Theoretical Research Projects

(Re-)Viewing Paik

(Re-)Viewing Paik

Research project

(Re-)Viewing Paik is a joint research initiative between Switzerland and South-Korea that involves Prof. Patrick Keller from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne (HES-SO), Dr. Sang Ae Park from the Nam June Paik Art Center and archives (NJPAC) in South Korea, and Dr. Christian Babski from fabric | ch, an architecture and information technology collective based in Lausanne. The main long-term objective of this joint and interdisciplinary research, based on the archives of Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006), is to establish novel types of online exhibition curating and design, which must take shape digitally at any viewer's (visitor's) place or housing, and to virtually populate it, in an autonomous way. The results of this initial joint work, which will take the form of a functional "demo" (proof of concept), will be used in parallel to formulate a more detailed research project which will then be submitted to a national funding agency.

AIZI / AI字 / 爱字

AIZI / AI字 / 爱字

Research project

Artificial Intelligence-Aided Type Design AIZI research projects is a collaboration between ECAL and EPFL Computer Vision Laboratory. Its aim is to develop an artificial intelligence tool to help the creation of hanzi. The idea is to train an AI to generate glyphs from a small number of ‘seed’ characters, using Generative Adversarial Network (GAN): two algorithms fighting each other, endlessly attempting to outperform one another. Chinese script is rich of thousands of hanzi, but their construction is, on many point, very logical and systematic. It processes by assembling a limited number of radicals in order to produce new signs. For the designer, a major difficulty is that depending of the surrounding components, the design of the radicals changes, always self-adapting to the context, in order to achieve harmonious forms.

Phantom Power - Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-Leena Sillanpää

FINE ARTS

Phantom Power - Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-Leena Sillanpää

Research project by 1AV 2AV 3AV

29 April – Cinema Studip – ECAL and Stockholm Thinking Together Preamble (for those who want it) by  Vinciane Despret  present in the Studio Cinema Screening of  Marja-Ieena Sillanpää ‘s performance, filmed by  Erik Pauser Screening of  Leif Elggren ‘s performance, filmed by Erik Pauser Discussion led by Vinciane Despret with the students present, Sillanpää and Elggren online. —- 30 April – Cinema Studio – ECAL and Stockholm https://visioncreationnewsound.ch/ Practice Together Preparation of the students to re-enact the performances of the day before Re-enactment of Sillanpää’s performance by the students Discussion between students, Sillanpää and Elggren about the re-enactment of Sillanpää’s performance Re-enactment of Elggren’s performance by the students Discussion between the students, Sillanpää and Elggren on the re-enactment of Elggren’s performance.

Words form language – Typography forms meaning

Words form language – Typography forms meaning

Research project

This research focusses on ways explored in typography to use letters as means of expression in order to emphasize the semantic, phonetic or visual qualities of language.

Phantom Power

Phantom Power

Research project

Phantom Power: Study on the sonic modes of existence of non-audible forces in action How does a performance or an installation acquire substance? How does it come to matter to the people who experience it? And do we account for it? The research project Phantom Power attempts to answer these broad questions by means of a descriptive study of three public performances and sound installations organised at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. Each case has been chosen for the specificity of what the invited artists (Leif Elggren, Arto Lindsay, Marja-leena Sillanpää, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela) call upon: electronic voice phenomena (EVP), the interiority of sound, and transport through sound. All three are the object of an ethnographic approach using original methodology: for each event, one day is devoted to the experience of performances and installations, followed by a discussion between the public and the artists, monitored by guest researchers (Vinciane Despret, Salomé Voegelin and Juliette Volcler). The next day 1st-year BA students in Fine Arts re-enact the performances in front of the artists themselves. In other words, the chosen methodology offers a collective conceptual analysis on the first day and a collective analysis through practice on the second day. This is meant to help produce a field survey account of sound and of the narratives and the relational modes of existence of the works. Phantom Power is a research project initiated by the BA in Visual Arts' department at ECAL. It questions the social configurations of the non-audible narratives of aural practices in performances and public sound installations. Main applicant ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne Stéphane Kropf (project leader) Thibault Walter (project leader) Research team Visiting lecturers Vinciane Despret Leif Elggren Arto Lindsay Marja-leena Sillanpää Salomé Voegelin Juliette Volcler La Monte Young Marian Zazeela Students ECAL 1st-year BA students in Fine Arts (class of 2020-21 and class of 2021-22) Partners Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts Besançon / Franche-Comté Period February 2021–January 2023 Supported by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne Strategic fund of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO RCDAV) Dissemination Performance 29 April 2021: Leif Elggren and Marja-leena Sillanpää Exhibitions From 25 November 2021 to 31 January 2022: Dream House by La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela (sound and light environment) May 2022: Parade by Arto Lindsay Talks 29 April 2021: Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-leena Sillanpää and the 1 BA AV students 1 December 2021: La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Yung Hee Choi, Salomé Voegelin and the 1 BA AV students (online) 2 December 2021: Branden W. Joseph May 2022: Arto Lindsay, Juliette Volcler and the 1 BA AV students Website visioncreationnewsound.ch

Automated Photography

Automated Photography

Research project

The Automated Photography research project (2019–2021) is conducted by Milo Keller in the framework of the MA in Photography at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. It is a continuation of the research project Augmented Photography, equally conducted at ECAL (2016–2017), which aimed to question the mutability of the digital image, transformed both in its physical materiality and in its virtual expression.

The Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960–1980): history, theory, sources and archives.

The Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960–1980): history, theory, sources and archives.

Research project

To date, there is no European-wide history of video art. It is this gap that the present research programme proposes to fill. Firstly by gathering data on the artists, the works and the events that enabled the emergence of this new artistic practice in the 1960s, or that were important in its development in the following years in Europe, and by bringing to light specific national conditions of production and distribution.

Furniture under pressure

Furniture under pressure

Research project

The potential of shape memory materials in furniture design.

Enabled by Design

Enabled by Design

Research project

Enabled by Design is a joint research project between EPFL and ECAL, funded by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, which aims to foster collaboration between young entrepreneurs involved in technological projects and designers.

From Video Art to New Media: The Case of the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001)

From Video Art to New Media: The Case of the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001)

Research project

This research project looks into the shift from video art to new media, taking a major but little-studied event, the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001), as a case study: a pioneering space for broadcasting video art in Europe and a place for exploring electronic art which took place every year from 1980 to 2001 on Monte Verità.

DESIGN MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS

DESIGN MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS

Research project

The research project Design management for start-ups focused on the integration of design in innovation processes. Its objective was to promote the use of design within mainly technological start-ups and to create tools and methodologies to foster collaboration between designers and entrepreneurs.

Smartphone Peripheral Companions

Smartphone Peripheral Companions

Research project

The research project Smartphone Peripheral Companions explores new forms of interaction with the data flows passing through our smartphone, questioning the status of total object that this device has acquired.

Applied Research Projects

(Re-)Viewing Paik

(Re-)Viewing Paik

Research project

(Re-)Viewing Paik is a joint research initiative between Switzerland and South-Korea that involves Prof. Patrick Keller from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne (HES-SO), Dr. Sang Ae Park from the Nam June Paik Art Center and archives (NJPAC) in South Korea, and Dr. Christian Babski from fabric | ch, an architecture and information technology collective based in Lausanne. The main long-term objective of this joint and interdisciplinary research, based on the archives of Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006), is to establish novel types of online exhibition curating and design, which must take shape digitally at any viewer's (visitor's) place or housing, and to virtually populate it, in an autonomous way. The results of this initial joint work, which will take the form of a functional "demo" (proof of concept), will be used in parallel to formulate a more detailed research project which will then be submitted to a national funding agency.

AIZI / AI字 / 爱字

AIZI / AI字 / 爱字

Research project

Artificial Intelligence-Aided Type Design AIZI research projects is a collaboration between ECAL and EPFL Computer Vision Laboratory. Its aim is to develop an artificial intelligence tool to help the creation of hanzi. The idea is to train an AI to generate glyphs from a small number of ‘seed’ characters, using Generative Adversarial Network (GAN): two algorithms fighting each other, endlessly attempting to outperform one another. Chinese script is rich of thousands of hanzi, but their construction is, on many point, very logical and systematic. It processes by assembling a limited number of radicals in order to produce new signs. For the designer, a major difficulty is that depending of the surrounding components, the design of the radicals changes, always self-adapting to the context, in order to achieve harmonious forms.

Phantom Power - Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-Leena Sillanpää

FINE ARTS

Phantom Power - Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-Leena Sillanpää

Research project by 1AV 2AV 3AV

29 April – Cinema Studip – ECAL and Stockholm Thinking Together Preamble (for those who want it) by  Vinciane Despret  present in the Studio Cinema Screening of  Marja-Ieena Sillanpää ‘s performance, filmed by  Erik Pauser Screening of  Leif Elggren ‘s performance, filmed by Erik Pauser Discussion led by Vinciane Despret with the students present, Sillanpää and Elggren online. —- 30 April – Cinema Studio – ECAL and Stockholm https://visioncreationnewsound.ch/ Practice Together Preparation of the students to re-enact the performances of the day before Re-enactment of Sillanpää’s performance by the students Discussion between students, Sillanpää and Elggren about the re-enactment of Sillanpää’s performance Re-enactment of Elggren’s performance by the students Discussion between the students, Sillanpää and Elggren on the re-enactment of Elggren’s performance.

Words form language – Typography forms meaning

Words form language – Typography forms meaning

Research project

This research focusses on ways explored in typography to use letters as means of expression in order to emphasize the semantic, phonetic or visual qualities of language.

Phantom Power

Phantom Power

Research project

Phantom Power: Study on the sonic modes of existence of non-audible forces in action How does a performance or an installation acquire substance? How does it come to matter to the people who experience it? And do we account for it? The research project Phantom Power attempts to answer these broad questions by means of a descriptive study of three public performances and sound installations organised at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. Each case has been chosen for the specificity of what the invited artists (Leif Elggren, Arto Lindsay, Marja-leena Sillanpää, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela) call upon: electronic voice phenomena (EVP), the interiority of sound, and transport through sound. All three are the object of an ethnographic approach using original methodology: for each event, one day is devoted to the experience of performances and installations, followed by a discussion between the public and the artists, monitored by guest researchers (Vinciane Despret, Salomé Voegelin and Juliette Volcler). The next day 1st-year BA students in Fine Arts re-enact the performances in front of the artists themselves. In other words, the chosen methodology offers a collective conceptual analysis on the first day and a collective analysis through practice on the second day. This is meant to help produce a field survey account of sound and of the narratives and the relational modes of existence of the works. Phantom Power is a research project initiated by the BA in Visual Arts' department at ECAL. It questions the social configurations of the non-audible narratives of aural practices in performances and public sound installations. Main applicant ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne Stéphane Kropf (project leader) Thibault Walter (project leader) Research team Visiting lecturers Vinciane Despret Leif Elggren Arto Lindsay Marja-leena Sillanpää Salomé Voegelin Juliette Volcler La Monte Young Marian Zazeela Students ECAL 1st-year BA students in Fine Arts (class of 2020-21 and class of 2021-22) Partners Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts Besançon / Franche-Comté Period February 2021–January 2023 Supported by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne Strategic fund of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO RCDAV) Dissemination Performance 29 April 2021: Leif Elggren and Marja-leena Sillanpää Exhibitions From 25 November 2021 to 31 January 2022: Dream House by La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela (sound and light environment) May 2022: Parade by Arto Lindsay Talks 29 April 2021: Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-leena Sillanpää and the 1 BA AV students 1 December 2021: La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Yung Hee Choi, Salomé Voegelin and the 1 BA AV students (online) 2 December 2021: Branden W. Joseph May 2022: Arto Lindsay, Juliette Volcler and the 1 BA AV students Website visioncreationnewsound.ch

Automated Photography

Automated Photography

Research project

The Automated Photography research project (2019–2021) is conducted by Milo Keller in the framework of the MA in Photography at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. It is a continuation of the research project Augmented Photography, equally conducted at ECAL (2016–2017), which aimed to question the mutability of the digital image, transformed both in its physical materiality and in its virtual expression.

The Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960–1980): history, theory, sources and archives.

The Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960–1980): history, theory, sources and archives.

Research project

To date, there is no European-wide history of video art. It is this gap that the present research programme proposes to fill. Firstly by gathering data on the artists, the works and the events that enabled the emergence of this new artistic practice in the 1960s, or that were important in its development in the following years in Europe, and by bringing to light specific national conditions of production and distribution.

Furniture under pressure

Furniture under pressure

Research project

The potential of shape memory materials in furniture design.

Enabled by Design

Enabled by Design

Research project

Enabled by Design is a joint research project between EPFL and ECAL, funded by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, which aims to foster collaboration between young entrepreneurs involved in technological projects and designers.

From Video Art to New Media: The Case of the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001)

From Video Art to New Media: The Case of the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001)

Research project

This research project looks into the shift from video art to new media, taking a major but little-studied event, the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001), as a case study: a pioneering space for broadcasting video art in Europe and a place for exploring electronic art which took place every year from 1980 to 2001 on Monte Verità.

DESIGN MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS

DESIGN MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS

Research project

The research project Design management for start-ups focused on the integration of design in innovation processes. Its objective was to promote the use of design within mainly technological start-ups and to create tools and methodologies to foster collaboration between designers and entrepreneurs.

Smartphone Peripheral Companions

Smartphone Peripheral Companions

Research project

The research project Smartphone Peripheral Companions explores new forms of interaction with the data flows passing through our smartphone, questioning the status of total object that this device has acquired.

Creation Research Projects

(Re-)Viewing Paik

(Re-)Viewing Paik

Research project

(Re-)Viewing Paik is a joint research initiative between Switzerland and South-Korea that involves Prof. Patrick Keller from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne (HES-SO), Dr. Sang Ae Park from the Nam June Paik Art Center and archives (NJPAC) in South Korea, and Dr. Christian Babski from fabric | ch, an architecture and information technology collective based in Lausanne. The main long-term objective of this joint and interdisciplinary research, based on the archives of Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006), is to establish novel types of online exhibition curating and design, which must take shape digitally at any viewer's (visitor's) place or housing, and to virtually populate it, in an autonomous way. The results of this initial joint work, which will take the form of a functional "demo" (proof of concept), will be used in parallel to formulate a more detailed research project which will then be submitted to a national funding agency.

AIZI / AI字 / 爱字

AIZI / AI字 / 爱字

Research project

Artificial Intelligence-Aided Type Design AIZI research projects is a collaboration between ECAL and EPFL Computer Vision Laboratory. Its aim is to develop an artificial intelligence tool to help the creation of hanzi. The idea is to train an AI to generate glyphs from a small number of ‘seed’ characters, using Generative Adversarial Network (GAN): two algorithms fighting each other, endlessly attempting to outperform one another. Chinese script is rich of thousands of hanzi, but their construction is, on many point, very logical and systematic. It processes by assembling a limited number of radicals in order to produce new signs. For the designer, a major difficulty is that depending of the surrounding components, the design of the radicals changes, always self-adapting to the context, in order to achieve harmonious forms.

Phantom Power - Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-Leena Sillanpää

FINE ARTS

Phantom Power - Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-Leena Sillanpää

Research project by 1AV 2AV 3AV

29 April – Cinema Studip – ECAL and Stockholm Thinking Together Preamble (for those who want it) by  Vinciane Despret  present in the Studio Cinema Screening of  Marja-Ieena Sillanpää ‘s performance, filmed by  Erik Pauser Screening of  Leif Elggren ‘s performance, filmed by Erik Pauser Discussion led by Vinciane Despret with the students present, Sillanpää and Elggren online. —- 30 April – Cinema Studio – ECAL and Stockholm https://visioncreationnewsound.ch/ Practice Together Preparation of the students to re-enact the performances of the day before Re-enactment of Sillanpää’s performance by the students Discussion between students, Sillanpää and Elggren about the re-enactment of Sillanpää’s performance Re-enactment of Elggren’s performance by the students Discussion between the students, Sillanpää and Elggren on the re-enactment of Elggren’s performance.

Words form language – Typography forms meaning

Words form language – Typography forms meaning

Research project

This research focusses on ways explored in typography to use letters as means of expression in order to emphasize the semantic, phonetic or visual qualities of language.

Phantom Power

Phantom Power

Research project

Phantom Power: Study on the sonic modes of existence of non-audible forces in action How does a performance or an installation acquire substance? How does it come to matter to the people who experience it? And do we account for it? The research project Phantom Power attempts to answer these broad questions by means of a descriptive study of three public performances and sound installations organised at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. Each case has been chosen for the specificity of what the invited artists (Leif Elggren, Arto Lindsay, Marja-leena Sillanpää, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela) call upon: electronic voice phenomena (EVP), the interiority of sound, and transport through sound. All three are the object of an ethnographic approach using original methodology: for each event, one day is devoted to the experience of performances and installations, followed by a discussion between the public and the artists, monitored by guest researchers (Vinciane Despret, Salomé Voegelin and Juliette Volcler). The next day 1st-year BA students in Fine Arts re-enact the performances in front of the artists themselves. In other words, the chosen methodology offers a collective conceptual analysis on the first day and a collective analysis through practice on the second day. This is meant to help produce a field survey account of sound and of the narratives and the relational modes of existence of the works. Phantom Power is a research project initiated by the BA in Visual Arts' department at ECAL. It questions the social configurations of the non-audible narratives of aural practices in performances and public sound installations. Main applicant ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne Stéphane Kropf (project leader) Thibault Walter (project leader) Research team Visiting lecturers Vinciane Despret Leif Elggren Arto Lindsay Marja-leena Sillanpää Salomé Voegelin Juliette Volcler La Monte Young Marian Zazeela Students ECAL 1st-year BA students in Fine Arts (class of 2020-21 and class of 2021-22) Partners Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts Besançon / Franche-Comté Period February 2021–January 2023 Supported by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne Strategic fund of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO RCDAV) Dissemination Performance 29 April 2021: Leif Elggren and Marja-leena Sillanpää Exhibitions From 25 November 2021 to 31 January 2022: Dream House by La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela (sound and light environment) May 2022: Parade by Arto Lindsay Talks 29 April 2021: Vinciane Despret, Leif Elggren, Marja-leena Sillanpää and the 1 BA AV students 1 December 2021: La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Yung Hee Choi, Salomé Voegelin and the 1 BA AV students (online) 2 December 2021: Branden W. Joseph May 2022: Arto Lindsay, Juliette Volcler and the 1 BA AV students Website visioncreationnewsound.ch

Automated Photography

Automated Photography

Research project

The Automated Photography research project (2019–2021) is conducted by Milo Keller in the framework of the MA in Photography at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. It is a continuation of the research project Augmented Photography, equally conducted at ECAL (2016–2017), which aimed to question the mutability of the digital image, transformed both in its physical materiality and in its virtual expression.

The Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960–1980): history, theory, sources and archives.

The Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960–1980): history, theory, sources and archives.

Research project

To date, there is no European-wide history of video art. It is this gap that the present research programme proposes to fill. Firstly by gathering data on the artists, the works and the events that enabled the emergence of this new artistic practice in the 1960s, or that were important in its development in the following years in Europe, and by bringing to light specific national conditions of production and distribution.

Furniture under pressure

Furniture under pressure

Research project

The potential of shape memory materials in furniture design.

Enabled by Design

Enabled by Design

Research project

Enabled by Design is a joint research project between EPFL and ECAL, funded by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, which aims to foster collaboration between young entrepreneurs involved in technological projects and designers.

From Video Art to New Media: The Case of the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001)

From Video Art to New Media: The Case of the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001)

Research project

This research project looks into the shift from video art to new media, taking a major but little-studied event, the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001), as a case study: a pioneering space for broadcasting video art in Europe and a place for exploring electronic art which took place every year from 1980 to 2001 on Monte Verità.

DESIGN MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS

DESIGN MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS

Research project

The research project Design management for start-ups focused on the integration of design in innovation processes. Its objective was to promote the use of design within mainly technological start-ups and to create tools and methodologies to foster collaboration between designers and entrepreneurs.

Smartphone Peripheral Companions

Smartphone Peripheral Companions

Research project

The research project Smartphone Peripheral Companions explores new forms of interaction with the data flows passing through our smartphone, questioning the status of total object that this device has acquired.