Friday 08.11.2019
ECAL, Renens [map]

Technology and Research in Art and Design

ECAL hosts a Research Day on Friday 8 November, from 10.30 to 19.30.

The symposium will explore the links between technology and research, with artists, designers and scholars in these fields from all over the world, in discussion with ECAL faculty members.

Keynote speeches, conversations, exhibitions and concerts mark the overlapping territory of research and technological innovation.

Admission is free upon registration through the online RSVP form until 28 October 2019 at www.researchday.ch
Due to the limited number of seats in the auditorium, the maximum number of participants is 350.


10:00 – 10:30 Registration

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome

  • Alexis Georgacopoulos Director, ECAL

Introductory notes

  • Davide Fornari Head of R&D and Professor, ECAL


  • Arijana Walcott Emerging technology consultant, Co-founder and COO, DART LABS, Zurich

11:00 – 11:45 Conversation: Data Materialization

  • Natalie D. Kane Curator of digital design, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

in conversation with

  • Patrick Keller Professor, ECAL

11:45 – 12:30 Keynote speech: How Can Type Influence How We Design Written Communication?

  • Bianca Berning Font engineer, Dalton Maag, London

introduced by

  • Kai Bernau Professor, ECAL, and Co-founder, Atelier Carvalho Bernau, The Hague

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch break (offered by ECAL to the guests)

13:45 – 14:15 Conversation: Artists Residencies for Innovation

  • Hugues Vinet Innovation and research director, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Paris

in conversation with

  • Nicolas Henchoz Director, EPFL+ECAL Lab

14:15 – 15:15 Conversation: The Aesthetics of Sustainability

  • Christian Kaegi Founder, Qwstion, Zurich
  • Fabrice Aeberhard Founder, Viu, Zurich

in conversation with

  • Thilo Alex Brunner Professor, ECAL, and Art director, ON shoes, Zurich

15:15 – 16:15 Keynote speech: Humanising Machines: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Art and Design

Christian Mio Loclair Art director and Founder, Waltz Binaire, Berlin

introduced by

  • Pauline Saglio Head of BA Media & Interaction Design and Professor, ECAL

16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 – 17:45 Keynote speech: Designing Citizenship in Unstable Times

  • Ala Tannir Co-curator of the 22nd Milan Triennale Broken Nature and independent architect, New York

introduced by

  • Davide Fornari Head of R&D and Professor, ECAL

17:45 – 18:00 Closing remarks, panel discussion

  • Alexis Georgacopoulos

  • Davide Fornari

  • Arijana Walcott

18:00 Cocktail

18:30 Audio performance (Studio Cinema)

  • curated by Thibault Walter Professor, ECAL

The Invisible Other. Chapter 1. Vibrancy. When the Divinity Manifests. For visual obstructions, time-based media, light and signal refractions

  • by Mario de Vega Sound artist, Mexico City/Berlin in partnership with La Becque | Artist Residency, La Tour-de-Peilz

Throughout the day, exhibitions in the Kudelski Hall, l’elac Gallery and EPFL+ECAL Lab:

  • 100 beste Plakate 18
  • ECAL Diplômes 2019
  • Smartphone Peripheral Companions curated by Alain Bellet
  • Soft Machines curated by Camille Blin, Christophe Guberan and Skylar Tibbits, in collaboration with the MIT Department of Architecture and its Design Minor/Design Major Program.

On the occasion of the symposium, ECAL launches the book Technology and Research in Art and Design edited by Davide Fornari and published by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne.

ECAL Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne
5, avenue du Temple
CH-1020 Renens
Tél. : +41 (0)21 316 99 33
Mail : ecal@ecal.ch

Visual by ECAL/Federico Barbon

Arijana Walcot

Natalie D. Kane and Patrick Keller

Bianca Berning

Kai Bernau

Nicolas Henchoz and Hugues Vinet

  • Fabrice Aeberhard, Christian Kaegi and Thilo Alex Brunner

Christian Mio Loclair

Ala Tannir

  • Arijana Walcott, Davide Fornari and Alexis Georgacopoulos

"Soft Machines" exhibition

"Smartphone Peripheral Companions" exhibition

Mario de Vega's concert

Livre "Technology and Research in Art and Design" book