Amplifier for Art, Science and Society

EPFL CDH Artist in residence

Initiated by the EPFL College of Humanities (CDH), amplified by EPFL Pavilions, and now inaugurating a partnership with The City of Lausanne, the EPFL-CDH Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program “Enter the Hyper-Scientific” reflects the CDH mission of fostering transdisciplinary encounters and collaborations between artists and EPFL’s scientific community. The program invites professional Swiss and international creative practitioners, both emerging and established, for three-month residencies to realize innovative and visionary projects at the intersection of art, science, and advanced technologies.


The goal of the program is to further interpretative and aesthetic avenues around the multifaceted scientific landscape of the EPFL through artistic productions. Forging encounters between artists and scientists in various disciplines, the program aims to establish a dynamic, critical, and inspiring platform for propelling new approaches and aesthetic investigations within the exponentially developing scene at the intersection of art, technology, science, and the humanities. The program functions as a facilitator and promoter of investigations in multiple directions, many of which will be discovered through the submitted projects themselves.


For its second edition, the program offers three paths:


Open Transdisciplinary welcomes international artists and practitioners from all disciplines and media to propose projects which reflect the main intention of the program, namely to investigate the fluid intersection between art, humanities, science, and technology.


Scientific Imaging, in collaboration with the EPFL Center for Imaging, prioritizes artists familiar with imaging technologies, CGI, digital practices, and visual arts more broadly. Project proposals in the field of data visualization will be also welcome.


Environmental Transformation in collaboration with CLIMACT, the Center for Climate Impact and Action, invites visual artists (including creators active in the performing arts) and designers to engage in a creative manner with topical themes related to climate transformation. Topics such as climate and social justice, perspectives addressing the disparities between the Global North and Global South, and experimental interspecies, Indigenous, and post-colonial approaches to climate change are welcome.


Boursiers

Alan Bogana

2022–2023

Alan Bogana is a Swiss visual artist based in Geneva. His research focuses on the real and speculative behaviour of light as well as on the emergence of organic shapes and patterns by means of technological processes.

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė

2022–2023

Dorota Gawęda (PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (LT) are an artist duo living and working in Basel. Their multimedia practice draws from extensive historical and theoretical research processes, a high sensitivity to materials, and intellectual openness.

Joel Kuennen

2022–2023

Joel Kuennen (US) is an art critic, curator, editor, and artist. Their art practice investigates human relationships to the earth as a means of understanding the social dynamics that can interrupt the extractive and exploitative ways in which we engage with this planet.

Riccardo Giacconi

2022–2023

Riccardo Giacconi (IT) has studied fine arts at the IUAV University of Venezia. He co-founded the collective listening festival ‘Helicotrema’ and the audio storytelling studio ‘Botafuego’.

Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson

2020-2021

Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson have been chosen as the next artists-in-residence at EPFL Pavilions. Dubbin and Davidson are interdisciplinary artists based in Brooklyn, New York and Northern California. Their work has been described as addressing processes of transmission and reception, interference and transference, often seeking to materialise immaterial or ephemeral states of matter (sound, light, air, time).
Developed in the framework of a remote version of the artist-in-residence programme, the installation Delay Lines, (feedback) is a new variation of the work begun in the context of IF THE SNAKE, the Okayama Art Summit 2019, produced for the exhibition: Nature of Robotics. Dubbin & Davidson’s knowledge in the field of soft robotics is enriched by data developed in collaboration with EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory, led by Auke Ijspeert. The visualisation explores the relationships between a soft robotic manta ray and a simulated virtual environment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the artists and scientists had to devise and complete the collaboration remotely.

Nora Al-Badri

2019–2020

Nora Al-Badri was chosen to be the first artist to join this new residency program. She officially began in July 2019 and was hosted by the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+). Her work will culminate in November 2020 with an exhibition, Babylonian Vision — الرؤية البابلية, a public lecture and a two-day workshop at EPFL Pavilions.

Nora Al-Badri is a multidisciplinary media artist with a German-Iraqi background. She lives and works in Berlin. She graduated in Political Sciences at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. Since 2009, she collaborates with Jan Nikolai Nelles in some of her works.

Nora Al-Badri’s work has featured in The New York Times, BBC, The Times, Artnet, Wired, Le Monde Afrique, Financial Times and Arte TV, amongst others.