Collective creation : improvised arts and engineering
Course within EPFL’s Social and Human Sciences (SHS) program developed by Prof. Simon Henein, in cooperation with the Arsenic Theater (Centre d’art scénique contemporain) in Lausanne
Video of the public presentation made by the 24 students of the Improgineering course on 23.5.2018, ARSENIC, Rue de Genève57, Lausanne.
The video of the related Microgineering course tough by Prof. Simon Henein to the Microengineering Bachelor students reveals the underlying links between the creative processes of improvised arts and those of engineering design.
A bridge to the humanities
In 2017, Professor Henein conceived a new course linking the engineering and humanities faculties of the EPFL. “Collective creation : improvised arts and engineering.” The year-long course, which was launched in September 2017, is part of EPFL’s Social and Human Sciences (SHS) program. It was developed in cooperation with the Arsenic Theater (Centre d’art scénique contemporain) in Lausanne.
The course examines the creative process in engineering design and improvisation within the performing arts. Experts in a wide range of disciplines, ranging from theater to mathematics, present the students with creativity as expressed in their field of expertise. Workshops explore improvisation through theater, music, dance and the performance arts. The 24 students will stage their final project with a dress rehearsal on May 16 2018 and give their final presentation before their examiners on May 23. Both events will be open to the public.
Professor Henein emphasizes collaborative work : “Collectively, our creative potential is huge – much greater than that of each one of us individually – but to fully tap into it, we have to be able to create together. That’s why this class delves so deeply into this skill, which will be crucial in the students’ future careers. We look at intuition, expression, listening, trust and self-reflection. The students are exposed to a wide range of approaches to the creative process, from the hard sciences to engineering and stage performance. All these influences will play a part in their professional work.”
This course is open to all first-year Master’s students at EPFL and classes run in three-period blocks every week throughout the school year. The course will be given again in September 2018.
Un pont vers les humanités
comédienne et metteure en scène
professeure à la faculté des lettres de l’Université
de Lausanne et directrice du Centre d’études théâtrales
Gisou van der Goot
doyenne de la faculté des sciences de la vie à l’EPFL
professeure assistante en psychologie socioculturelle à l’Université de Neuchâtel
Ph.D. des Universités de Northampton et Middlesex, danseuse, chorégraphe et artiste de performance
Patrick de Rham
directeur de l’Arsenic
directeur de Greene, Tweed & Co. (Suisse) SA
(conception et fabrication de pièces haute-performance en composites)
Ph.D. de l’EPFL en science et génie des matériaux