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user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design


= emotion + intuition in art + design

an international symposium and festival
9 - 11 May 2003
Tate Modern
London, UK

A collaboration between Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
and Tate Modern

user_mode is an international, multidisciplinary symposium looking at
interactive art and design practices. It will examine one of the key
concerns for many creative practitioners - engaging the emotions of the

Artists, designers and critics frequently refer to "emotional engagement".
What is meant by this? Is it immersion, rapture, agency, reflection? This
question is crucial to interactive art and design practice where the user's
response is sensitive to context and can not only influence the form and
content of the work but also, in some cases, the future direction of
technological development. user_mode will aim to locate techniques,
instruments, contexts and terms to provide clearer insight into this theme.

user_mode will provide an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned
artists, designers and theorists as well as emerging practitioners. It is
intended that concerts, performances and drop-in studios featuring artists,
designers, architects, researchers and technicians informally presenting
works in progress will complement presentations and panel discussions.

Key contributors will include: Sara Diamond (Director, Media and Visual
Arts Banff, Canada), Stuart Jones (composer/performer/interactive sound
artist based in the UK), Lev Manovich (New Media theorist), David Ross
(Director of the Beacon project New York, and formerly Director of San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art) and
Tobi Schneidler (Architect, Interactive Institute, Stockholm)

___user_mode : thematics

How do you engage and sustain the interest of the user/visitor/player in an
interactive experience whether it be reflexive architecture, interactive
film, art installation, responsive environment, computer games,
performance, product, communication or experience design?

Questions for discussion may include: does interactivity promise a more
profound experience than more traditional responses to art and design? What
does it add? How is it measured? Does interactive work offer more than
conventional cinema, theatre, painting or architecture in emotional terms?
Is there more sense of participation?

user_mode will seek to identify models of emotional engagement, aiming to
question, extend and rework the most topical of the categories outlined below:

- Emotion as content or theme of the work
- Emotion as agency and control
- Emotion as subjective experience
- Emotion as a cognitive and physical process
- Emotion as an element of discovery learning in interactive exhibitions
- Emotion and navigation in architecture
- Emotion and narrative in film
- Emotion and gaming
- Emotion in sound composition and audio environments

___user_mode: submissions

We are now calling for papers from artists, designers, theorists,
technologists, scientists, architects, musicians, philosophers and others
interested in this field.

The call for papers is aimed at all disciplines that can contribute to this
discussion. Fresh perspectives will be sought by bringing together
different disciplines to share their views.

You are invited to submit a short proposal for a 30-minute
visual/audio/verbal presentation in the conference or a performance or a
studio demonstration. Your proposal should include the following information:

1. Name
2. Location
3. Contact Details
4. URL (if applicable)
5. 250 word proposal
6. Type of proposal (is it a paper, a studio demonstration or performance?)
7. 200 word biography

Proposals must be sent via email. Please include: "user_mode proposal" in
the subject line. The following formats will be accepted:

* plain text format in the body of an email.
* RTF attachments (rich text format)

Support material can be sent via post, if necessary. Please contact us if
you wish to post support material.


Email proposals to:

Tricia Austin, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
Email: p.austin@csm.linst.ac.uk


Honor Harger, Tate Modern
Email: honor.harger@tate.org.uk

___user_mode: collaborators

Tate Modern
Tate Modern is Britain's new national museum of modern art. Housed in the
former Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern displays the Tate collection of
international modern art from 1900 to the present day. There is also a full
range of special exhibitions and a broad public programme of events
throughout the year. Tate Modern is committed to education, and as a new
national museum is determined to seize the opportunity to pioneer
innovative approaches to education and interpretation. Tate Modern's
wide-ranging public programme includes talks, courses, films, conferences
and symposia involving artists, critics, writers and academics. user_mode
will be the latest in a strand of events which explore the context of
culture and technology.

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design has a worldwide reputation
for fostering creativity and innovation. The courses and research
activities are a key part of the international contemporary art world and
design industries. From communication design, industrial design to fashion
design and performance the college aims to develop practitioners with
agility and intelligence who question convention, anticipate change and
experiment with new forms and new technologies. Central Saint Martins
College of Art and Design is part of the London Institute. user_mode is a
collaboration between Tate Modern and The School of Graphic and Industrial
Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and represents an
ideal opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of topical themes
within a multidisciplinary context.

Intel Corporation
user_mode is supported by Intel Corporation, the world's largest
manufacturer of microprocessors, also a leading supplier of computer,
networking and communications products.

___user_mode: contacts

Website to be launched in December.

For more information about this event or any other Tate Modern event,
please see: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/programmes/events.htm

or contact:
Honor Harger, Webcasting Curator, Interpretation & Education, Tate Modern
Email: honor.harger@tate.org.uk
PH: (44) 020 7401 5066

For more information about Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design:

Email: p.austin@csm.linst.ac.uk
URL: http://www.csm.linst.ac.uk