24 Hours in the Life of a Swiss Cuckoo Clock

This traveling exhibition of 24 clocks, created by HEAD Geneva students and faculty, are a departure from the traditional cuckoo.

Event Details


Gallery 360
360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 02115 United States


May 28, 2015 4:00 pm - July 11, 2015 4:00 pm





The clockwork and décor of the Swiss cuckoo clock has always been emblematic of Swiss know-how and meticulous attention to quality and detail. Originally, these small clocks evoked the delightful simplicity of an idealized agrarian life, set in the fresh mountain air. Does the iconic Swiss cuckoo clock serve only as folklore and tourist-bait? No! It is so much more. Students and faculty at HEAD Geneva have re-imagined the cuckoo clock in 24 iterations.

These works reinvent the cuckoo clock into something contemporary and deeply innovative– while retaining the main purpose & quality of the traditional cuckoo: to tell a story, and to mark each passing hour.”

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1. Back to the Trees, Clémentine Despocq © HEAD – Genève  Baptiste Coulon

3. Bird Cage Clock, Dorothée Loustalot © HEAD – Genève  Sandra Pointet

15. Observing Time , Nicolas Lafargue & Mihalela Ciubotaru , étudiant-e-s du Bachelor et Master Mode, bijoux et accessoires © HEAD – Genève  Baptiste Coulon

22. Sémaphore, Wendy Gaze © HEAD – Genève  Sandra Pointet_4

26. Swiss Paradise, Marie Ivol © HEAD – Genève  Sandra Pointet2



4. CC Timer, A.Burdin et M. Zieba © HEAD – Genève  Sandra Pointet 18. Peeping Clock, Solkin Keizer  © HEAD - Genève  Sandra Pointet 33. Follow the Birds, Camille Scherrer © HEAD – Genève  Corentin Gobeli KuckooClock_25_09_2013©Head_SandraPointet_018



Join us for the opening reception of this highly anticipated exhibition, which will include a lecture.

WHEN: Thursday, May 28
WHERE: Gallery 360 at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115
SCHEDULE: Lecture by HEAD Dean of Studies, Lysianne Léchot Hirt, 5:00 – 6:00 PM, followed by Reception, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Please stay tuned for special programs related to this event.



Lysianne Léchot Hirt’s lecture, titled Swiss Design Research: Such a Desirable Reality? addresses questions surrounding the role of design research in its current context, and looks ahead to possibilities for the future.

Swiss Universities of Art and Design have been active in Design Research for almost 20 years now, but it is still difficult to grasp what is happening in this field, to understand who the stakeholders are, where the strong points lie and which are the perspectives for the future. A quick survey of the Design Research landscape opens up to a series of (sometimes provocative) questions. Who does SDR? Where can we see it? Does it influence education? How desirable is this new reality for designers and for design?



Win a trip to Switzerland and visit 4 of Switzerland’s top art & design schools!

In conjunction with this event, Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design, Swiss International Air Lines, Rail Europe, and swissnex Boston are co-sponsoring a poster-design contest. Design a poster inspired by the “24 Hours in the Life of a Swiss Cuckoo Clock” exhibition. The winner will have the chance to fly to Switzerland and visit four of its top art & design schools. Learn more here!

You can register for this contest in person at the exhibition.



Portrait LLH juin 2014 (3)Lysianne Léchot Hirt is currently Dean of studies at Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève, since 2012). She is formerly Dean of design and art research at HEAD – Genève (2003-2012). Teaching Contemporary Art and Design History, Design Theory. Member of the Research Board of KHiB, Academy of fine arts, Bergen, NO (since 2009). Member of the Editorial Board of “Sciences du design,” French Design Research peer reviewed journal. Former member of the Swiss Design Network (2003-2012), President from 2006 to 2009. Former member and co-founder of the Swiss Art Research Network (2009-2012).
Before joining Geneva University of Art and Design, Lysianne Léchot Hirt directed the Bureau des activités culturelles of the University of Geneva (2000-2003). She worked for 13 years at the Centre for contemporary images Geneva (1987-2000), where she was responsible for the video art collection. She led the project “Pioneers of Swiss Video Art” in 1990, and completed the collection and restoration as well as the documentation program of this body of patrimonial artwork. She participated in the conception and early stages of the Encycopedia of New Medias (www.newmedia-arts.com), for which she wrote many articles concerning Swiss artists. She was a member of the committee of Geneva Centre for photography (1995-2004).

She wrote many articles about contemporary Swiss artists for Geneva newspapers and art catalogue texts, organized and moderated many international symposiums, the most recent ones about design and art research : Fashion in Words (Geneva, 2013), Practicing Theory. Or: did practice kill theory? (Geneva, 2011) AC*DC contemporary art, contemporary design (Geneva, 2007), Drawing New Territories: the best of design research (Geneva 2006), and a.o. Site Mapping (Basel and Bern, 2001 and 2000, focus : New Medias) and Landmarks (Geneva, 2000, focus: art in public spheres).

Her current research interests are in design theory and design history. She led research projects commissioned by the CTI Swiss Confederation Innovation Agency and the Strategic Fund of the University of applied sciences Western Switzerland. She published “Recherche-création en design à plein régime : un constat, un manifeste, un programme” in Sciences du Design, no 1, 2015, Presses universitaires de France and participated in the publication Beyond Design Ethnography. How designers practice ethnographic research by Nicolas Nova, Berlin: SHS Publishing, 2014 and published Recherche-création en design. Modèles pour une pratique expériementale. Geneva: Metis Presses, 2010. Espace public et mobilier urbain. Une recherche-projet en design. Genève: HEAD, 2011 and gave many papers in international design research conferences.


Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) was formed in 2006 from the merger of two art schools, the Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts and the Haute école d’arts appliqués, both over two hundred years old. Urban and international, it welcomes over 700 students from 40 different countries and offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in fine arts, cinema, spatial design, visual communication, fashion, jewelry and accessory design.Engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the art scene and the regional economic fabric, HEAD – Genève is constantly evolving and has already established itself as one of the foremost art and design schools in Europe.





The Northeastern Art + Design Department intends to increase, enrich, and transform, the experience, value and significance, of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts education, for individuals, our university, and the world.






“24 Hours in the Life of a Swiss Cuckoo Clock” is one of 15 events designated to celebrate swissnex Boston’s 15 years of connecting the dots between Switzerland and North America in science, education, art and innovation.

In the fall of 2000, Switzerland opened the world’s first ‘scientific consulate’ in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 15 years later, swissnex is a global network, with offices in Boston (Cambridge), Brazil, China, India, Singapore and San Francisco.