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

Press kit 2017.11.06

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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 

9:00am –  1:00pm: REWIND FORWARD 
Mark Wigley Architect,
author, professor and dean emeritus at Columbia GSAPP – US
Marguerite Humeau Artist, designer, researcher – FR/UK 
Liam Young Architect, filmmaker – UK
Le peuple qui manque Artists, researchers – FR
Mathieu Triclot Philosopher, lecturer at Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard – FR 

Baptiste Morizot
Philosopher, lecturer in Philosophy at the Université d’Aix-Marseille (CEPERC) – FR 
Marie Velardi Artist, researcher – CH 
Oliver Ressler Artist, filmmaker – AT 
Metahaven Designers collective – NL 
Jussi Parikka Writer, media theorist, professor in technological culture & aesthetics at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton – UK/FI
Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero Artist – IT/CH 
Kodwo Eshun Artist, theorist, lecturer in Aural and Visual Culture at Goldsmith – UK 
J.G. Biberkopf Composer – DE/PL 
Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige Filmmakers, photographs, artists – LB 
Luc Schuiten, Architect, writer – BE

Friday 15.12

Kevin Slavin Assistant professor & founder, Playful Systems at MIT Media Lab, co-founder, 
Everybody at Once and Collective Decision Engines – US 
Cécile B. Evans Artist, researcher – UK
Dan Hill Designer, information architect – UK 
Korakrit Arunanondchai Artist, filmmaker – TH/US 
Yves Citton Writer, literature professor Université de Grenoble – FR 
Lauren Huret Artist – CH 
Michael Hansmeyer Computational architect – CH/DE 
Jan Vorisek Artist – CH 

2:00pm –  7:00pm: COLLECTIVE SUPER EGOS
Olaf Blanke Founding director Center for Neuroprosthetics, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive 
Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL – CH 
Ying Gao Designer, professor – CA 
Thomas Thwaites Designer, researcher Rhode Island School of Design – UK 
Joanna Berzowska Associate professor, Design and Computation Art research director, XS Labs Concordia University – CA 
Arne Hendriks Artist, researcher – NL

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

Korakrit Arunanondchai, Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós (Le peuple qui manque), Ying Gao, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Michael Hansmeyer, Lauren Huret, Vanessa Lorenzo, Oliver Ressler, Luc Schuiten, The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG) - subject to change

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 

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

Conference coordination
Delphine Jeanneret

Communication & Media Relations
Pierre-Yves Walder

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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