Two new publications on Talking Heads and Video Productions at Universities

1. To Tease Somebody – Advertised Educational Intro vs. Lecture Videos: a quantiative study on the siginificant differences between advertisment videos and actual lecture videos.

2. Framing the Talking Head Challenges of Academic Broadcast Studios: on the challenges of video performance for academics.

Nigeria; Research Film Production with the Gender Dimension Project, Uni Geneva

On the road for the Research Film in Nigeria, impressions above, 13th of November 2018.

Research Film Production on Social Conflicts in Guatemala

On the road for the Research Film and VR 360-Video in Guatemala, impressions above, 9th of October 2018.

The TedX Lausanne Talk on AI-Robots and Future Vision of Technology

Many see intelligent robots in the future as evil – taking over our livelihoods and eventually even taking our lives. Can it be the sci-fi stories that make us think this way? What do these stories, especially movies, tell us and make us believe?

Awakening – a dance performance (weekend project)

What do you do over the weekend? The professional dancer, choreographer and lecturer Sarah Keusch and me took some time and initiative to follow our passion and create a short dance performance music video with some amazing dancers and kind helpers – after almost ten years again!

360-VR Videos Connected Learning Summit @MIT Media Lab

You can find the presentation here

Manifesto Videos in Higher Education

The Manifesto presents fifteen key statements on videos in higher education. See, comment, criticize on the whole manifesto:

Adobe Acrobat Document 4.8 MB

Book: Media Design for Videos in Higher Education

«Media Design Expertise for Videos in Higher Education: A Collection of Interviews with Lecturers, Filmmakers and Communication Experts from the Fields of Science Teaching, Media Design, Gesture Studies and Digital Education», open access, 2018.

> researchgate

Media Design Expertise Videos in Higher Education
Adobe Acrobat Document 5.9 MB

Keynote 'Video Killed the Lecture Star –  A Journey from Video to Mixed Reality'

'Media & Learning' Conference in Leuven, Belgium, June, 14-15. > access slides here

Mixed Reality: Tech meets Embodiment Research @MIT, Boston

Forthcoming: Tech meets Research Presentation: "Watch your Tendons Stretch as you Kick - a Foot Controlled MR Experience" and a "Workshop on our VR-360 pilots"  Connected Learning Summit at the MIT, Boston, August 1.-3. 18,

Festival of Free Speech 'When Mixed Reality Meets Deep Fake'

Workshop at the Festival of Free Speech: 'When Mixed Reality meets Deep Fake: Third Millennium Challenges for Audiovisual Data in Journalism', Hilversum Netherlands, May 3th 2018.


Abstract: On the one hand, we have new promising technologies such as mixed reality (virtual reality, augmented reality and anything in between) in journalism, and indeed, various news platforms such as The Guardian, NYT or BBC increasingly produce mixed reality formats, currently mainly VR-360 videos. The immersion of mixed reality storytelling seems promising to bring the story to the recipients and therefore let them experience current issues or conflicts closer than ever before.
On the other hand, we have the latest development of deep fake videos. Already today artificial intelligence can generate video-realistic fakes, increasing the strain to detect forgery on truth-committed organizations such as the World Press Photo Award.
Now imagine how the extreme immersion of mixed reality could affect the recipients in the near future, when it meets deep fake technology.

'Audiovisual Data in the Digital World'; University Course in Fall18

The course will be part of the interdisciplinary minor program "Responsible Innovation" for students of the Leiden University, Delft University and Rotterdam Erasmus University.


Course Description:

"Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second" (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960). So what about 360-Virtual Reality, at 120 frames per second?

In the digital world, audiovisual data is everywhere. From photographs to videos, games to mixed reality - we're truly living in an audiovisual age. On one hand, new media technologies such as Augmented Reality or 'deepfakes' are in a state of permanent becoming. Innovative formats continuously enter the market place of ideas long before the old ones are fully understood. On the other hand, in this era of fake news, our audiovisual data has become much easier to manipulate than ever before.

In this course, we will explore current digital trends and critically investigate the impact of new media technologies on society. Lectures will reflect on various cases of audiovisual data in the digital sphere such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, AI-robots in moving images, #deepfakes, hacking, webbased-interactive hybridformats from the perspective of audiovisual data in academic research.

Neuroscience + LXDesign, @Radboud-Universität Nijmegen

Conference presentation of new research insights:

"The speaker's body image and schema in educational videos"

Today, videos are a part of most online learning experiences. But speaking in front of a camera is frequently found challenging by educators. Therefore, understanding the difficulties to further support our educators is a necessity. March 17th, 2018,


(The video reference is from 2014 and shows a mockup 'state of the arts' of videos from universities  all around the world. It is not directly related to the presentation, but still shows the challenges a majority of scientific educators face when speaking into a camera.)

'Forests – A Very Short Audiovisual Introduction' @ETH Zurich

The animation film will be screened at the Green Vision Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Based on the book publication "Forests, a very short introduction, Oxford University Book edition, by Prof. Dr. Jaboury Ghazoul, ETH Zürich,

'The Diversity of Empathy' @University of Basel & SLSAeu

The documentary film was produced during the "Empathies 2017 Conference", European Society of Literature, Science and the Arts, @University of Basel. Video production was kindly supported by Eikones.

Virtual Reality Experience Conservation Management@ETH Zurich

First Virtual Reality implementation in the ETH Zürich course about Ecosystem Management, 19.10.2017, Prof. Dr. Jaboury Ghazoul. The VR-360-Video gives a first impression from the field course about the ecosystems of scotland, including different case studies with stakeholders.

AI Storytelling and Character Development in Today's Movies

Conference Presentation / Workshop at 'Brave New World', 2./3. November 2017.


Abstract: While new series such as Westworld, Black Mirror or Humans and movies such as Her, ExMachina or Blade Runner 2049 are on the raise once again, our storytelling around artificial intelligence has hardly changed. Dystopian worlds dominate across the board, including also in viral webvideos such as Hyperreality or Strange Beasts. Deeply rooted in ancient mediterranean cultures, the thread of the evil AI can be traced back to Golem, Pygmalion, Hephaestus and followed through the history of storytelling via Frankenstein, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, R.U.R. or Metropolis. While real AI is taking more responsibility in various fields across the human experiences, such a cultural imprinting of contemporary moving images will leave traces in the way that AI is approached, integrated and reflected in our society. In the workshop, we will explore patterns of storytelling and character development of AI in todays movies.

Corporate Sustainability, Educational Videos, SusTec @ETH Zurich

Co-design of Video-Abstracts for scientific Publications

Abstract: A number of leading scientific journals now allow researchers to publish video–abstracts alongside their peer–reviewed articles. Many of these video–abstracts are produced as an afterthought to the research process, either internally at the university or by external media companies, a choice that creates a trade–off between the scientific validity of the content and the appropriate use of the affordances of the medium.

This article argues in order for video to reach a level of scientific validity comparable to text, an integration of video into the research process itself is a precondition. Boundary spanners, who float between the rigorous work of scientists and the language of moving images, can transform the use of video from a communication technology to a new immutable mobile at the very heart of the scientific process itself.


Im Zuge der Digitalisierung werden schriftliche Publikationen zunehmend von Videos begleitet. Renommierte Journals bieten Forschenden schon heute die Option, Abstracts auch im Videoformat einzureichen. Das Video als Medium des Bewegtbildes bringt spezifische Eigenschaften mit, das zusätzliche Möglichkeiten bietet und dabei anderen Paradigmen folgt als ein schriftlicher Text. Diese sind zum Beispiel die parallele Bild-Ton Narration, animierte Datenvisualisierungen, visuelle Dokumentationen des Arbeitsprozesses oder des methodischen Vorgehens. Damit auch dieses Medium mit der strukturellen Sicherheit eines Abstracts erschlossen werden kann, bietet der Einführungsvortrag neue Einblicke in das strategische Potential der Optimierung wissenschaftlicher Videos.

Als weitergehendes Angebot besteht für Forschende der LMU die Möglichkeit, am 19. Mai 2017 an einem Workshop mit ihren eigenen Forschungsthemen teilzunehmen, um ein tieferes Verständnis der Konzeptualisierung von Videos zu erfahren und ein Konzept für ein konkretes Projekt auszuarbeiten.

Keynote @Worms

Forthcoming Keynote, 12th of February 2019

Virtual Reality 360-VIDEO Sustainable Chocolate @uni osnabrück

In preproduction: Design session for a VR experiment on sustainable chocolate in Ghana, 7th of December at University Osnabrück.


Presentation of the Manifesto for Videos in Higher Education, @Utrecht University; LERU conference; November 29th, 18.

sensitive audiovisual data in the digital

Have a look at the ongoing course with students from the Leiden University, TUDelt and Erasmus Rotterdam University on critical "Audiovisual data in the digital world".

'Future War tech', game for the Brave new world event

Creative design session for a massive game experience at the Brave New World conference in Leiden, November 18.

Fake worlds? Deepfake Videos

@Brave New World Conference, 8.-9.11.18.

Video-Abstracts for Scientific Papers  @LMU Munich

Presentation and Workshop with scientists, REASON program, Ludwig-Maximillians Universität Munich, 30.11.18.

Research Presentation on Talking Heads and the Body Image & Schema @TUDelft

What challenges does a lecturer face in front of the camera? Embodiment theory meets studio practice, 04.09.18.

Teachings at Leiden University: Science Videos

Forthcoming in Fall 18 at Leiden University, open to all students: "Science Videos - Theory and Practice".

Video Lehrkredit Uni Zürich: Brettspiele in der Lehre

Postproduktion "Brettspiele in der Lehre. Das Forschungsthema Demokratie als Bildungsspiel" ,June 18.

AR+VR Conference & Expo in California

Excited to go to the AWE USA, Santa Clara, California, May 30 - June 1, 2018.

'Real Fake' - Signs of Time; Amsterdam

Presentation and Panel talk at 'Signs of Time': How can we still differentiate between truth and fake audiovisual data in Mixed Reality – or are we destined to live in a #FakeReality? April 24th 2018.

Corporate Sustainability #2 @ETH Zurich

New video productions with Prof. Dr. Volker Hoffmann, Departement of Management, Technology and Economic  "Corporate Sustainability", March.

Dance Video, Baden Switzerland

Old school times after almost ten years!!! What else to do over public holidays? We're gonna shot a dance music video again. Co-production project with the professional dancer, choreographer and lecturer Sarah Keusch and some other amazing dancers, March 18.

The Future of New Media @Humanity Hub, The Hague

Possibilities of using Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality in your work. How do NGOs bring stories closer to their audiences? How can it help us to better understand what’s going on around you in case of a disaster? How can this facilitate more immersive storytelling? Februar, 27th,

Video Workshop @University of Zurich/ ETH Zurich

Didactia course: 'Bildungsvideos in der Lehre' , (engl. 'Videos in Higher Education') together with Katharina Draeger, 02. 2018.

Educational Science Videos @Imperial College London

Videographer & Reseacher Roundtable at Imperial College London, 29th of November.

Our Hololens App @Microsoft Story, Centre 4 Innovation

LERU Research @University of Milano

Presentation of research paper at the LERU (League of European Research Universities), 9.-10.11.2017:

"To tease somebody - a Comparision Study of Intro and Lecture Videos"

Field Course Media Scotland @ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich Innovedum Project: Production of digital media (videos, soundscapes, photographs, 360°-Videos for VR) July 2017.

VR/AR Workshop @University of Naples Federico

ICEM 2017 (International Conference Educational Media)  Paper presentation: "To tease somebody – Significant Differences Between Advertised Educational Course Intro Videos and Actual Lecture Videos" and co-teaching workshop: "AR and VR in Higher Education"

Edubreak Video-annotation @ETH Zurich

Introducing audio- and visual data for learning about conservation management: using the edubreak plattform, students can access videos about the case studies, stakeholder interviews, sonification elements of the nature, in-depth audio interviews and photomontage of the different views from the scottish highlands.

Video-Abstract 'Benefiting from Open Innovation' @ETH Zurich

Article: Zobel, Ann‐Kristin. "Benefiting from open innovation: A multidimensional model of absorptive capacity." Journal of Product Innovation Management 34.3 (2017): 269-288.

Workshop about Science Videos @ZHDK

Workshop about "Science Videos"; 20th of July 2017

For a research group at the ZHdK (Academy of Arts and Design Zurich) and their research project: Research Video – annotated videos as a new standard of publishing practice-based and artistic research. ZHdK Research Project:

3-days Workshop: Educational Video Production @ETH Zurich

Teaching a group of LET ETH staff about the art of video production in a three days hands-on workshop, July 2017.

LERU Video Workshop @LMU Munich

LERU Video Workshop, organized the E-University LMU Munich, Chiemsee, June 7.-10. 2017, Presentation 'Videos in Higher Education'

'Into the Forest. Co-Design of Science and Film'

Reutemann Jeanine.: Into the Forest. Über die gegenseitige epistemische Unterwanderung von Wissenschaft und Film, in: Marcus Maeder (Hg.), Kunst, Wissenschaft, Natur. Zur Ästhetik und Epistemologie der künsterlisch-wissenschaftlichen Naturbeobachtung, Bielefeld: Transcript, April 2017: 113-168.

'Framing the Talking Head' @Universidad Carlos III Madrid

EMOOCs2017, Madrid, 22.-25.05.2017, Workshop "Framing the Talking Head – biggest challenges: Behind and in front of the camera"

Research Video 'Video Styles in MOOCs – A journey into the world of digital education'

'Venice Time Machine' Videos (incl. VR-360) @Ecolé Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

EPFL Lausanne with Prof. Dr. Frédéric Kaplan & Isabella diLenardo Chair of Digital Humanities. Co-design video production in the research cooperation of "Videos in Higher Education" for a MOOC about the "Venice Time Machine" with Patrick Jermann and the MOOC factory Team at Center for Digital Education, EPFL. Video production on-location in Venice, including 360°Videos.

Research Video 'The Himalayan Wolf' @Oxford University

»We never see the same thing when we also hear;

we don‘t hearthe same thing when we see as well.«

Michel Chion ›The Voice in the Cinema‹