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ELIA BIENNIAL - presentations


Learn from experiments and experience, explore (un)finished symphonies and accidental discoveries. Dive into interdisciplinary education, interactive storytelling, curriculum development, skills enhancement, learning spaces and styles, the collision between arts, science, society and our environment. Listen, share and participate.

Learning with Plants: Gardens as Spaces for Exhibiting, Learning, and Teaching

Uriel Orlow, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

Wednesday 18 November, 11:30 - 12:30 CET

This presentation will explore the multifaceted collaborations involved in recent garden projects developed in London, Palermo, Lubumbashi, and Kathmandu as part of major exhibitions and biennials that are including multiple stakeholders, from the local community to scientists and art students.


Hybrid Town

Guido Tattoni, Hagit Pincovici, Germana De Michelis, New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA), Italy

Wednesday 18 November, 11:30 - 12:30 CET

Hybrid Town is a project developed in NABA, in which students, led by a cross-disciplinary faculty, designed ways to integrate the Chinese and Italian communities. Our approach was to combine urban design and sound art practices. During our presentation, you will be taken through an interactive journey across the Chinatown area of the city of Milan. Thanks to the possibilities offered by being in the digital domain, you will be experiencing some of the projects that were part of Hybrid Town: we will take you to distant places and have you meet several of our students, who will offer you the possibility to experience their work through their stories. Moreover, they will guide you on how to prepare some of the instruments used in their projects so that you can try them out in your own city.

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Inter Trans Cross – Navigate The Complex World

Christine Böhler, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Wednesday 18 November, 11:30 – 12:30 CET

The study programme "Cross-Disciplinary Strategies" programmatically conveys methods and basics of different disciplines (arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, philosophy, economics and politics) and thus counteracts the increasing fragmentation of the sciences. The programme breaks radically new ground in studies, teaching and university organisation. What has to be taken into account, what are do's and don'ts, what are the results of students works? Christine Böhler, head of the programme and one of its leading developers, takes the audience onto an interactive learning journey, giving first-hand experiences and inviting students to speak about their learnings.

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Artists as Agents of Change in Society

Richard Emanuel Weihe, Accademia Teatro Dimitri, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Wednesday 18 November, 11:30 – 12:30 CET

Introducing a new MA course in Applied Artistic Practices (MAAP), which objective is to promote projects that transfer creative practices of visual and performing artists to social arenas. Four artistic fields will participate in the course, theatre, still image, moving image, and design/architecture. The idea of “expanding the arts” is essential to the program designed for socially engaged artists in view of being “agents of change”. MAAP will be presented in a video. For those who have watched the trailer there will be an online active discussion around the question ‘how can artistic practices influence, inspire and help to shape scientific and social practices?’. Interested persons will be invited to join the discussion in the format of the ‘virtual table’.

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Transversal Competences in Art Teaching

Ion Berceanu, National University of Theatre and Film ‘I.L.Caragiale’, Romania

Wednesday 18 November, 11:30 - 12:30 CET

Art production and consumption have changed dramatically in the last 20 years, since the rise of new digital mediums. The growth of creative industries as active contributors to the economy and to wider audiences brings art teaching to centre stage. Do we need to pay more attention to how other domains have evolved?


Immersive Lab

Adnan Hadzi, University of Malta

Wednesday 18 November, 11:30 – 12:30 CET

In the Immersive Laboratory University of Malta (ILUM), as well as in the Visual Narratives Laboratory (VNLAB) of Lodz Film School, researchers, artists, and filmmakers investigate and create different kinds of immersion. Researchers from Malta will focus on the insights with state-of-the-art immersive experience (IX). After the presentation, participants will be invited to join the walk-through of Lost in a garden of clouds, virtual show of works that are engaging with aspects of the climate emergency and its negationism, with the places where natural or urban ecosystems connect with the digital ones and with the exploitation of natural resources and chemical pollution.

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EU4ART Alliance for Common Fine Arts Curriculum

Janis Gailitis, Art Academy of Latvia

Wednesday 18 November, 11:30 - 12:30 CET

This presentation intends to give an insight into the EU-funded pilot project European Universities, which is testing cross-border collaboration in higher arts education. The EU4ART project is created by four higher education institutions devoted to fine arts. It aims to develop common flexible curricula in the field of painting, sculpture, and graphic art.


Pedagogical Strategies in the Production of the New

Qing Sheng Ang, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Thursday 19 November, 10:00 – 11:00 CET

In the age of digital prosumerism and media saturation, novelty in thought and imagination faces a demise. This pedagogical research at LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore attempts to work with strategies involving improvisation, engagement and play within the area of animation practice to spark heterogeneity and univocity in ideas and thought. A range of animation from LASALLE will be showcased online, with an opportunity for participants to experience the aesthetic strategies interactively through live online polls.



The Art of Expanding

Pawel Pokutycki, Royal Academy of Art The Hague, Netherlands

Thursday 19 November, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

A presentation of a simple, yet entertaining, interactive semantic game for mobile devices stimulating a philosophical discourse among players on the possible futures of the arts and culture. With aid of computer programming and AI behind a collaborative word play software (a website/app) an engaging discussion on "Posthuman Knowledge" takes place, loosely inspired by the recent writings and speeches on this topic by contemporary philosopher and feminist theoretician Rosi Braidotti. Creative interpretation of semi-randomly juxtaposed words displayed on participants' smartphones leads to a collective, critical reflection on the expanding terminologies of the arts and humanities in a playful, tongue-in-cheek manner.


Fungi Initiative: Building a Collaborative System for a More Balanced Education System

Lenette Lua, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

Thursday 19 November, 10:00 – 11:00 CET

This session will present the long-term research project Fungi Initiative by collective Transparent Domain and its findings. In a time of accelerating competitions between universities for funding, resources and students, the project functions as a mobile caring to explore the possibilities of institutional collaborations by organising participatory artist-led workshops. As most of the workshop leaders were students during the project time, the project examines how art universities can take an active role in facilitating cross-disciplinary communications as well as providing opportunities for art students to experiment their practices beyond the traditional white cube formats.


Don’t Fight the System, Change the Rules – Building an Open-Source CRIS System from a User Perspective for Arts Universities

Nirmalie Alexandra Mulloli, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Thursday 19 November, 10:00 – 11:00 CET

This session will show the results of bundling knowledge of art, design, science and technology to build a metric free CRIS system from a user perspective. The Portfolio/Showroom system design is based on user-stories to ensure the concerns and work-flows of university members, such as for example, control of ones data, issues of copyright, and keeping track of loaned works were incorporated into the design.  Participants are invited to be interviewed as case studies to demonstrate how a system such a this can help you. The aim is for participants to re-evaluate how their research data is managed and collected.


Student Collaboration in the Hidden City (Part 1)

John Wigley, Ally Standing Birmingham, City University, United Kingdom

Thursday 19 November, 10:00 – 11:00 CET

How can we better equip all students for a world of work that increasingly requires skills in transdisciplinary collaboration: effective communication, shared ideas and strategic planning, curiosity, openness, flexibility, and resourcefulness? Together with presenters, participants will discuss the structure and outcomes of a 20-credit module that was developed at BCU called Collaborative Practice. This year enrolled 420 second year students working in mixed teams of six students from the Schools of Art, Visual Communication, Media, English, and Architecture on the theme of the ‘Hidden City’.

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Creative Collaboration and Transdisciplinarity

Gianna Tomasso, Victor Sardenberg, Anna Blair Limerick, School of Art and Design, Ireland

Thursday 19 November, 10:00 – 11:00 CET

Gianna Tasha Tomasso is an artist, writer and doctoral researcher in Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland. Her research focuses on collaborative creative and 'instituent' art practice as tools for pedagogical transdisciplinarity. Using the seven transdisciplinary habits of mind (Mishra et al., 2011) as digital containment gerund nodes throughout the duration of the ELIA Biennial, Gianna will co-produce, along with architect and researcher Victor Sardenberg (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and architecture undergraduate and artist Anna Blair (University Limerick) digital creative stations in which all participants of the biennial can contribute and co-create in response to the event.  Gianna will also perform a lecture on her research.


Be the Future of Something Else

Úna Henry, Xandra van der Eijk, St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design, Netherlands

Friday 20 November, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

Join this conversation with Pathway Leader Xandra van der Eijk and students, along with educational and industry partners – FIBER Festival, MU artspace & BAD Award Community, Materials Experience Lab TU Delft and more, moderated by Dr. Úna Henry, Head of the Master Institute of Visual Cultures. We live in a time of ecological catastrophes, in which the realities of environmental collapse are starting to reveal their impact on society. This is where Ecology Futures comes into play: a new research master pathway at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures. MA Ecology Futures focuses on the role of new media art and design research in interpreting, analysing, critiquing, experiencing and visualising ecological degradation and its broad network of cause and effect. If ecology is the science of all the relationships that make up the environment of organisms and living creatures in general, then Ecology Futures is proposing art and design as a way of examining the relationships that construct an environment.

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Design & Computation

Norbert Palz, Albert Lang, University of the Arts Berlin, TU Berlin, Germany

Friday 20 November, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

Contemporary art universities need to reflect current dynamic technological and social changes in the novel and expanded programs and practices. To this end, it is essential to forge new partnerships and work towards a more collaborative, inclusive, and global perspective. "Design & Computation" is a new Master‘s program that was conceived along these new academic outsets. It starts in the winter semester of 2020/21 and integrates the academic excellence of two Berlin-based institutions, the UdK Berlin and TU Berlin. It is aimed at graduates from the fields of design, the arts, engineering, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences. Albert Lang (TU Berlin) and Norbert Palz (UdK Berlin) are going to introduce and discuss the program’s concept from an institutional and didactic perspective in a performative lecture.


Towards Atmospheric Care: From Aurora to Geospace

Hanna Husberg, Agata Marzecova, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria

Friday 20 November, 10:00 – 11:00 CET

Through a focus on the ionospheric radar infrastructures located in arctic Fennoscandia, and the broader historical context in which they have emerged, ‘From Aurora to Geospace’ explores how the fascination with visible atmospheric phenomena, notably the aurora borealis, has contributed to the uncovering of invisible processes, and regions of near-Earth space, that are made perceptible only with the help of geoscience. Using different but interrelated formats (visual essay, digital vocabulary) the work explores the instruments, historical circumstances, events and ideas that make them visible and thereby contribute to the construction of novel atmospheric imaginaries and sensibilities. ‘From Aurora to Geospace’ is a case study of the long-term art-science research project ‘Towards Atmospheric Care’.

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Meet P. Putida

Patricia de Kort, Nina Willems, Ties van de Werff, Laurens Landeweerd, Maastricht Academy of Interdisciplinary Arts, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Friday 20 November, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

How can we teach art students to meaningfully engage with complex and emerging scientific developments? Using methods of artistic research, ethnography, and theatre, the presenters developed a research studio in which both teachers and students explored the creation of an artistic space for imagining the implications of designing a microbe: Pseudomonas Putida.


Blangah Travels presents: A 1-day Special Trip, from the Taste of Southeast Asia to the Mysterious Global Pot of Soup

Zaki Razak, Giang Nguyenm, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Friday 20 November, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

Under the guide of travel agents, this collaborative student-lecturer presentation, which will be in a performative and participatory format aims to offer new viewpoints which could further form a better understanding on Blangah, a peculiar term to Southeast Asia. This is where the research and reflections will be expounded, expanded and extricated. We welcome you to join us on an existential, experimental and experiential journey of understanding: how the name of a quaint residential district in Singapore, Telok Blangah relates to the diverse notions of vessels to the philosophy of melting pots and to the secrets of global strategic ports.

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Disembodied Routine

Matthias Ziegler, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

Friday 20 November, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

Shifting to online formats due to the pandemic, the routine of performing and teaching has been fragmented on many levels. The Telematic Performance Format developed at ZHdK has become an important tool within that context.

Three main issues of the telematic work will be addressed in this presentation: performing music, performing dance and teaching. All of them require special needs in terms of equipment, space and communication. The experience of the last academic term clearly showed that students are mainly limited by their personal equipment. Therefore the most recent projects of the ZHdK telematic team have been aiming at minimal telematic setups outside of the University Campus in private spaces.

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Creative Convergence Education with Randomness and Chance

Chungyean Cho, Korea National University of Arts, South Korea

Friday 20 November, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

It is important to pay attention to the self-fulfilling prophecies that good fortune brings to us, and to the resilience that positive energy creates in our daily lives. Luck is a skill that is possible to learn. Creative education needs to accommodate randomness and coincidence and actively apply it to convergence education, because randomness and chance for collaborative art curricula and work are conditions for critical thinking that lead to active participation and diversity.


How to Create a Performative Object?

Isis Fahmy, Benoît Renaudin, Laura Couto Rosado, La Manufacture, HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland

Friday 20 November, 16:30 - 17:30 CET

“How to create a performative object?” is a research project that explored the points of convergence between theatre practices and those of design. If the theatre today explores new writings thanks to design, the same goes for design in the theatre with practices that tend a critical mirror to our societies, in search of new paradigms that face todays social and ecological challenges. The issue has been divided into three research sub-axes allowing the question to be explored in its multiple aspects.

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Symzoegraphy: Generating worlds with zoe power at the end of the world

Dieuwke Boersma, Willem de Kooning Academy, Erasmus University, Netherlands

Friday 20 November, 16:30 - 17:30 CET

This practice shows how the new is not a hidden treasure, but something that lives at a superficial level in our daily lives. This performance will introduce a different way of observing, which shows that transdisciplinarity is also something that happens naturally when we consider the wild zoe side of our lives, leading to the invention of cosmopolitical proposals that want to transform our institutions and curricula in order to survive.


Resilient Communities – Social Design Start Diagram

Bori Feher, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Hungary

Friday 20 November, 16:30 - 17:30 CET

During this interactive session you will learn about the Social Design Start Diagram, an approach that looks beyond existing design methods in order to help build more resilient communities. This session explains, restructures and describes essential approaches to starting a social design project from the perspectives of Time, Human Aspects, Designer Attitude. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to rethink your socially engaged design project or reimagine a given model case. During the shareback session you’re encouraged to express your ideas, critiques and suggestions in order to enhance the Diagram, and new tools which will elevate social design.


Lone Wolves Stick Together

Nadja Lipsyc, Fredrik Gråver, The Norwegian Film School, Norway

Friday 20 November, 16:30 - 17:30 CET

What is artistic research in film and new media arts? How can we bring it to our students in traditional cinematic arts, and make it relevant to the broader professional field? This collaborative discussion explores these questions. Learn more about the "Lone Wolves Stick Together" case study, a large-scale experiment in interactive and immersive media, conducted at the Norwegian Film School. Explore with the implications of collaboration between artistic researchers, students and pedagogues.

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Virtual Reality, Competence and Innovation

Peter McAllister, Jeff Schwartz, Ringling College of Art and Design, United States

Friday 20 November, 16:30 - 17:30 CET

Ringling’s new degree program in Virtual Reality Development, first of its kind to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design in the United States, crosses several of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) categories. The recent VR partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida engages students in proof-of-concept experiences. Presenters will share their unique approach to the VR curriculum, and how it fuses creative curation, asset creation, non-linear story-telling and industry engagement as its core positions.


Teaching Interactive Storytelling in Practice - how did the pandemic take us to virtual space?

Marcin Wichrowski, Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Poland

Friday 20 November, 16:30 - 17:30 CET

The development of multimedia techniques in recent years has contributed to the popularity of various types of interactive storytelling. Every year we can observe the expansion of mobile devices, stand-alone Mixed Reality headsets, 180/360 cameras and related tools/software. During unexpected lockdown these tools turned out to be our salvation. This presentation features a wide spectrum of projects carried out at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology during the pandemic with particular emphasis on VR as a tool and form of communication.