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Ming Shan Digital Experience
Fostering meditation through body-induced lights and sounds

The design research centre EPFL+ECAL Lab has created interactive devices fostering the practice of meditation in collaboration with the Ming Shan Integrative Taoist Center in Bullet, Switzerland.

Ming Shan Digital Experience (Picture: Daniela & Tonatiuh / EPFL+ECAL Lab)

These devices capture physiological data and turn them into light and sound. Their impact aims to facilitate not only individual practice, but also to strengthen collective meditation. Together, they generate a sound and visual landscape which lights up the Ming Shan temple, evolving according to the state of the participants.
This project is a combination of traditional practice, artistic approaches, emerging technologies and scientific observations. It aims to generate knowledge also applicable to other contexts – in particular, to determine how to improve how we feel in the ever denser and more stressful living spaces of our everyday lives.

On November 23-24, 2019, in the framework of the inauguration days of the Ming Shan Integrative Taoist Center in Bullet, Switzerland, the research project developed by the EPFL+ECAL Lab will be presented. The complete installation will be unveiled at the beginning of 2020. We will then share more detailed information about the Ming Shan Digital Experience.

Useful Information

Inauguration Days
Ming Shan Integrative Taoist Center
November 23-24, 2019

Nicolas Henchoz, Director EPFL+ECAL Lab
Geraldine Morand, Communication

Project Direction: Nicolas Henchoz
Project Management: Lara Défayes
MAS in Design Research for Digital Innovation: Margaux Charvolin
Interaction Design: Margaux Charvolin in cooperation with Lara Défayes
Software Engineering: Delphine Ribes, Yves Kalberer & Luca Sassoli De Bianchi
Hardware & Firmware Engineering: Cédric Duchêne
Industrial Design: Matthieu Girel
UI/UX Psychologist: Andreas Sonderegger

Photography: Daniela & Tonatiuh / EPFL+ECAL Lab

Partner: Ming Shan Integrative Taoist Center
Scientific partners: University of Fribourg, ASPG EPFL, CSEM Signal Processing & Control Sector