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
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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 – USA 
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 – AU 
Metahaven Designers collective – NL 
Jussi Parrika Writer, media theorist, professor in technological culture & aesthetics at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, docent of Digital Culture Theory at University of Turku, Finland and honorary visiting fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge – UK/FIN 
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, artitsts – LB 

Friday 15.12

Kevin Slavin Assistant professor & founder, Playful Systems at MIT Media Lab, co-founder, 
Everybody at Once and Collective Decision Engines – USA 
Cécile B. Evans Artist, researcher – UK
Dan Hill Designer, information architect – UK 
Korakrit Arunanondchai Artist, filmmaker – TH/USA 
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 – CAN 
Thomas Thwaites Designer, researcher Rhode Island School of Design – UK 
Joanna Berzowska Associate professor, Design and Computation Art research director, XS Labs Concordia University – CAN 
Arne Hendriks Artist, researcher – NL

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

1 day CHF 100.- / CHF 30.- reduced 
2 days CHF 150.- / CHF 50.- reduced 

Group admission for universities and international schools: 

1 day CHF 600.- (max. 30 people)
2 days CHF 750.- (max. 30 people)

Conference coordination
Delphine Jeanneret

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 (Assistant Professor at Strategic Foresight & Innovation and Co-founder of Situation Lab) – CA 

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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