Art x Science Dialogues: Bridging the Future – New Interdisciplinary Initiatives

We have invited Prof. Sarah Kenderdine from EPFL, Ms. Maximiliane Okonnek from ETH Zurich, and Prof. Zhijie Qiu from CAFA in China for a collaborative discussion on the topic.

In recent years, collaborations between artists and scientists have increasingly become a feature of the cultural landscape. Over the past years, a hybrid set of research-based or experimentally-driven initiatives have emerged where artists and scientists work together to explore the creative possibilities and producing many exciting projects. Such interdisciplinary initiatives are observed as a trend in future education and research.


In the final edition of the Art x Science Dialogues series, we will introduce the interdisciplinary initiatives from the two top Swiss universities – ETH Zurich and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), as well as the art-science practices of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) from China. We will invite Prof. Sarah Kenderdine, Director of Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+) & ArtLab EPFL, Ms. Maximiliane Okonnek, Managing Director of ETH Library Lab, and Prof. Zhijie Qiu, Dean of the School of Experimental Art of CAFA for a collaborative discussion on the opportunities and challenges in building up such initiatives. We are also trying to explore long term communication as well as collaboration systems within art and science through the dialogue.


Art x Science Dialogues is a new webinar series initiated by Swissnex in China in 2020. It will take place once per month from May to August via Zoom, covering topics of Design x Materials Science, Sonic Arts x Neuroscience, Photography x Environmental Ecology, and New interdisciplinary Initiatives.


Event Rundown

16:00                           Webinar Starts


16:00-16:05               Opening Remarks

(Ms. Cissy Sun – Head of Art-Science at Swissnex in China)


16:05-16:20               Presentation

(Prof. Sarah Kenderdine – Director of Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+) & ArtLab EPFL)


16:20-16:35               Presentation

(Ms. Maximiliane Okonnek – Managing Director of ETH Library Lab)


16:35-16:50               Presentation

( Prof. Zhijie Qiu – Dean of the School of Experimental Art of CAFA)


16:50-17:10               Discussion | Q & A



Art x Science Dialogues