Intro

Research in applied, interdisciplinary and emerging areas often push beyond the methodological and epistemological conventions of scientific disciplines. This is especially the case for younger fields such as the digital humanities, critical technical practice, artistic research and architectural research.

We will encourage new encounters by bringing together a broad spectrum of diverging, sometimes conflicting disciplines: engineering, computer and natural sciences, the humanities, architecture, and art.

The application of digital methods to the humanities has concrete implications for both fields. In the humanities, rather than just mechanising the work of historians, literary theorists or art critics, digital methods allow for: firstly, fundamentally different methodologies, and therefore secondly, fundamentally different objects of study. How does one develop a novel epistemology in the course of a research project, and how can such knowledge interface with the body of traditional work?

For computer and natural sciences, digital humanities projects are often motivated (and funded) by the notion that interdisciplinary exchange forces greater critical reflection about the data and the nature of algorithms used. But just what does such critical knowledge look like, and how is it meant to feed back into state-of-the-art technical research? The field of Critical Technical Practice has long suggested such a process for (GOF)AI research - we hope analogous lessons can be learned for today’s practices of Machine Learning.

In art and architecture, research is often understood to be open to a variety of approaches and findings in these fields are often considered to make contributions to multiple different areas, ranging from the technical/digital sciences to the humanities. However, it is often not clear how artistic and design practices can be related to research approaches of the technical sciences and humanities, and what constitutes artistic and architectural research outputs?

Considering these open questions, this colloquium is intended to be a space for exchange, in which we share experiences by discussing ongoing research related to digital humanities, critical technical practice, artistic research and architectural research. Furthermore we want to identify similarities and differences between the different fields in terms of practices, approaches and challenges, and reflect on the position of these fields within the context of technical and scientific institutions.

Program

The program for the colloquium has yet to be finalised, but it will start at midday on Tuesday 11th, and end at 3pm on Friday 14th July 2017.
At present, the topics for sessions are:

  • Epistemic relations between theory and praxis
  • Forms of knowledge - ways of determining and creating epistemic status
  • Boundries between research as discovery, as invention, as creativity (writing code, composition, performance)
  • Critique of the computational, technical practice as critique: between digital hermeneutics and Critical Technical Practice
Quite aside from the fruitful common engagement of the fields of DH, AR and CTP, these are questions of material importance to scientific research and collaboration more generally - especially as new forms of digital practice encroach on other disciplines (next generation sequencing and personalised health, big data sociological and computational social sciences, etc).

Invited Faculty

Paulo de Assis; Orpheus Institute, Ghent

Alan Blackwell; Computer Science, University of Cambridge

Dominique Bouiller; Digital Humanities, EPFL

Harald Klinke; Art History, LMU Munich

Hannes Mayer; Department Architektur, ETH Zurich

Shintaro Miyazaki, Critical Media Lab Basel, FHNW

Hans-Joerg Rheinberger, Max Plank Institute for the History of Science

Michael Stauffacher; Transdisciplinary Lab, ETH Zurich

Sabine Süsstrunk; Computer Science, EPFL

Philip Ursprung; Department Architektur, ETH Zurich

Info

Location

BC Building, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

EPFL is well-connected and easily reachable by train from Switzerland, Paris or Milan, and by air from Geneva airport.



Key Dates

Registration is now closed for
Notification of admission: 7th June 2017
Workshop: 11th-14th July 2017

Registration Fees

-CHF 150.00 for PhD students
-CHF 50.00 for Master students. Please send a copy of your student card to francoise.behn@epfl.ch.

The registration fee includes:
- Hotel from July 11 to July 14 (3 nights at the Hotel Crystal, in the heart of Old Lausanne)
- Breakfast and lunch on July 12, 13, and 14
- Aperitif/reception on July 12
- Public transport in Lausanne
- Coffee breaks

Contact

For administrative enquiries, please contact Mme. Francoise Behn.
To enquire about the content of the school, please write to Mr. Leonardo Impett.
Both can contacted by [firstname.lastname@epfl.ch]

Organising Committee

Bernhard Böhm, Department of Architecture, ETHZ
Leonardo Impett, Digital Humanities Institute, EPFL
Michael Stauffacher, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETHZ
Sabine Süsstrunk, Digital Humanities Institute, EPFL

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