EPFL Pavilions is devoting its winter programme to the theme of robotics, reflecting on the emerging perspectives and scenarios of this rapidly expanding field. The premise behind Nature of Robotics is to offer an unconventional look at the subject of robotics and to extend its understanding into broader notions, situated at the frontier between science and the visual arts. Modular, reconfigurable, soft, micro and bio robotics manifest the new paradigms of a discipline facing constant renewal.
Nora Al-Badri is presenting Babylonian Vision at EPFL Pavilions, the result of her work during the CDH / EPFL Pavilions Artist-in-Residence program. Al-Badri trained a neural network using GAN technology (General Adversarial Networks) to generate new synthetic Babylonian objects based on ancestral ones, thereby taking back and re-possessing cultural datasets from colonial Western museum collections.
ArtLab is moving away from its usual programming focused on the interface between art, science and technology to host Hope. This photo exhibition presents the work of the 12 finalists of the 2019 Prix Pictet award, selected from over 600 nominees. The images reveal moments of triumph in the face of adversity, and the product of efforts made to preserve the environment. Together, they demonstrate how optimism can encourage change.
Infinity Room 2 reveals elements of the rich history manifest in the school’s various archives, records and assemblages, through eight installations: Open Science, Archive of Modern Construction, Alain Herzog Archive, Campus Chronicles, Archival Constellations, Super-vision, Balelec Nights, and Shadows of Drones.
On the occasion of EPFL’s distinctive 50th year, ArtLab celebrates the campus and its histories with bifold exhibitions. The Infinity Room projects are stimulated by the concept of ∞ honouring the scientific spirit for ideas without bounds.
The photographs in the book "Perspectives on EPFL" through an augmented staging
Thinking Machines. Ramon Llull and the Ars Combinatoria draws together scholarly, scientific and artistic modes of enquiry.
Through the exhibition, ArtLab rereads the late Middle Ages in the works of Ramon Llull, the outstanding Catalan philosopher and theologian, to explore the ramifications of his thinking in the realms of modern and contemporary art, and computation. The reverberations of Llullian thought on technology, art and culture find their present-day corollary in a pedagogical revolution which has ‘computational thinking’ at its core.
ArtLab is pleased and honoured to welcome the Prix Pictet, Prize for Photography and Sustainability. Works by the twelve outstanding photographers shortlisted for the prize, revolving around this years’ theme Space.
Kung Fu Motion, The Living Archive is the story of the dynamic traditions of Hong Kong’s martial arts, seen through the lens of advanced archival technologies. At the intersection of art, science and ritual practice, this experimental exhibition opens up new perspectives for our embodied engagement with intangible cultural heritage.
Employing a novel technology developed in EPFL’s neuroscience laboratories, Mental Work is a series of spectacular machines controlled by brain activity alone–a thought factory placing the human mind back at the center of our technologically dominated world.
ArtLab dedicates its second temporary exhibition to the work of !Mediengruppe Bitnik, whose acidic yet playful take on our digital everyday will occupy the central exhibition space all summer long.
By combining EPFL devices and original canvases, the exhibition Noir, c’est noir? Les Outrenoirs de Pierre Soulages has an atypical and experimental character and suggests new ways of understanding, presenting and conserving the works.