Projections of Reality engages in augmenting design processes involving physical models with real time spatial analysis. The work was initiated at smartgeometry’13 at UCL London in April 2013 and is currently continued at ETH Zurich’s Value Lab Asia in Singapore. Continue reading
ASR 2013 Call For Proposals
Please find full call and application forms here: http://www.digitalartweeks.ethz.ch/web/DAW13/ASR2013
Arts/Science Residency with focus on Transmedia at ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory
The Singapore-ETH Centre, in collaboration with the Arts and Creativity Lab & the Interactive and Digital Media Institute, are pleased to announce a 2013 Arts/Science Residency at ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory (FCL). The selected artist will be invited to spend 2 months working at the FCL with researchers, students and the local arts community as she or he conduct a project exploring and making connections between art and science.
The artist will be invited to present the project at ETH Zurich’s Digital Art Weeks Festival (May 6 – 19 2013), thus the residency must start no later than beginning of May 2013.
The Art/Science Residency is made possible with the support of ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory and IDMI Art/Science Residency Programme.
Theme: Explorations in Transmedia for Urban Research
The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is a transdisciplinary research centre focused on urban sustainability in a global frame. It is the first research programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC). It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to future cities and environmental sustainability.
In September 2013, the 3rd FCL Forum will take place at the NRF CREATE Campus in Singapore. The event is planned and realised through three main pillars, which are a conference, an exhibition, and the library. All pillars collected and showcase FCL work established over the last three years.
The goal of this Art/Science Residency is to propose and realise a bridge that connects the pillars. Thereby, the general topic of investigation is the use of transmedia storytelling approaches to support large, heterogeneous, and complex research projects in terms of coherently integrating the overall mission, research questions, works in progress and results across multiple platforms and formats. Consequently, proposals should radically question and innovatively revise current standards in academic communication. While including web- and game-based transmedia approaches, as typically known from advertisement, they should go beyond the norm of such techniques.
In particular, we are looking for proposals that include other areas and formats, and adhere to the following guidelines:
- Proposals should include use of the Value Lab Asia, a large collaborative, digitally augmented space, equipped with several multi-touch surfaces and displays, a 33 megapixel high-resolution video wall, and video conferencing systems. It is used by the FCL researchers for urban visualization, scenario planning and stakeholder participation applications.
- Proposals should have the openness to incorporate output from on going design research studios, seminars and research projects.
- Proposals should incorporate the evolving Future Cities Laboratory exhibition and the upcoming September 2013 conference, and the outcome of the project should be directly applicable for the exhibition and conference.
- Proposals may include design and production of physical models through digital fabrication.
For all formats and areas you will work closely with FCL faculty and PhD students, and will have access to FCL space and technical infrastructure, including the Value Lab and the FCL model-making workshop.
As we are working hard on the preparations for Digital Art Weeks 2013, which will take place in Singapore in May 2013, our new DAW Facebook page is now online at:
The page contains lots of materials from previous DAWs. The featured picture above is from DAW 2007 in Zurich, with Computer Pioneer and Rebel at Work Joseph Weizenbaum, ETH Professor Jürg Gutknecht, Art Clay and me, during a panel at ETH Zurich’s VisDome.
Edited by Stefan Müller Arisona, Gideon Aschwanden, Jan Halatsch, and Peter Wonka, 2012
About this Book
This book is thematically positioned at the intersections of Urban Design, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Computer Science, and it has the goal to provide specialists coming from respective fields a multi-angle overview of state-of-the-art work currently being carried out. It addresses both newcomers who wish to obtain more knowledge about this growing area of interest, as well as established researchers and practitioners who want to keep up to date. In terms of organization, the volume starts out with chapters looking at the domain at a wide-angle and then moves focus towards technical viewpoints and approaches. (Excerpt from preface by Stefan Müller Arisona). Continue reading
Great news for our Digital Art Weeks: We have been awarded as finalists of the Swiss Art Awards 2012, and were given the opportunity to present our work at the Swiss Federal Office of Culture’s yearly exhibition at Art Basel 2012 (12 – 17 Jun 2012).
The Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC) in Singapore was established as a collaboration between the National Research Foundation of Singapore and ETH Zurich in 2010. It is an institution that frames a number of research programmes, the first of which is the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL). The SEC strengthens the capacity of Singapore and Switzerland to research, understand and actively respond to the challenges of global environmental sustainability. It is motivated by an aspiration to realise the highest potentials for present and future societies. SEC serves as an intellectual hub for research, scholarship, entrepreneurship, postgraduate and postdoctoral training. It actively collaborates with local universities and research institutes and engages researchers with industry to facilitate technology transfer for the benefit of the public. Continue reading
The Value Lab Asia is a collaborative, digitally augmented environment for a wide range of applications, such as participatory urban planning and design, stakeholder communication, information visualisation and discovery, remote teaching and conferencing. It includes a 33 megapixel video wall, three large displays with touch overlays, a number of smaller, mobile multi-touch enabled displays, and extensive video conferencing capabilities. The Value Lab Asia is the younger sibling of the Value Lab Zurich, built at ETH Zurich’s ScienceCity by Gerhard Schmitt, Remo Burkhard, Jan Halatsch and Antje Kunze of the Chair of Information Architecture in 2007/08. It therefore borrows many of the concepts of the Value Lab Zurich, such as being set in a friendly environment that operates in daylight conditions, however comes with updated state-of-the-art hardware and a different look. Continue reading
Agent based simulation tools such as MATSim and MITSIM allow us to achieve efficient and accurate predictions of crowd behavior, thereby increasing our understanding of urban systems and assist in urban planning. However, output produced by such simulation platforms are difficult to communicate to stakeholders such as government agencies and the general public due to their technical nature. Continue reading
I am co-founder and scientific director of ETH Zurich’s Digital Art Weeks. The Digital Art Weeks, an annually recurring festival, are concerned with the application of digital technology in the arts. Consisting of a symposium, workshops and performances, the program offers insight into current research and innovations in art and technology as well as illustrating resulting synergies in a series of performances, making artists aware of impulses in technology and scientists aware of the possibilities of the application of technology in the arts. In 2008 and 2010, a very successful version of Digital Art Weeks took place in Shanghai and Xi’an, China, and currently DAW’13 (early 2013) in Singapore is preparation… Continue reading
This research project explored one approach to providing mobile phone users with a simple low cost real-time user interface allowing them to control highly interactive public space applications involving a single user or a large number of simultaneous users. Continue reading