, Zürich

2006 - Architect, EM2N, Zürich

2006 - Architect, Kräuchi Architekten, Basel

2005 - 2006 Assistant, Grafiktraktor, Zürich

2003 - 2004 International study at DARCH, ETH Zürich

2002 - 2003 Practical training, Buchner Bründler Architects, Basel

1998 - 2005 Architectural study at TU Dresden, Germany

1998 School leaving examination at Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, Kamenz, Germany


2020 Seminar: Spezialfragen zur Kunst- und Architekturgeschichte: X-cene. Ein Oral History Projekt, with Dr. Dora Imhof and Helene Romakin

2019 Seminar: Don18 - From Microsoft to Microdosing, with Dr. Nina Zschocke and Helene Romakin

2019 Seminar: „acid-free"

2019 Don 18 - Conversations with Artists and Architects: „Digital Matters“, with Dr. Nina Zschocke and Tim Klauser

2018 Seminar: ARCHITEKTINNEN, Oral History Project, with Dr. Dora Imhof

2018 Seminar: „live“, with Tim Klauser, project PALM by U5 (PALM)

2016 Seminar: „Making of the gta“, Oral History Projekt, with Dr. Dora Imhof

2016 travellog – Innovedum project grand, ETH Zurich

since 2011 Organisation of seminar weeks, with Team Ursprung

since 2011 Supervision Design Master Theses of Architecture Students

since 2011 Supervision of elective works in art and architectural history

U5 homepage

U5 is an arts collective that is opposed to traditional notions of individual authorship. U5 actively pursues historical and contemporary approaches to research in art, especially approaches that transcend disciplines, or produce new forms of art and knowledge.

The collective U5 first formed at Zürich University of the Arts in 2007 before graduating as a group in 2011. The working method depends on unanimous founding principles:

• All members have equal rights, but consensus is not necessary.
• All works are created in cooperation.
• Presence and absence influence the work equally.

Work originates from a fascination for materials of all kinds, especially everyday materials and utensils made of plastic. The accumulation of digital and analogue materials is an important component of the artistic approach, both a ballast and a trove at the same time.

Since the collective‘s foundation, all work processes have been documented and archived in real time with the help of a self-developed live camera (PALM). The handling of this absurd amount of material and data forms the basis of production.

Since 2011 the collective’s studio in an industrial building on the edge of Zurich gained additional significance as an event space, as a permanently transforming, semi-public place. During four years the «Automatenbar» took place every Tuesday: a live format for music, performance, screenings and discussions.

The studio is a production site for objects, costumes, films, installations and performances that oscillate between natural, artificial, fictitious and virtual. They are combined with sound, dance, food and drinks, scent, fog and light and then assembled into immersive installations in the exhibition space. Such exhibitions are not a final product, but iterations for further productions. They are possibility-spaces in which something can happen that is not-thought-through precisely, but which can provoke reactions and actions.