Pascal Schwaighofer                                           




Pascal Schwaighofer lives and works in Zurich (CH) and Ithaca (USA). He graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, writing a dissertation on the politico-philosophical implications of the swarm, network and multitude, iconically embedded in the “honeybee metaphor.” Schwaighofer’s artistic practice focuses on metaphors, legends and analogies of apparently unrelated narratives, politics, and aesthetics.

His work has been exhibited in several institutions across Europe such as the Center of Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, (BJ); Kunstmuseum Lucerne, (CH); MAGA museum, Gallarate, (IT); Aargauer Kunsthaus, (CH); Kolumba Museum, Cologne, (DE); Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, (FR); Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, (CH); AR/GE kunst, Galerie museum, Bozen/Bolzano, (IT). Recent lectures include La classe sterile, with Christian Marazzi, at Museo Vincenzo Vela (2016); The Fable of the Bees, at Performa Festival (2015); Tulipmania, with Jan Verwoert, at Le Foyer, Zurich (2014). He was awarded the Manor Art Prize, Ticino, Switzerland and the Swiss Art Awards (2011). In January 2016 Tulipmania was released, a publication based on a dialogue between Jan Verwoert and Pascal Schwaighofer as an extension of a multi-part work called Economimesis. In 2011 he was selected for the Collection Cahier d’Artiste, a publication series promoted by the Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia.



Featured in:
Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism 
Volume 46, number 3 (2018)

Pascal Schwaighofer, Jan Verwoert
Le Foyer, Zürich / edition fink, Zürich, 2016
German, 128 pages, 64 color illustrations, soft-cover.
ISBN 978-3-03746-194-5

Bex & Arts 2014, Émergences,
art&fiction publications, 2014
English, French, 21 x 28 cm
ISBN: 978-2-940377-79-4

Pascal Schwaighofer
Kolumba, Köln, 2013
Limited edition: 300 copies
21 x 16.5 cm

In Absent Places We Dwell
activeRat, Berne et Genève 2012
English, French, 66 x 45 cm
ISBN: 978-3-9521842-7-1

Pascal Schwaighofer /
Misha Stroj
AR/GE kunst - issue #13
Mousse Publishing, 2012
Limited edition: 800 copies (1 booklet, 1 Poster)
English, Italian, German, 21 x 15 cm

Pascal Schwaighofer
edition fink Zürich, 2012
Italian/English, 25,5 x 21 cm, 92 pages
ISBN: 978-3-03746-161-7

Cahiers d'Artiste Pascal Schwaighofer
Edizioni Periferia, Luzern, 2011
Edited by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council
Italian/English, Softcover, 165x240 mm, 48 pages
ISBN 978–3–907474–88–4

Lectures & seminars


Polittico Research Lab, University of Pisa, Italy, 2019

The Sterile Class
November 21-22, 2016
CCC Research Master Programme at HEAD – Geneva School of Art and Design

The Common
15 Juli 2016
Pascal Schwaighofer im Gespräch mit Vesna Tomse, Stadtsoziologin und Daniela Kühne, Dozentin für Öffentliches Recht, Universität Luzern
Maagplatz, Zürich

Lecture performance
March 11, 2016
Le Foyer, Zürich

Lecture performance
January 31, 2016
Kunstmuseum Luzern

The Fable of the Bees
October 5, 2014
Performa festival, La Fabbrica, Losone

Lecture with Jan Verwoert
July 3, 2014
Le Foyer
Müllerstrasse 57, CH-8004 Zürich

Jacques Derrida trifft Alexander Kluge oder: Zur Aktualität des Poststrukturalismus für zeitgenössisches philosophisches und künstlerisches Handeln
May 8, 2014
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, ZHdK, Switzerland

Cannibalismes et autres «pratiques» d’assimilation
March 24 - 28, 2014
l'Ecole cantonale d'art du Valais, ECAV, Sierre, Switzerland

Mythological Reenactment Lecture/debate
December 4, 2013
with Nicola Soldini, architect, historian and lecturer
at SUPSI-Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana.
i2a, Istituto Internazionale di Architettura, Vico Morcote



Production Grant, CCA, Cornell Council of the Arts, 2019
Comparative Literature Department Essay Prize, Cornell University, 2019
Canton Zurich Art Award, 2017
Production Grant, Pro Helvetia, 2017
Research Grant, Pro Helvetia, 2016
UBS Culture Foundation, 2015
Pro Helvetia Studio Residency, New Delhi, India, 2014
Manor Art Prize,Ticino, Switzerland, 2011
Swiss art awards, 2011
Collection Cahier d’Artistes, Pro Helvetia, 2011



Swiss Performance Award 2017
Jury member
Swiss Performance Award 2016
Jury member
Swiss Performance Award 2015
Jury member
© All images are copyright Pascal Schwaighofer. Texts copyright Pascal Schwaighofer and the respective authors.