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Ignacio Pérez – Èvokâ

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Ignacio Pérez – Èvokâ

by Ignacio Pérez

Created in partnership with the Library of the Canton and University of Fribourg, Èvokâ is an interactive installation that explores how the archive held at the Librarycan once again become a living part of the canton's identity. The project investigates emplotment techniques, linking personal, collective and cultural identities with historical archives. By interweaving autobiographical elements with software-assisted narratives, Èvokâ aims to revive a sense of belonging to the Canton of Fribourg. Based on the concepts of artificial memories and personal narratives, Èvokâ creates an experience that is both individual and shared between users, but also one that reflects the values and history of the canton. Through user research studies, the project marked a first step in defining experiences in the context of collective and cantonal identities.

Rémi Opalimnski – Photobook Uncovered

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Rémi Opalimnski – Photobook Uncovered

by Rémi Opalimnski

Photobook Uncovered is an interactive installation which was developed in collaboration with the Museum for Photography – Photo Elysée. The design research project aims to enhance the comprehension of photobooks among a diverse audience. Through this immersive experience, visitors can navigate a curated collection of 300 photobooks, discovering intriguing connections based on layout similarities. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies, the installation offers a unique and engaging way to interact with the photobooks, revealing insights into the relationships between the different works.

Margherita Motta – Aidee

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Margherita Motta – Aidee

by Margherita Motta

Despite the widespread use of self-tracking technologies, the exploration of intimate data remains a largely uncharted territory. Aidee is a design research project that focuses on urine monitoring and addresses the complexity of intimate self-tracking by challenging standard ways of representing and interacting with data. Composed of a mobile app and a connected interactive device, the Aidee system uses a qualitative form of data representation and situated visualisations to foster new form of engagement between users and the private spheres of their health.

Lucie Houel – Things That Talk

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Lucie Houel – Things That Talk

by Lucie Houel

Museum exhibitions traditionally present a multitude of objects grouped by theme or typology. While each of them is accompanied by a brief description of their origins, exhibitions rarely delve into the narratives surrounding each work. Things That Talk is a research project initiated by the LHST, which focuses on the exhibition of a single object and its multiple associated narratives. The final exhibition showcases a digital fresco that combines archival images and original content, which visitors can explore and animate using interactive spotlights. These interactions reveal hidden connections between the narratives and contemporary issues, allowing visitors to generate their own understanding of the themes addressed and to engage in a critical reflection on history.

André Andrade – Poster World

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

André Andrade – Poster World

by André Andrade

Poster World is a design research project in collaboration with the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. Through the museum’s archives of posters, one of the most extensive and important in the world, the project offers a new way of engaging the public with digitised heritage. It materialises in an interactive installation and offers automated associations of posters by combining metadata with artificial intelligence. Key visual features are isolated and graphically illustrated to make the associations explicit. The project opens perspectives on how to represent digitised heritage and how to engage the public. In collaboration with: Computer Vision Laboratory (CVLab, EPFL), Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLAB, EPFL)

Romain Talou – Future Heritage

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Romain Talou – Future Heritage

by Romain Talou

Future Heritage investigates how to make long-term, high-density information storage technologies more tangible. Working in the context of cultural heritage, the project allows institutions to keep their archives alive using DNA data storage for generations to come. Through a process of design research, the Future Heritage project explores how to make this synthetic DNA storage relevant for institutions today and far into the future. The resulting DNA storage object is designed to withstand environmental and societal changes over the next two thousand years. Using nano-engraving and a semiological approach, the object gives tangible hints and previews of the rich content that lies within it. In collaboration with: Claude Nobs Fondation, Swiss National Library (NL)

Valentin Calame – Jean Starobinski. Relations critiques

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Valentin Calame – Jean Starobinski. Relations critiques

by Valentin Calame

Jean Starobinski. Relations critiques is a research project on the curation of digitised literary artefacts. Initiated by the Swiss National Library, it is structured around an online exhibition based on the archive of prominent critic Jean Starobinski. Through this project, I explored how to take advantage of emerging technologies to create alternative experiences for the public. Around concepts such as the “Aura” of digital artefacts, “Tangiality” and adaptive spaces, I was able to define parameters to increase cognitive gain, visitor engagement and emotional connection with digitised objects. The knowledge generated by this first exhibition will serve as a model for future iterations. In collaboration with: Swiss National Library (NL), Apptitude SA

Hélène Portier – Temps Passé, Temps Réel

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Hélène Portier – Temps Passé, Temps Réel

by Hélène Portier

Bygone Times in Real Time is a design research project that explores new forms of engagement with various sources through an immersive installation. Using artificial intelligence, images posted on today’s social networks awaken two centuries of world heritage. Using such technologies to combine collections has opened up new challenges related to trust and credibility. Further experiments have been conducted in order to understand public perception and to define trust parameters related to content aggregation generated by artificial intelligence. Collaboration with RTS, Institut de recherche Idiap, Musée suisse de l'appareil photographique and Confrérie des Vignerons.

Yoann Douillet – Meditation Robotics

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Yoann Douillet – Meditation Robotics

by Yoann Douillet

Meditation Robotics is an EPFL+ECAL Lab research project in collaboration with EPFL’s Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience. It aims to assist meditation practices through multimodal sensorial support. It combines audio content with haptic inputs such as dynamic pressure, vibrations and temperature patterns.

Margaux Charvolin – Ming Shan Digital Experience

Design Research for Digital Innovation (EPFL+ECAL Lab)

Margaux Charvolin – Ming Shan Digital Experience

by Margaux Charvolin

Ming Shan Digital Experience is an immersive installation for Mind-Body-Spirit practitioners. In collaboration with the Ming Shan Taoist Centre, this research project brings together designers, data scientists and meditation experts to unite digital culture and traditional practices. The system makes use of physiological parameters in a biofeedback loop to generate an acoustic and visual landscape. The meditation environment is then generated by the inner state of all practitioners. The installation aims not only to facilitate individual practice, but also to strengthen shared meditation through collective feedback.

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