talks and workshops
curriculum vitae

e static shadows
art college

January 2015

GREENLAB 3.0 Documentation Published:
Postcarbon – Design for a Sustainable Lusatia

GREENLAB – Lab for Sustainable Design Strategies at Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin assembled the results of its 2014 project »Postcarbon: Design For A Sustainable Lusatia« in a book. Lusatia is a sparsely populated region, shaped mainly by lignite mines, and economically weakened by de-industrialization. M’s Marketing + Kommunikation GmbH’s project »Laurin« instigated the cooperation with GREENLAB. In 2014, design students at weißensee academy of art berlin were called upon to get to know Lusatia and to develop concepts, strategies, and products that might aid the region’s economic revival. This volume presents these proposals; textual contributions reflect on the intention and problems of this project. 

Edited by professors Susanne Schwarz-Raacke, Zane Berzina, and Steffen Schuhmann

GREEN DESIGN 3.0. Projekte aus dem GREENLAB
Published by GREENLAB, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-9814373-9-3
The book is available at the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin


March 2014

Design Strategies for Sustainability:
Green Design 1.0 published

Edited by professors Zane Berzina, Susanne Schwarz-Raacke, and Heike Selmer

Sustainable design engages with the challenges of climate change, considers species conservation of animals and plants, keeps in mind the waste problem, and contributes to preserving natural resources. In 2010, three professors at the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin — Zane Berzina (Textile and Surface Design), Susanne Schwarz-Raacke (Product Design), and Heike Selmer (Fashion Design) - established GREENLAB – the Lab for Sustainable Design Strategies. The lab’s projects from 2010 to 2013 are now documented in the volume Green Design 1.0, which has just appeared. The book is available from the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin press office.
Green Design 1.0. - Projekte aus dem GREENLAB 
Published by GREENLAB, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-9814373-8-6


October 21 – November 24, 2012

E-Static Shadows - Unsichtbares sichtbar machen
Soft Technologies

Fraunhofer-Forum "Hightech in Textilien", Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, München, Germany.

Video about Soft Technologies / Soft Interfaces project @ Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin


October 2012

Work featured in

Warp & Weft - Woven Textiles in Fashion, Art and Interiors                                                            

Jessica Hemmings, Bloomsbury, 2012

Warp & Weft (English)


September 2012

Co-Editor of a wide ranging survey on how designers and design can respond to today’s challenges of interactive technologies.

THE DIGITAL TURN - Design in the Era of Interactive Technologies

Edited by Barbara Junge, Zane Berzina, Walter Scheiffele, Wim Westerveld, and Carola Zwick

Park Books, 2012


April - July 2012

Research Project @ eLab
Soft Interfaces

A collaboration between Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Fraunhofer IZM, Berlin and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, München

Projekt Soft Interfaces

Video about the Soft Interfaces project @ Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Textildesign und Elektronik


December 2011

Intelligent Textiles

Open Lecture "Intelligent Textiles" at Design Research Lab
University of the Arts Berlin (UdK), Germany


July 21 - August 21, 2011

E-Static Shadows at

TransLife: Media Art China 2011

International Media Art Exhibition  
NAMOC, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing




March, 2011

Touch Me! Mural

American Embassy in Riga, Latvia

Art in Embassies Scheme


January, 2011

Works "Touch Me" and "E-Static Shadows" published in    

Material Revolution: Sustainable Multi-Purpose Materials for Design and Architecture

Sascha Peters, Birkhäuser Verlag (Basel/Berlin), 2011

Material Revolution (English / German)



November 2010


BIO.Logics - Sustainable Design and Technology Concepts Inspired by Nature
Talk & Workshop Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK


September 22 – 23, 2010

Key-note speaker at conference
Social Street
The 7th Urban and Landscape Days
Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia

Paper: ‘Making the Invisible Visible: A Case Study of the E-Static Shadows Research Project‘

Social Street



Summer, 2010                                                                                                                                                                 

Work "E-Static Shadows" published in

Made Of... New Materials Sourcebook for Architecture and Design                                                                                  

Christiane Sauer, Gestalten (Berlin), 2010

Made Of... (English / German)



June 17, 2010

Artist Talks:
Transbiotics - Materialities of Textures
Jens Hauser (DE/FR), Zane Berzina (LV/DE/UK), Paul Vanouse (USA) 

kim? / RIXC / VKN galleries at Spikeri, Riga, Latvia 

kim? / RIXC / VKN galleries at Spikeri, Riga, Latvia


June 14 - 20, 2010

Transbiotics: Temporal Stability Points
kim? / RIXC / VKN galleries at Spikeri, Riga, Latvia

kim? / RIXC / VKN galleries at Spikeri, Riga, Latvia 

June 10 - September 26, 2010


Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust, London

Wellcome Collection



Spring, 2010                                                                                                                                                             

Work "E-Static Shadows" published in

Functional Aesthetics: Visions in Fashion and Technology                                                                                                                                

Sabine Seymour, SpringerWienNewYork, 2010

Functional Aesthetics (English)



April 14.-18. 2010

Paper at 
Smart Fabric Conference
in Miami

E-Static Shadows represented by Jackson Tan, IN SQUARE LAB

Smart Fabric Conference
More information here


February 25 – 26, 2010

Paper at conference
Potenziale für HighTech-Textilien
TITV Annual Conference, Germany

Paper: 'Is This Textiles? - An Overview Of Some Non-Conventional Smart Textile Development Strategies'

More information in German here.


January 7, 2010 – January 24, 2010

Visual Voltage Amplified

Nordische Botschaften, Berlin, Germany
For information in English click here.


January 20, 2010 – April 3, 2010

Narrative Sequences

The Center for Book Arts, NY, USA


September 26, 2009 – January 10, 2010


Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg



May, 2009 

Mirrow of Shadow

'Mirrow of Shadow - Artist and Designer Zane Bērziņa'
Article by Iliana Veinberga, Art Critic in 'Studija'

Mirrow of Shadow (in English)
Ēnas spogulis (in Latvian)