swissnex San Francisco is pleased to announce its partnership with ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) on a new residency program with the support of the General Board of Higher Education State of Vaud. The objective of this pilot program is to support the development of a diploma project in the fields of interaction design and digital innovation. The winning project was awarded the swissnex Media and Interaction Design (MID) Award, giving the student access to our pilot residency program.

(swissnex SF press release, October 7, 2020)


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Maya Bellier (France), graduate student in the Bachelor Media & Interaction Design from ECAL, has been offered to expand her project “Strike the Pose” under the guidance of swissnex San Francisco and other partner institutions through mentoring sessions and a professional trip to San Francisco in 2021 (or a virtual residency).

“Strike the Pose”, a re-interpretation of Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, is a participatory VR experience that questions the conventions in the performing arts and blurs the position of the observer and performer while integrating an innovative use of machine learning for body movement recognition.



ECAL / Jimmy Rachez