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

Forthcoming: Keynote 'Media & Learning' Conference in Leuven, Belgium, June, 14-15.

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, http://connectedlearningsummit.org/

TEDx Talk Lausanne 'AI-Robots Shape the Vision of Future Tech'

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?  Fear is not the right sentiment to cope with Artificial Intelligence and robots as they slowly but surely transform our societies. It is time we form a more objective view of where future technologies will take us.

 

Forthcoming: Presentation on "How Stories of AI-Robots shape the Vision of Future Technology" at the TedX Lausanne 'Homo Futuris', May 7th 2018.

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. https://www.beeldengeluid.nl/bezoek/agenda/festival-van-het-vrije-woord

 

Please find the slides under this link

 

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.

VR-360 at our New Media Lab, Centre for Innovation, The Hague

Have a look at our current innovative VR-360 experiences at the New Media Lab, Leiden University's Centre for Innovation: http://newmedialab.centre4innovation.org/360-virtual-reality-vr.html

Blog Article: Head or Tails – The two sides of educators #performance in #camerawork

Published in the "Media & Learning News"; March Edition.

On the face side of the coin, there is the speaker. The Roman rhetorician Marcus Fabius Quintilian stated around 50 B.C.: "It is often the case that the same language is free in one speaker, foolish in another, and arrogant in a third." As ancient this quotation is, it still resonates today and becomes almost comically obvious when watching certain videos of educators, performing as Talking Head. [...]

R4D Science Docusmentary Film on Social Conflicts: Violence; Identity; Inequality

Notice: Image is not part of the production, but refers to an earlier project about Maasai Women, Cookstoves and Fairtrade Flowers
Notice: Image is not part of the production, but refers to an earlier project about Maasai Women, Cookstoves and Fairtrade Flowers

Under the umbrella of the R4D program of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), we're currently in the early preproduction phase of a joint-collaborative project with research teams from the Université de Lausanne, Université de Genève and the ETH Zurich for a documentary film about 'Social Conflicts'. The involved research projects of the R4D program are: »Ethnic power relations and conflict in fragile states«, »The gender dimensions of social conflict, armed violence and peacebuilding«, »Fostering pluralistic memories and collective resilience in fragile transitional justice processes«. ; Intense Script Writing Days: April, 18.-20.

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, http://www.lxdcon.com/index.html#home

 

(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,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS95gjWp2to&t=49s

'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 in the scottish higlands @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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwZkSrRdK6M

AI Storytelling and Character Development in Today's Movies

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

https://www.bravenewworld.nl/

 

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.

'Better Gardens' Research Video @WSL/FIBL & ETH Zurich

Science video production for research dissemination.

Corporate Sustainability, Educational Videos, SusTec @ETH Zurich

Production of 'Corporate Sustainability' educational concept videos for the Group for Sustainability and Technology, lead by Prof. Volker Hoffmann.

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.

'The Art of Video-Abstracts' @LUDWIG-MAXIMILLIANS-UNIVERSITY MUNICH

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.

'Venice Time Machine' Video Production (incl. VR-360-Videos) @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.

Barcamp: 3rd Millennium Education – design, reflection, aspiration

Organizer of the BarCamp: "3rd Millennium Education: Design, Reflection, Aspiration"at FHNW in Basel.

 

Neuere Untersuchungen zeigen, dass zur Bewältigung der grossen Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts ein breiteres und neues Kompetenzverständnis benötigt wird, bei dem Fähigkeiten wie Kreativität, Empathie, Kommunikation und Problemlösen Schlüsselqualifkationen darstellen. Bislang sind jedoch kaum systematische Konzepte zu einer curricularen Verankerung dieser «breadth of skills» in der Hochschullehre vorhanden. Auch eine strategische und umfassende Implementierung neuer Lerntechnologien steht noch aus. Der Bedarf nach einer präziseren Verhältnisbestimmung von «breadth of skills» und Lerntechnologien scheint hierbei zentral. Die Einführung von Massiv Open Online Courses (MOOC’S) sind ein gutes Beispiel dafür, wie neue Lerntechnologien zwar schnell aufgegriffen und implementiert wurden, solche Massnahmen oftmals jedoch von der Angst motiviert sind, relevante Entwicklungen zu verpassen. Die ästhetischen, sozialen und kommunikativen Konsequenzen sind hierbei häufig nicht hinreichend geprüft. Insbesondere ist zu klären, wie sich die «Digitalisierung der Lehre» und der Bedarf nach auch ästhetisch gehaltvollen Lernerfahrungen sinnvoll aufeinander beziehen lassen. In vielen Disziplinen werden neue Technologien noch immer als blosse Erweiterungen der Tafel, des Lehrbuches und des Arbeitsheftes eingesetzt. Daher suchen wir nach Ansätzen, mit denen neue Technologien des Lernens implementiert werden können um eine kreativen Ausgestaltung und Weiterentwicklung von Learning Spaces zu ermöglichen.

Das Barcamp hat zum Ziel, mit interessierten Teilnehmenden aus interdisziplinären Feldern solche und ähnliche Fragestellungen kritisch zu untersuchen. Die Methode des Barcamp (Un-konferenz) ermöglicht den Teilnehmenden, die relevanten Schwerpunkte des Tages selbst zu definieren, eigene Ideen und brennende Themenschwerpunkte vorzuschlagen und in reger Interaktion mit den weiteren Interessenten neue Entwürfe zu entwickeln.

Download
BarCamp: 3rd Millennium Flyer
Flyer download
barcamp_3rd_millennium_FHNW.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 773.9 KB

Research Video 'The Himalayan Wolf' @Oxford University

Insights from research on the Himalayan wolf in Nepal.
www.himalayanwolvesproject.org

Research Process Video

This research process video is part of the research project "Audiovisual Media Design for Higher Education" (Milestone 1.4). Instead of only writing a standardized process report, I decided to also create a short videographic impression about our research process to make things 'visible'.

The research gets kindly funded by the Gebert Rüf Stiftung:
http://www.grstiftung.ch/de/portfolio/projekte/alle/y_2014/GRS-050-14.html

Science Educational Video 'A Living Landscape' @ETH Zurich

Conservation and land use entail many conflicts that have to be negotiated. These concern not only the direct impacts of land use on biodiversity and economy, but also differing perceptions among people and stakeholders regarding goals and priorities. This video, based on the Conservation Management field course run by ETH Zurich, explores these issues in the Highlands of Scotland.

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

AR+VR Conference & Expo in California

'Real Fake' - Signs of Time; Amsterdam

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

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.

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. (videolink refers to a dance video from 2009) 

Corporate Sustainability #2 @ETH Zurich

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

http://thespindle.org/event/future-new-media/

Educational Video Workshop @University of Zurich/ ETH Zurich

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

http://www.didactica.uzh.ch

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: https://www.zhdk.ch/en/researchproject/549545

3-days Hands-On Workshop about 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.

Track Videos Corporate Sustainability @ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich TORQUE project with Prof. Dr. Volker Hoffmann, Departement of Management, Technology and Economics. Co-design video production with the Multimedia IT and LET of the ETH Zurich for digital educational material.

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.

Video Manifesto for Educational Videos

In Production: Video Manifesto, expert group from:

EPFL Lausanne
ETH Zürich


FHNW Basel


Ludwig-Maximillians University Munich

HSG St.Gallen
Leuphana Universität

New Iteration by experts at the LERU Video Workshop:
Leiden University


University College London
University of Amsterdam
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
KU Leuven
University of Zurich

'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"

'Enter the void' – Cinema Introduction Speech @Stadtkino Basel

Einführungsvortrag zum Film "Enter the Void" von Gaspar Noe, im Kontext von Chacun son Cinéma, Stadtkino Basel, 14.03.17

'VR Images: Too Close To Be True' Publication

Publication: Reutemann J. (2016): "Too close to be true. VR images bring the visible speaker into your face (literally)". in: IMAGE EMBODIMENT – New Perspectives of the Sensory Turn.


»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‹