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The Artist Collective U5

lives and works in Zürich

U5 is a Zürich-based artist collective which works in various media with an agenda to challenge traditional notions of individual authorship.

The collective U5 began working together at Zürich University of the Arts in 2007 before graduating as a group in 2011. U5 has had several solo shows in Switzerland and taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Since 2015, U5 has also worked part of the year in Singapore.

The method depends on the collective’s mutually-agreed founding principles: All members have equal rights, but unanimous agreement is not necessary; presence and absence influence the work; all rules can be revised at any time. No member works on an individual basis; all works are produced through collaboration.

The work originates from fascination with material—forming model-like structures by combining found and assembled objects; constructing exuberant architectural installations that oscillate between natural and artificial; overlaying these with constantly evolving video works, live-stream images and sound—that together produce a dynamic, layered experience.


U5, 2011, photo by Alessandro Frigerio


  • 2015-2018 Artists in Residence, ‹17 Volcanoes› project with Professors P. Ursprung and A. Lehnerer, Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore ETH Center, Singapore
  • 2017 Artists in Residence, NUS Museum Singapore
  • 2016 Teaching: Project and Mentoring, F+F School of Art and Design Zurich
  • 2009-2011 Master of Arts in Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts
  • 2006-2009 Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts), Zurich University of the Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions


  • Kunstverein Bochum, Haus Kemnade, «Waves», Germany
  • NUS Museum, «The Fiery One - Merapi», Singapore
  • NUS Museum, «The White Crater - Kawah Putih», Singapore
  • NUS Museum, «The Drum Mountain - Galunggung», Singapore


  • Urgent Paradise, «Domestic Haze», Lausanne, Switzerland
  • blossom, «BLEACH», Zürich, Switzerland
  • Plateau, «Domestic Haze», Singapore


  • Plateau, «32° of inverted routines», Singapore
  • Kunst 15 Zürich, Advancement Booth, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Duflon + Racz Gallery, «TRACER», Bern, Switzerland


  • Kunstmuseum Thun, «Parasite», Thun, Switzerland
  • Kunsthalle Arbon, «YOUNGLAND EVERFAST», Arbon, Switzerland
  • Kunst 14 Zürich, Advancement Booth, Zürich, Switzerland


  • Raum No 10, "DESERT FOR REAL - DANGER IN EVERY DROP", Bern, Switzerland

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Kunstmuseum Bern, «RÉPUBLIQUE GÉNIALE», Bern, Switzerland
  • Swiss Art Awards, Basel, Switzerland


  • NUS Museum, «17 Volcanoes», Singapore
  • Princeton School of Architecture Gallery, «17 Volcanoes», New Jersey, USA


  • Helmhaus, «Hinter jedem Berg steht noch ein Berg - Eine Begegnung von Gegenwartskunst aus China und der Schweiz», Zurich, Switzerland
  • gta exhibitions - ETH Zurich, «17 Volcanoes - Figures in the Landscape of Java», Zurich, Switzerland


  • Reale Osservatorio Vesuviano, «The Walk», Naples, Italy
  • Centre d'Art Contemporain / Project Space, «protein fix», Geneva, Switzerland


  • BolteLang Gallery, «Tell Me What I See, When I Look Into Your Eyes», Zürich, Switzerland
  • La Rada, «The Chase», Locarno, Switzerland


  • Le Commun - Centre d'Art Contemporain, MOINS 30 IX, JEUNE ART SUISSE 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Swiss Art Awards 2013, Kiefer Hablitzel Award, Messezentrum Basel, Switzerland
  • Helmhaus, Werk- und Atelierstipendien, Zürich, Switzerland


  • Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, "Heimspiel 2012", St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Kunsthaus Glarus, "Fokus: Claudio Zopfi featuring U5 Kollektiv + Suleika de Vries", Glarus, Switzerland
  • Werkbeiträge Bildende Kunst Kanton Zürich,"Werkschau 2012", Zürich, Switzerland


  • Sammlung Prinzhorn, Jubiläumsausstellung, "Von Kirchner bis heute", Heidelberg, Germany
  • Helmhaus, Werk- und Atelierstipendien, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Rote Fabrik/Shedhalle, Master Fine Arts Degree Show, Zürich, Switzerland


  • Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunsthausnacht, "Kitsch + Kunst", Zürich, Switzerland
  • Art Dubai, Bidoun Projects, "A New Formalism", Dubai, UAE
  • Venice Architecture Biennale, German Pavilion: "Sehnsucht", sound installation (commission work), Venice, Italy


  • Shift Electronic Art Festival, "Magic", Basel, Switzerland
  • Bachelordiplomausstellung, Zürich, Switzerland

Grants, Awards, Residencies

  • Residency at NUS Museum Singapore 2017
  • Residency at Future Cities Laboratory Singapore, 2015-2018
  • Kiefer Hablitzel Award 2013

Purchased Works

  • 2015 «Crystals» Kanton Zürich
  • 2015 «The Chase» Schweizerische Post
  • 2014 «Weltmodell» Kunstmuseum Thun

and others to private collections