Photo by Astra Brinkmann for swissnex San Francisco.

nextcasts: Six Podcast Episodes

May 17, 2019

A new podcast series, nextcasts, produced by our partners at swissnex San Francisco, shares conversations with interesting people from the US, Switzerland and beyond. Each episode explores various topics at the intersection of science, innovation and the arts, and invites audiences to imagine possible emergent futures, such as the future of education, and the future of cinematic experiences.

nextcasts is available on iTunes and Soundcloud, and is hosted and produced by Perrine Huber, and occasionally features special guest hosts.


nextcasts: Episode 1 – On Human And Machine Interaction

A conversation with Jonathon Keats exploring the future of human and machine interaction. Keats, the Chief Visionary Officer behind the Mental Work showcase, is an experimental philosopher, and has been described as a “poet of ideas” by The New Yorker and a “multimedia philosopher-prophet” by The Atlantic. Hosted by Perrine Huber, swissnex San Francisco.

nextcasts: Episode 2 – On Bodily Self-Perception and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Our second episode of nextcasts features an interview with two members of the team behind RE/ME, an experimental, immersive technology, created by a team of four artists and scientists, that uses vibration and sound stimuli to change bodily self-perception. Hear from Diego Maranan and Frank Loesche about the process of working in an interdisciplinary team during their recent residency at swissnex San Francisco.

nextcasts: Episode 3 – Beneath the Sea

Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate around the world due to coral bleaching caused by climate change. In this episode, hear from Marie Griesmar, an artist undertaking a science communication fellowship at swissnex San Francisco, who is tackling this issue by creating generative coral reef structures that promote coral regrowth.

nextcasts: Episode 4 – Swiss art & tech at Sundance Film Festival

This episode features an interview with Imverse, the Swiss 3D-graphics company, and EPFL spin-off, that develops content creation software in virtual reality, mixed reality and filmmaking. We also interview Maria Guta, the Swiss based artist who collaborated with Imverse on “Interlooped” which premieres at the New Frontiers exhibition at Sundance Film Festival on January 24.

nextcasts: Episode 5 – Freedom of Assembly in the Digital Age

What is the role of social media in the ways people mobilize worldwide? In our latest podcast, we spoke with Jonathan Andrew, Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy, a joint center of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He visited swissnex during a trip to Silicon Valley with Clément Voule, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association. Episode 5 is hosted by special guest, Benjamin Bollmann, Deputy CEO, swissnex SF, and produced by Perrine Huber.

nextcasts: Episode 6 – Robots & the Future of Education

Will robots be the teachers of the future? In this episode we chat to Selim Benayat, CEO & Co-Founder of Rosie Reality, an augmented reality game that teaches kids the concept of coding. Benayat, a swisnex Startup Camp alumni, discusses the future of education and shares insight into his startup journey: from raising funds, to building a multi-disciplinary team, and working in Switzerland & San Francisco.

Opening Theme by Sean Clarke

The sound composition was produced in collaboration with Sean Clarke, an experimental sound composer who undertook a residency with DART at swissnex San Francisco in 2018. The idea for the opening theme began with something fundamental to this podcast — innovation. nextcasts will be contemplating and debating with people swissnex connects with about the next steps in human innovation, and Clarke wanted to introduce that by building an aural crescendo of innovative technologies and moments in history that have led us to this point in time.

Think of it as a “…previously in ‘Human Innovation!’” highlighting key points in the history of humankind, guided by some of the most influential and groundbreaking inventions and discoveries. From the initial spark of fire to technologies pushing the boundaries of space travel, the sounds selected were based on subjective opinion and artistic license. Clarke would like to think the audience might isolate specific sounds the more they hear the piece.

Sean Clarke is an experiential sound composer who has written scores for film, television, and games. His traditional training in performance, composition, and sound engineering has led him to some unusual interdisciplinary collaborations. His past knowledge has supported his interest in the contextualized perception of sound and music as a trigger for emotional and behavioral responses.

His work has been exhibited and screened internationally and has been incorporated into film and sound art projects. Notable works include awarded residencies, such as ‘Radical dB’ at Etopia, Spain, for his work ‘Acoustic Osteology,’ a speculative sound piece that considered ways to use ultrasound technologies to code music into the body. ‘Drones with Desires,’ an artwork for which Clarke wrote a neuro soundscape that played as part of an algorithm based on MRI brain data. And a recent collaborative research project that is still in progress, ‘RE/ME,’ which was part of a residency with DART and swissnex San Francisco. RE/ME’s interdisciplinary team created an experiential tool and installation to generate data from vibrotactile and sound stimulation.