SMARTlab News

SMARTlab to launch SMARTgym

SMARTlab is aiming for a summer unveiling of the new SMARTgym sponsored by Blackberry/Rim. At Blackberry's Women in Technology awards ceremony, earlier in May, Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Director of the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, was presented with awards for the Best Woman In Technology (Public Sector And Academia) and for Outstanding Woman In Technology. Professor Goodman, said: "Rather than using the award to purchase goods and services for our core team, we have permission instead to use our awards to set up this unique gym/wellness training facility with biosensor and big screen playback, as part of our ongoing research into physical fitness, disability empowerment and community wellbeing >>> Read more

Award-Winning Fashion from SMARTlab's MAGICbox!

Graduate Fashion Week star Simon Waller (24) was one of three UEL students whose final collection was developed using MAGICbox laser technology. Simon was one of only ten UK students nominated for the prestigious River Island Gold Award for his menswear collection “He was a puppeteer…”, which incorporates new experimental techniques for engraving designs into leather >>> Read more

IMAGE CREDIT: Zaid Beegun “Covert Communication”

PhD Week 7-12 July 2008

Another SMARTlab’s intensive PhD Seminar has come and gone. Everyone arrived from their various places from around to world to join a week of talks, lectures, performance and supervisory sessions. >>> Visit the SMARTlab Blog

Dr. Mick Donegan officially launches his new charity SpecialEffect

SpecialEffect A Huge Congrats to Mick, who hosted the official launch for his new charity this June with VIP guests included David Cameron MP. Mick has been working on Special Effect in his ‘free time’ for decades, so it was a huge pleasure to see all the hard work rewarded with style! >>> Read more

Product Designs at the New Designer Show, islington:

MAGIC-new-designersStudents of University of East London, Architecture & Visual Arts (AVA) Product Design exhibited their wares at the prestigious New Designers Show in this July created through SMARTlabs MAGICbox prototyping facilities.>>> Read more

SMARTlab to host the Welcome Reception for EVA London 2008. RSVP and Come along today!

sandclockSMARTlab and Matrix East are Hosting the Welcome Reception for EVA. A presentation will take place at SMARTlab followed by a showcase of eight fantastic visual artists.

IMAGE CREDIT: Jana Riedel “visions for the past”

Monday 21st July, 4 - 8pm with wine and nibbles. 4pm at SMARTlab (KD 1.21) and 6pm at Matrix East Research Centre (EB 1.38), University of East London, Docklands Campus, 4-6 University Way, London E16 2RD >>> Read more

Please email: to ensure reception tickets are available - Free! To register for the EVA London 2008 Conference visit:

Imagine, Design, Wear The Future - Wearable Technologies For Safety and Creative Expression

SafetyNET and SMARTlab joined forces on the 13th June to host a lecture and workshop on Wearable Technologies For Safety and Creative Expression. The workshop was held at the TECHNOTHREADS exhibition >>> Read more 

TECHNOTHREADS: What Fashion Did Next, The Art and Science of Future Fashion. 26 Apr 2008 - 25 Jul 2008, Science Gallery, Dublin

Eye-Gaze Workshop at the UEL Learning and Teaching Conference

This month’s UEL Learning and Teaching Conference at UEL was host to a unique Eye-Gaze workshop. Dr Mick Donegan introduced pioneering eye-tracking software that enabled users with restricted mobility to control 2D desktop environments and communicate using visual keyboards >>> Read more

Sensual Technologies Conference

Our own Dr Rachel Armstrong hosted a panel at the Sensual Technologies Conference on Friday 27 June at the ICA, London. It explord alternate and aesthetic uses of technology that extend artistic practice beyond the expected, into realms of unusual and heightened experience >>> Read more 

Innov08 Board Game Challenge

MAGICchessDozens of students from local London schools descended upon the MAGIClab in June for a one-day immersion into entrepreneurial product research, design and manufacture >>> Read more

What's On

Forthcoming dates at SMARTlab:

* Recycled Orchestra & African Footprint Jam/Workshop, Stratford Centre, 15-16th August. For those of you who missed the last Royal Festival Hall music jam, Recycled Orchestra and African Footprint will be performing again at the Stratford Centre this August.

* Duet For Eyes/Spirits workshop and performance : Leeds - 7-10 September. Sussex - 28-30 October.

* Kinetica, workshop and performance , the Dana Gallery, Science Museum, London, 27 November. All day workshop, followed by evening show from Recylced Orchestra.

If you are interested in coming along to any of our events, performances and shows, please email

Kiss Me Quick

Short Film Screening of 'Kiss Me Quick' produced by Jana Riedel , SMARTlab’s Digital Contents Manager. 5.30pm, Saturday, 2nd August at The Curzon Soho, London >>> Read more

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Shows & Multimedia

Breaking News a winner!

Kasia Molga’s latest interactive installation “Breaking News” won a place at the ‘Interactive Gallery” show, as a part of the b.Tween08 festival at the Museum of Science, Manchester. Breaking News was selected from a number of entries and with four other installations it competed for the “best in the gallery” prize. >>> Read more

Fiddians Neurotic at the ICA

For three nights, over the 3 - 5 July 2008, large pogo-ing robots came to punk gigs in the ICA theatre!

Fiddian Warman, artist/researcher working with SMARTlab in the fields of robotics and performance (also the subject of his practice-based PhD) and is best known internationally as founder and Managing Director of Soda performed his show ‘Neurotic And The Punk Voice Choir >>> Read more

Watch Mindtouch

Breaking NewsMindTouch is investigating ‘liveness’ and ‘presence’ within the context of a specific networked, mobile media performance research project >>> Read more

Watch the Recycled Orchestra


For further information please contact Rachel Lasebikan
The SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, University of East London, Docklands Campus, 4-6 University Way,
London E16 2RD T: +44 (0)208 223 7823 F: +44 (0)208 223 7140