[ISEA2011] Panel: Ste­fan Müller Arisona & Chris­t­ian Schnei­der – Re­spon­sive Il­lu­mi­nated Ar­chi­tec­ture

Panel Statement

Panel: Visual Effects Remixed

Il­lu­mi­na­tion of build­ings with pro­jec­tors or media fa­cades has be­come a pop­u­lar means of vi­sual com­mu­ni­ca­tion: in the art con­text, many fes­ti­vals around the world ex­hibit pieces, and a grow­ing num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions can be ob­served in the com­mer­cial con­text. As tech­nol­ogy ad­vances, the scale of il­lu­mi­nated sur­faces in­creases, the vi­sual per­cep­tion of ob­jects can be al­tered in real-time, and the use of sen­sors or smart phones en­ables the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween vi­su­als and the en­vi­ron­ment. Pa­ra­me­ters, such as tem­per­a­ture, move­ment or ges­tures drive the vi­su­als and allow peo­ple to per­ceive their body and the en­vi­ron­ment in a new way. In this paper, we pre­sent two aca­d­e­mic pro­jects, “Sen­si­tive Ta­pes­try” and “Pro­jected Re­al­i­ties”, which aimed at in­te­grat­ing above tech­niques into the ar­chi­tec­ture cur­ricu­lum and at lever­ag­ing the ar­chi­tect’s knowl­edge for a more seam­less in­te­gra­tion of in­ter­ac­tion and vi­su­al­iza­tion. The goal of both pro­jects was to cre­ate a novel ex­pe­ri­ence that arises from ar­chi­tec­ture aug­mented with dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion, and from ar­chi­tec­ture that acts a user in­ter­face to re­veal in­for­ma­tion about the build­ing, its oc­cu­pants and its en­vi­ron­ment.

  • Ste­fan Müller Arisona is a com­puter sci­en­tist and artist with main in­ter­ests at the in­ter­sec­tions of sci­ence, art and tech­nol­ogy. His re­search fo­cuses on in­ter­ac­tive and gen­er­a­tive de­sign tools, on com­puter-as­sisted tech­niques for ar­chi­tec­tural and urban mod­el­ling and sim­u­la­tion, and on real-time mul­ti­me­dia sys­tems. Ste­fan was vis­it­ing re­searcher at IRCAM Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou (2003), re­ceived his PhD from the Uni­ver­sity of Zurich in 2004, and was a post-doc­toral fel­low at ETH Zurich (2005 – 2007) and UC Santa Bar­bara (2007 – 2008). Since 2008 he is a se­nior re­searcher at ETH Zurich and re­cently be­came a prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor at ETH’s Fu­ture Cities Lab­o­ra­tory in Sin­ga­pore. Ste­fan has been the sci­en­tific chair of ETH Zurich’s Dig­i­tal Art Weeks since 2005, an an­nual sym­po­sium and fes­ti­val that ex­plores new move­ments in dig­i­tal art. As an artist, DJ, and VJ, he has per­formed in­ter­na­tion­ally and his art­works have ap­peared world­wide at renowned venues such as Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire or the Ars Elec­tron­ica Cen­ter in Linz.   ia.arch.ethz.ch
  • Chris­t­ian Schnei­der stud­ied Com­puter Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Neucha­tel in Switzer­land and the Uni­ver­sity of Aarhus in Den­mark. After work­ing in New Zealand for a brand­ing cam­paign for MTV World, his pas­sion for com­pu­ta­tional de­sign brought him back to Switzer­land. Since 2007 he teaches and re­searches at the ETH Zurich, De­part­ment of Ar­chi­tec­ture, in the areas of pro­jec­tion map­ping, re­spon­sive sys­tems, data vi­su­al­iza­tion and com­pu­ta­tional de­sign. He cur­rently teaches a course in para­met­ric urban de­sign. ia.arch.ethz.ch  vimeo.com/chrischne

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