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DIGITAL FABRICATION: WILL ROBOTS BUILD THE FUTURE? | #digitalfabrication
March 10 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | JW Marriott Salon E | 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX
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.
- 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
DECRYPTING THE UNIVERSE: SCIENCE AND ART AT CERN | #artsatCERN
March 11 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | JW Marriott Salon E | 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX
Artist and designer Laura Couto Rosado spent three months at CERN with particle physicist James Beacham exploring the techniques physicists use to extract complex patterns from the universe. What artistic patterns might data inspire? How do we decode nature’s messages? And what does an art/science collaboration mean in this context? Together with Monica Bello, Director of Arts at CERN, the outcomes of this initiative from the most important scientific institution in Europe will be discussed.
- 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
BREAKING THE 4th WALL: DRONE SWARMS IN ART | #droneswarms
March 12 | 11:00am – 12:00pm Austin Convention Center Room 6AB | 500 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX
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.
- 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
Presented by swissnex Boston + Verity Studios
From our colleagues at swissnex San Francisco:
MENTAL WORKS: MOVING BEYOND OUR CARBON BASED MINDS | #mentalwork
March 14 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm | Fairmont Manchester EFG | 101 Red River, Austin, TX
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.
- Sheila Fakurnejad, Project Manager, Interdisciplinary Programs, swissnex San Francisco
- Jonathon Keats, Experimental Philosopher, Artist, Self
- José Millán, Associate Professor, EPFL
From DART17, a collaborator of swissnex San Francisco:
HUMANIZING AUTONOMY | #humanizingautonomy
March 10 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm | Fairmont Manchester CD | 101 Red River, Austin, TX
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.
- Sophie Lamparter, Co-Founder, DART 17
- Alexander Mankowsky, Futurist, Daimler
- Maya Pinedeus, Co-Founder, Humanising Autonomy
- Liesl Capper Yearsley , CEO, private research
Thanks to partners Verity Studios, Arts @ CERN, CERN, MIT Self-Assembly Lab, ECAL, ETH Digital Building Technologies, DART17, Pro Helvetia, and swissnex San Francisco.