Amplifier for Art, Science and Society

Watt is Art

Photovoltaic Art

Solar panels and Art in the same sentence?
Art blended into our day-to-day objects like solar panels, a collaboration between artists and scientists, Watt is Art is a glimpse into what is possible in the realm of future architecture and building design.

As our world slowly finds its way towards sustainability, we are excited to showcase the groundbreaking work of Compáz and Be-Smart, an EU research project that aims to step up the deployment of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and cut their costs by 75% by 2030. The project was launched in October 2018 in response to EU regulations that require new buildings to be nearly energy neutral.

They've imagined "boldly-artistic multifunctional solar panels" that are meant to bust through preconceptions associated with what solar panels can do and what they could do.

Watt is Art opens on March 26th with a virtual tour of the exhibition. Online and on-site guests will be welcomed by Prof. Sarah Kenderdine, Head of the Laboratory for Experimental Museology and Director of EPFL Pavilions: Amplifier for Art, Science and Society, and Maider Machado, the Be-Smart project officer from the European Union.

In addition to the opening session, three guided and curated visits will take place online, followed by a live discussion session with Prof. Christophe Ballif, Director of the Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Lab at EPFL, who will address the technological aspects of photovoltaic technology, Ángela Clúa Longás, an architect who specializes in the integration of EPoGs in buildings and urban areas, and Sophie Swaton, a philosopher and economist with the University of Lausanne.

The final presentation will be made by a collective of artists and scientists from Compáz, with a focus on major societal issues.

Exhibition views from Pavilion A.

On-site visits:
Due to the sanitary restrictions, the on-site visits are limited to 15 visitors per hour. Please use the link below to book your visit ahead of time, in order to ensure the availability of your preferred date and time.

Images: Compáz, Be-Smart, CSEM, Solaxess