Month: October 2017

Weingart Typography Exhibition Opened in Shanghai

After successful showcase in Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Weingart Typography China Shanghai Exhibition opened at Design and Innovation Collage, Tongji University on October 15, 2017. The exhibition is co-organized by Tongji University and swissnex China and will last until 10 November. Afterwards, it will be touring to Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

As the main supporter of the exhibition, Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China attended the opening and delivered the opening speech. Mr. Erwin Lüthi, Deputy Consul General of Switzerland also joined the opening as the honored guest.

Weingart Typography China Touring Exhibition presents the first comprehensive exhibition in China devoted to the work and teaching of Wolfgang Weingart and is based on the exhibition by Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in 2014.  All of the exhibits come from the Museum’s own collections and are donated by Mr. Weingart, including more than 200 pieces by Weingart himself as well as examples of his students’ work.

Wolfgang Weingart , the Swiss graphic designer and design educator is known for his pioneering work in typography and graphic design in the 1960s and 70s. He rebelled against the then dominant Swiss International Style and spoke with an eloquent typographic voice of his own. Through teaching and practice Weingart influenced generations of students from all over the world and inspired a “New Wave” of typography which traveled from Basel to North America. This wave reverberated with the emerging Post-modernism in the country to create an impact on graphic design in profound ways.

VR Villa at West Bund Reveals the Next Chapter in the Evolution of VR

From 1-15 Oct.2017, swissnex China together with Pro Helvetia Shanghai and World VR Forum (WVRF) organized an amazing Virtual Reality event at West Bund, Shanghai. WVRF takes VR out of the technology scene and shows the power of Virtual Reality as accessible and quality entertainment media.  The well-curated show brings world-class of works of art to the daily lives of Shanghainese.

The media preview and grand opening of this event was held on 30th September 2017. It was an honor to invite Chinese media, VR players and featured artists to join this incredible ceremony.

During the exhibition period, various workshops and lectures as well as a kids’ day were organized by different partners, which were very well received by the participants.

Jacques Dubochet, Professor UNIL, receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday (October 4th) the names of the winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. These include Jacques Dubochet from the University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank from Columbia University in the United States and Richard Henderson from the Molecular Biology Laboratory in Cambridge, England.

Jacques Dubochet gave a lecture at UNIL. He opened his speech with humor: “A scientific prize is an ambiguous thing. It highlights an individual, while he should put forward a collective. The Academy honors us for a job done 30 years ago. Because we invented cold water” he said, laughing.

The three researchers are rewarded for their work in electronic cryomicroscopy. “Biochemical maps have long been filled with white spaces. Electronic cryomicroscopy changes everything. Researchers can now freeze biomolecules mid-range and visualize processes they have never seen before. This technology simplifies and improves both the imaging of biomolecules. It transports biochemistry into a new era.” the statement of the Swedish institution said.

To the question of how the idea came to the researchers, Jacques Dubochet answered that under the microscope, air is opaque to electrons. So they chose to use water. “We had to find how to handle the drying, since the water evaporates. We had the idea of ​​freezing it. ”

Jacques Dubochet was born in Aigle on 8 June 1942. He obtained his doctorate in 1973 from the universities of Geneva and Basel. He became a professor at the University of Lausanne in 1987. Jacques Dubochet will be the Director of the Laboratory of Ultrastructural Analysis and the Center for Electron Microscopy. He is currently an Honorary Professor of Biophysics at the University of Lausanne.


Source: University of Lausanne website

Photo credit details: UNIL