Can Engineering Life (EL) lead us into a better future? This question takes centre stage in EL & Us, Michel Comte’s upcoming art installation and public art-science project in collaboration with NCCR MSE. The Swiss artist seeks to explore his vision of EL in the 21st century, its promise for contributing to social progress, and people’s hopes for it.
In EL & Us Michel Comte re-interprets EL technologies into a captivating new form of artistic expression. The installation includes 3D mappings derived from extensive data sets as well as imagery from molecular and cellular systems. The project will premiere in September 2022 in Rome as part of our 1st International Conference Ethics of Engineering Life (iccel.info). Following its premiere this installation will be shown at art exhibitions, museums, public places or auditoriums and schools.
In this four-part podcast series, Michel Comte and Ralf Stutzki talk about how our Art-Science project "Engineering Life and Us" came to be and the ethical reflections that surfaced along the line.
EL and Us: art book out now!
The story about the compelling collaboration between Michel Comte and our NCCR MSE has just been published by STEIDL, one of the leading players amongst the global art publishing houses. This is huge step forward for our unique Art of Molecule ethics project! The premiere of the „main“ art piece - the video projection with images and sounds recorded by Michel Comte in our labs - is scheduled to take place this year.
Project meeting in Comte’s atelier in Zurich. Discussing the technical requirements for the 3D mapping premiere of EL and Us in Rome (November 2022) as well as the accompanying STEIDL book to be published in Fall 2022.
After one year of research and recording in our NCCR labs Michel Comte has produced a first 60 sec. audiovisual trailer of our "EL and Us" multi-media project. Due to the pandemic we can only meet, watch and discuss via Zoom.
Meeting again at the EL and Us „headquarters": Kronenhalle in Zurich.
The Agora project of SNSF aiming at fostering dialogue between scientists and society has just announced the support of "EL and Us"!
Meeting with Comte in Zurich. Discussing the structure of "EL and Us" along with the book project to be published by STEIDL in 2020.
Collecting material in the NCCR MSE labs begins. Approximately 12 days of filming and taping in Basel are scheduled.
Visiting the Fussenegger, Müller and Ward labs in Basel, followed by a presentation of the “EL and Us” project at D-BSSE.
First meeting between NCCR MSE researchers and Michel Comte in Basel.
August - September 2019:
Various meetings and conceptual work on the overall project.
During Locarno Film Festival the idea of a cooperation between NCCR MSE and Michel Comte was born.