Feb 23, 2016

For the last session of Thursday, February 11, at Lift16, we focused on the topic of creativity in the session Enter the Anti-Disciplinary Space, with 2 speakers from the USA and 2 from Switzerland.

Our world is complex. How are we to tackle problems that only get harder? Complex questions require the know-how from different fields, cultures and perspectives. We need to collaborate and experiment in-between and beyond set boundaries until new ideas emerge. Putting designers, artists, technologists, and researchers together in a ‘free space’ is a great start. Though, we need people who do not fit in any box - strange animals if you will - who are able to change the way we look at things. Who are these adventurers who challenge our concepts of creation and what can we learn from them?


For the French speakers among you, don't hesitate to read Hubert Guillaud's piece on this session on InternetActu.net, one of the top French blogs on technology.


Sophie Lamparter - Introduction to Enter the Anti-Disciplinary Space

Sophie Lamparter, associate director at swissnex San Francisco, was the moderator of this third session of Lift16.
In this short introduction, she explains the concept of Anti-Disciplinarity and why we need such an approach to solve the ever-more difficult challenges of the 21st century.

Want to see the slides? Watch it on Klewel!

Also check out Sophie's article on Antidisciplinarity on swissnex's blog nextrends.


Subodh Patil - The Art of Discovery

Subodh Patil, research physicist at the University of Geneva and CERN, uncovering the fundamental physics that gave rise to the Big Bang.
In this first talk of the session, Subodh Patil introduces the realm of creativity and discovery, from the point of view of a physicist, building on the learnings of thousands of years of scientific research.

What does it take to achieve a breakthrough? Is there any standard model for creativity?

Want to see the slides? Watch it on Klewel!


Sarah Brin - Making/Meaning in the Realm of Anti-Disciplinarity

Sarah Brin, public programs manager at Pier 9, Autodesk's digital fabrication workshop, helps artists in residence imagine, design and create the future of making things.
In this second talk of the session, Sarah Brin takes her personal case and the example of the multitude of artists she has worked with and exhibited to explain what it means to be anti-disciplinary, to fuzz out the norms and create freely.

Buckle up and let Sarah take you to the edge of creation on the piers of San Francisco!

Want to see the slides? Watch it on Klewel!


James Patten - Challenging the Audience to Work in Anti-Disciplinary Spaces

James Patten, interaction designer, inventor and visual artist, creates ground breaking interactive experiences.
In this third talk of the session, James Patten goes one step further and shows us what anti-disciplinary projects look like, what environment you need to create them and how to approach them from an audience-centric perspective.

Enter this surprising world combining virtual reality, design, electronics, UX and robotics!

Want to see the slides? Watch it on Klewel!


Caecilia Charbonnier - A Life in Motion

Caecilia Charbonnier, co-founder and research director of Artanim, creates immersive universes through motion capture and virtual reality for science, entertainment and art.
In this final Open Stage talk of the session, Caecilia Charbonnier introduces us to her work at Artanim, combining virtual reality with medical research, sport, immersive universes, art, historical reconstitutions and entertainment.

One of the most promising VR companies in the world, discover what Artanim has been working on and what's awaiting!

Want to see the slides? Watch it on Klewel!


Subodh Patil & Anaïs Rassat - Interview on Detection of Gravitational Waves

On Thursday, February 11, a team of scientists from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, short for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, announced that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. (source: New York Times)

At the very same time, our "own" particle physicist Subodh Patil was on stage, talking about how to achieve breakthrough based on years of scientific research. We thought the coincidence was too beautiful not to invite him back on stage, along with another researcher and long-time lifter Anaïs Rassat, and tell us more about this groundbreaking discovery!


This session is presented with the support of Pro Helvetia.

Find all pictures from this session on our Flickr page.

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