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Lansdown Lecture - Brendan Walker on Vicarious Thrills - London 2 December 2009


Dates:
Wed Dec 02, 2009 00:00 - Fri Nov 20, 2009

Lansdown Lecture: Brendan Walker on Vicarious Thrills
When: 4:45pm, Wednesday 2 December 2009
Where: Room 137, Middlesex University, Cat Hill, Barnet EN4 8HT, UK

A Lansdown Lecture for the Art and Design Research Institute at Middlesex University.

Brendan Walker will show how he uses a mixture of performance and broadcast technologies to thrill new audiences, spanning Theatre, Theme Parks, and TV.

Brendan Walker describes himself as 'the world’s only Thrill Engineer'. Brendan originally trained as a military aeronautical engineer, before researching and teaching in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art. Brendan now runs Aerial - a design practice specialising in the creation of tailored emotional experience, with clients such as The Science Museum, Merlin Entertainment, and Disneyland. He is a visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Laboratory at the University of Nottingham.

Entrance free. All welcome. No need to book.


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


Dates:
Mon Jan 19, 2009 00:00 - Thu Nov 27, 2008

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.

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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:

http://www.bcs.org/events/registration

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

gemma.liddiard@hq.bcs.org.uk

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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Further information here:
http://www.cea.mdx.ac.uk/?location_id=59&item=31
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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 papers are listed here:
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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

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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
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The Centre's Web Pages are at http://www.cea.mdx.ac.uk/


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Lansdown Lecture: iPoi -- Accelerating Digital Live Art -- LONDON Wed 18 April at 16:45


Dates:
Wed Apr 18, 2007 00:00 - Fri Apr 06, 2007

Lansdown Lecture: iPoi -- Accelerating Digital Live Art -- LONDON Wed 18 April at 16:45

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Lansdown Lecture: iPoi -- Accelerating Digital Live Art
Speaker: Jennifer Sheridan

+ Date: Wednesday 18 April 2007

+ Time: 4:45pm for one hour

+ Location: Middlesex University, London, EN4 8HT
Cat Hill Campus: Room 97.

Admission is free.

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Lansdown Lecture: iPoi -- Accelerating Digital Live Art
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iPoi: Accelerating Digital Live Art

Imagine swinging a tiny computer around your body to create live visuals and audio like a DJ or VJ. iPoi is based on the ancient Maori art of poi and uses a wireless, peer-to-peer, sensor-packed upgrade of the original. iPoi is created by embedding tiny computers in tennis balls, and swinging them wildly around your body. iPoi uses the wonder of acceleration, the hidden force that is in our every movement and has been performed in nightclubs, festivals and conferences in the UK, North America and Australia.

About the speaker:
Dr. Jennifer G. Sheridan is a Digital Live Artist and Researcher who specialises in Digital Live Art (the intersection of HCI, Live Art and Computing). Her research focuses on encouraging witting transitions in performative interaction by creating embedded computing and tangible exertion interfaces for nightclubs and festivals. She is Director of BigDog Interactive Ltd., a company of computing experts and artists who create bespoke code and hardware for installations and performance events. She has exhibited her work in the UK, North America and Australia and has numerous publications and in the fields of Digital Live Art, mobile phone interaction and tangible computing. She co-founded the (re)Actor conference series and is currently consulting on a number of projects including AHRC Designing for the 21st Century: Emergent Objects (Leeds University), and Social Interaction and Mundane Technologies (Lancaster University, Microsoft, Nokia). http://www.jennifersheridan.com

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Please note that there is also a Lansdown Lecture the day before: Bamber Gascoigne on Digital History

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Any enquires to Stephen Boyd Davis: s.boyd-davis@mdx.ac.uk

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Forthcoming Lansdown Lectures:

+ Jon Kingsbury - Wednesday 25 April 2007
Head of External Supply, BBC Future Media & Technology
BBC 2.0 - Time to re-invent the British Broadcasting Corporation?

Jon Kingsbury explores why the BBC needs to change radically and what its options are for the next 5 years.

+ Paul Brown - Tuesday 1 May 2007
Paul Brown, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics and Department of Informatics, University of Sussex on Drawbots: Computational Intelligence, Creativity and Cognition

Paul will talk about the Drawbots project and the philosophical and artistic issues of mechanised artwork, set in the context of his own long-term artistic investigations.

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