SciComm Studio 019: Poetry in Motion

Explore how technology can enhance create new forms of poetic experiences in this lunchtime event.


Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


November 07, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



How can interactive technologies such as VR/AR, AI, and even data visualization bring poetic experiences to life? In this SciComm Studio event we explore how to bring storytelling beyond the book. Antonio Rodriguez and Marie Thorimbert of the University of Lausanne and winner of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Optimus Agora Prize, will present the upcoming exhibition, “Digital Lyric,” which brings together elements of theory, creation, and engineering to demonstrate new interactions with poetry. Zurich-based VR pioneer Mélodie Mousset will speak on her current exhibition at swissnex San Francisco, “Sound and Vision.”


12:00pm — doors open
12:30pm — lunch presentations & discussion
01:30pm — networking
02:00pm — doors close


Mélodie Mousset

Melodie MoussetMélodie Mousset is a French artist based in Zurich, Switzerland. A pioneer in the field of art and new media, her practice extend across a number of mediums, including installation, performance, photography, sculpture and virtual reality. In Melodie’s whimsical and absurd composition or decomposition pieces, the body becomes a site for physical and spiritual exchanges with technology. Chris Kraus, renown writer and award-winning author of the best seller “I Love Dick”,  writes about Mousset’s work in the March 2019 issue of ArtReview: “I don’t think of Mousset as part of a lineage, unless it’s one of exceptionally original, anomalous artists who have the courage to pursue an idea as far as it will go. So, maybe Carolee Schneemann, Werner Herzog, Béla Tarr, Paul Thek, Bas Jan Ader, Jay DeFeo.” She studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France; Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, Switzerland; Royal College of Arts, London, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, USA. Her work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries worldwide, including MOCA (Museum Of Contemporary Arts), Los Angeles; Kunst Museum Stuttgart; Bund Museum Shanghai; Zabludowicz Collection, London, The Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut, and SALTS, Basel. Mousset is a public speaker, and a visiting professor.

Antonio Rodriguez
Antonio Rodriguez is a professor of French literature at the University of Lausanne and a poet. He leads a festival of poetry in Western Switzerland with a network of a hundred cultural/academic institutions. He is also the president of International Network for the Study of Lyric (INSL) organizing worldwide conferences on poetry. In 2018, he was visiting researcher at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. As the co-curator of the exhibition Digital Lyric, poetry beyond the book, granted by Optimus Prize (SNSF), he is exploring how multimedia and new technologies can improve our creativity and an embodied relation to language.

Marie Thorimbert
Marie Thorimbert is the coordinator of the exhibition Digital Lyric, poetry beyond the book and the Lyrical Valley project in Switzerland. She was in charge of communication for the Printemps de la poésie festival. After studying French and English literature at the University of Lausanne, she became junior coordinator of the Diploma of Advanced Studies of Cultural Management in Western Switzerland.



SciComm Studio

The SciComm Studio is swissnex San Francisco’s meetup for lovers of science seeking a community to experiment, explore, and connect around science communication and public engagement. Hosted at swissnex San Francisco at Pier 17, these meetups create a space for our community to cultivate science communication skills. We inspire and challenge participants excited by science to share their knowledge through storytelling and interactivity. It’s a win-win: exchange knowledge while developing your own toolkit for scientific outreach.

The Pier 17 Science Studio has support from the Exploratorium, Bay Area Science Festival, TED speakers, museum professionals and art-technology curators. The Science Studio “SciComm Studio” events take science communication out of the box and into the streets. If you find yourself involved in any area of scicomm, or if you are interested in being a part of the movement, join us for our next event!