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'Completing the Circle' - Incorporating Evaluation Methods in Creative Work

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About the Symposium
This symposium celebrates curiosity in creative digital work, bringing together artists, designers, computer scientists, developers and academics. All papers have been peer-reviewed by an international panel.

This is a one-day event endorsed by the BCS Computer Arts Society and the Design Research Society.


More details of the event below.

How to register to attend
Registration to attend is now open.

Attendance for the day costs £50, reduced to £25 for full-time students, members of the British Computer Society (BCS), Computer Arts Society (CAS) and Design Research Society (DRS).

The fee includes refreshments and a copy of the proceedings on CD.

You can register online, and pay by credit card, here:


Alternatively you can email or phone Gemma Liddiard at the British Computer Society:


Phone from within UK: 017 9341 7656
Phone from outside UK: 44 17 9341 7656

Registration closes on Monday 5th January 2009.

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What is the point?
The theme is controversial: the event title - 'Completing the Circle' - implies that evaluation is often missing from the creative process. But what is the role of evaluation in creative practice and how, if at all, is this altered by digital technologies?

Interactive digital technologies offer an increasing range of opportunities for artists, designers and other creative workers to find out how their work is experienced. Some creative people are keen to embrace these opportunities, while others consider such methods an intrusion. The symposium allows participants to share ideas and expertise and tackle some hard questions.

An international programme of speakers present papers which focus on using interactive technologies and other novel methods to evaluate the user's or audience's response to media including artworks, designs and performance.

Leaders of the field from around the world will contribute, including Professor Ernest Edmonds who directs the Creativity and Cognition Studios at the University of Technology in Sydney, and Kristina Hook, professor in human-machine interaction at Stockholm University/Royal Institute of Technology. The day of eight papers plus discussion includes papers exploring innovative uses of eye-tracking technology; non-verbal elicitation of responses to design; changes in the relation between artist, exhibit, gallery and public brought about by digital interaction. Other speakers will interrogate the basic principles in question.

Participants will benefit from new knowledge on techniques of evaluation, important case studies, and the practical and conceptual issues to be confronted.

This event is organised by the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts at Middlesex University.

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The symposium will be held on Monday 19th January 2009 at:

British Computer Society
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA
United Kingdom

Stephen Boyd Davis
Symposium Chair, Reader in Interactive Media
Head, Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts
Middlesex University, Cat Hill, Barnet, Herts EN4 8HT
United Kingdom
Tel 44 (0)20 8411 5072
The Centre's Web Pages are at http://www.cea.mdx.ac.uk/