I speak at various conferences, private events and academic institutions about the following topics: digital culture, networked objects, the diffusion of digital technologies in urban environments, location-based services, innovation failures, design and futures research, design fiction as well user research.
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Selected talks/keynote speeches and panels
Enjeu du design comtemporain : le cas de la crise environnementale, Stage Préac Canopée, Biennale du Design de Saint Etienne, March 26, 2019
FAIL - the What and the Whys of technological flops, Swiss Tech Talks, Bern, March 12, 2019.
Ethnographie & design, Séminaire Anthropotechnologie University of Geneva, February 28, 2019.
Design Fiction, Ecole Urbaine de Sciences Po, February 28, 2019
Design Fiction, Vers un Imaginaire du Design with Care, CNAM, Paris, February 13, 2019.
Interface Cultures: the mutual relationships between space and interaction design, Geneva School of Art and Design, January 28, 2019.
Transhumanisme et Intelligence Artificielle, Faculté de Théologie, University of Geneva, December 5, 2018.
Le smartphone un nouveau truchement ? Usages sociaux des outils de traduction sur smartphone. Forum Helveticum, Zürich, November 23, 2018.
A Genealogy of Design Fiction, ENSAD, Paris, November 15, 2018
Futurs partout, avenirs nulle part, Conférence Ciné-Design 2, Université de Toulouse, November 8, 2018.
Designing for Trust in a Digital World, Center for Digital Trust, EPFL, November 2, 2018.
Observer les hybridations: rôles de la recherche-création, Utopiana, Genève, October 5, 2018.
Cultures algorithmiques et créolisations machiniques, Medialab SciencesPo Paris, September 18, 2018.
Ethnographier avec le design, Séminaire Technographies (Techniques et Cultures), Mucem, Marseille, September 12, 2018.
Design Fiction in the Fake News Era (with Fabien Girardin), Primer Europe, Helsinki, September 10, 2018
Adventures in algorithmic cultures, The Camp, Aix en Provence, July 17, 2018
From there to here, The Camp, Aix en Provence, July 17, 2018
La Science-fiction n'a plus rien à dire ?, Futur.e.s, Paris, June 23, 2018
Teaching the Many Faces of Interaction Design, ixda Lausanne, June 19, 2018
Récits de/pour la métamorphose, Université de la Pluralité, Sciences Po Paris, June 4, 2018.
Exploring the Anthropocene: the many roles of design research, Institut des Systèmes Complexes, Lyon, May 3, 2018
Design Fiction? Aalborg University — Copenhagen, April 24, 2018
Design Fiction: dépasser la panne des imaginaires, Lundi de l'innovation, Université de Grenoble, April 9, 2018.
Exploring Digital Cultures in the Anthropocene Era, Refrag, Parsons Paris, March 28, 2018, Paris.
Design ethnography, Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, March 26, 2018, Basel.
From the Minitel to the Nabaztag: lessons from French design icons, ixda interaction, February 7, 2018, Lyon.
404-lore, an anthropology of digital dead-ends, Functional Failures, November 23, 2017 Operative Fakes & Tenuous Techniques symposium, Basel
Bestiar.io: a compendium of hybrid creatures, 16 octobre 2017, Colloque La Vie à L'Oeuvre, Musée de la Nature et de la Chasse, Paris.
Bestiar.io: a compendium of hybrid creatures, October 29 2017 Sight & Sounds, Montreal.
The Alps, Art and the Anthropocene, Verbier 3D, June 17, 2017, Verbier.
Magical thinking, contemporary superstitions and digital technologies, May 24, 2017, Mapping Festival: Paradigm Shift symposium, Geneva.
Imaginaires synthétiques: un bestiaire de créatures hybrides, May 16 2017, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris.
Curious Rituals, Digital Superstitions, FIBER Festival, May 13, 2017, Amsterdam.
10 idées reçues sur le numérique, Grand amphi CITIA, May 4, 2017, Annecy.
Design Fiction, an ethnography of the possible?, Keynote speech to EAD 2017 conference, April 12, 2017, Roma.
A l'attention des machines, Séminaire Telecom Paris Tech, April 2017, Paris.
C64 and technological creolization, March 30, 2017, Dijon.
Curious Rituals: une ethnographie dessinée de la gestualité numérique, Séminaire "une autre façon de raconter", March 24, 2017, EHESS / Mucem Marseille.
Dadabot: Towards Algorithmic cultures, Milieux Institute, Concordia University, March 21, 2017, Montreal.
Futurs, présentisme et projection, ENS Paris, January 23, 2017, Paris.
Quelle place pour les cultures numériques dans les musées, March 1, 2017, Pioneer Lab/Platform 10, Lausanne.
Fête foraine ou living lab? Journée HAPPY, UNIGE, December 9, 2016, Genève.
Futurs: la panne des imaginaire? Club des DIS, December 8, 2016, Annecy.
Ethnographie et design, ethnographie par le design, Séminaire commun HEAD/UNIGE, December 7, 2016, Genève.
Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud, talk with Patrick Keller, Bot like Me, Centre Culturel Suisse, December 3, 2015, Paris.
Algorithmic Cultures, City University Hong Kong, Run Run Creative Media Center, November 24, 2016, Hong Kong.
Design Ethnography: Opening the Black Box, workshop organized with Lysianne Léchot, CUMULUS Conference, November 22, 2016, Hong Kong.
Cultures numériques, Museomix Leman, November 14, 2016, Nyon.
Design Thinking? Semaine de l'entrepreneuriat, HEAD – Genève, November 15, 2016, Geneva.
Design ethnography: from field research to design fiction, Politecnico di Milano, October 25, 2016, Milano.
(A) l’attention des machines, Colloque Exo-Attention, Université de Grenoble, October 13, 2016, Grenoble.
L’intériorité à l’heure du numérique, Colloque intériorité, HEAD – Genève, October 12, 2016, Geneva.
Dadabots et cultures algorithmiques, DADA 100 : dada et data, La Friche, October 6, 2016, Marseille.
Design Ethnography, Paris College of Art, September 20, 2016, Paris.
“Can you give its soul back?” Maintenance and repair of a shifting object, 4S, August 30, 2016 Barcelona
Design fiction: an ethnography of the possible, Speculative Design Summer school, LCC University of the Arts London, London, July 12, 2016
Rethinking Smart, a workshop with James Auger, Design Research Symposium, Brighton, June 27, 2016.
Ethnography through design?, Aesthetics Matter conference, ZHDK, Zurich, June 6, 2016.
Design Fiction, Design Days, Paris, May 31, 2016.
Towards Algorithmic Cultures, Metrics Factory, Paris, May 30, 2016.
Building Design Fiction, UX Lisbon, May 27, 2016.
Bot Culture: Culture in a world of bots, Mapping Festival, Geneva, May 3, 2016.
Design Ethnography ? IMERA, Marseille, April 20, 2016.
Design Culture Innovation, Rencontres du marketing de l’innovation, Grenoble, April 5, 2016.
Keynote conclusion to Mirage Festival, Lyon, March 4, 2016.
Futurs? la panne des imaginaires technologiques? Systemx, Saclay, March 23, 2016.
What does it take to make smart interactions? Ixda interaction conference, Helsinki, February 19, 2016
Explore/design the Future Mundane: design fiction as an ethnography of the possible, workshop at the Swiss Design Network Symposium, January 30, 2016.
Dadabots!? N/O/D/E, Lausanne January 29, 2016
Towards algorithmic cultures? Art Center School of Design, Pasadena, January 21, 2016.
Towards algorithmic cultures? UCLA, Los Angeles, January 19, 2016.
Les sciences sociales créatives, BA Social Sciences Lecture, Unige, December 18, 2015.
Design ethnography!? MA Design talk series, Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst, December 16, 2015.
Algorithmic cultures, ENSBA, Lyon, December 14, 2015.
Design ethnographic practices, ENSAD, Paris, November 17, 2015.
Towards Algorithmic Cultures, Séminaire relation et formes de présences robotiques, Université de Bordeaux, November 13, 2015.
Keynote speech: Design Fictions, Communauté innovation Renault, November 12, 2015.
Towards Algorithmic Cultures, KIKK Festival, Namur, November 6, 2015.
Panel : Quel impact le courant cyberpunk a-t-il eu sur la réalité des réseaux sociaux ? , Les Utopiales, Nantes, October 30, 2015.
Rencontre avec Nicolas Nova : et si le futur n'existait plus ?, Les Utopiales, Nantes, October 29, 2015
Panel : De l'avenir faisons table-rase: et si le futur était finalement impensable ? , Les Utopiales, Nantes, October 29, 2015.
Culture Interface, Scopitone/Digital Art Week, Nantes, September 17, 2015.
Keynote speech: Flops technologiques, Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, Paris, September 10, 2015.
Signals for tomorrow, WIDE, Geneva, September 15, 2015.
Design at the Near Future Laboratory, Audencia Student Day, Nantes, September 2, 2015.
Design Fiction workshop, Stockholm, September 1, 2015.
Design Future Fiction, Ergosign, Saarbrucken, August 13, 2015.
Adventures in Algorithmic Cultures, Data Traces Conference, Basel, July 3-4, 2015.
Algorithmes au quotidien, Congrès Suisse de sociologie, June 5, 2015.
Open Innovation, HEG Innovation day, Geneva May 7, 2015.
Panel robotique et automatisation, Salon du livre de Genève, April 30, 2015.
Design Fictions, Resonate, Belgrade, April 17, 2015.
Adventures in Algorithmic Cultures, Resonate, Belgrade, April 17, 2015.
"Design Fiction for Designers", ixda interaction conference, San Francisco, February 10-11, 2015
Futurs?, Doc Forum, Lyon, January, 28, 2015.
Keynote speech: Design and Science Fiction, Strate College, Paris, December 17, 2014.
Design & Innovation, Techlunch Geneva Creativity Center, December 4, 2014.
Design Ethnography, Tokyotech, Tokyo, November 26, 2014.
Funfair and innovation, TEDxTransmedia, Geneva, November 5, 2014.
Keynote speech: Détournement technologique et création numérique, Vaudoise Assurances, Lausanne, November 4, 2014.
Design/Science Fiction, Keynote presentation at IHM 2014, Lille, France, October 31, 2014.
Prospective & Design, CEAT, EPFL, Lausanne, October, 27, 2014.
Brain-Computer Interfaces: Design Challenges, Imaginove, Lyon, October 21, 2014.
Discussion around Futures/TBD, Hackuarium, Lausanne, September 24, 2014.
Smart Cities!? Nyon 2013, Nyon, September 18, 2014.
Futurs? La Paillasse, Paris, September 12, 2014
Elaborating future open data apps with design fictions, Open Data Zürich, September 18, 2014
The Internet of Things, Semaine de la Manufacture, Neuchatel, September 2, 2014
"Design Ethnography and User-Centered Design: The Missing Link", Workshop at UX Lausanne, May 21, 2014.
A discussion with Bruce Sterling, Talking HEAD, Geneva, April 14, 2014.
"Design Fictions", Hyperwerk, Basel, May 2, 1014.
"8-bit reggae and algorithmic culture", Swissnex Boston, April 15, 2014.
"Playful Interactions", MIT Game Lab, April 14, 2014.
"A user's perspective on urban networked objects", Materiality in its contemporary forms conference, Grenoble, February 28, 2014.
"Design Fictions!" CIID Open Lecture, Copenhagen, February 11, 2014.
"A designerly approach to ethnography", UCL, London, January, 20, 2014.
"What do you mean by Design Research?", Two-day workshop at ECAL, Lausanne, November 13-14, 2013.
"Design Fictions", The Family, Paris, November 6, 2013
"Adventures in Algorithmic Cultures", Creating Minds, UC Berkeley, October 23, 2013.
"Design fictions and B-sides futures" The Stuff between Us ZHDK, Zurich, October 5, 2013
"Design fiction and ethnography workshop" EPIC Conference, London, September 18, 2013
"Design fiction approach" UrbanIxD Split, Croatia, August 28, 2013
"Flops, futur et design fiction" BPI Beaubourg, Paris, May 31, 2013.
"Mental gamepads, user embodiment and BCI illiteracy: Brain-Machine Interfaces out of the lab", American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston, February 15 2013.
"Code, creative culture and design, Code as Control seminar", Hamburg, January 17-18, 2013.
"Design and ethnography", UX Paris, November 14 2012.
"Curious Rituals: Gestural Interaction in the Digital Everyday", Art Center, Pasadena, July 17, 2012.
"Where did the future go?", Lunch bytes, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, June22, 2012.
"Des usages au design", WIF2012, Limoge, May 31 2012
"Parole d'auteurs: Les flops technologiques", Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, Paris, April 5, 2012
"Mind and consciousness as an interface", SXSW 2012, Austin, USA, March 11.
"Wrong is the new right", NEXT 2011, Aarhus, Denmark, August 31, 2011.
"Locative media few years after, what did we learn?" Zurich school of design, June 10, 2011.
"Traces and hybridization" University of the Arts, London, June 19, 2011
"From Neuromancer to the Internet: the role of science fiction culture in design", Keynote talk at Swiss Design Network Junior conference, Basel, Switzerland, October 28, 2010
“Accidents and failures as creative material for the near future", Share Festival, Torino, Italy October 20, 2010
“The gamepad continuum”, London, UK, September 24: Playful 2010
"Disrupted by a new script: exploring the meaning of gestural video game interfaces", Trento, Italy: EASST2010 conference, September 3, 2010
“From Tea-Spoons to Jetpacks: designing speculative futures by observing ordinary things and practices”, Royal College of Art, London, Marche 19th, 2010.
“From instrumentation to social technologies in the city”, Microsoft Social Computing Symposium, Jan 12, 2010, NYC.
“L'usager dans les nouveaux objets industriels”, Entretiens du Nouveau Monde Industriel, 26 Novembre 2009, Paris
“i move and i interact”, i realize conference, Torino, June 10th
“What the hell happened to location-based games?” Mobile Monday Amsterdam, February 2nd, 2009.
“Tangible@Home,” MIT Medialab, October 8th, Cambridge, MA, USA, Inflated Deflated Futures or why futurists fail to predict the future, Design Engaged, Montreal, October 2008.
Intro and moderation of "From Ubiquitous Technologies to Human Context" session, World Congress of Architecture, July 2nd, Torino, Italy.
“Digital Yet Invisible: Making Ambient Informatics More Explicit to People”, Frontiers in Interaction IV, July 1st, Torino Italy.
“Mobile Social Software from the Inside Out”, O’Reilly ETech 2008 conference, San Diego, March 6th, 2008.
“New Interaction Partners: perspectives on the pervasive media world for pets”, Presentation at PiCnic2007, Amsterdam, September 2007.
“PeopleSpaceThings: hybridization over the internets”, Presentation at Frontiers in Interaction, Milano, June 2007.
“Hybridization, fusing, melting, coalescence and salmagundi”, Presentation at Reboot9, Copenhagen, May 2007.
“The user experience of location awareness”, Talk at Geoware 2007, Innovation Lab, Arhus, Denmark, March 2007.
"Networked Objects and the New Renaissance of Things", Talk at Reboot 8, Copenhagen (DK), June 2006.
Participation in a panel "Academic Session III: Place" at the Networked Publics Conference and Media Festival (Annenberg Center for Communication, USC Los Angeles), April 28-29th 2006.
“Blogjects and the new ecology of things”, Crystalpunk Architecture Workshop, Utrecht, March 2006.