High-tech materials, sounds, e-skin & eternal life: presentations by Swiss techno-artists

Discover the new wave of high-tech art through the preview presentations of Swiss artists Jill Scott, Jill Coffin, etoy.CORPORATION; Thom Kubli from ZeroOne: a global festival of art on the edge.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


August 08, 2006 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

In conjunction with ZeroOne: a festival of art on the edge, swissnex, Pro Helvetia & the Consulate General of Switzerland invite you to a preview of the participating Swiss artists.


6:00 pm doors open
6:30 pm presentations start (15-20 min. each)
7:30 pm fingerfood & networking
8:30 pm doors close


Dr. Jill Scott Professor

Dr. Jill Scott from the HGKZ Institute for Cultural Studies, will talk about two current projects based on art and technology which are currently running in Switzerland.

The first is entitled e-skin. http://www.e-skin.ch e-skin is a collaboration between artists and Swiss AI, Neuroscientists and Computer scientists to develop wearable interfaces, cross-modal perception and communication for the visually impaired on the mediated stage. Keywords: Skin perception, embodiment, visually impaired users, cross-modal interaction, cognitive mapping, art rehabilitation, ergonomic design, wearable computing, mediated stages (digital audio-visual control)

The second is a residency project together with the Swiss Federal Office for Culture) called: Artists-in-labs: http://www.artistsinlabs.ch The Artists-in-labs project is a unique attempt to give artists form all mediums the opportunity to be inspired by scientific research while it is happening. Many of our Swiss Labs are based on Computer science and engineering, but also on the natural sciences. Our keywords are also questions: know-how transfer, language, metaphor, immersion, creativity, ethics, public reaction, innovation, converging technologies, comparing methodologies, progress?

Jill Coffin and John Taylor

Breeze is an ambient robot inhabiting the body of a willow tree. Unlike us, Breeze can visually sense and react through 360 degrees, allowing her to reach out to you and others wherever you are near. Jill Coffin works with conductive textiles and smart materials at the Institut fuer Elektronik, ETH – Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. She is affiliated with the Wearable Computing Lab at ETH and the Topological Media Lab formerly at Georgia Institute of Technology. http://www.ife.ee.ethz.ch/showcase/members/jill.html http://www.stimmung.ch


MISSION ETERNITY is an information technology driven cult of the dead. etoy.CORPORATION digitally sends M∞ PILOTS across the ultimate boundary to explore afterlife, the most virtual of all worlds.

The plan is to install a community of the living and the dead that reconfigures the way information society deals with memory (conservation/loss), time (future/presence/past) and death.

Under the protection of thousands of M∞ ANGELS (the living) M∞ PILOTS (the dead) travel space and time forever.

Independent of religious beliefs and scientific speculations, MISSION ETERNITY starts from the premise that all humans leave behind mortal remains and a massive body of information. We all continue to exist as biomass and traces in the global memory: in governmental data-bases, in family archives, in professional records, and in emotional data stored in the bio-memory of our social network.

At the heart of MISSION ETERNITY stands the creation and ultra-long-term conservation of M∞ ARCANUM CAPSULES, interactive portraits and digital communication systems for human beings facing death (M∞ PILOTS).

The M∞ ARCANUM CAPSULES contain digital fragments of the life, knowledge and soul of the users and enable humans to maintain an active presence post mortem: as infinite data particles they forever circulate the global info sphere – hosted in the shared memory of thousands of networked computers and mobile devices of M∞ ANGELS, people who contribute a part of their digital storage capacity to the mission.


Thom Kubli

Strategies of Behavior in a Hybrid Space focuses on a selected range of his works that relate to implications of the interweavement of flows of digital data in the urban environment. Initial elements of the selected installation works include the interplay of virtuality ad materiality, and the strategies of urban interfaces and physical anchors in space that interrupt and transform the flows of data, thus allowing for “both sides” of an urban reality experience. Different aspects of spatial perception related to the use of new media like peer-to-peer systems. Cell phone and surveillance technologies as well as the experimental use of the “olf and loved” radio transmission are highlighted. While confronted with these instruments, the human being with its elementary needs, rituals and subversion of sovereign power, always stand in the center of attention.


Photo: Myleen Hollero