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Tsinghua helix


5th Art and Science
International Exhibition
and Symposium (TASIES 2019)
Academy of Arts & Design,
Tsinghua University

nov. 02 - 30. 2019

Photo-Synthesis is an art series about the sun as source of energy. On the surface, it is both poetic illustration and analogy; photosynthesis, a plant’s ability to convert light energy into chemical energy. Beneath the surface, it literally converts the sun’s energy into electricity by way of silicon cells.

Photo-Synthesis is a two-pronged photovoltaic installation. Both pieces are presented in the form of 5m2 triptychs.

One piece is located indoors at the National Museum of China, the other, outdoors in the artistic district 798 Art Zone. Although both locations are 10 kilometers apart, the two pieces initiate a dialog and complement each other.

Displayed within the prestigious National Museum of China, the art installation demonstrates the unforeseen potential of the solar panel as artistic substrate.

In response to Tsinghua University’s call for participants for the 5th International Art and Science Symposium and Exhibition (TASIES 2019), Compáz investigates the traditionally passive and inert artistic canvas as a potentially active source of energy. Directly connected to the museum’s power network, the art installation modestly contributes to its host’s energy performance.

Installed in the heart of the 798 Art District, the art stimulates debate and reflection about the purpose of public art and its role in the context of renewable energy in the urban setting.

The second triptych is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in China, Beijing and Swissnex; Switzerland’s international network dedicated to education, research and innovation. It is the companion to the museum’s indoor installation. Outdoors, it reaches its full potential and function as a solar panel whilst initiating discourse.

Photo—Synthesis exhibition is composed of two installations of three 1646 mm x 999 mm (60 solar cells) panels. Built as a triptyc composing one single image. One artwork is conceived to work outside and to produce electricity when facing the sun. The other one stand inside as an artwork showing its great potential and the magnificent photographical art work.

Photo—Synthesis are works of art powered by the sun, figuratively and literally. The top layer; “the art”; is a representation of plants, nature’s undisputed masters of photosynthesis: the process of converting light energy into chemical energy. Alternatively, solar panels; the artwork’s substratum or canvas; is man’s answer to plants’ ability to harness the power of the sun. Not by storing it as sugars, but by converting it into electricity.

Compáz is a collective of scientific and artistic skills, an incubator of ideas that seeks to create, produce and promote projects that will assist social progress. The projects of Compáz are spaces designed to allow for questioning big ideas about society. They are spaces that allow for a growth in consciousness, a different way of looking and conceiving of the world.



Laure is an accomplished scientist, as a former manager at the Photovoltaic division of CSEM, she considers herself to be a passionate and committed researcher. She is driven by studying the impact technology has on our society and how we relate to it’s ever increasing importance in our daily lives.



Lats has been a successful entrepreneur for more than 20 years, lending his talents to companies in order inform their digital transformation and to enhance their strategic positioning in a globalized world. He seeks to create an ideal world where their is a harmony of mobility, technology, good business practices and strong ethical values.



Raf is an avide consumer of images, contemporary art and anything related to creativity, he has garnered a reputation for his ability to simplify complex ideas, transpose difficult topics to make them accessible and for nourishing aesthetics in unexpected places. His rebellious spirit can be seen as the antithesis of the scientific approach yet his creative skills and desire to make the world a better place are key elements to drive the success of Compáz.



David is a photographer, animator and motion graphics artist. His photographic work explores the relationship of usefulness and formal beauty expressed by commonplace organisms. He sees the photovoltaic substrate as a natural medium for his creations. He cannot imagine a better canvas than one endowed with the power to harness the sun’s energy.