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Pro Helvetia’s cultural magazine Passages is published two times per year. Each issue takes up a subject of cultural relevance to Switzerland. Passages regularly commissions articles from distinguished Swiss and foreign authors.

Passages Nr. 65: Past, Present and Future

75 Years of Arts and Culture in Switzerland This year we have multiple anniversaries to celebrate. 75 years ago, Pro Helvetia opened its first small office on Hirschengraben in Zurich, in the historic building in which we are still located today. 30 years ago, the first issue of Passages was published, coinciding with the inauguration …

Passages Nr. 64: Beyond the Limits

Open Borders, Blurred Boundaries The current issue of Passages tackles a potentially limitless topic: our experiences with borders. Contributors include the theatre critic Alexandre Demidoff, on the dissolution of the traditional division between the audi-ence and the stage; the author Pedro Lenz, on the challenges of translating literature from one language into another; and the …

Passages Nr. 63: Staging Spaces

The Scenographic Imagination The concept of “scenography” originated in the theatre, but it no longer refers to classical stage design alone. Nowadays, the staging of space occurs throughout the public sphere: from the political speech to the shopping centre, from the virtual worlds of video games to prison cells and entire villages. This issue of …

Passages Nr. 62: Cloud Culture

Digital Media and the Arts What is the future of the book? How does transmedia storytelling work? And what can intercultural exchange contribute to the field of game design? The current issue of Passages looks at how the digital shift is affecting arts and culture. Among the themes: the challenges faced by traditional art institutions, …

Passages Nr. 61: Design? Design!

The Forms of Our Lives From corporate design to nail design and design hotels: “design” is everywhere, and it shapes the way we experience the world. Design is a medium through which a society communicates its origins and its goals. But what is design really about? Passages takes a glimpse behind its seemingly glamorous surface …