KATHARINA SAND (PhD)
Writer. Professor. Curator. Entrepreneur.
As an editor, curator, and as a professor, I discover new stories every day.
My over 160 publications focus on in-depth interviews with creative industry experts and the investigation of innovation.
My career as a an arts/culture and fashion correspondent in New York led me to become the CEO/founder of the design platform SEPTIEME ETAGE in the year 2000, and towards over twenty years of art and design practice and research. While my academic writing can be found on ORCID, my other writing has found its way into a variety of publications, including L'OFFICIEL Suisse, PAPER Magazine, Bolero Magazine, Bilan, AgefiBliss, Time Out Switzerland, New York Magazine, Manhattan File, and many more.
I write in English, German and French, and chit-chat in Italian.
I am also a professor and speaker. Currently Visiting Professor at AMD Akademie Mode & Design, I have been a professor at UQAM in Montreal, as well as SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), Visiting Professor at the Fashion & Technology department at the Kunstuniversität Linz, and have lectured at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) and PARSONS PARIS (The New School). As a professor, I aim to make change happen through education.
Through my research, I explore the cultural and societal challenges and potential of digital transformation. As a curator of design and ideas, I dedicated myself to the support of the creative industries. My projects include co-curating "Textile Design Now" at the Centre de design in Montreal in 2023-2024. It showcased 22 highly innovative international artists & designers, including Julia Körner, Pauline van Dongen, A+N Studio, and Veronica Ranner. The 2020 exhibition "Making Fashion Sense" at the HeK in Basel, explored technology as a transformative tool for artists & designers. It featured designers such as Iris Van Herpen, Hussein Chalayan and Ying Gao, as well as the rising star of creative AI, Robbie Barrat and virtual fashion designs by the artist Alfatih. Funding partners have included the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (CRSH/SSHRC), Creative Industries Fund NL, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Japan Foundation Toronto, Goethe Institut Montreal, the IKEA Foundation Switzerland, Cornercard, and the Fondation Didier et Martine Primat.
In 2021, I was commissioned to document twenty art and technology collaborations for ReFREAM, one of the pillars of the S+T+ARTS (Science + Technology + Arts) programme. S+T+ARTS is an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to support collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers and researchers.
As a researcher and academic, I combine speculative design thinking regarding arts and technology, rooted in 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the creative industries, with theoretical frameworks. I enjoy letting my experience infuse and enthuse the hearts and minds of visitors, students, and readers. I have been active in professional and academic design juries since 2001, including the Swiss Textiles Award, the Design Prize Switzerland, and creative_project of the city of Vienna.
My research and speaking engagements have taken me from Shanghai to Dubai.
Catch me at one of my lectures or conferences. Or just browse through some of my journalism work below.
Annette Schindler - Swiss Institute New York
Daniel Zipp - Creative Time
Delphine De Candolle
Emma Fletcher & Tamara Schlesinger
Pierre Geneston - Xippas
Tatiana Franck - Musée Elysée
Thelma Golden - Whitney Museum
Thomas Hug - artgenève
Walter Keane & Margaret Keane
Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin - Max’s Kansas City
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Alexis Georgopoulos - ECAL
Bill Gates/ Marc Getty
Digital Luxury Group
Maja Bijlengja & Anders Granath
Mark Kornfilt - Livestream
Somi Kim & Lisa Nugent & Susan Parr
Antoni & Alison
Bay Garnett - Cheap Date
Cecilia Dean, James Kaliardos & Stephen Gan
Christina Bronstein & Anthony Gill - Tony & Tina
Christopher Brosius - Demeter
Clara Mollloy - Memo Parfums
Elisabeth Fischer HEAD - Genève
Hans Schreiber - Forster Rohner
Isabel & Ruben Toledo
Jamie Morse Heidegger - Kiehls
Jan Zimmerman - Forster Rohner
Joe Corre - Agent Provocateur
Lev Glazman & Alina Roytberg - Fresh
Lisa Sabrier - Wool & The Gang
Marcia Kilgore - Bliss
Simone Cipriani - Ethical Fashion Initiative
Suzanne Freiwald - Earl Jeans
Tatum Mazzilli - Voyage
Tony Moxham - Interview Magazine
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THE SHORT STORY
My career as a culture and fashion correspondent in New York led me to become the CEO/founder of the designer platform SEPTIEME ETAGE in the year 2000, and twenty years of fashion practice and research. Around 150 of my articles have found their way into a variety of publications, including L'OFFICIEL Suisse, PAPER Magazine, Bolero Magazine, Bilan, AgefiBliss, Time Out Switzerland, New York Magazine, Manhattan File, and many more. I write in English, German and French, and chit-chat in Italian.
I am also a professor and speaker. Currently Professor at UQAM in Montreal, I have been a Visiting Professor at the Fashion & Technology department at the Kunstuniversität Linz, have lectured at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD), SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), as well as at PARSONS PARIS (The New School). I have been active in professional and academic design juries since 2001, including the Swiss Textiles Award and the Design Prize Switzerland. My research and speaking engagements have taken me from Shanghai to Dubai.
Books and dachshunds make me go weak in the knees, and don't get me started on digital fashion, or Bruno Munari.