Aparna Rao
Artist in Residence & Project Leader PATHOS

Rao

Aparna is a part of Pors & Rao, a Bangalore based art duo working with objects and installations that often incorporate lifelike physical movement and responsive behaviours. Many of the works are conceived as a kind of 'being' with basic behaviour patterns such as shyness, fatigue and dependence, highlighting involuntary aspects of human behaviour and relationships. Exhibitions include Setouchi Triennale 2016; 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Whorled Worlds, India, 2014/15; METAMATIC Reloaded, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland, 2013; 21 Rooms, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, South Korea, 2011; Pors & Rao, CAB – Centro De Arte Contemporaneo, Burgos, Spain, 2011; Indian Highway, The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. Oslo, Norway, 2009; and the 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, 2009.

Contact:
aparna.rao@wysszurich.ch


Søren Pors
Artist in Residence

Pors

Søren is a part of Pors & Rao, a Bangalore based art duo working with objects and installations that often incorporate lifelike physical movement and responsive behaviours. Many of the works are conceived as a kind of 'being' with basic behaviour patterns such as shyness, fatigue and dependence, highlighting involuntary aspects of human behaviour and relationships. Exhibitions include Setouchi Triennale 2016; 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Whorled Worlds, India, 2014/15; METAMATIC Reloaded, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland, 2013; 21 Rooms, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, South Korea, 2011; Pors & Rao, CAB – Centro De Arte Contemporaneo, Burgos, Spain, 2011; Indian Highway, The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. Oslo, Norway, 2009; and the 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, 2009.

Contact:
soren.pors@wysszurich.ch


Philipp Reist
Lead Systems Engineer

Reist

Philipp joined Wyss Zurich in March 2017 to lead the mechatronic system design for PATHOS. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2007/2008; and defended the Ph.D. in 2015 after working on design and control of juggling machines with Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea at ETH Zurich. During his studies, he received the “Outstanding D-MAVT Bachelor Award”, was part of the ETH team that won the Atlanta RoboCup Nanogram tournament in 2007, and spent two semesters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with Prof. Daniela Rus (2006) and Prof. Russ Tedrake (2009). After his PhD, Philipp joined the ETH spin-off Verity Studios, where he helped create the flying machines for the Cirque de Soleil show “Paramour” on Broadway. Philipp further has a passion for teaching and STEM promotion, and co-developed the “dancebots.org” robotics workshop.

Contact:
philipp.reist@wysszurich.ch