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Designforum 185 – Silvia Wyder and Dr. Michael Doser: The visible and the invisible

  • © Silvia Wyder, Dr. Michael Doser
14December 2022, 17.00 – 19.00 Uhr

Campus Dessau | Lyzeum, Room 01.303

– Presence event | Presentation in English -

Silvia Wyder, PhD candidate, Geneve

Dr. Michael Doser, senior research physicist at CERN, Geneve

The visible and the invisible

Much of science deals with realms that are invisible to us, be it because they cannot be observed directly, as is the case for mental processes, or because they are not amenable to our (limited) senses. Attempting to study these domains requires novel approaches to see below the surface, in terms of methodology, analysis, technologies or simply creativity. Based on two vastly different fields, that of research in art therapy and that of research in sub-atomic physics, we will discuss overlaps and differences, illuminate how knowledge is obtained, and cover very recent results and highly topical questions that touch upon the very meaning of research in both fields.

S. Wyder: The overarching topic, or rather my research question, is built on asking whether the house could be regarded as a symbolic representation of the self and how (if so) persons’ ways of living and dealing with difficult issues would become manifest. Globally, houses, or people's need of shelter and dwelling, are found in all cultures and geographical regions. Persons’ psychological suffering is often hidden and I will show how it can become visible, as in the case of buildings,’ through collape or structural issues.

Dr. M. Doser: Sub-atomic physics is arguably the most successful theory in describing the Universe, and covers the full range from the smallest components of matter to the full scale of the Cosmos. And yet, there are vast domains that the theory does not explain, and which, in spite of decades of attempting to explore them, remain without an answer. I will briefly touch upon some of the open questions, the approaches being tried, and attempt to show how these invisible aspects are visualized.

Silvia Wyder (PhD candidate): born in Zurich, Switzerland. Art studies: Art Universities in Basel and Zurich. Diploma in ceramic sculpture, HEAD, University of Art and Design, Geneva, Switzerland. Japanese studies: University of Zurich. Sojourn in Japan (2.5 years): ceramic and calligraphy studies, exhibitions. Work as artist, art residencies (EKWZ, Holland, and Stanford University Digital Art Department, USA). Diploma in art therapy: Institute l'Atelier, Geneva. MSc Mental Health: Psychological Therapies, Queen Mary University of London. Private art therapy practice and art studio in Geneva. Research PhD (submitted October 2022) student at the University of Derby in art therapy and cultural studies. Periods of clinical research fieldworks in Wil, Switzerland, Paris, and Tokyo. Additional fieldworks at Technische Universität, TU, Wien, architecture theory department, BA and MA architecture students; artists' workshops with Taiwanese artists in Eindhoven, Holland. Presentations given at universities, and conferences in Europe and Japan. Writings: one book chapter, several publications. I live and work in France and Switzerland.

Dr Michael Doser is a senior research physicist at CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland and is spokesperson of the AEgIS experiment that is attempting to measure how antimatter falls. He specializes in working with antimatter, using it either as a tool or as an object of study itself. He is furthermore editor of Physics Letters B, of JAIS and formerly, of the Review of Particle Physics and since 2021, is leading efforts both in CERN’s Quantum Technology initiative and in an international roadmap to bring quantum technologies to particle physics detectors. Additionally, he has extended experience in lecturing to a wide spectrum of audiences, from school children to experts and decision makers.