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7th September
Opening of “Infinite Nows” exhibition

12:00 – 12:30
Press tour with rector Brigitte Hütter through the Ars Electronica Campus exhibitions
18:30 – 20:00
Opening with rector Brigitte Hütter & Gerfried Stockers (Ars Electronica), courtyard HP8, Hauptplatz, Linz
19:0 – 20:30
"Infinite Nows" Apero by the Swiss Embassy & ZHDK, Cafeteria Frédéric, Hauptplatz, Linz

8th September
Symposium “On Interaction”

13:30 – 14:45
Welcome by Karmen Franinović, head of Interaction Design, ZHdK
13:45 – 14:00
Introduction by Erika Martins, project coordinator
14:00 – 15:00
Lecture On Interaction: Embodiments, Materialities, Ecologies by Karmen Franinović

Coffee Break with Performance Wearalab by Andrin Gorgi, Marcial Koch and Shaën Reinhart

15:15 – 16:00
Panel Embodiments, with Dr. Joelle Bitton, Vinzenz Leutenegger and Marcial Koch
16:00 – 16:45
Panel Materialities, with Dr. Roman Kirschner, Rasa Weber, Duy Bui, Aurelian Ammon and Carlo Natter

Coffee Break with Performance Struck by Reality by Gian Klainguti

17:00 – 18:00
Lecture ”We are Automata? by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buurman
18:00 – 19:00
Panel 20 Years Interaction Design, with Joelle Bitton, Gerhard Buurman, Karmen Franinović and Roman Kirschner

Karmen Franinović (CH/CRO): Karmen is moved by the desire to explore and to create complex and ephemeral systems, and enable unexpected sensorimotor and spatial experiences. Her projects include public architectures, participatory urban installations, responsive shape-changing sculptures, haptic floors and tongue interfaces. Challenging the established interaction paradigms, Karmen’s work proposes an enactive and ecological approach fostering sensorimotor experience to question, investigate and enable complex design issues. Karmen holds graduate degrees in architecture (MA Venice University), interaction design (MA Ivrea) and arts and media (PhD Plymouth University). She is professor of Interaction Design at Zurich University of the Arts.

Joëlle Bitton (FR): Joëlle Bitton is an artist and a human-computer interaction researcher. She currently teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts in Interaction Design. With her works, Joëlle explores a sense of material intimacy and personal geography with machines and systems. She likes most to entangle strangeness and familiarity together. As such, in her doctoral thesis at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she created interactive fabrication processes with personal data as a way for individuals to have an intuitive control of machines.

Roman Kirschner (AT): Roman Kirschner is an artist, researcher, writer, teacher and sometimes curator working across disciplines. His current research interests revolve around social metabolisms and ecologies, interactions with environmental microbiomes, transformative materials, spatial strategies, research methods and the mutual influence of material, imagination and epistemology. After studies of philosophy, art history and audiovisual art he wrote a PhD on “The Paradigm of Material Activity in the Plastic Arts” at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (GER). He was the project leader of the arts-based research project “Liquid Things” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (AT). He is a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts (CH). His works were shown in exhibitions in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Gerhard M. Buurman (EU): Gerhard M. Buurman earned his doctoral degree in aesthetics and art history from the University of Essen (Folkwang). Buurman was founding Professor of Interaction Design at Zurich University (1999 – 2012), Game Design (2004 – 2008) and Design Research Institute (2011 – 2015). Most recently, Buurman co-founded and established the Future Making program (MA) at Pforzheim University. In the 2010s he was a visiting professor at the University of Art in Linz, where he still supervises external doctoral students. Since 2020, he is running his own research institute (»Institut für Denkformen«) in Constance (DE) where he independently conducts artistic research in the field of »postmodular cybernetics« and (world)model theories. {}, {}