The artist residency debate is moderated by Nicholas Henchoz,
ongoing academic partner of the Summit and Director of the EPFL+ECAL Lab.

Nicolas Henchoz
established and leads the EPFL+ECAL Lab, the design research centre of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in cooperation with Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL). The Lab bases its activities along three axes: giving new meaning to emerging technologies, fuelling innovation by widening scopes of designers and artists’ work and understanding perception and acceptance of citizens. Nicolas proposes this new vision on the role of art and design with his book Design for Innovative Technologies: From Disruption to Acceptance. He has curated many projects and exhibitions in places such as the American Institute of Architecture in New York, The Lab @ Harvard and the Museum Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic. EPFL+ECAL Lab projects earned several awards, including at DMY Berlin, Design Prize Switzerland, Best of the web. 


Photo credit: Yves Leresche / EPFL+ECAL Lab.