3rd EAST International Conference in Beijing: Ingeborg Reichle talks at CAFA

On November 14, Ingeborg Reichle will talk at the 3rd International Conference on Education, Art, Science and Technology (east.work) at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China. The conference will bring together leading theorists, educators andpractitioners in the field of art, science and technology, a conference that not only aims to encourage discussion, but also institutional collaborations. The long-term objective of EAST is to create a global alliance of art and technology institutions, research centers and other educational entities to spread and exchange new ideas in the spheres of art and technology, thereby making room for new theoretical frames, mind-sets, systems, and ideas to form and take shape. Such a union would also facilitate the use of new technologies, materials, and media; the acquisition and promotion of new working patterns; and active cooperation among art theorists, artists, art institutions, and innovative enterprises. The worldwide convergence of creativity and sense of responsibility may therefore be able to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and thus benefit the lives of every single individual on this planet. Ingeborg Reichle will present a paper on Teaching for the Future: Grand Challenges in 21st Century Higher Education. The presentation will describe current debates on how the rise of Grand Challenges will affect the requirements and standards of twenty-first century higher education. Today an increasing number of universities seek to contribute to solving major societal and ecological challenges—demonstrating the value of university research and education. A whole range of alternative models is being explored in the field of higher education, ranging from interdisciplinary courses to solid holistic approaches that aim to bring the full diversity of human ways of knowing and capabilities together in an integrative educational approach. Integrative study models consciously seek to bridge the gap between different forms of knowledge and understanding, as well as the different pedagogical approaches of a variety of disciplines, such as the humanities, the arts, the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and medicine, as well as new technologies to prepare students better for work, life, and twenty-first century citizenship. Learning outcomes associated with integrated education, such as critical and holistic thinking, communication, and teamwork skills and abilities for lifelong learning, are more and more favoured in a world that is confronted with enormous strides in technology, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and communications. Integrative education can take many forms and has many different faces, but it always requires an intensive analysis of diverse didactic models, which places far-reaching demands on the teaching staff. This development places new expectations on teachers, changing their role from a provider of specialized knowledge to an innovator and mentor, who is primarily building bridges between different epistemologies and diverse fields of knowledge and aims primarily to foster holistic student development in a global and progressively disruptive world.

EAST 2019 – 3rd International Conference on Education, Art, Science and Technology

Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing



This year EAST 2019 will be organized around the topic – “Global Sci-Tech Art Panorama in the New Era” – and will be held in three cities, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. About 50 artists, theorists and scientists as well as over 30 renowned sci-tech corporations are invited to participate and initiate vital discussions about the relationship, development, application, and critical thinking towards sci-tech art in this season. Three academic meetings, four exhibitions as well as four working studios are to be convened. The opening ceremony will be take place on November 15, the event will last from November 2019 till January 2020.

CAFA Art Museum

Morning Session, November 15, 2019

10.00-10:05 Opening Remarks
Re-flecting on Institutions

10:10-10:40 Martin Honzik
Director oft he Ars Electronic Festival, Prix, and Exhibition

10:45-11:15 Joel Ferree
Director of Art + Technology Lab Program at the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art (LACMA)

11:20-11:50 Angelique Spaninks
Director and curator, MU Art Institute, Eindhoven; director and curator of STRP Biennal for creative technology biennal between 2012 and 2018

11:55-12:25 Round table

12:30-14:30 Break

Afternoon Session

Re-Thinking Education

14:35-15:05 Opening

15:10-15:40 Ingeborg Reichle
Chair of the Department of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

15:45-16:15 Marta de Menezes
Artistic Director of Ectopia and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal

16:20-16:50 Cui Tong
Director oft he Center of  Architecture Research and Design, University of Chinese Academy of Science

16:55-17:25 Round table

17:30-18:30 Tea Break

18:30 The Opening Ceremony of 3rd EAST-Season in CAFA
CAFA Art Museum

Morning Session, November 16, 2019

Re-visiting the Digital

10:00-10:05 Opening

10:10-10:40 Aurelie Besson
Director and artistic co-director of Molior

10:45-11:15 Hannah Redler Hawes
Director od Data as Culture at the Open Data Institute (ODI) and Independent Curator

11:20-11:50 Sun Lijun
Vice President of Beijing Film Academy

11:55-12:25 Round table

12:30-14:30 Break

Afternoon Session

Re-creating Science

14:35-15:05 Opening

15:10-15:40 Ken Arnold
Professor at Copenhagen University; Director of Medical Museion and Creative Director at Wellcome Trust

15:45-16:15 Andrea Bandelli
Executive Director of Science Gallery International (SGI)

16:20-16:50 Daria Parkhomenko
Director and curator of LABORATORIA Art&Science Space

16:55-17:25 Roundtable

17:30 Closing Remarks

Timetable on Nov 15. and 16 for EAST 2019

  1. Three academic seminars:

1) November 15-16: International Seminar of Sci-Tech art Education in CAFA museum

On the evening of November 15 the inaugurating ceremony will be held at the CAFA museum and distinguished guests from institutions like the University of Chicago, NYU, University of Copenhagen, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Wellcome Foundation, Munich Art Museum, Lisbon LABORATORIA sci-tech space, Yamaguchi Media Art Center, have been invited and will discuss the latest development in their research fields.

2) November 17: Enterprise Innovation Seminar in CAFA museum Delegates from 30 corporations will join this seminar, which consists of several sub-topics, including AI creativity, AI empowerment, Sci-Tech performances, application of new materials, aero-space. They will discuss the status quo and future potential of frontier technologies, innovative achievements and possibilities in sci-tech art creation.

3) November 9: EAST-Shanghai Forum jointly-run by EAST in CAFA and EAST in Shanghai University of Science and Technology

This forum will be lauched in Shanghai Art021 Art Fair on November 9, and will explore the possibilities of virtual-real technology, AI creativity and empowerment, new material application and bio-tech application, with the vision to connect research institutes, innovative enterprises, art academies in the process of knowledge construction and mutual proliferation in sci-tech and art.

  1. Four international exhibitions:

1) Wuzhen Internet Conference & Technology and Art exhibition in Internet Development Forum among Cross Strait, Hong Kong and Macao

Time: October 20 to 22, 2019
Venue: Wuzhen Internet Center

2) 40 years of Sci-Tech art from Linz to Shenzhen & Documenta of the 40-year development of Prix Ars Electronica

Time: November 2 2019 to February 16 2020
Venue: Culture and Arts Center in Shenzhen Maritime World, Shenzhen

3) Brain Hole-AI and Artistic Creation

Time: November 6 2019 to February 9 2020
Venue: Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum

4) Releasing the cooperative projects blending culture and creation between CAFA and Tencent, the leading social network company in China

Time: December 20
Venue: Haikou, Hainan Province

  1. Four working studios:

1) Studio 1: Robotic Learning

Time: November 5
Venue: Hot Thermal Technology Art Center

2) Studio 2: Cultural and Creative Projects in Tencent Online Games

Time: November 7 to 10
Venue: Hot Thermal Technology Art Center

3) Studio 3: Gene-Editing

Time: November 11-14
Venue: Peking University, CAFA

4) Studio 3: Sci-Tech Performances

Time: the first part of December
Venue: Hot Thermal Technology Art Center