Professor of Digital Museology at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Director and Lead Curator EPFL Pavilions
Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. In widely exhibited installation works, she has amalgamated tangible and intangible cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality, and embodied narrative. Sarah has produced 90 exhibitions and installations for museums worldwide, including a museum complex in India, and received a number of major international awards for this work. In 2017, Sarah was appointed professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where she has built the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+), exploring the convergence of cultural heritage, imaging technologies, immersive visualization, visual analytics, digital aesthetics, and cultural (big) data. eM+ engages in research from scientific, artistic, and humanistic perspectives and promotes a post-cinematic multisensory engagement using experimental platforms. Since 2017 Sarah is the director and lead curator of EPFL Pavilions, a new art/science initiative housed in a seminal Kengo Kumar building inaugurated in late 2016 (formerly known as ArtLab). EPFL Pavilions blends experimental curatorship and contemporary aesthetics with open science, digital humanism, and emerging technologies. In 2021, Sarah was appointed the corresponding fellow of The British Academy. In 2020, she was named in the Museum Influencer List 2020 – The Power 10 by Blooloop and Switzerland’s Top Digital Shapers 100 by Bilanz. In 2021, she curates and produces three major exhibitions: Buddhist Maritime Silk Road, Fo Guan Shan Monastery, Taiwan (a permanent exhibition), The Atlas of Maritime Buddhism, Indra and Harry Banga Gallery, Hong Kong, and Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double, EPFL Pavilions, Switzerland.