Collaborative Strategies in Media Art: Visual-Music Performance Workshop between Tongji and BUA

A Multi-layers Project between D&I Tongji and BUA, brought by Y-Institute BUA/Tongji

Event Details


Chronus Art Center
101, Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai, China


November 15, 2014 from 6:00 am to 9:30 am Asia/Shanghai (UTC+08:00)


Free of Charge but RSVP is required

The faculties and students from College of Design and Innovation (D&I) Tongji University and Music and Media Art Section ofBern University of the Arts (BUA) will present the progress and results from the Visual-Music Performance Workshop. There are 12 Tongji students based on visual art and 16 BUA students based on music and media art that participate in this one-week workshop. Chinese and Swiss students will take the common base of knowledge in the field of contemporary media art and electronic music as a starting point and work closely together to produce innovative methods of synchronizing music with visuals, giving emphasis to real time digital translation of audio and visual sources and to the esthetic consequences.

Faculties from both universities will firstly introduce the background and collaborative strategies of the workshop, followed by the presentations by several student teams to demonstrate the concepts and videos from the workshop projects.

An open discussion between audience, students and faculty members will be held after the presentations, focused on the subject “Enhancing the collaborations in multidisciplinary tasks on an artistic and academic level”.

Detail program:

14:00 – 15:30

Project Final Presentation & Open Discussion 

Language: English / Chinese (with simultaneoustranslation)

15:30 – 16:30

Cocktail reception (sponsored byswissnex China)

16:30 – 17:30

Live Performance by Cathy van Eck (CH)

Reservations via (please supply your full name, contact information, and the number of people attending)

About the Artist:

Cathy van Eck holds a PhD from the University of Leiden on the topic of microphones and loudspeakers as musical instruments, and is tenured lecturer at the department of music and media art in Bern, Switzerland.

About The Performance:

Cathy van Eck performs three of her pieces, exploring the musical poetics of a plant, music stands and microphones and loudspeakers. Cathy is a composer and sound artist with an interest in relationships between everyday objects and human performers, often taking these objects out of their context and discovering unexpected potentials. She collaborates regularly with other artists, theatre directors and choreographers.

About Co-organizers:

College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University

Tongji University drew on the latest ideas and models of world design and innovation disciplines and developed the Department of Art and Design into the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University. The establishment of the college aimed to better meet the need for design and innovation because of social, economic, technological and environmental changes, especially to meet the need for design and innovation when China is turning from manufacturing China to creating China and when Shanghai is changing the way of economic growth and upgrading industrial structure, and to conform to Tongji University’s sustainability-oriented discipline development strategy. The overall goal of the college is to establish an international, innovative, forward-looking and research-oriented world-class college of design with great sense of mission of the era, international perspective and native characteristics.

Bern University of the Arts

The BUA is the first University of the Arts in Switzerland and offers an inspiring, internationally oriented and thoroughly well-equipped environment. Our university of the arts thus fulfils all essential conditions for a contemporary and future-oriented artistic and creative education. More than five hundred lecturers and staff strive to ensure that our one thousand or so students at BUA are well looked-after and able to develop in line with their wishes and expectations in their basic and further education. The music and media art section offers education programs in the field of sound art, electronic music and new media.

Y-Institute BUA/Tongji, Centre for Transdispilinary Studies

An initiative to enhance trans-disciplinarity in institutional frameworks by Bern University of the Art and Tongji UniversityShanghai.