ART x SCIENCE

October 31 - November 2 | 2016

WHAT IS THE AHA FESTIVAL?

For the third year, the AHA festival investigates the meeting between art and science in a three-day event at the Chalmers University of Technology hosted by the Department of Architecture and the Department of Physics. An international festival intended to provide enlightening experiences, staging surprises, new thoughts and displaced perspectives that lead to alternative modes of thinking about exploring the world through art and science. We invite scientists (physicists, historians, astronomers, engineers), artists (dancers, musicians, painters, poets, acrobats) who reside in these borderlands and wish to share their vision and work. The key intention is to celebrate both art and science as key knowledge building devices.

The first year’s theme ’Embodiment’ (2014) explored the body as our anchor in the world, followed by the 2015 theme on ’Numbers’, a delightful net we cast over the world. This year's theme is ’Uni-verse,’ again a natural consequence of our interest in the relation between art and science. The elemental force that drives science as well as art is curiosity. Come be curious with us!

Everyone is welcome and admission is free to the AHA Festival which take place October 31, November 1 and 2, on Chalmers Johanneberg campus at Chalmersplatsen 1, in Kårhuset.

Find your way

the universe plays the universe plays airport and air the universe plays Mozart and milky way the universe plays multiple sclerosis the universe plays Socrates and Euripides and Sappho the universe plays I am you and you are me the universe plays bluebottle fly and yarrow and Amanita virosa the universe plays highway and aluminum the universe plays polar bear and heavy metal the universe plays vanilla and mint and mutation the universe plays breast cancer and skimmed milk the universe plays big bang and beehive and consciousness the universe plays universe (Morten Søndergaard - 'The Universe Plays' - translated from Danish)

Uni-verse

The Universe is all of time and space and its contents. In short where we are. And in a strange way it is also something that seems to be beyond us. That is the wonderful thing about the universe: We are in it and it is within us. We feel small compared to the infinite cosmos, but inside our bodies and our minds we contain other universes. We are a home to an infinity of universes. The small and innocent word universe tries to contain everything we want to express with it: The universe is scale and volume, it is depth and time, it is movement and sound. It is light and life. The universe is one and an unimaginable many at the same time. The meaning of the word flows in many directions and at the AHA-festival we will curiously follow some of them. The universe is the grand architecture and atmosphere we inhabit. The universe is our physics and circumstance. Our ideas about the universe have been many since the dawn of mankind and they will be reformulated many times in the future.

During the festival we have chosen to divide the word universe into three: uni and "-" and verse. Uni means that something is combined into a whole. Verse means that we are turned in a direction, the origin of the word tells us that it is the plow that turns at the end of the field. And the dash "-" is all the spaces and cracks where new discoveries can grow. Art and science unfolds in the gap between what we know and what we want to know. So it is just natural that this meeting takes place. The third AHA festival creates possibilities to share thoughts and experiences, it is a platform to let science and art meet. And hopefully it is a way to maybe understand a little bit more of what the universe contains. Or as physicist Stephen Hawking puts it ‘look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.’

Program

Day 1: Curiosity

Monday | 2016-10-31

'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice 'now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!'

(Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll)

Day 2: Atmosphere

Tuesday | 2016.11.01

Weather, architecture, sounds, stimuli: a vapour globe that contains all life. Our atmosphere.

Day 3: Reformulate

Wednesday | 2016.11.02

New matter flows along the river bed of the world. The world must be reformulated every night and every day.

Kickoff

Riccardo Pes, Arthur I Miller, Fredrik Nilsson, Peter Apell, The AHA team

seminar

RUNAN

Monday 09:00-09:30

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Strings

Peter Christensson

Exhibition

During the festival

Exhibition Photos of Anja Lechner at AHA! Festival 2015 by Peter Christensson

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Me, Myself and Jante

Matilda Lidberg

Sound installation

Living room

During the festival

The Law of Jante creates a universe of individuals each struggling to be part of a community that doesn’t exist. Like bodies in space it urges us to stick to our trajectory dictated for us by the laws of attraction and gravity. Stay on this path and you’ll be a part of us, you’ll be more like us, you’ll be a part of our family. In a series of eight interviews with women from west Sweden in ages range from 33 to 70 Matilda Lidberg examines their definition of the Law of Jante but most importantly the influence it might have had or still have on their lives.

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For our ears only

Lisa Nordström

private improvisation

FOYER

During the festival

Welcome to just listen or take part in an improvised session together with Lisa Nordström.

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Chalmers Art Society

COMPETITION

& EXHIBITION

During the festival

Win a 1 year membership in…
Chalmers Art Society
Suggest a creative activity for 2017. A jury picks the winner.

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viral symphOny

Joseph Nechvatal

INSTALLATION

During the festival

Viral symphOny is a collaborative electronic noise music symphony created by Joseph Nechvatal between the years 2006 and 2008 using custom artificial life C++ software based on the viral model. It is 1 hour and 49 minutes in length.

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Side Orders
A Youth Voice

Anna Kaczorowska

Exhibition

During the festival

The Exhibition presents selected student work at the Bachelor and Master level at the Department of Architecture and the Department of Physics. As a result of collaboration between students, teachers and the industry in the design studios, programmes and projects, this work reflects on the complexity of human environment, sustainability, matter and space, the art of engineering, modelling and building advanced structures, using new materials and innovative technologies. Student work builds upon contemporary topics and discussions, the quality of pedagogical methods, on design skills and creativity in problem solving.
Spatial Morphology Studio
HSB Living Lab
Material and Detail Design Studio
Architecture and Engineering Program

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Curiosity: (How ideas come into being)

Klas Parknäs, Biruta Kresling, Dan Ringgaard, Arthur I Miller, Morten Søndergaard

seminar

RUNAN

Monday 9:30-11:00

Curiosity: (How ideas come into being): Klas Parknäs, Catharina Dyrssen, Biruta Kresling, Dan Ringgaard, Morten Sœndergaard with WORD generator

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Deconstruction the order of the Compact Disc

Sigrid Laurel Östlund, Hye Kyung Lim, Karl-Johan Sellberg, Ásgeír Sigurjónsson, Jonas Johansson

workshop

Starts in seminar room Catella

Monday 11:00-17:00

Participants explore chaos and order through the destruction and reconstruction of an object’s physical and abstract qualities, as well as the way in which these qualities respond to movement. You will build with compact discs, light and sound to create a spatial experience that responds to people's movement in the space. A complex whole is formed through static, periodic, complex, and chaotic behaviors. The resulting light, sound, chaos ...action! will remain in the space for the duration of the festival and be part of a performance with Ljudlabbet on the 2nd of November.

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Lunch with Anja Lechner

Anja Lechner

music performance

FOYER

Monday 12:00-13:00

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Colliding Science and Art

Sofie Arfwidson and Christoffer Petersson

workshop

SEMINAR ROOM LEDNINGSRUMMET

Monday 13:00-15:00

Particle physics and art are different but complementary ways to explore the world around us and our place in the universe. By colliding particles at almost the speed of light, the particle accelerator Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva, addresses questions concerning what the universe is made of and how it began. You are invited to make your own interpretation, in the form of a painting or a collage, of the images and videos of LHC particle collisions and related research that you will see and learn about.

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Art, Science, Technology and Creativity - Now

Arthur I. Miller

seminar

RUNAN

Monday 13:00-14:00

There is a revolution going on in the world of art, a new avant garde pushing the boundaries farther than ever before. Art, science and technology are merging to form a Third Culture. I call this exciting new art movement 'artsci'. Its denizens are artist, scientist and technologist rolled into one. But today this goes dramatically further because computers are playing an increasingly important role in producing art and music. The question naturally arises: Can Computers Be Creative?
In my talk I will explore this brave new world. What are some of the many sorts of art that spring from the interplay between art and science? How did this interaction begin and where is it going in the 21st century? How are concepts such as art and aesthetics being redefined? Are there similarities between the creative processes of artists and scientists and if so, what? I will discuss these questions and more.

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Re\active\/Pro/active

George Wade, Fred Labbe

workshop

LEDNINGSRUMMET

Monday 15:00-16:00

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One Second Workshop

Biruta Kresling

workshop

FOYER

Monday 15:00-17:00

Bionics - the way to learn from natural structures and eventually apply the findings to engineering. Biruta runs courses in European and Japanese universities on experimental methods in form-finding, especially in folding techniques. With magic precision regular folding patterns appear in her "one-second-workshops". Follow her instructions and you will be able to produce deployable tree leaves, bellow-like tubes and pine-cone patterns. Have fun while exploring some secrets of natural forms.

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Uni - Our Inner Universe

Maria Mebius Schröder

workshop

SEMINAR ROOM CATELLA

Monday 15:00-17:00

An exclusive workshop (twelve seats only) with the purpose to develop the individual thinking and group learning skills. The ancient philosopher Socrates had the reasons right to impartially test all options as basis in his dialogues. Today many people often believe they know how things are and even what other people hink. In the open, reflective dialogue it will be shown that we are blinded by our preconceptions. In an intellectual examination of our conceptions we will get a deeper understanding of ourselves and the dilemmas we struggle with everyday – a glimpse of our inner universe.
This is the first of three independent workshops, focusing on the theme this day.

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Art Walk

Starts at the building Origo

Guided tour

PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

Monday 17:00-18:30

An art walk at the Department of Physics, consisting of more than 15 pieces from contemporary artists. At 18:00 a new piece by the Belgium artist Win de Prez will be inaugurated. Wim de Prez creates sculptures and paintings. He works on part of the office space at the Department of Physics at Chalmers, creating his interpretation of five paradigm within physics: thermodynamics and statistical physics; electrodynamics; classical mechanics; quantum mechanics, and; relativity.

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Naqsh Duo

Naqsh Duo with special guest Anja Lecher

music performance

FOYER

Monday 19:00-20:30

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- - Our Inner Universe

Maria Mebius Schröder

workshop

SEMINAR ROOM CATELLA

Tuesday 09:00-11:00

An exclusive workshop (twelve seats only) with the purpose to develop the individual thinking and group learning skills. The ancient philosopher Socrates had the reasons right to impartially test all options as basis in his dialogues. Today many people often believe they know how things are and even what other peoplet hink. In the open, reflective dialogue it will be shown that we are blinded by our preconceptions. In an intellectual examination of our conceptions we will get a deeper understanding of ourselves and the dilemmas we struggle with everyday – a glimpse of our inner universe.
This is the second of three independent workshops, focusing on the theme this day.

Note: This event is in Swedish only

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Who says that an individual can’t wear two different socks?

Wim de Prez

seminar

RUNAN

Tuesday 09:00-10:00

Wim de Prez (°1962 Aalst, Belgium) creates sculptures and paintings. His work makes the viewer smile and asks questions about our suffocating beauty ideal. Why is someone beautiful? Does he or she have to look like a model? Why is the ideal of a symmetrical face and a malnourished figure so compelling? Wim De Prez shatters these delusions and mocks the dominant impossible expectations. It's his quest. Who says that an individual can't wear two different socks? Each work begins from scratch. Some ideas become paintings and continue their lives in acrylics and pastels on canvas. Other ideas are developed with 3D software before being printed and painted.

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A Strange Stranger - voice as atmosphere

Marie Højlund

seminar

SEMINAR ROOM CATELLA

Tuesday 11:00-12:00

Marie Højlund explores the voice as a disruptive agent dissolving the divisions between inside and the outside and the way it is rendered and translated through other objects. The voice as a temporary rhythmic and fragile environment. Our most faithful and intimate companion but consistently a strange stranger. She will use her own voice through looping, distorting, layering and processing in her performance (at the performance), as well as present projects in the seminar where she engages citizens’ voices in art projects, as in the project Lys, Landskab og Stemmer (www.lysogstemmer.dk) where she and Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen collected 758 different voices in East Jutland reading Inger Christensens poem Lys (Light) aloud. The recordings were transformed into a 24-speaker outdoor composition presented in six different sites, each six hours long, one for each site, unfolded over six evenings in 2011. Video clip from one of the six evenings at Trehøje.

Some Values of Landscape, Body and Weather

Carmen Olsson, Anna Maria Orrù, Dan Ringgaard

seminar

SEMINAR ROOM LEDNINGSRUMMET

Tuesday 10:00-12:00

This is an introduction seminar to the workshop 'Body Weather.' We will take a stroll through atmospheres and weathers of diverse varieties; theory and imagination behind clouds, metamorphosis and body weather practice. Dan Ringgaard joins Anna Maria Orru and Carmen Olsson into an introduction to the day's practice. This is followed by an all-day Body Weather workshop exploring the sensitivity of body and space, inside and outside.

Note: This seminar is part of the workshop Body Weather, which continues 13:00 - 17:00. This morning seminar is open to all, however, please sign up for the workshop.

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Can we understand human creativity from an understanding of Darwinian evolution?

Fredrik Höök

seminar

RUNAN

Tuesday 10:30-11:30

What is LIFE? Scientists have long struggled to define “life” in a way that is broad enough to encompass both life as we know it and forms not yet discovered. Chemist Gerald Joyce’s “working definition,” adopted by NASA, is that life is “a self-sustaining molecular system capable of Darwinian evolution.” Although a still debated definition, the remarkable diversity of life on Earth, including our conscious mind, stands as grand testimony to the creativity of Darwinian evolution during the past three billion years: virtually any extant feature of an organism can become the subject of natural selection, and if selected in the appropriate environment, an innovative functionality emerges. The technological evolution, having expanded from some 1000 goods and services say 50,000 years ago to perhaps 10 billion today, is similarly creative, as is the human creation of art, music, philosophy, religion... But what is the meaning of creativity in these different contexts, and what can we learn by investigating different “creative” processes?

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Extreme Symbiosis - Welcome to Our Universe

Acrobalance

performance

FOYER

Tuesday 12:00-13:00

“Extreme Symbiosis” is the result of a research project, where we have tried to examine our circus discipline pair acrobatic on a deeper level. Outside the stage and behind the risky moments there is a whole practice that we want to highlight, and we therefore decided to explore what our practice consists of. What happens in the interaction between us when we perform our practice? A collaboration between bodies and minds, individual systems and common senses. A long-standing partnership based on extreme trust which is challenged every day in the practice. In our practice a non-verbal communication takes place, one that contains technical information on how the trick is performed, but also emotional conditions. What we talk about is the acrobatic moments in which we have physical contact. Which is the starting point for our discipline pair acrobatic. It is through interaction that everything begins. It is not pair acrobatic unless there are two interacting acrobats. To be able to have the senses open for this tacit languages a common atmosphere is vital. In what we call our “intercom system” there is a constant flow of information and signals, conscious or unconscious, controllable and uncontrollable. It is also the communication that we call an “honest language” because from the moment we grip each other, we feel each other and like many other things in our practice this exchange of energies has become our universe.

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Body Weather

Carmen Olsson, Anna Maria Orrù, Dan Ringgaard, Morten Søndergaard

workshop

SEMINAR ROOM LEDNINGSRUMMET

Tuesday 10:00-12:00/13:00-17:00

This is an immersion into atmospheres and weathers of a diverse variety; theoretically, corporeally and artistically. We begin by embracing atmosphere as a spatial material, visual delight, curiosity driver and artistic matter for stirring the imagination. Dan Ringgaard joins Anna Maria Orrù and Carmen Olsson into an introduction to the day's practice. This is followed by a Body Weather workshop exploring the sensitivity of body and space, inside and outside. Carmen Olsson and Anna Maria Orrù explore how to use the body as a device for an embodied approach to spatial knowledge. Body weather consists of a number of practice techniques. Elements used to navigate in, through and around our universe(s). As body and space dwell together, an exchange is constantly taking place. We intercept this dialogue and turn the volume higher on what is being exchanged. Essentially, we activate the body to absorb the external landscape. An imagined script begins to unfold... We wrap up the practice through (per)forming scripts with poet Morten Søndergaard that capture the vocabulary and sentences within the dialogue. How is the dialogue shaped, who speaks first, and what are they discussing?
Note: a small portion of the workshop will be outdoors. Please prepare to dress warmly

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CIVILISATION

IAMSOAREYOU

workshop

SEMINAR ROOM, CATELLA

Tuesday 13:00-14:00

When taking part in this workshop you will be given a specific task and identity and then invited to enter and explore a new world using your senses and by taking a personal initiative. The workshop is limited to 12 participants and will be followed up by an open screening and panel discussion between the participants, the audience and IAMSOAREYOU. All participants in the workshop area asked to wear black clothes.

Limited number of seats. Wear black clothes
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CIVILISATION - DISCUSSION

IAMSOAREYOU

seminar

RUNAN

Tuesday 14:00-15:00

Discussion on individual standpoint, sensuous investigation and experience. An open screening and panel discussion together with the participants of the workshop Civilisation, the audience, IAMSOAREYOU and moderator Pernilla Glaser.

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Seminar on paper and fashion

Bea Szenfeld

seminar

RUNAN

Tuesday 13:00-14:00

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Origami workshop

Bea Szenfeld

workshop

SEMINAR ROOM, CATELLA

Tuesday 15:00-16:00

Limited to 20 seats
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Immersion Into Noise

Joseph Nechvatal

seminar

RUNAN

Tuesday 15:00-16:00

Joseph Nechvatal has extensively researched the topic of artistic noise for his book Immersion Into Noise that has been open-source published by the Open Humanities Press in conjunction with the University of Michigan. Dr. Nechvatal's presentation will focus on the history of the art of noise and its present aesthetic manifestations in both the audio and visual fields. After recapping and demonstrating the essence of the book Immersion Into Noise as field-oriented meshwork that places emphasis on what is between the facade of empirical reality and the chasm of shattering incoherence, Dr. Nechvatal will discuss some social-political-scientific issues concerning us today that directly relate to his artistic activities where figure/ground merge and flip the common emphasis to some extent.

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The Living room - Domesticity in Public Space

Samuel Dias Carvalho, Emilio Brandao and MPDSD Students

seminar

RUNAN

Tuesday 16:00-17:00

The Living Room space at AHA is the outcome of a workshop run by the design collective ONOFF in the architecture studio “Social Inclusion” run by Emilio Brandao at Chalmers. Sam Carvalho, Emilio Brandao and students will talk about the process of designing and building this space. The project reflects on the theme of “Domesticity” in public space, taking objects from the domestic realm and building hybrids as “street animals” in a design/build/deploy methodology. By using recycled materials and reclaimed furniture and making observations of everyday life, a space for gathering and meeting is created in public space. The objective was to first create a site specific installation in Hammarkullen built by students, and then move it to Chalmers for its second life as the “Living Room” for the AHA festival.

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Art Walk

Starts at the building Origo

Guided Tour

PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

Tuesday 17:00-18:00

An art walk at the Department of Physics, consisting of more than 15 pieces from contemporary artists.

Limited number of seats
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Anders Jormin

Anders Jormin

music performance

FOYER

Tuesday 18:00-19:00

Unimited number of seats

Poetry Concert evening

Body Weather, Marie Højlund, Morten Søndergaard, Riccardo Pes, Catharina Dyrssen

performance

FOYER

Tuesday 19:00-20:30

Join us for an evening where the borders of poetry are investigated through words, sound, music, and movement. The evening is woven together by AHA's poet-in-residence Morten Søndergaard.

Body Weather workshop results (10-15 min.)
Marie Højlund, Morten Søndergaard (universe poem) with Riccardo Pes (15 min.)
and readings by Catharina Dyrssen with Morten Søndergaard

Unlimited number of seats

ODD IN A KNOT

Jim de Block, Oleg Stepanov, Arika Yamada

performance

FOYER

Tuesday 21:00-22:00
WORLD PREMIERE

Strangely intertwined, these Scandinavian based group of artists have a common purpose. To reach out to other artists of various fields, starting a discourse with them and collaborating on a project together. To eventually produce art works that cannot be specified to a singular art form. A collaborative experience all together. The purpose of ODD IN A KNOT is to become a platform for shared investigation and creation, to initiate, facilitate and eventually produce works of art that reflect on us human beings, on our society and our place within. ODD IN A KNOT’s core group comprises of Jim de Block, Oleg Stepanov and Arika Yamada. For this creation Odd in a knot collaborates with Swedish artist Karl Bergström.
www.oddinaknot.com

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The State of Mind Where Ideas Arise

Klas Parknäs

workshop

SEMINAR ROOM, LEDNINGSRUMMET

Wednesday 9:00-12:00

En workshop där vi genom bild, musik och ordexperiment når tillståndet av inspiration. Där inte intellektet står i vägen för den verkliga intelligensen. Vi minns vår förmåga att ta emot oväntad genialitet. Experiment varvas med berättande och samtal.

A workshop where we use image, music and wordexperiments to reach a state of inspiration. The state where the intellect isn't blocking our true intelligence is where we recognise our ability to embrace unexpected genious. Experimentation mixes with conversation and storytelling.

Note: This event is in Swedish only.

Limited to 20 seats
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Verse - Our Inner Universe

Maria Mebius Schröder

workshop

SEMINAR ROOM CATELLA

Wednesday 09:00-11:00

An exclusive workshop (twelve seats only) with the purpose to develop the individual thinking and group learning skills. The ancient philosopher Socrates had the reasons right to impartially test all options as basis in his dialogues. Today many people often believe they know how things are and even what other peoplet hink. In the open, reflective dialogue it will be shown that we are blinded by our preconceptions. In an intellectual examination of our conceptions we will get a deeper understanding of ourselves and the dilemmas we struggle with everyday – a glimpse of our inner universe.>br> This is the third of three independent workshops, focusing on the theme this day.

Limited to 12 seats
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Colliding Black Holes

Ulf Gran

seminar

RUNAN

Wednesday 09:00-10:00

Earlier this year, the direct detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO experiment was announced, exactly 100 years after Einstein predicted them. The detected gravitational waves were generated by two large colliding black holes, hence this result also constitutes the first direct detection of black holes. In this talk I will give an introduction to gravitational waves and black holes, and then describe the LIGO experiment and how they managed to measure this incredibly feeble signal. Finally, I will elaborate on what kind of discoveries might be possible in the new era of gravitational wave astronomy.

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Sonica Sequence

Lisa Nordström, Pether Lindgren

seminar

RUNAN

Wednesday 10:30-11:30

Sonica Sequence is an unique film and music project by Swedish musician/composer Lisa Nordström and producer Pether Lindgren/ajabu! In Sonica Sequence Lisa Nordström travels the world to meet with musicians from different genres and backgrounds, iniviting them to take part in improvised live sessions unexpectedly taking place in the public space. It’s a project about communication beyond words, taking risks and about the uniting language of music. The sessions are recorded and filmed and will be part of a documentary film and released as an album in 2017. At the AHA-festival Lisa and Pether will screen material from the upcoming film and talk about the process and ideas behind the project.

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Reflections on the Art of Engineering

Stefan Bengtsson, Peter Christensson, Michael Eriksson

seminar

RUNAN

Wednesday 11:30-12:00

Within the natural sciences one often seeks the one and only truth. Engineers and architects are traditionally trained to calculate one single, correct answer. But for many of the challenges in society today, we need multiple, parallel solutions and solutions that combine knowledge from many disciplines. There are moments of sheer beauty, when what we do responds directly to our constant endeavor to understand, to create and to reformulate. How can the art of engineering meet the challenges of a sustainable future?

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An Improvised Galaxy

Riccardo Pes, Matilda Lidberg

performance

FOYER

Wednesday 12:00-13:00

Celloist Riccardo Pes and contemporary dancer Matilda Lidberg take us into an afternoon improvisation, performing for the first time together. They wrap us into an improvised galaxy of sound, movement and an atmosphere where we reformulate our thinking of instrument as movement, and movement as sound.

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Le Corbusier and the universe – ambitions and poetry

Johan Linton

seminar

RUNAN

Wednesday 13:00-14:00

Le Corbusier is one of the most ambitious personalities in the history of architecture. In this lecture we get a glimpse of how his view of the universe relates to his visions of the modern world.

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Playing with order: Arduinos, chaos machines and dodecahedrons

Jonas Johansson, Karl-Johan Sellberg, Ásgeír Sigurjónsson

discussion

THE LIVING ROOM

Wednesday 14:00-15:00

The installation "Light, Sound, Chaos...Action!" was created in the AHA workshop "Deconstructing the Order of the Compact Disc". This talk is an opportunity to learn a little bit behind some of the technological tricks that make it all possible.

Unimited number of seats

Being a Pioneer and Becoming Earth Independent at Mars, What Will it Take?

Larry Toups

seminar

RUNAN

Wednesday 15:00-16:00

In planning human missions for travel to Mars in the 2030’s and 2040’s, what will be required to make the journey? The talk will focus on how the crew members will establish a Mars surface field station and how they will become more “Earth independent”

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"Light, Sound, Chaos, Action!"

Ljudlabbet

performance

COATROOM, GROUND FLOOR

Wednesday 17:00-18:00

The edge of chaos and order is investigated through an instrumental accompaniment to the installation in the space by the band Ljudlabbet (The Sound Lab). The band will improvise with self-built experimental instruments to the sounds generated and thereby further explore the ways in which chaos and order can create complex musical ‘verses’. The resulting light, sound, chaos ...action! from the workshop Deconstructing the Order of the Compact Disc, will be part of the performance.

Unimited number of seats

Reformulation of AHA! with presentation of the winner of the AHA photo contest

Elena Carlini, George Wade, Catharina Dyrssen, Morten Søndergaard, Chrisna du Plessis, Pernilla Glaser (moderator) + AHA team and guests

discussion

FOYER

Wednesday 16:00-17:00

Join us for a discussion to digest the present and past AHA festivals; our motives, values, learnings, aims and future forms. We look upwards and outwards, since we have stopped looking at our feet. For our minds are like parachutes, they only work when open.

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14 billion years of theatrical physics

Cecilia Runesson, Jean-Louis Huhta, Olle Pettersson

Performance

RUNAN

Wednesday 18:00-19:00

There is a storm coming. Be there! The night club is in your head. It´s about gravity, predictions, scale and expansion. A lecture performance in three acts, dealing with mankinds unstoppable curiosity and our equally unstoppable destructiveness. It´s about Pythagoras student, Newton and Leibniz, and the so called Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe. The text is based on a transcribed conversation with the Greek mathematician Alexis Propodoupolos in the spring of 2015, describing three great breakthroughs in human thinking, leading up to the modern physics of today. The performance is approximately 60 minutes and consists of three parts: sound, a text and a tune. The performance likes to connect to the tradition of ”memory theatres”, the 14th century idea of using the theatre format as a vehicle for knowledge. The performance also likes to act in the realms beyond the concepts of good and bad. The text in the performance is based on a conversation with Alexis, the greek mathematician, on a Sunday afternoon in Athens, Greece.

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ODD IN A KNOT

Odd in a Knot

Performance

FOYER

Wednesday 20:30-21:00

Strangely intertwined, these Scandinavian based group of artists have a common purpose. To reach out to other artists of various fields, starting a discourse with them and collaborating on a project together. To eventually produce art works that cannot be specified to a singular art form. A collaborative experience all together. The purpose of ODD IN A KNOT is to become a platform for shared investigation and creation, to initiate, facilitate and eventually produce works of art that reflect on us human beings, on our society and our place within. ODD IN A KNOT’s core group comprises of Jim de Block, Oleg Stepanov and Arika Yamada. For this creation Odd in a knot collaborates with Swedish artist Karl Bergström.
www.oddinaknot.com

Unlimited number of seats


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*The programme is subject to change

AHA! Photo Contest winners appointed!

I seek the question, to which the human life is the answer.

From Mästaren Ma by Willy Kyrklund


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Speakers / Performers

Acrobalance

Henrik Agger and Louise v. Euler Bjurholm have worked together since 2001. They are educated at Moscow State School of Circus and at the Univeristy of Dance and Circus in Stockholm (DOCH). The master program at DOCH was the starting point for their research project “the art of working in pairs, a deeper look into our practice” which began in the summer of 2011 and resulted in the performance and the booklet called Extreme Symbiosis. As freelance artists they been working with traditional circuses like the Russian State Circus, but mostly in so-called contemporary circus contexts.

Anders Jormin

Anders Jormin is born 1957 in Jönköping, Sweden. He studied double-bass and improvisation at Musikhögskolan in Gothenburg. Anders has been given several prestigious prizes and awards internationally as well as nationally. Today as a doublebass-player and composer, Anders Jormin is a frequent and highly respected performer on the international concert scene. As a musician in great demand, Anders has recorded and toured with many of the legends in jazz. Gilberto Gil, Lee Konitz, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Don Cherry, Charles Lloyd, Mike Manieri, Ann-Sofi von Otter, Norma Winstone, Trio Mediaeval and Marilyn Crispell, just to name a few. Today Anders performs regularly all over Europe, USA/Canada, Japan and is an “ECM recording artist.”

Anja Lechner

Anja Lechner, born in Kassel, Germany, studied with Heinrich Schiff and Janos Starker. She has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Armenian Philharmonic Orchetra and plays chamber music with partners including pianists Alexei Lubimov and Silke Avenhaus, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and clarinetist Reto Bieri. cellist Agnès Vesterman. Anja Lechner has premiered compositions by Tigran Mansurian, Valentin Silvestrov, Tõnu Kõrvits and Annette Focks amongst others. For 18 years she was the cellist of the Rosamunde Quartet, whose acclaimed ECM New Series recordings embrace a scope of music from Joseph Haydn to Thomas Larcher. The range of Anja Lechner’s artistic endeavours is exceptionally broad: at home in all aspects of classical music, she is also fluent in diverse improvisational traditions. She has a long-running collaboration with post-tango bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi, works with the Tarkovsky Quartet, on the group Il Pergolese including singer Maria Pia de Vito, and plays with pianist François Couturier in music drawing freely upon the compositions of G.I. Gurdjieff, F. Mompou and Anouar Brahem.

Anna Kaczorowska

Anna is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Architecture, an urbanist with a background in architecture and city planning, practice covering a range of urban planning and design activities in mostly public settings. Her work has been mainly urban studies involving planning across scales (city-region), various dimensions of urban analyses (existing conditions), transformation and resilience of cities. She believes in developing a Metalogue between society, ecology and design in an increasingly urban world, promoting integral urbanism and common concerns across disciplines met on the footing straddling both nature and culture of cities.

Anna Maria Orrù

The foundation of Anna Maria Orrù’s work is embedded in biomimicry, artistic research, food and in curating performative research, providing an alternate approach to the field of ecological urbanism, architecture, art and design. She behaves as a connective tissue, working in the interstitial spaces between disciplines by bringing a variety of approaches and talents to the table to creatively tackle issues around climate change. Her projects, and ongoing PhD research at Chalmers, cover the distinct topics of bodily engagement, food resource, architecture, senses and urbanism, explored through the study of organoleptic qualities in choreography of urban foodscapes. www.annamariaorru.com

Arthur I. Miller

Arthur I. Miller is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking in art and science. He has published many critically acclaimed books, including Insights of Genius; Einstein, Picasso; Empire of the Stars; and 137, and writes for the Guardian and The New York Times. He is professor emeritus of history and philosophy of science at University College London. His recent book Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art (W.W. Norton) tells the story of how art, science and technology are fusing in the twenty-first century. Presently he is completing a book entitled, Can Computers Be Creative? www.arthurimiller.com and www.collidingworlds.org

Ásgeir Sigurjónsson

Ásgeir Sigurjónsson is an architect and works as a coordinator at the Centre for Healthcare Architecture at Chalmers. He is a member of earthLab, a group that develops sustainable building methods and also a band member at Ljudlabbet (The Sound Lab).

Bea Szenfeld

Spectacular creations that paraded down the catwalk together with the artists at the opening of 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The creator of these fanciful costumes are the Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld. She works experimental and artistic, making costumes in unexpected materials, mostly paper, entirely by hand. She has made paper craft a genre all its own. Bea Szenfeld (b. 1972 in Poland, now living in Stockholm) is educated at Beckmans College of Design. Her work have been exhibited at, among other venues, Dunkers Culture, Röhsska Museum, Liljevalchs and Somerset House in London, and she is represented in the collections of, National Public Art, Lund Culture and the Nordic Museum. Her clothes have been worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Björk, Ola Salo, Loreen and Laleh. She has received numerous awards, including H & M's design scholarship, TV3 Fashion House of the Year, eye-catcher at the Elle Awards and Artist Board working grant. Szenfeld did a “Sommar” at Swedish Radio in 2014 and was responsible for the artistic decoration of the Polar Music Prize ceremony in Stockholm in 2015. She is a member of the jury for the Young Swedish Design and Innovative Culture. Recycling and remake are important themes for her.
Photo by Joel Rhodin.

Biruta Kresling

Biruta Kresling is a Berlin born architect - she works as a free lancer scientist in Paris, where she cooperated with the Museum of Natural History for a major exhibition on Bionics - the way to learn from natural structures and eventually apply the findings to engineering. Biruta runs courses in European and Japanese universities on experimental methods in form- finding, especially in folding techniques. With magic precision regular folding patterns appear in her "one-second-workshops". Follow her instructions and you will be able to produce deployable tree leaves, bellow-like tubes and pine-cone patterns. Have fun while exploringsome secrets of natural forms.

Carmen Olsson

Carmen Olsson is a dancer and choreographer. During the early 90's Carmen came in contact with butoh. Taken by the work she went to Japan to experience its origin. This, and subsequent meeting with the performance art Noh Kyogen, has made way for her inquiry into the body and dance. Carmen’s work has evolved during numerous choreographies for various situations and stage spaces. Carmen is also educated in landscape architecture, which she finds closely linked to the dancing body's physical and mental presence in a place. Since 1993 she has worked with Body Weather, a comprehensive training and performance practice created by dancer Min Tanaka. www.carmenolsson.com

Catharina Dyrssen

Catharina Dyrssen is an architect and musicologist, PhD and tenure professor in Architecture and Design Methods at the Department of Architecture, Chalmers. Since her PhD thesis Musical Space: Metaphors, rituals, institutions (1995), her research covers three main themes: artistic and design based research methods; design thinking in urbanism, planning and public space; and various intersections between architecture, music, urban space and sound. She has long experience of teaching architectural and urban design at master level and of supervising doctoral students. Catharina Dyrssen has been part of the art-based, interdisciplinary research group Urban Sound Institute (www.usit.nu), and has recently published the book Sound and Other Spaces, a popular summary of sonic experimental work. She is currently Head of the Committee for Artistic Research in the Swedish Research Council.

Cecilia Runesson

Cecilia Runesson is an actress and performance artist. Born in Gothenburg 1966, she trained classical theatre in London and physical theatre in Århus, Denmark. She holds a MA in Contemporary Peformative Arts from Gothenburg University. She is a member and co-founder of performance collective Force Majeure whose work has been seen in Scandinavia and beyond. This is the third version on a work she started with concerning the link between theatre and physics - the first one being showed at Park Lane Night Club and the secondat 3:e Våningen during 2016.

Chalmers Art Society

Chalmers art society is a non-profit association aiming to promote interest in arts among the employees. We organise a 4-5 different activities each year, ranging from visiting exhibitions and artist studios in and outside Göteborg to seminars or art walks around the city. The highlight of the year – the art lottery – takes place in November or December. We present the art pieces bought during the year and pick winners.
More information here.

Chrisna du Plessis

Chrisna du Plessis is a possibilities thinker, agent provocateur and unabashed idealist who likes to dabble in the arts when she is not trying to save the world from itself. She also happens to hold undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Architecture from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; a PhD in Urban Sustainability from the University of Salford, UK; and an honorary doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. She is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria, where she explores what concepts such as resilience and regenerative design would mean for how we think about urban sustainability. She has recently co-authored a book about this called Designing for Hope – Pathways to regenerative Sustainability

Christoffer Petersson

Christoffer Petersson is a researcher in particle physics currently working at Chalmers and in Brussels, previously at CERN.

Dan Ringgaard

Dan Ringgaard (born 1963) Associate professor at School of Communication and Culture, Århus University, teaching Scandinavian literature. Author of a number of books on poets, poetry and poetics, a couple on place and one (up coming) on creativity. Co-editor of A Literary History of Nordic Literary Cultures 1-3. Currently working on weather and climate, atmosphere and catastrophe, on the post-literary or literature in an expanded field, on the relationship between poetry and prose, on creative and critical writing, and on cross aesthetics, especially the relationships between literature, film and architecture.

Elena Carlini

Elena Carlini, graduate of the Venice School of Architecture and Columbia University in New York as a Fulbright Scholar, collaborating with offices of Emilio Ambasz and Davis & Brody in New York, and Richard Meier in Los Angeles. She teaches internationally as; visiting professor at Syracuse University NY and Firenze, and at the University of Texas in Austin. her current position is at the Graduate School of Architecture in Ferrara. Carlini is also one of the four critics at the International Architectural Quartet during the Architecture World Congress in Berlin, and has lectured and published internationally. In 1998 she co-founded Carlini & Valle, an architectural office in Trieste with projects both in Italy and the United States, in which she continues to work. The office has co-curated and designed various exhibitions on architecture, urbanism and contemporary art.

Emilio Brandao

Emilio Brandao and students are at AHA for the work done in the design studio Design and Planning for Social Inclusion as part of the master’s programme Design for Sustainable Development (MPDSD). They focus on the use of different participatory methods in architecture and planning in the context of the Swedish Million Homes Programme suburbs of Gothenburg. They work reality based and with co-creation projects in close engagement and partnership with local citizens, organisations and other stakeholders. Participation processes require the capacity to question, explore and develop professional roles towards more complex and diverse ones. This major challenge is a crucial aspect of the development of more inclusive and equal urban environments.

Fred Labbe

Fred is an Associate Director of Expedition and an experienced design engineer with a background in sustainable water infrastructures and environmental design. His key experience include the sustainable water strategies for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, the London 2012 Velodrome and the urban regeneration of Lille around a system of old canals with ALL Design. He is currently working on the Carbonera development in Cuba in an area subject to hurricane flooding, the concept for a Zero Waste Textile factory in India, complex roof hydraulics for the new airport terminal in Taipei and the environmental masterplan for the large Old Oak Common site in West London. Fred also teaches environmental design and advanced parametric modelling on a masters course at the Bartlett in London.

Fredrik Höök

Fredrik Höök, head of the Biological Physics division at Chalmers, develops surface-based bioanalytical sensors, with special emphasis on studies of cell-membrane mimics and biological nanoparticls such as virions, lipid vesicles and exosomes for medical diagnostic and drug-discovery applications. His laboratory is presently focused on microfluidic platforms for separation of cell-membrane components to facilitate improved analysis of membrane proteins and virus binding. The group also work on flow-cytometry like approaches for improved characterization of biological nanoparticles. FH has been awarded the Göran Gustafsson prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) and is member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Fredrik Nilsson

Fredrik Nilsson is architect and professor of Architectural Theory at Chalmers, where he leads the strong research environment ‘Architecture in the Making’ in a national collaboration between the schools of architecture. He is also Chief Research Strategist at White Arkitekter, where he was Head of Research and Development 2007-2014.. Nilsson’s research is directed to developments in contemporary architecture, architectural theory and philosophy with special interest in the epistemology of architecture and interaction between theory, conceptual thinking and design practice. Important aims are contributions to reinforced exchange between research and architectural practice.

George Wade

George is director of multi disciplinary studio aLL design alongside Professor Will Alsop They have worked together on a wide variety of projects, most notably the RIBA Stirling Prize short-listed Fawood Children's Centre, the master plan for Riverside One in Middlesbrough and Heron Quays Station in London. Recently George has led the design of the bus station at Pioneer Village and apartment building ‘Alaska’, both in Toronto and is currently working on a large mixed use scheme in West London. George also teaches at the London School of Architecture and sits on the London Borough of Wandsworth Design Review Panel.

Hye Kyung Lim

Hye Kyung Lim is a doctoral candidate at Chalmers University of Technology at the department of architecture with architect background. Educated in Stockholm, and having practiced in Tokyo, her research investigates diverse urban qualities as outputs of different planning systems, especially looking into rule-based, or design-based systems. Her current interests lie in complex adaptive systems and multi-actor input in urban systems, which she is experimenting with various strategies to understand what ‘co-creation’ in urban context truly means. Her ongoing research includes a development of an augmented reality based co-creative tool.

Jean-Louis Huhta

Huhta is a composer, musician & Dj working mainly with hardware instruments such as modular synths drum machines and samplers. He has performed around the world with acts like The Skull Defekts, Lucky People Center and lately his own project Dungeon Acid. Apart from performing live and Dj’ing he as composed for many contemporary dance choreographers and filmakers.

Johan Linton

Johan Linton is an architect and architectural historian who also has a masters degree in engineering physics. He wrote his dissertation on Le Corbusier’s major publication concerning town planning, La ville radieuse (1935), and this fall he is about to publish a translation into Swedish of Le Corbusier's book Poésie sur Alger.

Jon Geib

Jon Geib is an urbanist and architect exploring relations between the city, design and dialogue, with particular focus on the potential of multivocal approaches in animating a cosmopolitan public culture. Dialogue and participation are reframed as ongoing democratic, artistic and cultural practices which take different voices in the city seriously and seek to articulate them through ‘dialogical infrastructures’ which build in space for voices unplanned, unexpected and to-remain-unknown. Jon’s doctoral research at Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture is a collaboration with the Gothenburg Cultural Department as part of the EU project TRADERS (training art and design researchers in participation in/for public space).

Jonas Johansson

Jonas’ work infuses technology and nature into space, sculpture and experience, exploring the intersections between the analog and digital. He is passionate about work that emulates life and transcends man, and moments of play where creation and creator dance together. With studies in design, art and science, Jonas constantly pursues interdisciplinary challenges that require new skills and perspectives. He has worked and taught around the world and considers himself a nomad and anywhere based artist, designer and developer.

Joseph Nechvatal

Joseph Nechvatal is an American post-conceptual artist and art theoretician who creates computer-assisted paintings, computer animations and soundscapes using custom-created computer viruses. His work is shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. His book of essays Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006) was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book Immersion Into Noise was published by the University of Michigan Library's Scholarly Publishing Office Open Humanities Press. He writes regularly on art and art theory from Paris at Hyperallergic. www.nechvatal.net

Kajsa Kelly

Kajsa Kelly is an Architect/designer. Creative Director and part owner at NKA -Nordström Kelly Arkitekter. Kajsa works in three dimensions, manipulating objects and spaces in relation to each other, and finds expression through architecture, furniture design, stage design and installations. She focuses on the realization of ideas that merge vision and reality. At NKA she works with communicative and strategic architecture S, M, L (exterior and interior) through the creative process: researching, developing and expressing identity, creativity, aesthethics and social values along with new ecological building technologies.

Karl-Johan Sellberg

Karl-Johan Sellberg is an architect who works artistically with projects that span from sound installations to painting and innovation. He has previously worked with interaction through the creation of board games and sound sculptures and is keenly interested in the relation between reactivity and adaptivity. He has been an active part of organizing and creating installations at the science festival in Gothenburg and creates experimental musical instruments such as the teddy bear orchestra, parasitic music box, fused instruments and a (but not 'the') musical marble machine. Karl-Johan is also part of the improvisational band "Ljudlabbet" (The Sound Lab).

Klas Parknäs

Klas Parknäs is an artist who in addition to his art has made a name for himself for his ability to inspire. He has been active in his studio in Gothenburg for 25 years. Before art-school (painting), he undertook operatic as well as acting training. His book "Tillvarataget" has helped a great number of people to find their inspiration...and stay with it. "The source of the art is much more interesting than the art itself." Klas is also lectures and holds workshops on a regular basis.

Larry Toups

Larry Toups is an Adjunct Professor at Chalmers since fall of 2012 in relation to his responsibilities at NASA’s Exploration Mission Systems Office in the United States as the lead for work related to future habitat concepts for future missions beyond Low Earth Orbit such as the moon and Mars. Mr Toups is an architect with a Master’s Degree in Space Architecture from the University of Houston, Sasakawa Institute for Space Architecture. Since 1989 in the New Initiatives Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center he has contributed to numerous NASA studies including the 90 Day Study on Human Exploration of the Moon and Mars, First Lunar Outpost, and Access to Space.
At Chalmers Mr Toups is mainly involved with the Homes for Tomorrow project focusing on research of sustainable concepts for future housing using the HSB Living Lab, and assists in the planning of studios for Design in Extreme Environments within the Department of Architecture.

Lisa Nordström

Lisa is an acclaimed musician within the electronic and contemporary music scene and works extendedly in Sweden and internationally. She was formerly part of the celebrated duo Midaircondo and is currently focusing on her work as a solo artist, composing and producing music and the international project Sonica Sequence. Extending the range of acoustic sounds through technical and technological means, Lisa’s music is a mix of electronic sounds, field recordings, voice and acoustic instruments, creating layered and intricate soundscapes. In her work she also explores ways to interact with the audience using contextual and site specific situations.

Maria Mebius-Schröder

Maria Mebius Schröder is an artist, process manager, producer, NLP-coach and creative consultant at TILLT AB www.tillt.se. Maria develops people and business through creativity and innovation and helps artists and organisations to achieve a fruitful exchange. She is an established dance artist, nationally and internationally, and as a creative consultant within the private and the public sector, she focus on developing creative leadership and creative co-workers, as well as organizational development.

Marie Højlund

Marie Højlund (born 1979) is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD in Audio Design at Aarhus University. Højlunds' main interest lies within the development of alternative understandings of what constitutes sound, listening and participation. During her work Højlund has been engaged in developing sound technologies for alternative listening situations and sound environments for various public spaces and hospitals. Working as a sound artist she has exhibited around Denmark including Kunsthal Aarhus, Kunsten Aalborg and Spor Festival. As a composer, under the alias Marybell Katastrophy, she has received numerous grants, awards and commissions and released several albums as well as played concerts and festivals across the world including Roskilde Festival, Nordklang and SPOT. She is also a curator for Kunsthal Aarhus’ sound art program.

Matilda Lidberg

Matilda Lidberg is active as a freelance chorographer, dancer and teacher in contemporary dance with focus on improvisation, contact improvisation and partnering. After many years abroad she moved back to Göteborg and since September 2014 she’s combining dancing with architecture studies at Chalmers. In her dance practice she like to think about what kind of access and awareness we have to space; public, private, media, physically etc. and how it influence the way we relate to our surrounding. Architecture has been an interesting way to refine and articulate this even further.

Michael Eriksson

Michael Eriksson is Vice Head of the Department of Physics and Senior Advisor, with focus on industry-academia collaboration and impact. His research interests are within Innovation Management and Change Management, with projects among others on Artistic Intervention. Before returning to academia a few years ago, he held different positions in private industry.

Morten Søndergaard

Morten Søndergaard (born 1964) is a critically acclaimed poet and artist, and since his debut in 1992, he has published a substantial number of poetry books, translated several works by Jorge Luis Borges into Danish. Søndergaard’s explores the various collisions between meaning and materiality has resulted in extra-linguistic works that span sound art, artists books, asemic writing strategies and performance. Søndergaard's versatile oeuvre is perhaps best described as a long flickering walk within language, a search into its corners, edges, vantages and points of observation. In an organic manner the works expand into other genres and media over time. Morten Søndergaard's works have been translated into a large number of languages, he has exhibited throughout Europe and has received several literary awards, most recently the Danish Art's Council life-long grant. Morten Søndergaard lives and works between Paris and Pietrasanta. http://mortensondergaard.net

Naqsh Duo

NAQSH (Farsi word: ornamentation, form, figure or any other shape which is related to visual arts.) Internationally active duo, Golfam Khayam guitar and Mona Matbou Riahi clarinet, is offering a palette of colors in an unforeseen musical territory by discovering the overlaps of Persian and contemporary music. Through this musical synthesis, members of this duo are seeking a path to explore their instruments differently: pushing boundaries for new colors, illusion of timbre, eccentric ornamentations, and uncharacteristic sound effects for the instruments. Musicians, both born in Teheran, have pursued further musical adventures outside Iran while remaining fascinated and strongly influenced by their homeland’s rich and diverse traditions. In this process they have arrived at synthesis of their own, finding points of contact between aspects of Persian tradition and contemporary music. The forms, modes, drones and rhythms of Persian music as well its call for improvisation are redeployed, to new creative ends, in their fresh and vital work. Narrante is the duo’s debut album produced and published by ECM records.

ODD IN A KNOT

ODD IN A KNOT Strangely intertwined, these Scandinavian based group of artists have a common purpose. To reach out to other artists of various fields, starting a discourse with them and collaborating on a project together. To eventually produce art works that cannot be specified to a singular art form. A collaborative experience all together. The purpose of ODD IN A KNOT is to become a platform for shared investigation and creation, to initiate, facilitate and eventually produce works of art that reflect on us human beings, on our society and our place within. ODD IN A KNOT’s core group comprises of Jim de Block, Oleg Stepanov and Arika Yamada. www.oddinaknot.com

Olle Pettersson

Pettersson is a composer and musician trained at the Academy for music and drama in Gothenburg. He works with exploring the boundless world of synthesized sounds. He creates noise, drones and fantastic soundscapes using modular synths, samplers, software algorithms and noiseboxes.

ONOFF

ONOFF is an experimental design collective based in Berlin.We draw on a wide range of skills from within our group, working collaboratively to initiate new experiments combining different mediums and formats like mobile structures, film and projection, building workshops and writing. We like to explore the in-betweens and the overlaps of city-citizen-machine through different technologies and tools to challenge traditional ideas of inhabiting and use of collectively shared space. Over the last 4 years ONOFF have participated in a number of design and cultural festivals throughout Europe and been featured in internationally acclaimed exhibitions such as the Istanbul Design Biennial, Milan Wired Festival and Uneven Growth Exhibition at the Moma New York.

Pernilla Glaser

Pernilla Glaser is a writer and curator of change. She is a teacher of writing, play and critical thinking at The University of Arts and Craft and guest-teacher at Stockholm University of the Arts. She is currently developing a platform for inclusive work with cultural heritage for the Swedish County government. She is Creative Research force at the experimental research institute Interactive Institute. Pernilla Glaser is the writer of several novels and plays. She is now working on a methodological guide-book. Pernilla has been a moderator and curator of conferences and meetings such as ”Society and Existence” Malmö 2016 and ”Samling” for Forum for Living History.

Peter Apell

Peter Apell is a professor of Living State Physics and Head of Department of Applied Physics. I’ve worked ten years in France, India, Italy, Norway, Spain and the US. Research interests are graphene optical properties, anything plasmonics and medical physics: Body Mass Index and Wound healing. My teaching has a communication intensive style, and with student projects in collaboration with local companies. I have devoted many years building academic structures at three new universities in Sweden. I’ve done my second career choice as communications manager at Kristianstad University.

Peter Christensson

Artist, musician and lecturer at the department of architecture at Chalmers university of technology. Main interest is what is to be found in the corner of the eye in art as well as life.

Pether Lindgren

Pether Lindgren (born 1970) from Malmö is a curator, producer of cultural events and film director, with special interest in boundary spanning global collaboration and creation. Pether also operate the organization and record company ajabu!, Femena that create collaborations between and makes female musicians from Middle East and North Africa visible. Together with the musician Lisa Nordström, Pether has the international film and music project Sonica Sequence, that performs location specific sessions with local musicians in new play grounds around the world.

Riccardo Pes

Riccardo Pes was born in Italy . He graduated at the Conservatory of Music in Venice and afterwards at the National Academy “Santa Cecilia” in Rome with Giovanni Sollima. He is attending the Royal College of Music in London with Melissa Phelps. He has performed music for Cello-solo, especially italian composers of the 20th Century, for Cello and Piano and as soloist with orchestras such as “I Solisti Veneti”. He has collaborated with Giovanni Sollima ( Teatro Valle - Rome, 100 Cellos - Milan), Mario Brunello (Suoni delle Dolomiti Festival) and with the astrophysician Margherita Hack. He studied composition and counterpoint, publishing his first album “Cellina Work” in 2014.

Sigrid Laurel Östlund

Sigrid is a doctoral candidate at Chalmers with a background in architecture. Her work pursues an interest in the ways space and objects can influence meaning-making and identity formation. She is particularly interested in how these aspects can be used to foster socio-ecological equity. In her PhD she therefore explores notions of ‘sustainability’ and ‘beyond’ in the design and use of public spaces that include cyclical (or regenerative) resource cycles. In her work she combines a phenomenological inquiry with the art of designing spaces and act of making. She is also a member of "Ljudlabbet" (The Sound Lab).

Sofie Arfwidson

Sofie Arfwidson works as an artist with exhibitions in Moderna Museet, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Market in Stockholm and an art historian/educator at Malmö Konsthall.

Ulf Gran

Ulf Gran is a theoretical physicist working mainly on string theory and specialising in black holes. Ulf received his PhD at Chalmers in 2001, and was then abroad for six years as a postdoc (in the Netherlands, the UK and Belgium) before returning to Chalmers in 2007. He is now in charge of education at the department of Physics, and a much appreciated teacher having been awarded several pedagogical prizes

Urtė and Johan Oettinger

Urtė and Johan Oettinger are animation and film directors from Århus.

Wim de Prez

Wim de Prez (born 1962 Aalst, Belgium) creates sculptures and paintings. His work makes the viewer smile and asks questions about our suffocating beauty ideal. Why is someone beautiful? Does he or she have to look like a model? Why is the ideal of a symmetrical face and a malnourished figure so compelling? Wim De Prez shatters these delusions and mocks the dominant impossible expectations. It's his quest. Who says that an individual can't wear two different socks? Each work begins from scratch. Some ideas become paintings and continue their lives in acrylics and pastels on canvas. Other ideas are developed with 3D software before being printed and painted.

History

The relation between science and art has become more complex, but is just as important to attend to. Their meeting is still that of theory and practice, but also something more: a meeting of causal connections and meaningful coherences, of given conditions and unsuspected possibilities, of the order of things and our own place within it.

Today, ”science” no longer refers to systematic knowledge, but rather to a highly professionalised, specialised and often technically advanced activity intended for the production of empirically secure facts. Similarly, ”art” is no longer a methodical ability, but rather a complex and autonomous activity comparable to science: the creation of images, sounds, and other forms of sensuous experience with a most immediate effect. Forms that grab hold, shake up, leave us at a loss. Experiences that make us question ourselves and the world around us.

By bringing together science and art, architecture has provided an ideal playing field for such a confrontation for the first two festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, October 21–23, the first festival investigated the theme ‘embodiment.’ In 2015, November 2-4 the festival explored numbers, an underlying element in our lives. This year 2016, it is with great honour that the festival is a joint voyage between the Departments of Architecture and Department of Physics to explore the theme ‘uni-verse,’ the fabric of life. All festivals offer three days of seminars, workshops, conversations, exhibitions, concerts, performances, and mingles, through thought-provoking experiences, hands-on surprises, itinerant perspectives, and savoury ideas. The festival welcomes students and researchers from all universities, and the general public, to turn the searchlight onto the relation between two different– but equally important – human activities; ’Science and art.’


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Morten Søndergaard (Poet-in-Residence)


Partners

With support from the Stiftelsen Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

Contact

Chalmers Conference Centre
Chalmersplatsen 1, Göteborg, Sweden
Second floor of the Kårhuset near RunAn
SE-412 58 Göteborg, Sweden
Phone: +46(0)31 772 10 00

Contact the AHA team at info@ahafestival.se

Organizers:

Peter Christensson
Michael Eriksson
Jonathan Geib
Anna Kaczorowska
Hye Kyung Lim
Anna Maria Orru
Sigrid Östlund
Morten Søndergaard (Poet-in-Residence)