swissnex San Francisco's panel at the SXSW conference explores what's possible when artists and researchers collaborate.
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What happens when artists collide with the building blocks of the universe? Taking the form of a large cylinder, artist duo Semiconductor’s newest piece, HALO, is illuminated and enveloped in sound produced by data from particle collision experiments at CERN. Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN, hosts a conversation with the artists behind the piece, which invites us to consider the philosophical problems of our mediated understanding of science and nature, while submitting ourselves completely to their technological sublime.
- Benjamin Bollmann, Deputy CEO, swissnex San Francisco
- Mónica Bello, Head of Arts@CERN, CERN
- Ruth Jarman, Artist, Semiconductor
- Joe Gerhardt, Artist, Semiconductor
Gramazio Kohler Research is pioneering the future of architecture with robots and digital logic. Their research makes use of advanced techniques, such as robotic fabrication and material innovation. What lies ahead in the future of digital fabrication? In conversation with Chris Luebkeman and Emina Reissinger, this panel explores how Gramazio Kohler Research is closing the gaps between digital technologies and the physical construction process.
- Emina Reissinger, Head of Partnerships, swissnex San Francisco
- Chris Luebkeman, Arup Fellow, Director of Global Foresight, Research + Innovation, Arup
- Matthias Kohler, Professor for Architecture and Digital Fabrication, Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich
In recent years, the film industry has seen a number of emerging technologies that encourage the viewer to participate in the story itself. Can the collective experience of the movie theatre be enhanced by multi-optional storytelling? Or is there a need of a physical experience through virtual reality and robotics technology? Two Swiss artists and entrepreneurs have found with Somniacs and ctrl movie very diverging answers, on how an interactive cinema could look like. Based on their practice, we will engage in an interactive talk with experts and the audience to investigate what the future holds for interactive entertainment.
- Nicola Ruffo, Head of Public Programs, swissnex San Francisco
- Max Rheiner, Founder, SOMNIACS
- Tobias Weber , DIR CTO, CtrlMovie Ltd
- Shari Frilot, Chief Curator, New Frontier, Sundance Institute
Researchers in Switzerland fall from the sky for 22 seconds at a time inside the cabin of a modified ZERO-G aircraft. Floating in microgravity, they observe as the human mind and body change profoundly and unmask unique biological phenomena that are usually obscured by gravity. These microgravity flights reveal new scientific truths and unlock game-changing medical possibilities, but bureaucratic and financial barriers have prevented scientists from taking their research to these new heights – until now. A University of Zurich (UZH) researcher, an entrepreneur and a veteran NASA astronaut have joined forces at the UZH Space Hub to make microgravity research broadly accessible. Learn how this team aims to free scientists from the limits of gravity and launch medicine into its next frontier.
- Oliver Ullrich, Director of the University of Zurich Space Hub, President of the Swiss SkyLab Foundation, University of Zurich
- Natalie Dove, CEO, Dovespace (Nussbaumer Reisen AG)
- Jean-François Clervoy, Astronaut, ESA, NASA
- Jake Link, Senior Communications Manager, swissnex Boston
Drones are thinking on their own, using camera vision and AI to process their environment and intelligently navigate precarious motions. They are training themselves to independently conduct rescue missions in disaster zones, safely navigate the streets of busy pedestrian cities, and even to dance in response to musical patterns – and they are learning to do it in synchronization with each other. Hear from renowned researchers Davide Scaramuzza (University of Zurich, Robotics and Perception) and Angela Schoellig (Director of the Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education at the University of Toronto) how drone swarms are getting even smarter than you think and see what an AI-controlled drone swarm can accomplish that would be impossible with a drone driven by a single human operator.
- Davide Scaramuzza, Professor and Director of the Robotics and Perception Group, University of Zurich
- Angela Schoellig, Director of the Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education, University of Toronto
- Philippe Labouchere, Project Leader for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, swissnex Boston