Meet the people whose ideas are shaping the emergent future. Presented by swissnex San Francisco, nextcasts is a platform to share conversations with the interesting people we connect with and the ideas shaping our world.

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Episode 8: To the Moon and Beyond | The Past, Present and Future of Space Research

A view of the Earth, seen rising from the surface of the moon. Courtesy NASA.

A view of the Earth, seen rising from the surface of the moon. Courtesy NASA.

50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to the world to take on one of the biggest challenges of the time and boldly go where no one had gone before. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface, safely delivering Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first humans to land on the moon. The Swiss Solar Wind Composition Experiment, devised by the University of Bern and the Swiss National Science Foundation, was the only non-American experiment to be part of the Apollo landing.

To celebrate this anniversary we discussed the past, present and future of space exploration with Switzerland’s first astronaut Claude Nicolier, Muriel Richard-Noca from the CleanSpace One mission (and who worked at NASA for 12 years in the Mars Program and at Switzerland’s Space Center in Lausanne), Jill Tarter from SETI Research (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and Eugene Tu, the Center Director of NASA Ames Research Center.

nextcasts is hosted and produced by Perrine Huber.

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Episode 7: Resetting Normal | From Digital Fabrication to the Post-Anthropocene

Photo by Roman Kelller, courtesy of ETH Zurich

Photo by Roman Kelller, courtesy of ETH Zurich

Have you ever thought about what it takes to build a house in our digital age? In this episode we chat to architect and ETH Professor Matthias Kohler, Arup Fellow and Global Director of Arup Foresight Chris Luebkeman, and swissnex San Francisco’s Emina Reissinger about how new technologies are shaping our built environment.

Mattias Kohler is one of the people behind the current exhibition in the swissnex Gallery, How to Build a House: Architectural Research in the Digital Age, curated by Hannes Mayer and Sarah Schneider of Gramazio Kohler Research. Chris Luebkeman is a longtime collaborator of swissnex. In 2016, Arup Foresight, the Deloitte Center for the Edge, and swissnex SF partnered to co-host a series of foresight workshops, titled AfterWork, on the future of work, with the goal to share insights and communities.

nextcasts is hosted and produced by Perrine Huber.

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Will robots be the teachers of the future? In this episode we chat to Selim Benayat, CEO & Co-Founder of Rosie Reality, an augmented reality game that teaches kids the concept of coding. Benayat, a swisnex Startup Camp alumni, discusses the future of education and shares insight into his startup journey: from raising funds, to building a multi-disciplinary team, and working in Switzerland & San Francisco.

nextcasts is hosted and produced by Perrine Huber.

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Episode 5: Freedom of Assembly in the Digital Age

The UN Human Rights Council Chamber in Switzerland, by  U.S. Department of State .  Public Domain .

The UN Human Rights Council Chamber in Switzerland, by U.S. Department of State. Public Domain.

What is the role of social media in the ways people mobilize worldwide? In our latest podcast, we spoke with Jonathan Andrew, Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy, a joint center of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He visited swissnex during a trip to Silicon Valley with Clément Voule, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association.

nextcasts episode 5 is hosted by Benjamin Bollmann, Deputy CEO swissnex SF, and produced by Perrine Huber.

Episode 4: Swiss Art & Tech at the Sundance Film Festival

This episode features an interview with Imverse, the Swiss 3D-graphics company and EPFL spin-off that develops content-creation software in virtual reality, mixed reality, and filmmaking. We also talk with Maria Guta, the Swiss-based artist who collaborated with Imverse on "Interlooped," which premiered at the New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival on January 24.

Episode 3: Beneath the Sea.

Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate around the world due to coral bleaching caused by climate change. In this episode Marie Griesmar, explains the novel way her artistic practice confronts this issue: by creating generative coral reef structures that promote coral regrowth and raise awareness of their plight. Griesmar is an artist undertaking a science communication fellowship at swissnex San Francisco. nextcasts is hosted and produced by Perrine Huber.

Episode 2: On Bodily Self Perception and Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Meet two members of the team behind RE/ME — an experimental, immersive technology created by a team of four artists and scientists who recently completed a DART residency at swissnex San Francisco. RE/ME uses vibration and sound stimuli to change the way a user perceives their body. We spoke with Diego Maranan and Frank Loesche about working in an interdisciplinary team. Hosted by Perrine Huber.

Episode 1: On Human and Machine Interaction.

A conversation with Jonathon Keats exploring the future of human and machine interaction. Keats, the Chief Visionary Officer behind the Mental Work showcase, is an experimental philosopher, and has been described as a “poet of ideas” by The New Yorker and a “multimedia philosopher-prophet” by The Atlantic. Hosted by Perrine Huber, swissnex San Francisco.

nextcast Opening Theme by Sean Clarke

The sound composition was produced in collaboration with Sean Clarke, an experimental sound composer who undertook a residency with DART at swissnex San Francisco in 2018. The idea for the opening theme began with something fundamental to this podcast — innovation. nextcasts will be contemplating and debating with people swissnex connects with about the next steps in human innovation, and Clarke wanted to introduce that by building an aural crescendo of innovative technologies and moments in history that have led us to this point in time.

Think of it as a “...previously in ‘Human Innovation!’” highlighting key points in the history of humankind, guided by some of the most influential and groundbreaking inventions and discoveries. From the initial spark of fire to technologies pushing the boundaries of space travel, the sounds selected were based on subjective opinion and artistic license. Clarke would like to think the audience might isolate specific sounds the more they hear the piece.

Sean Clarke is an experiential sound composer who has written scores for film, television, and games. His traditional training in performance, composition, and sound engineering has led him to some unusual interdisciplinary collaborations. His past knowledge has supported his interest in the contextualized perception of sound and music as a trigger for emotional and behavioral responses.

His work has been exhibited and screened internationally and has been incorporated into film and sound art projects. Notable works include awarded residencies, such as ‘Radical dB’ at Etopia, Spain, for his work ‘Acoustic Osteology,’ a speculative sound piece that considered ways to use ultrasound technologies to code music into the body. ‘Drones with Desires,’ an artwork for which Clarke wrote a neuro soundscape that played as part of an algorithm based on MRI brain data. And a recent collaborative research project that is still in progress, ‘RE/ME,’ which was part of a residency with DART and swissnex San Francisco. RE/ME’s interdisciplinary team created an experiential tool and installation to generate data from vibrotactile and sound stimulation.