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Mara Wohlfahrt – Algae in posterum

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Mara Wohlfahrt – Algae in posterum

Diploma project by Mara Wohlfahrt

Algae represent our past, our present and our future. They are at the origin of life on Earth and supply us with 70% of our oxygen. They are capable of transforming and thus replacing most of the products that represent a threat to the survival of our planet, such as plastics, fabrics and fuels. Atelier LUMA, a design and research laboratory based in Arles, is looking for ways to transform algae into a material that can be used in the field of creation. Since algae is still considered insignificant and sometimes even repulsive, the Algae in posterum project hopes, through collaboration with Atelier LUMA, to enhance this almost alchemical, even magical dimension of algae for the future of the creative field.

Martial Grin – Spectacle·s Museum

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Martial Grin – Spectacle·s Museum

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Laura Nieder, Pauline Saglio

Spectacle·s Museum looks at the photographs of visitors in a museum space. Through a web atlas, this project paints a series of portraits in one of the most photographed museums in the world, the Louvre. Using images published on Instagram, the project classifies and groups them according to their formal and spatial specificities. Through Spectacle·s Museum, I approach the theme of the staging of the self, particularly in the museum space.

Soraya Camina – Per Aspera Ad Astra – Five Women Who Mapped the Cosmos

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Soraya Camina – Per Aspera Ad Astra – Five Women Who Mapped the Cosmos

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Laura Nieder, Pauline Saglio

Per Aspera Ad Astra is a web-documentary that tells the story of five women astronomers who were in charge of discovering, calculating, classifying and mapping the cosmos between 1879 and 1979. This project aims to rehabilitate the crucial contribution made by women in STEM. In the early days, before the word “computer” was used to describe a machine, it was in actual fact used to describe a person, namely the women who made calculations and observations by hand. The “Harvard Computers” significantly contributed to astronomy and science by discovering many galaxies and establishing the stellar classification system that is still in use today. Nowadays, however, we speak very little about these five women; their work remains unknown, and their discoveries have often been attributed to the men who employed them. per-aspera-ad-astra.vercel.app

Communication of an architecture

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Communication of an architecture

Studio project with Nicole Udry

Create a communication of a chosen building (a school, a religious space, an office building, a theater, etc.). Second year course of graphic design in context, centered on image creation and editorial design.

Adeline Vermot – Victimes vs Héros

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Adeline Vermot – Victimes vs Héros

Diploma project by Adeline Vermot

This project is an analysis of gender representation in contemporary popular cinema. The choice of films was based on the ones that were the most successful at the box office. I was interested to see the messages they conveyed, as they had been seen by a large number of people. The choice was also based on French cinema since Hollywood has already dealt with these issues a lot. To do this, a system was established to compare the six films with each other as well as the situation of men and women. The content is in the form of images and dialogues from these films and is supplemented with infographics and texts. The result shows how strong stereotypes still are and that being aware of them is a first step towards deconstructing them.

Guillaume Besson – Beyond the Matrix

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Guillaume Besson – Beyond the Matrix

Diploma project by Guillaume Besson

This project is a documentation and analysis of surveillance equipment in contemporary society, using the airport as a metaphorical object.

Isabel Garcia Argos – Voz

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Isabel Garcia Argos – Voz

Diploma project by Isabel Garcia Argos

Voz (voice in Spanish) is an audio-visual project that aims to make these voices heard by the public in order to raise awareness of the issue. Through four fictional yet likely stories, this series take us into the intimacy and feelings of women survivors. The narrative style and the visual universe contrast with the real cruelty of the images and language.

Rayane Jemaa – Is This the Middle East?

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Rayane Jemaa – Is This the Middle East?

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Laura Nieder, Pauline Saglio

Is This the Middle East? investigates representation of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in a selection of video games. I am interested in the patterns, repetitive artefacts, locations and texts in games that claim to be set in the MENA region. These objects become archetypes. Are these photo-realistic environments also realistic in the scenes they depict or do they become another backdrop for war-related games? Using photogrammetry to reconstruct these environments, I address the implications of seeing an abundance of often over-simplified images of the Middle East, especially in a world where video games are becoming not only a global phenomenon, but also a means to encounter other cultures.

Michael Pica – Confessionnal

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Michael Pica – Confessionnal

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Laura Nieder, Pauline Saglio

Confessionnal is a web app that enables users to anonymously confess their behaviour on social networks. With the advent of social media years ago, the behaviour of users varies. Unmentionable acts are sometimes committed on these platforms. This project is inspired by the Catholic confessional as we know it but is based on the digital era we live in. Users live the anonymous experience with a mask as participants or spectators. They confess orally and personalise their mask based on their age, the platform or the main subject of the confession. On the other hand, they can observe other masks and listen to the confessions of other users.

Communication of an architecture

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Communication of an architecture

Studio project with Nicole Udry

Create a communication of a chosen building (a school, a religious space, an office building, a theater, etc.). Second year course of graphic design in context, centered on image creation and editorial design.

Coline Confort – Imperial (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Coline Confort – Imperial (direction)

Diploma project with Laurent Larivière

At dawn, a cannon shatters the silence. The horses gallop across the beaten ground. Eva, 21, wants to join the Imperial HorseGuards, a historical reenactment of a Napoleonic regiment reserved for men.

Natasha Degrandi – Imperial (editing)

FILM STUDIES

Natasha Degrandi – Imperial (editing)

Diploma project by Natasha Degrandi

At dawn, a cannon shatters the silence. The horses gallop across the beaten ground. Eva, 21, wants to join the Imperial HorseGuards, a historical reenactment of a Napoleonic regiment reserved for men.

Nina Defontaine – Clémente (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Nina Defontaine – Clémente (direction)

Diploma project by Nina Defontaine

The portrait of Monique (my grandmother) as i accompany her in the great sorting of her objects (her ghosts) at her family house (Clémente). ninadefontaine@gmail.com https://cargocollective.com/ninaphotographies/cinematographie

Elisa Gómez Alvarez – Soraya Luna (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Elisa Gómez Alvarez – Soraya Luna (direction)

Diploma project with Pedro Pinho

A cinematographic necromancy calls the spectres of the past: by the means of VHS find the spectator submerges into the Berlin family's intimate play of the author's childhood. gomezalvarez@gmx.de http://www.elisagomezalvarez.com

Pablo Bellon – Lockdown Memorial Archive

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Pablo Bellon – Lockdown Memorial Archive

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Laura Nieder, Pauline Saglio

In 2020, with the emergence of Covid-19, people self-quarantined. For many this was an opportunity to reflect on their situation. “Lockdown Memorial Archive” enables anyone to share their story about the confinement and to become aware of the feelings of others. Through a web app, participants are invited to personalise an emblematic object and to link it to an account of their experience. The overall result thus constitutes an archive made up of several immersive memorials where one can relive this situation of isolation in a different way.

Yael Sidler – Lasius Flavus

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Yael Sidler – Lasius Flavus

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Laura Nieder, Pauline Saglio

“Lasius Flavus” is an immersive and didactic experience  developed in collaboration with the Museum of Zoology. Throughout the tour, visitors discover the world of the yellow ant, its habitat and perception of the world. This interactive VR project offers an interpretation of these various aspects to lead us to reflect on the relationship that each species has with its environment. Moreover, the exercise of thinking on a scale that is not ours can help us question our own future.

Nathan Vogel – relations.watch

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Nathan Vogel – relations.watch

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Pauline Saglio

Conflicts of interests are often at the heart of issues like democratic or environmental crises. However, in today’s information landscape, we massively get and forget those bits of data. With an open and collaborative approach, relations.watch aims to summarise relations between people, companies, media, etc. so as to enable anyone to quickly discover potential conflicts of interests. One of the most challenging aspects of this project is to convey very dense semantic data in a visually simple and interactive way while staying as neutral as possible on highly political topics. relations.watch

Guillaume Simmen – zero lux(e)

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Guillaume Simmen – zero lux(e)

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Pauline Saglio

Light pollution is a nuisance that humans don’t notice. But it disrupts the eco-system of thousands of species. The objective of my project is to turn off night lighting in rural areas. It is composed of three tools, a DIY geolocated luxmeter to measure the pollution of its village, a DIY box to place under a streetlight that allows to alert the municipality, and the website that gathers the collected information and that also serves as a support to mobilize people. This project has shown me how I can help in important causes. zerolux-e.org

Anouk Zibaut – Lieux Ordinaires

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Anouk Zibaut – Lieux Ordinaires

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Pauline Saglio

Ordinary places are those corners of streets or that deserted bench that you can see from your window... They are spaces that we can reclaim and that narrate our everyday lives. They are neither places nor monuments but have their own stories. The surveillance cameras that increasingly scan our landscapes are opening up a new projection on these common places. From this medium I tell evolutionary stories (from the present) of indefinite duration. Juxtaposed, the camera images are edited live to form a unique narrative sequence. lieuxordinaires.live

Maëlle Chenaux – Plug-in

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Maëlle Chenaux – Plug-in

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Pauline Saglio

Plug-in allows you to discover and enjoy music content in an original way at any time and in any place. The consumption of sound is affiliated with the environment in which it is found, creating an intimate and individual listening context linked to common places. The ambiguity of the object will allow the most curious to discover its exclusive content, combining private speeches and public music. Designed to promote a musical event such as a festival, it offers a tangible and different way of sharing and communication.

Infomesh

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Infomesh

Collaboration with Vincent Jacquier, Pauline Saglio

Information Mesh is a web platform celebrating the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web that explores social, technical, cultural and legal facts throughout different interactive timelines. It was initiated in October 2018 during a one week workshop in partnership with swissnex San Francisco, where students visited key partners and began developing the project.  The timelines present an overview of Web history, starting with the proposal for hypertext by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1989, initially under the name "Information Mesh." From this start date, users can then explore 30 years of evolution. infomesh.org

Juliette Menthonnex – Anywhere

FILM STUDIES

Juliette Menthonnex – Anywhere

Diploma project with Olivier Loustau, Alain Gomis

Mia, a former trapeze artist from Florida finds herself at the head of a small circus with her husband in German-speaking Switzerland. Despite an exhausting nomadic lifestyle, Mia has faith in the circus tradition and patience while passing on this cultural heritage to her daughter Simone.

Timeline 125

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Timeline 125

Collaboration with Angelo Benedetto, Cyril Diagne, Vincent Jacquier

Timeline 125 is an interactive timeline for the 125th anniversary of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. The project is developed in collaboration with 1st year students in BA Media & Interaction Design.

Lina Vozniuk-Berzhaner – The Ptolemy Mission

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Lina Vozniuk-Berzhaner – The Ptolemy Mission

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Cyril Diagne, Cédric Duchêne, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo

The Ptolemy Mission is an interactive installation that encourages to experience the excitement of exploration by taking a look at everyday things from a different perspective. The project originated from my passion for the Space Exploration and my admiration of the beauty of the Universe. I wanted to show that ordinary objects we hold in our hands and think of them as simple and familiar can, in reality, be far from our understanding, like remote planets observed through a telescope. Exploring such ordinary objects can be as fascinating and surprising as exploring faraway planets.

Alain Guillebeau – Albin

FILM STUDIES

Alain Guillebeau – Albin

Diploma project by Alain Guillebeau

I lost my father at the age of two - too young to have kept any memories. For many years this loss haunted only my sub consciousness. Thirty years after his death, his grave was destroyed. I suddenly realize that I had never mourned my father and that I had to find out who he really was...

Sebastian Vargas – Postgram

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Sebastian Vargas – Postgram

Diploma project with Alain Bellet, Cyril Diagne, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo

Postgram is my personal automated online bot dedicated to the practice of «fair hacking». Using an @post.gram instagram account, each time a photo is published, the bot uses geolocalisation data to seek someone living close by, using a public directory. Once someone has been found, he/she is automatically added as a new contact in my phone and is sent a printed postcard of the image. New contacts are notified of the postcard with a suggestion to meet and film the encounter. Postgram counterposes public data and image making, using a process of «fair hacking» of public services.

Beijing Connection

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Beijing Connection

Other with Alain Bellet, Vincent Jacquier, Pauline Saglio

Beijing Connexion is a web platform hosting projects realized during a one week journey in Beijing with 15 students. Our objectives were to work around the topic of quantified self, data logging and also on a reflection about regular picture and movie that people usually records during their own journey. To realize precisely those projects we had to perform 24 hours per day to get our datas and visual materials. We kindly thank the " Summer University " program of the Canton of Vaud who made this possible and also all the people who welcomed us at  Tsinghua University ,  CAFA University  and the  Beijing Maker Space . beijing-connection.ecal-mid.ch

Istanbul In & Out

FILM STUDIES

Istanbul In & Out

Workshop with Lionel Baier, Kaveh Bakhtiari

The first year Bachelor Cinema class of ECAL went round Istanbul during a whole week, accompanied by the director Kaveh Bakhtiari.

Carina Freire – The little prince in the land that passes by

FILM STUDIES

Carina Freire – The little prince in the land that passes by

Diploma project with Frédéric Mermoud

Stéphane Lambiel is a famous figure skater and a two-time world champion. Today, he goes from galas to galas on a weekly basis. The little prince in the land that passes by draws an intimate portrait of this young man by showing the life behind the stardom status.

I've got a power

FILM STUDIES

I've got a power

Studio project with Denis Gheerbrant

This is the testimonial of a friendship between the director and his friend Mirko, with whom he spent his childhood playing with "Playmobil"-figures in a fantasy world.

Happyland

FILM STUDIES

Happyland

Studio project with Denis Gheerbrant

Happyland, an amusement park in Switzerland, surrounded by mountains. A film on the people who work there, two women: one young and the other less so.

Caroline Cuénod – Des yeux partout

FILM STUDIES

Caroline Cuénod – Des yeux partout

Diploma project with Cécile Vargaftig, Solveig Anspach, Lionel Baier, Jean Perret

This ageless woman who tracks every CCTV camera in the city, would she aggree to go to Monaco?

Laurence Favre – Nwa-Mankamana

FILM STUDIES

Laurence Favre – Nwa-Mankamana

Diploma project with Solveig Anspach, Lionel Baier, Jean Perret, Cécile Vargaftig

Subjective exploration of a Swiss missionary’s archives (films and letters) in South Africa.

Nathan Hofstetter – Radio-active

FILM STUDIES

Nathan Hofstetter – Radio-active

Diploma project with Frédéric Mermoud

A film about my illness and my stay at a psychiatric hospital.

Spare time

FILM STUDIES

Spare time

Studio project with Dominique Marchais

Two young women live together in a brothel. The camera captures their daily life in their hours away from work.

The Ambassador & me

FILM STUDIES

The Ambassador & me

Studio project with Jean-Stéphane Bron

A son, a father. The first one holds a camera; the second one holds the title ambassador. The camera trembles, the ambassador remains.

Robert-Jan Lacombe – Back to Mandima

FILM STUDIES

Robert-Jan Lacombe – Back to Mandima

Diploma project with Frédéric Mermoud

1996. I was 10 when we left our village of Zaire. War broke soon after. A personal journey, back to the childhood, to look for my best friends. But a lot has happened in 15 years.

Born behind the stones

FILM STUDIES

Born behind the stones

Studio project with Jean-Stéphane Bron

From the photographs of my family and that of my boyfriend, I realize the portrait of two clans that everything opposes. And between the two: me.

Michele Pennetta – I cani abbaiano

FILM STUDIES

Michele Pennetta – I cani abbaiano

Diploma project by Michele Pennetta

Roberto lives in a Fiat Panda parked close to the ruins of what once was the post office while Felice still lives in his damaged home. They are the last inhabitants of the ghost village of Camarda which was totally ruined and abandoned following the earthquake of the 6th of April...

Raphaël comme Geminiani

FILM STUDIES

Raphaël comme Geminiani

Studio project with Jean-Stéphane Bron

What's in a name? Raphaël is trying to meet the man after whom he is named, a former cycling star.

Backstage Romeo and Juliet

FILM STUDIES

Backstage Romeo and Juliet

Workshop with Thomas Isler

Directed with the students of the Master cinema ECAL x HEAD, Backstage Romeo and Juliet is an immersion in the backstage of a ballet at the Grand Theater of Geneva during a performance.

Cotonov Vanished

FILM STUDIES

Cotonov Vanished

Studio project with Jean-Louis Comolli, José Michel Bühler, Claudio Pazienza

A way of approaching the exercise of portrait, Cotonov Vanished returns to the dazzling career of a young and brilliant Russian interpreter embarked in the Cold War who, one day, mysteriously disappeared...

Tamara Lanfranconi – Oltre la Sicilia (Au-delà de la Sicile)

FILM STUDIES

Tamara Lanfranconi – Oltre la Sicilia (Au-delà de la Sicile)

Diploma project by Tamara Lanfranconi

When I was about twelve years old, my life and my father's life began to run parallel paths that crossed only from time to time; even in his most mature years he remains for me a mysterious, almost invented character. When his health began to worsen, I decided to make the first trip to my native land, Sicily, hoping to reconnect with him.

Léonore Baud – Lovers of the Nile

FILM STUDIES

Léonore Baud – Lovers of the Nile

Diploma project by Léonore Baud

Young couples in search of intimacy on the banks of the Nile in Cairo. Léonore Baud tries to catch them with her camera in a long tracking shot in a car; but as soon as the lovers feel observed, they stop snogging. Uncomfortable with this device, the director stops shooting. What she would like to do is to get out of the car and film the couples openly. A step that Egyptian moral rules make impossible however. Lovers of the Nile poses a fundamental question of the cinema of reality. Can we force people to be filmed?

Spaghetti alle vongole

FILM STUDIES

Spaghetti alle vongole

Studio project with Didier Nion

Longing to renew relations with her absent father, a young woman finally finds the courage to confront him with the questions she has always wanted to ask.

Thibault de Chateauvieux – The visit

FILM STUDIES

Thibault de Chateauvieux – The visit

Diploma project with Frédéric Mermoud

A meeting with my brother, who works as a Catholic missionary in the Mexican district of a city in the USA. I am trying to understand him, trying to make a picture for myself of his new life, of the role model that he always was for me, to say goodbye, and also to put his view of the world to the test.

Clash of Civilisation?

FILM STUDIES

Clash of Civilisation?

Workshop with Sophie Bruneau, Thomas Isler

Six étudiantEs en première année de la formation Master HES-SO en option « documentaire » ont réalisé un film au Caire, autour du thème « Clash of Civilisation ? » Le slogan politique « Clash of Civilisation ? » est à questionner. Le but du travail au Caire est la confrontation avec les réalités politiques, culturelles et sociales au travers d’une approche personnelle. Les films explorent des lieux du point de vue de leur histoire et de leur aspect physique, mais s’intéressent avant tout aux hommes qui vivent dans ces espaces.

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