10/20 Keynote at SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival

The current crisis of truth hits at a time when science clearly shows major threats to the web of life on earth. Audiovisual media is crucial in negotiating between science, false beliefs and the unknown. With its direct evocation of emotional reactions, videos can easily overpower written languageas a mean of spreading what appears to be true.This talk looks at audiovisual technologies as a tool to mediate and explore ways of strengthening the bond of trust between science and public. How can we build trust through these experiences? https://www.silbersalz-festival.com/de/programme/industry

10/20 'Fallen' eine Tanz-Film Kollaboration, in Baden

08/20 "The art of Feedback" and "Misconceptions in Science", new videos @ETH Zurich

New ETH Zurich science educational video on misconceptions & feedback - 80ies style. Voice-over excerpt: "But be careful not to create a spatio-temporal feedback loop that annihilates the entire universe…" video links will follow by the end of September 2020!

06/20 research documentary Film 'Inequality and conflict' (full lenght film is online!)

05/20 Threshold Concepts ... Learning Science Theories ... Learning Goals, new videos @ETH Zurich

02/20 Capturing Conflict: visually powerful yet steeped in meaning - Blogarticle media and learning

Sometimes, pictures can change everything.


We had just returned from our field productions in Guatemala and Nigeria with some of our local and Swiss research colleagues, where we tried to capture their research into social conflict on camera.


Once the film stills from our co-production process of “Inequality and Conflict – Beyond us and Them” were printed on paper and lying on a table in the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Headquarters in Bern, Switzerland, the discussions of our researchers started to shift fundamentally.

Read the whole blogarticle on Media and Learning

01/20 SCNAT Swiss Sustainability research Initiative

This video presents the Sustainability Research Initiative (SRI) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The SRI aims at promoting research for sustainable development in Switzerland. It is realized in collaboration with our partner institutions at the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Sustainability Research Initiative Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT sustainability.scnat.ch Twitter: @SRInitiative_CH

01/20 SCiences - Arts: Theorie und Praxis aus einer Wissenschaftlich-Filmischen Perspektive

Impulsvortrag an der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Luzern zum Thema einer Verbindung von Theorie und Praxis in der gestalterischen-wissenschaftlichen Lehre.


Präsentation hier




11/19 Immersion, Simulation, Exploration: VR-360 für ein forschendes Lernen

360-Videos in Virtual Reality (VR-360) bietet einen neuen Zugang für investigative Explorationen, der neue Welten für forschendes Lernen eröffnen kann.

VR-360 basiert medial betrachtet auf audio- und visuellen Daten, welche je nach technologischen und ästhetischen Entscheidungen eine veränderte "Realität" darstellen und Einfluss auf die Immersionserfahrung einnehmen kann.

Die damit einhergehenden audiovisuellen, medialen Transformationsprozesse resultieren in einem veränderten Prozess des forschenden Lernens. Um dabei wissenschaftliche Validität zu erhalten, müssen diese jedoch kritisch reflektiert werden. Diese mediale Reflexion benötigt Skills, welche in einer multidisziplinären Umgebung erlernt werden müssen. Da audiovisuell-mediale Fertigkeiten sich fundamental von den üblichen akademischen Methoden des Umgangs mit Text unterscheiden, ist für diesen Prozess ein Co-Design mit Mediendesignern und Boundary Spanners unabdingbar.

@Campus Innovation Hamburg, November 2019 > Videoaufzeichnung des Vortrages

11/19 geneva Peace week: Research Documentary premiere







Our full-lenght research documentary "Inequality and Conflict - beyond us and them" will have the premiere at the Geneva Peace Week, Cinemas du Grütli, Geneva, 4.11.2019.

10/19 Keynote: ein Fenster in die Welt des Lehrenden

Keynote at "Tag der Lehre", Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.


Thanks for the questions and inputs!

Here the presentation




08/19 From Leiden University to ETH Zurich

New perspective: Change of my university affiliation from the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University, The Hague Netherlands to the Educational Development and Technology of ETH Zurich.

06/19 Pre-screening SDC Network

Towards aiming to bridge the difficult gap between research and policy makers: "audiovisual data" - such as film can be - a boundary object, to not only translate research into another language, but also a further step into new ways of collaboration between science, film and policy makers. Preliminary film screening of "Inequality and Conflict" in Geneva with SDC experts from all over the world. The purpose was to get feedback for the final editing of the synthesis film.


04/19 sustainable chocolate ghana, VR-360 Experiment

Do we value fairtrade chocolate more through Virtual Reality experiences? Planned experiment with VR-360 videos on consumer behaviour, with the University Osnabrück forthcoming.

03/19 Shaping The future of AI, opening speech

What audiovisual data bias do we have in todays AI stories? How can we gain transparency and trust at the borderline between bot and human? We strongly need storytelling for a positive future with „Extended Intelligence“. Fintech Hackathon Zurich

02/19 Keynote: Audiovisuelle Sprache

My keynote on "Videos as another language" in Worms, Germany. We need to fundamentally change on how we reflect, think and produce videos in science and teaching. It's just a different language, and we need to understand how to work with it. > go to presentation slides

11/18 Climate Change, robopocalypse, Space Travel or Immortality? Role play Game @Bravenewworld Conference

We've designed a massive role play game about the future, climate change, robopocalypse, immortality and space travel from scratch. Mitigation, adaptation, investment in AI robots or basic research? Dependent on the choices of the different countries, the future of our planet drastically changes over the next 100 years. Facilitated at Brave New World conference in Leiden.

11/18 Fakenews? DeepfakeS!

We're experiencing a turmoil, a collective global crisis of mistrust in the digital world with nudging, uncertainty of data policy, #EvilCorporations, facial recognition. #Deepfakes add to the prevalent #FakeNews #AlternativeFacts. Presentation 'The Future of Trust in Images' at the multidisciplinary Brave New World Conference, Leiden Netherlands.

06/20 Penrose meets feynman meets you: what is the role of a teacher? ETH Zurich

New ETH LET: It's a sign of a good job when you can merge scenes from Sir Roger Penrose and a Feynman lecture into a teaching video on the role of teacher (video only internally available for now).

10/19 Publikation

10/19 Video design; bundesamt für raumentwicklung

06/19 Jos conflict, nigeria: Gender dimensions

Intense and deeply insightful week with the Gender Dimension team of the University of Geneva, colleagues from Indonesia and the local team in Nigeria for a research documentary synthesis project. A small Nigerian "fairytale": On the road with local colleagues, hunting for images about inequality. First meeting with the chief of Durumi 1 - he accepts and sends his (handsome) prince with us. A little later, meeting with the chief of Durumi 5 - he accepts and sends another prince to join our journey. Stuffed in a car with two Nigerian princes sharing the front seat, visiting a Internally Deplaced Person Camp of refugees from the Northern states. These images will stay in my head for a while.

Field notes: Nigeria is officially a "post-conflict" state. However, the trip to Nigeria in November was our second, as we've been there in July already for only two days. One week before we arrived in Abuja, there was another genocide in Jos, excatly the place where we've planned to go. So much for post-conflict status.

04/19 transdisciplinary tool design session

Design Session for the video production of the transdisciplinary tool "Three Types of Knowledge", a project with the td.net and tdlab ETH Zurich.

02/19 Keynote "Eine andere Sprache" response Tweet, Thanks!

02/19 Scientists meet Filmmakers

Being a mentor at the Science Film Hackathon in Basel was a blast. Looking forward to the Zurich event!


01/19 VR-360 REMOTE SENSING, Leiden University

Final micro script changes of the voice-over for our VR-360 experience about the method of "Remote Sensing". Co-Design project of the Centre for Innovation with Dr. Joris Timmermans, Institute of Environmental Studies, Leiden University. Our talented voice-over speaker is Assistant Professor Paul Behrens, Energy and Environmental Change.

11/18 Manifesto Presentation @Uni utrecht

Manifesto for Videos in Higher Education, @Utrecht University; LERU conference.

10/18 How-to-do expert interviews with camera @USAC guatemala

Teaching session with history and anthropology fellows and students of the Universidad San Carlos, Guatemala on the tricky situation of expert interviews with camera for research documentaries. Half-structured interview meets camera documentary interview style.

09/18 How robot stories shape visions of technology / TedX Lausanne

08/18 360-VR Videos Connected Learning Summit @MIT BOSTON

Through recent advanced technological development, media formats such as VR360-videos for VR seem promising and enter the educational sector rapidly. Although VR360-videos resemble traditional videography in some of their affordances, innovative storytelling, playful elements and

strategies for directing the gaze-attention of the recipient are genuinely different and still need to be explored. In fact, standard VR360-videos are a rather passive medium besides the option to turn the head. We at the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University believe, that a majority of educational topics could benefit from more interaction and playful elements in VR360. Hence, we’re currently developing several projects with playful interactivity in VR in which we try to overcome the passiveness. You can find the MIT presentation here

10/18 university Teachings: sensitive audiovisual data in the digital WORld

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

»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‹