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Artists in labs program      




Lecture: Unveiling Hidden Dimensions of Light

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Spine Auditorium 0215, Between bldg. 4 and 5 - Level 0

Artist and designer Nadya Suvorova is exchanging and developing ideas with researchers of the Division for Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) at KAUST for a three-months period in autumn 2018.

 On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Nadya will give the lecture Unveiling Hidden Dimensions of Light, where she will talk about her artistic exchange experience at KAUST, the creative process, and her experience working with scientists. After this talk, you’ll be invited to an Q&A session with the artist and to visit her studio.  

At KAUST, Nadya has been working closely with research scientist Qiang Fu, whose research interests lie in the multi-disciplinary area of computational imaging, which aims at designing next-generation imaging systems (photography, microscopy, etc.) with a joint optics/computation method, and PhD Student Simeng Qiu, KAUST Visual Computing Center.

 This exchange is being supervised at KAUST by Professor Dr Wolfgang Heidrich - Visual Computing Center Director - and organized by the Artists-in-Labs Program -The Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS)- in collaboration with the Office of Enrichment Programs at KAUST. With the support of the Division for Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) at KAUST and the KAUST Library.

 About the Artist

Nadya Suvorova is an interactive media artist based in Zurich. At the intersection of art, science and play, she invents poetic journeys using emerging technologies. She pulls her inspiration from the observation of the natural world. Her interactive works spark curiosity to playfully engage access to and awareness of our natural world through digital media. She has shown her work internationally at the ZKM Karlsruhe, Cité du Design at Saint Etienne, Museum of Arts (MoA) Seoul, Hammer Museum etc.


MIKMA from Nadya Suvorova on Vimeo.




Upcoming Artist in Residency

As part of the Artists-in-Labs Program, Saudi artist Nasser Algamel will have a residency exchange in 2019 at the Department for Materials at ETH in Zurich.

About Artists-in-Labs Program

This program runs since 2003 by The Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS), an international transdisciplinary centre for cultural analysis, cultural theory, and cultural history in the arts related to all topic areas of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). This program brings artists and scientists together in an experimental framework and has brought the collaboration between artists and KAUST since 2016. www.artistsinlabs.ch. 

About the Office of Enrichment Programs

Under the umbrella of the VP for Academic Affairs KAUST's Office of Enrichment Programs was created as a way to draw faculty, students, staff, partners, collaborators, and community members out of their daily routines and into a curated program of expansive thinking. The Enrichment programs are shaped to educate, inspire, enrich and contribute to the community, the Kingdom and the world. While the programs differ from year - to - year, they include both technical and artistic components, which are designed to inspire, be creative and to think outside the box. Our programs show how you can impact others and how others can impact you, often in surprising ways.

Timeline KAUST-swiss Residency Exchange


Nasser Alsalem at the Department of Materials, ETH, Zurich, CH.


Nadya Suvorova at the Division for Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA.


Zahrah Alghamdi at the Stream Ecology Group, Eawag, Dübendorf, CH.

Muhannad Shono at the Drinking Water Microbiology Group, Eawag, Dübendorf, CH.


Marie Griesmar at the Reef Genomics Group, KAUST, Thuwal KSA.

Sandra Kühne at the Integrated Ocean Processes Research Group, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA.