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Program Friday 28.11.2014


14:00 Symposium PI official opening

Presentation of institution



14:15 Patrizia Abderhalden 

L’Odyssée de l’EPAC

Patrizia Abderhalden, the founder and director of EPAC (the academy of contemporary arts), Saxon, Wallis


14:30 Eng-Hiong Low

Creation of a multicultural team around the artistic project "Galaxy"

A project in collaboration with the EPAC, the town of Saxon and the "Triennale 2014"

Innyang E.H.Low, the overseas Director of EPAC


14:45 Andrejz Bednarczyk 

The need for cultural diversity in creating and teaching.

Andrzej Bednarczyk is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts at Cracow, where he directs the department of painting.


15:00 Chu-Yin Chen

Thirty years of evolution: a history of the University of Paris 8

Chu-Yin Chen directs the INReV (digital image and virtual reality) laboratory and co-directs the ATI (Fine Arts and Image Technology department) at the University of Paris 8.


15:20 Patrick Gyger

Project under the banner of Utopia and undisciplined practices

Patrick Gyger, director of Lieu Unique, Nantes, France


15:45 J.J.Shih

MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

J.J.Shih, director of MOCA, art critic.


16:15 Table ronde: Widening the field of the possible, spaces to explore I 

Moderator: Patrick Gyger, director of Lieu Unique, Nantes, France


Chu-Yin Chen directs the INReV (digital image and virtual reality) laboratory and co-directs the ATI (Fine Arts and Image Technology department)

Marc-Olivier Gonseth (Director of the Ethnographic Museum of Neuchâtel)

Patrizia Abderhalden (Director of l’EPAC)

Johan Roduit (NeoHumanitas)

Lorenzo Malaguerra (Director of the Théâtre du Crochetan)


17:00 Talk: Johan Roduit

Will we be all X-Men tomorrow? The ethical implications of improving human beings.

Johann Roduit is writing his doctorate at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics of the University of Zurich on the ethics of improving human beings. He is a co-founder of NeoHumanitas, a study group on the ethical implications of the use of emergent technologies.


17:45 Talk: Marc-Olivier Gonseth

In the labyrinth of myths: thoughts on the myths that, in works of fiction, try to express the complexity of the symbols and technologies that, in these early years of the 21st century, are (re-) drawing the boundaries of what we call our humanity.

Trained as an ethnologist, Marc-Olivier Gonseth is the Director of the Ethnographic Museum of Neuchâtel.


18:30 Talk: Sylvain Calinon

Learning and collaborating with humanoid robots: presentation of recent research with Baxter, a programmable two-handed robot which is designed to learn to manipulate objects in collaboration with humans.

Sylvain Calinon is a researcher at the IDIAP research institute at Martigny, and heads the “Robot Learning & Interaction” group, which aims to develop new interfaces for humanoid robots to learn and interact.


19:15 Talk: Daniel Gatica-Perez (Anglais)

How mobile phones can help us understand cities. (In English)

Daniel Gatica-Perez is a researcher at the IDIAP research institute, Director of its social computing group, and a maître d’enseignement et de recherche at the Federal School of Engineering at Lausanne (EPFL).


20:00 Exibition opening IMAGINARY LANDSCAPES

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