Narratives of a near future - International Conference

Thursday 14 December 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017

New Campus HEAD
Avenue de Châtelaine 7 
1203 Genève

Thank you to all our guests for these two extraordinary days.

Conference documentation

For its 10th  anniversary, HEAD –  Genève is organising the International Conference Narratives of a Near Future  on its new Campus.  By crossing the views of artists and scientists, speculations about our future will help to transform our perceptions and actions. Talks, screenings, performances and exhibition spaces will constitute the transdisciplinary conference Narratives of a Near Future with regards to the different fields of education at HEAD –  Genève.  Narratives of a Near Future  is meant as a critical space to question our relationship to time from a methodological and ontological point of view (Rewind Forward ), to explore the current and future relations between human and their environment (Inhabit the Anthropocene ), to investigate the future mutations related to the widespread digitization (Deprogramming / Reprogramming ), and to consider body representations and its hybridisations with technologies (Collective Super Egos ).

Thursday 14.12 

8.30 Doors opening
9.00 Welcome, Jean-Pierre Greff, Director HEAD – Genève
9.15 am –  1.00 pm: REWIND FORWARD
9.15 am   Mark Wigley
, Architect, author, professor and dean emeritus at Columbia GSAPP — NZ/US
9.40 am   Aliocha Imhoff, Kantuta Quirós, Artists, researchers, curators, founders A People is Missing — FR
10.05 am Liam Young, Architect, filmmaker — AU/UK
10.25 am Coffee break
10.50 am Mathieu Triclot, Philosopher, lecturer at Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard — FR
11.15 am Marguerite Humeau, Artist, researcher — FR/UK
11.40 am Mathieu Lehanneur, Designer – FR
12.05 pm Discussion with the guests and the public, moderated by David Zerbib Professor Visual Arts HEAD
12.45 pm Lunch 

2 pm       Baptiste Morizot, Philosopher, lecturer in Philosophy at the Université d’Aix-Marseille — FR
2.25 pm  Marie Velardi, Artist, researcher — CH
2.50 pm  Oliver Ressler, Artist, filmmaker — AT
3.15 pm  Metahaven, Artists, filmmakers, designers — NL
3.40 pm  Discussion with the guests and the public, moderated by Gene Ray, Professor in Visual Arts CCC Research Program HEAD, Project Director The Anthropocene Atlas Geneva TAAG
4 pm       Coffee break
4.20 pm  Jussi Parikka, Writer, media theorist, professor in technological culture & aesthetics at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton — UK/FIN
4.45 pm  Vanessa Lorenzo, Designer — ES/CH with the artist Raphaëlle Mueller
5.10 pm  Kodwo Eshun, Artist, lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmith and CCC Research Program, HEAD – UK/CH
5.35 pm Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Filmmakers, artists — LB/FR
6 pm      Discussion with the guests and the public, moderated by Ida Soulard, researcher ENS/PSL Nantes, co-director Fieldwork: Marfa — FR
6.30 pm J.G Biberkopf, Artist — LT/NL

Friday 15.12

8.30 Doors opening

9 am        Kevin Slavin, Chief science and technology officer The Shed — US
9.25 am   Cécile B. Evans, Artist, researcher — UK
9.50 am   Michael Hansmeyer, Architect , programmer — CH/DE
10.15 am Korakrit Arunanondchai, Artist, filmmaker — TH/US
10.40 am Discussion with the guests and the public, moderation Sylvie Reinhard (Pionerlab Engagement Migros Head) – CH
11.00 am Coffee break
11.20 am Jan Vorisek, Artist — CH
11.45 am Yves Citton, Writer, literature professor Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, co-director Multitudes review — FR
11.10 am Lauren Huret, Artist — CH
12.35 pm Dan Hill, Designer, urbanist — UK


2.30 pm  Aimée Mullins, Actress, athlete, model – US
2.55 pm  Olaf Blanke, Founding director Center for Neuroprosthetics, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL — CH
3.20 pm Thomas Thwaites, Designer, researcher Rhode Island School of Design — UK/US
3.45 pm Coffee break
4.15 pm Ying Gao, Fashion designer, professor Ecole supérieure de mode UQÀM — CA
4.40 pm CONFERENCE CANCELLED Joanna Berzowska, Associate professor, Design and Computation Art research director, XS Labs Concordia University — CA
5.05 pm Arne Hendriks, Artist, researcher — NL
5.30 pm Discussion with the guests and the public, moderated by Elizabeth Fischer Professor, Dean Design Mode et Accessoires Department HEAD and Daniela Cerqui Senior Lecturer in cultural anthropology UNIL
6.10 pm Conclusion

Conferences in English and in French with simultaneous translation into French or English.

Korakrit Arunanondchai, with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4 (film, 23’, 2017)
The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG) (online platform)
Julien BaiamonteVocal Chords of the Spirit (video installation, loop, 2016) 
Mathieu CherubiniEthical Autonomous Vehicles (installation, 2013-2017)
Laura Couto Rosado 
Chloé Delarue 
Camille DumondPeople’s Park 
(video installation, loop, 2017) 
Ying GaoPossible tomorrows (vidéo, boucle, 1’22’’, 2017) et Neutralité: can’t and won’t (video, loop, 1’54’’, 2017)
Mathis GasserESGS-271 (video, 25’, 2013-2015)
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige 
Michael HansmeyerDigital Grotesque II 
(video, loop, 3’30’’ et 1’) 
Lisa Hartje-MouraSouvenirs Moon (book, 2016) 
Charles Heller, Liquid Traces – The Left-to-Die Boat Case (video, 17’, 2014)
Lauren Huret (video installation, loop, 2017)  
Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós (A People Is Missing), Les Impatients (film exerpt, 20’, 2017)
Emilie JolyKo’Ko’s Curse (ecological tale VR, 2017) 
Vanessa LorenzoCamera Obscura & the artefacts of the invisible (installation, 2016)
Malak MekhboutThe Third Kind (installation, 2016) 
Raphaëlle Muller, Speculative Botanics (installation, 2016)  
Benoît RenaudinMurmures 
(installation, 2016)  
Oliver Ressler, Everything's coming together while everything's falling apart: COP21 
(film, 17’, 2016) et Everything's coming together while everything's falling apart: ENDE GELÄNDE (film, 12’, 2016)
Luc SchuitenCité végétale: Genève - La ville de demain (poster, 2015)

Temenos (Revisited) 
A proposition by Andreas Dobler.
With Thomas Baud, Lorraine Baylac, Christian Bili, Harold Bouvard, Basile Dinbergs, Camille Lacroix, Aurélien Martin, Johanna Martins, Gabriel Nunige, Bruno Schaub, Caroline Tschumi et La Vie Sauvage. And with the participation of Brigham Baker, Anna Kanai, Lutz & Guggisberg, David Renggli and Sabine Schlatter

Opening on Thursday 23.11 from 18:00
Exhibition 24.11–16.12.2017

Bâtiment Général-Dufour
Rue de Hesse 5, 1204 Genève
Wednesday – Saturday, 14.00-19.00

Littéralement et dans tous les sens
Christelle Jornod, Elisa Larvego, Samuel Lecocq, Florent Meng, Mélanie Veuillet
Curator Bruno Serralongue

Opening on Friday 15.12 at 18.00
Exhibition 16.12.2017-11.02.2018
Centre de la photographie Genève 
28, rue des Bains, 1204 Genève

1 day CHF 100.- / CHF 30.- reduced 
2 days CHF 150.- / CHF 50.- reduced
Online registration only ! There will be no ticket sold at the conference. 

Free of charge for HES-SO students,professors and collaborators. 

Conference coordination
Delphine Jeanneret

Communication & Media Relations
Pierre-Yves Walder

Scenography (New Campus)
Collectif Galta

Artistic and scientific Committee

Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design, Director of R&D at The Museum ofModern Art, MoMA) – US 

Jurgen Bey (Designer, Professor, Director at Sandberg Instituut) – NL 

Guillemette Bolens (English and comparative literatureProfessor at the University of Geneva) – CH

Stuart Candy (Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Design and Director of Situation Lab) – US

Raqs Media Collective (Artist collective, curators) – IN

David Dufresne (Filmmaker, Writer) – CA 

Manuel Emch (Romain Jérôme Watches) – CH 

Julie Enckell (Director Musée Jenisch) – CH 

Ying Gao (Fashion Designer, Professor) – CA 

Patrick Gyger (Director le lieu unique) – FR 

Anne-Laure Gestering (Architect, Lecturer at HEAD) – DE/CH 

Peter Ippolito (Architect, Designer) – DE 

Frédéric Kaplan (Professor at EPFL, Director of Digital Humanities Lab DHLAB) – CH 

Alain Kaufmann (Head of Science-Society Interface 
Department at the University of Lausanne) – CH 

Pascal Marmier (Head of digital analytics Catalyst, SwissRe Boston) – US 

Dieter Mersch (Author, Philosopher, Professor of aesthetics and theory at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) – CH

Sophie Pène (Member of CRI - Centre de Recherches
Interdisciplinaires, Director MA Ed Tech, Co-Director OpenLab) – FR 

Mai-Thu Perret (Artist) – CH 

Filipa Ramos (Editor in chief of art-agenda, Lecturer in the Experimental Film MA program of Kingston University, cocurator Vdrome) – UK 

Sylvie Reinhard (Head of Pionierlab Engagement Migros) – CH 

Ida Soulard (Doctoral Researcher in art history at ENS /PSL University and Co-Director of “Fieldwork: Marfa”) –FR 

Steering Committee

Jean-Pierre Greff (Director)

Lysianne Lechot Hirt (Dean of studies, Professor of Design) 

Anne-Catherine Sutermeister (Dean of R&D, Art and Design Research Institute IRAD) 

Charlotte Laubard (Professor, Dean of Visual Arts Department)

Jan Dominik Geipel (Dean of Interior Architecture

Jean Perret (Dean of Cinema Department/cinéma du réel) 

Alexandra Midal (Master Design Professor) 

Nicolas Nova (Master Design Professor) 

Yann Chateigné (Bachelor and Master Visual Arts Department Professor)

Delphine Jeanneret (Coordinator Narratives of a Near Future


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