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 art x Neuroscience, Photography x Environmental Ecology, and New interdisciplinary Initiatives.
We will invite a diverse profile of Swiss speakers to exchange ideas with representatives of the Chinese art and science community. Among the Swiss speakers are an expert from a research institution, an individual artist with high-acclaimed projects, two veterans from independent art community, and two devoted academic researchers. Given that the local art and science scene is still in its infancy, our end goal is to showcase several long-term growth trajectories by presenting the Swiss models, stimulate ideas through cross-border dialogues, and inspire more collaborations in this exciting field. Along the way, we also have two overarching questions that we attempt to answer, namely what is art-science and its position in different societies? We already know that art-science is not merely about using technological means to make and present art. Join us on the journey to explore what art-science could actually mean.
Art x Science Dialogues will start the series with the topic of Design x Materials Science. We believe good design combines science and art in inspirational and creative ways. And the breakthroughs in materials science are likely to affect the future of design significantly. Therefore, to kick off on a high note, we have invited Gabriele Dobenecker, Head Fundraising, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations at Empa, and Lyla Wu, founder at Neuni Group for a collaborative discussion.
16:00 Webinar starts
16:00 – 16:05 Opening Remarks
(Cissy Sun – Head of Art-Science at Swissnex in China)
16:05 – 16:35 Presentation (15′ each speaker)
(Gabriele Dobenecker – Head Fundraising, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations at Empa)
(Lyla Wu – Founder at Neuni Group)
16:35 – 17:00 Q&A Session
Gabriele DobeneckerHead Fundraising, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations at Empa
Gabriele Dobenecker holds a Master in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg. She spent over 20 years in IT and high tech industries. After some years in application development she held responsible positions in national and international marketing and business development in companies like Sybase, SAS Institute and General Electrics. Furthermore she was consultant and analyst in the areas of customer relationship management and business intelligence, e.g. at Meta Group Inc. Beginning of 2007 Gabriele Dobenecker started at Empa heading their Marketing, Knowledge and Technology Transfer section. Since autumn 2018 she is responsible for the Empa Zukunftsfonds, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations.
Lyla WuFounder at Neuni Group
Lyla Wu, is a maker, architect, designer, art exhibition designer, educator, and the CEO of Shanghai Neuni Group. She once studied at National University of Singapore, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Southern California Institute of Architecture and University of Applied Arts Vienna. After graduation, Lyla Wu worked as an architect in several well-known architecture companies around the world, such as Aedas in HK, Greg Lynn Form in the US and so on. As an educator, Lyla Wu now teaches at College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University as a guest professor. As an art exhibition designer, she has led and engaged in a number of international exhibitions, including the exhibitions for Militärhistorische Museum MHM Dresden, Historical Museum of Bern and Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.