SXSW Panelpicker

The SXSW panelpicker is live. Help us ensure that Swiss innovation and brainpower are represented at SXSW 2018 – vote now for these swissnex-backed panels. Read more about each of them below, and VOTE HERE!

BREAKING THE 4th WALL: DRONE SWARMS IN ART
Drones are increasingly becoming our eyes and ears in the world, where they are proving indispensable tools in several industries. But what if drones ceased to be the medium and instead became the message? A handful of artists, designers, and engineers thus put arrays of drones, or synthetic swarms, on stage, performing in unison with human performers and all forms of stage technology. The unusual advantage? A completely untethered act, evoking powerful and unbeknown emotions among spectators.

Speakers:

  • Federico Augugliaro, R&D Robotics Engineer, Verity Studios AG
  • Bill Keays, Creative Production Director, Verity Studios AG
  • Léa Pereyre, Drone Costume Designer, Verity Studios AG
  • Philippe Labouchere, Project Leader for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, swissnex Boston

EXPLORING NEW FRONTIERS IN DIGITAL FABRICATION
We have entered an age of exponential manufacturing. Traditional fabrication processes have recently been disrupted by advances in automation techniques, exploding capabilities in computer power and novel material technologies. 3D printing has created unprecedented opportunities. But what is next? Intelligent and self-assembling materials are paving the way for tomorrow’s applications in smart production processes, large-scale printed complex architecture, and industrial fabrication techniques.

Speakers:

  • Anniina Koivu, Head of Theory Master, ECAL – Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne
  • Skylar Tibbits, Co-Director and Founder, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
  • Benjamin Dillenburger, Chair for Digital Building Technologies, ETH Zurich
  • Christophe Guberan, Product designer, Independent

ARTS AT CERN: WHEN ART MEETS SCIENCE
An artist examining the smallest things in nature with the largest experiment ever? The Arts at CERN COLLIDE Artists Residency Award offers a unique opportunity to artists and particle physicists to join forces in addressing imagination, creativity, and perceptibility matters while exploring the CERN and its Large Hadron Collider. Let’s learn more about this initiative from the most important scientific institution in Europe together with its director and residents.

Speakers:

  • Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN, Arts at CERN
  • Laura Couto Rosado, Product and interaction designer , Digital Alchemy
  • James Beacham, Particle physicist , ATLAS group, The Ohio State University, CERN
  • Cécile Vulliemin, Project leader for art/science programs, swissnex Boston

LIVING LABS : REIMAGINE THE WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE

The way we work, where we work, and the role of work are rapidly changing. Foresight experts agree that we as workers, organizations, and institutions need to become lifelong learners and be able to rapidly and continuously adapt. Living Labs are a rising example of how to create collaboration spaces, leverage communities, and share exponential learning. This panel aims to share how to reimagine our workspaces & places, and renew our business and community models through Living Labs.

Speakers:

  • Emina Reissinger, Head of Partnerships, swissnex San Francisco
  • Chris Luebkeman, Fellow and Global Director for Foresight, Research + Innovation, Arup
  • Duleesha Kulasooriya, Head of Strategy, Center for the Edge, Deloitte
  • Raphael Gielgen, Head of Research and Trendscouting, Vitra

MENTAL WORKS: MOVING BEYOND OUR CARBON BASED MINDS

A brain-computer interface (BCI) researcher and an experimental philosopher discuss the relationship between mind and machine and speculate on possible futures. Their collaboration led to the creation of the Mental Work exhibition, where guests control machines using nothing but their thoughts. Their work is an example of what’s possible when research transcends boundaries between art and science, helping us to imagine the role of BCI in the future and discuss what is on the horizon.

Speakers:

  • Sheila Fakurnejad, Project Manager, Interdisciplinary Programs, swissnex San Francisco
  • Jonathon Keats, Experimental Philosopher, Artist, Self
  • José Millán, Associate Professor, EPFL

THE BIG BANG IN YOUR BRAIN: CONNECTING CREATIVITY

In a world of deepening complexity, we need creativity and collaboration to solve complex problems. Sadly, specialization can limit our ability to connect into creative approaches and problem-solving in other disciplines. In this panel, we’ll explore creative thinking from multiple perspectives: theoretical physics, the history of medicine, and Jungian psychology. Attendees will see how artists and scientists collaborate creatively, and walk away with insights for their own creative practice.

Speakers:

  • Eryk Salvaggio, Events and Communications Manager , swissnex San Francisco
  • Jelena Martinovic, UNIL-CHUV visiting postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
  • Subodh Patil, Assistant professor, Niels Bohr Institute
  • Susan Rowland, Chair of the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life MA, Pacifica Graduate School

HUMANIZING AUTONOMY

Today smart, autonomous machines are all around us. AI arrived in our homes, pockets and on the street. We welcome the automation and our digital helpers but at the same time we are uncertain if we can trust them; an anxiety fueled by the small numbers of human minds who comprehend how the machines make their decisions. It becomes most urgent when we are thinking of self-driving cars. Now is the time to redefine the relationship between humans and vehicles in the city of the future.

Speakers:

  • Sophie Lamparter, Co-Founder, DART 17
  • Alexander Mankowsky, Futurist, Daimler
  • Maya Pinedeus, Co-Founder, Humanising Autonomy
  • Liesl Capper Yearsley , CEO, private research