Ludwig Zeller, researcher at IXDM and docent at the visual communication institute was awarded a distinction at the Scientific Image Competition held by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Together with Martin Rumori, Zeller developed an experimental site-specific sound installation as part of the research project Experimental Data Aesthetics. The radio play, called “The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies”, offers an impression of a world that is based on a social thought experiment, in which visual strategies loose their dominance in scientific knowledge production. The installation uses binaural recordings to recreate directional sound specifically located in the space.

The presented photo was taken during the recording sessions, where microphones were placed inside a model’s ears to acoustically model the space the piece was later exhibited at. Five positions where measured by capturing 12 different sound sources in the space for each. The resulting models where then used to map voice recordings to them. The competition entry was awarded a distinction in the category “Locations and instruments”.

The SNSF Scientific Image Competition encourages researchers working in Switzerland to present their works to the public and the media. Photographs, images and videos will be rated in terms of their aesthetic quality and their ability to inspire and amaze, to convey or illustrate knowledge, to tell a human story or to let us discover a new universe.

In May 2017, the international jury chose four prizewinning images and awarded eleven distinctions. In total, 239 researchers registered 497 entries for the SNSF Scientific Image Competition 2017

The accompanying SNSF Scientific Image Competition exhibition, organised by the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography (5-28 May 2017), focuses on the 15 pictures selected by the jury, but also shows a number of other entries. It will be on display at other venues in Switzerland and abroad in the course of 2017.