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12/18 r4D SNF meeting for the postproduction of our research documentary synthesis project

Synthesis meeting and further postproduction planning with scholars from the University of Lausanne, ETH Zurich and University of Geneva at SNF in Bern.


09/18 TedX Lausanne: Robots & 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?

11/18 Video-Abstracts for Scientific Papers  @LMU Munich

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


08/18 Mixed Reality: Tech meets Embodiment Research @MIT

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,

06/18 Brettspiele in der Lehre @UniZürich

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

05/18 Publikation: 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

Excited to be at the AWE USA, Santa Clara, California. Takeaway paraphrased: "You only need a pen and paper [and a strong character] for good storytelling" Keynote Jason Katz from Pixar.


04/18 '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?

03/18 Corporate Sustainability #2 @ETH Zurich

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

03/18 Dance Video

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.

10/17 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.

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.

12/17 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.

05/17 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.

07/17 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.

06/17 LERU Video Workshop @LMU Munich

LERU Video Workshop, organized the E-University LMU Munich, Chiemsee, Presentation 'Videos in Higher Education'

10/18 Ethnic minorities, state repression and Mayan guerilla movement in Guatemala

The ongoing fight for the rights of ethnic minorities. Mayan guerilla movement, political and economic inqualities, state reactions: On the road for the research film and VR 360-Video experience in Guatemala, with the fantastic team of the Prof. Ricardo Saenz de Tejada, Prof. Marta Juana López and students of the USAC. Project of the ETH Zurich, under the umbrella of the 'Research for Development' program of the Swiss National Science Foundation.


09/18 Research P. on Talking HeadS, Body Image @TUDelft

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


A Political Speculative design novel: Liquid Reign

My climate finance expert/ political economist/ speculative futurist/ lifetime partner published his first sci-fi speculative design novel based on todays technologies (including crazy citations of inspiration sources).


The main character, Daniel, an fairly aged Professor of Evolution-Philosophy takes us on a phantasy-full journey of our lives in, waking up from a coma in 2051. Topics include: liquiddemocracy; mixedreality; limitstowealth; privacy; AI; addiction; terrorism; hacking; anarchy; frogconservation and many more... 

out on amazon; see goodreads reviews here


08/18 Mixed Reality app tech-presentation: watch your tendons stretch @MIT boston

A Novel Approach Towards Anatomy Learning! Whereas other MR-productions for anatomy focus on 3D-visualization only, we assume that the involvement of the whole body of the user in the experience leads to more playful learning, and can be particularly helpful for concepts difficult to understand such as the movement dynamics of the lower feet. Moreover, the pure representation of a 3D-model in MR is consider an instance of a classical media fallacy of the affordances (see image comparison of anatomy learning in 1935 and the MR-app from 2015). While such pure visualizations add a spatial factor to the experience of traditional moving images, they do not play towards the strengths of MR, as they only marginally interact with the body of the learners.

'Audiovisual Data in the Digital World'; Course 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.

08/18 SNF research-doc Production with expert statements in zurich, berne, lausanne and geneva

As part of the full-lenght research documentary on social conflicts, we've put our researchers in front of the camera. They all did a fantastic job! Filmstills (not colour graded), from left top on; Nils Rosemann (DEZA), Lars-Erik Cederman (ETH Zurich), Steve Reichert (Expert in collaboration with University of Lausanne); Elizabeth Pruegl (University of Geneva); Christelle Rigual (University of Geneva).

05/18 AR+VR Conference & Expo in California

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? Spindle Humanity Hub.

03/18 Neuroscience + LXDesign, @Radboud-Universität

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. 

02/18 Didactica Workshop @University Zurich / ETH Zurich

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

11/17 '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.

11/17 AI Storytelling and Character Development in Today's Movies

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


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.

07/17 Corporate Sustainability, Videos SusTec @ETH Zurich

07/17 Field Course Media Scotland @ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich Innovedum Project: Production of digital media (videos, soundscapes, photographs, 360°-VR)


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.

05/17 '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"

01/19 editing editing editing

Around 25 terabytes of film material in the editing process. The research documentary is taking shape.


08/18 Manifesto Videos in Higher Education

06/18 Keynote 'Video Killed the Lecture Star –  A Journey from Video to Mixed Reality'

01/19 Thought-provoking statements on videos

A new collection of some critical statements on videos in higher education. The expert interviews were conducted as part of an earlier research project: "Media Design for Videos in Higher Education".


12/18 publications on Talking Heads and Videos 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.


05/18 Festival of Free Speech 'Mixed Reality Meets Deep Fake'

Workshop at the Festival of Free Speech: 'When Mixed Reality meets Deep Fake: 3rd Millennium Challenges for Audiovisual Data in Journalism', Beeld en Geluid.


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.

09/18 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!


11/17 Educational Science Videos @Imperial College London

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

03/18 Our Hololens App @Microsoft Story, Centre 4 Innovation

11/17 LERU Research @University of Milano

Presentation of research paper, LERU (League of European Research Universities): "To tease somebody - a Comparision Study of Intro and Lecture Videos"

09/17 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"

07/17 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.

04/17 '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.

06/16 Research Video 'Video Styles in MOOCs'

11/16 Audiovisual Report to research foundation

11/16 Research Video 'The Himalayan Wolf' @Oxford University


11/16 'Venice Time Machine' Videos (VR-360) @EPFL

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.

»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‹