Alison Williams: An exploration of how the physical environment affects the ways people are creative; environmental architecture, affordances, physical determinism, direct & indirect effect, can the physical environment directly impact what we do? Or is cultural mediation also important?

Environmental features or events and intervening variables, creativity syntax, triggers for creative behaviours- space syntax and creativity syntax (Alison’s original idea in development)/pattern languages and emergent structures for understanding these. . .
Questions: David – How disappointing at first was it that what you searched for in the journey didn’t come through, and how did you shift gears?

Sara discusses the discourses of positivist notions of creativity and individuality and the failure of some of these theories in social situations. . . suggests that it might be helpful to tie these ideas about social and creative impulses: the transcendence of moments and social media/experience etc., examinations in social transcendence…

Alison replies with reference to Sheridan Tatsuno’s work on group creativity in this domain.

Esther discusses the links to flow theory and raises issues about space/no-space locations.

Alison discusses the differences between her social/real space approaches and the virtual domain (not addressed in this paper)

Turlif asks about the process planned for mapping creative footprints.

Alison discusses her plan: the emergence of new ideas from interviews, common threads from statements made and wider sampling planned for the next phase (also discusses the importance of the multiple diagrams that are informing and modelling the study.


Alison Williams

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Taey: Virtual Nomads, online spaces, mapping, charting territories of identity and individuality, temporality, space, chiaorscuro, the aim of getting lost, nomadic travels in real and cyberspace, the flaneur and flaneuse, gender studies and feminist theory, urban experience and narrative, exile, diaspora, physicality versus virtuality, snap grid mapping and invisible space

Feedback: Sara enjoyed the prose style and the pleasurable mode of the writing; asked questions about layering of knowledges across cultures including aboriginal cultures and post-colonial theory

Taey discusses the struggle between representation using contexualisatons from French theory and feminist theory, to the need for an Asian or non-Western framework for analysis. Taey discusses of the role of the non-Western artist as a mover through the narrative environment that is also real space and mappable emotionally, cognitively and geographically. Alison questions the artist as stalker – is this not totally unethical? Taey responds: in the first work by this artist, there was a detective hired to stalk the artist, so this was a set up, a way of addressing the tracing of self and a mode of pretence, role play, etc. So this is a creative act for me, not an ethical issue about real invasion of privacy and space.


Taey Kim

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Online dialogue visualisation software, chat, usenet or conversation visualisation software was created in university research labs.Electronic expressions and sociable media, limits of online environments, sociable media approaches, the structured and unstructured conversations and popular exchanges, language analysis tools, computed processes, avatars and monikers, abstract or synthetic imagery, participation frameworks, facilitation, text synthesis, scalability and community need, horizontal structures of the conversation map with discreet conversation spaces, visualisations in synchronous and asynchronous modes, tone and feel of conversations evolve in the neural network, et al. -Jason asks about the relationship between the emerging and responding trends in data analysis-Sara discusses the various means of visualising search engine outputs, key thinkers in this field, key words as tags in these structures, etc.-Ron asks about the virtual environments and systems-sara shows the system and gives examples of the OS and its wearable tech and playful/performative aspects-Camille asks about the social software in performance context-Turlif asks about the neural network and measuring methods-Sara discusses the emotional registers and measures/categories/frameworks for analysis of these issues in each conversation- assigning of patterns to each set of characteristics; explains that she did not build or train the neural net but worked with colleagues, explaining what was needed and collaborating with the aim of including the emotional brain behind the software and using simpler expressions, as ‘stupid AI’.

sara_diamond.jpgSara Diamond

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BLOG day 1- moderated by LizbethKeywords of the Day: Collaboration, Dance, Breath, Embodiment, Performance, Digital Narrative, Live Movement, Multimodal Movement Vocabularies, Cinematics, Informatics, HCI, Architecture, Physical Environment, Plumblines, Fields of Knowledge, Virtuality, Flow, Affordances, Space Syntax, Creativity, Complexity, Conversational Maps, participatory citzenship, digital nomads, mapping spaces, mapping technologiesThe Journey of the Pwarm_up2.jpg 

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Kennedy shakes up the crowd with a physical theatre exercise about breath, bones, being present and centred in your body and mind space while collaborating and improvising with another. . .

Lizbeth Goodman introduces the SMARTlab and the team, the ethos and aims of the PhD overall and the week. . .

The team (faculty and students) introduce themselves, introducing their PhD topics as they go.

Lizbeth leads an integration exercise on mind and body: speaking while moving, using breath and bones and mind and memory, embracing the opportunity to state the issues and ideas of each PhD project and to request information, skills and references in return. . .

Leslie Hill walks the group through the plan for the week. . .


Public Speaking workshop- Leslie leads a session on top tips for speaking in both academic and other public settings: keys to success, trouble shooting, and practice in teams. . .

Second Year Student Papers and Presentations: Alison Williams, Sara Diamond and Taey Kim.

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We were awarded the NESTA Legacy Project to manage the creative fellowships and projects on behalf of NESTA from December 2006 to the end of 2009. Our Community Outreach Manager, Sheila Robinson, is managing these projects.

There are four major research projects: Blue Room, Making Waves, Music Tapestry and SODA, and nine fellowships in various stages, one is now complete, and one has still to start. We are holding networking events for the Project and are profiling the work that is being done through SMARTlab as part of our contractual remit.

There is the opportunity for some of the fellows to partner with other parts of UEL such as FabPad, and these introductions are being brokered.

The projects may also have applications that can be further supported and this is being actively encouraged.

The various ‘Project’ advisors and ‘Fellow’ mentors offer a high quality extended network around the NESTA Legacy Project for all the participants. The network is focused through SMARTlab and its events, which are hosted at Docklands.

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KINOAUTOMAT 1967-2007 Book project.

Written/edited/created by Dr Christopher Hales.

Kinoautomat was the world’s first interactive film, premiering at Expo’67 in Montreal in 1967. The film and its technical system were developed in Prague by a gifted team of Czechoslovak directors, actors, inventors and technicians, and was known as the brainchild of Dr. Raduz Cincera. The film has rarely been shown since that time but is a seminal work of interactive narrative. Dr. Christopher Hales of SMARTlab attracted an AHRB small grant to research and restore the film, which he has carried out with help from its creator’s daughter Alena Cincerova. Although there are currently difficulties regarding publication of the Interactive DVD that has been made of Kinoautomat, Hales has edited a short illustrated book revealing the facts and the relevance of this work, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2007. The book contains new critical writing from Hales and from media scholars including Erkki Huhtamo, reprints of articles by Michael Naimark and Michael Bielicky, and reminiscences from those involved with the original project (surprisingly few of whom remain alive).


See Contents of the book>>

Contents of the book
The current contents of the book are listed below. Articles are generally either critical texts from media scholars or are more personal recollections and anecdotes of those involved with the original venture in 1967.

Dr. Chris Hales

Alena Cincerova

PUSH THE BUTTON – KINOAUTOMAT WILL DO THE REST! Media-Archaeological Reflections on Audience Interactivity
Erkki Huhtamo

Rudolf Krejcik

KINOAUTOMAT 1966 – 2006
Chris Hales

Petr Vrana

Raduz Cincera

Chris Hales

Jaromir Sofr

Matt McCarthy

Chris Hales

Michael Bielicky

Czechoslovakia at EXPO’67
Chris Hales

Zuzana Neubauerovå

Michael Naimark

Raduz Cincera

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The conference will take place from 9am – 6pm in the North West Regional College (NWRC) in Derry , Northern Ireland on Friday 26th October 2007.

The Northern Ireland Business and Innovation Centre (NORIBIC) in conjunction with Serious Games developers throughout Ireland , have come together to organize a conference to announce the Awakening of the Serious Games Industry within Ireland; The Serious Games Awakening Conference (SGA)

The conference will be streamed live into SL here:

About Serious Games
Serious games (SGs) or persuasive games are computer and video games used as persuasion technology or educational technology. They can be similar to educational games, but are often intended for an audience outside of primary or secondary education. Serious games can be of any genre and many of them can be considered a kind of edutainment.

Click here to visit Serious Games!

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Monday 15-19th of October : PhD Seminar at SMARTlableading lights of performance, new media and technology innovation and gaming all on campus for an intensive blast! Special international guests & speakers include Jacquelyn Ford Morie (ICT.USC), Ruth Gibson (IGLOO), Bob Stein (the Night Kitchen), Jason Roks (The Real News), Tom Donaldson (PENCIL), Susan Kozel (MESH), Chris Hales, Esther McCallum-Stewart & Moderators Lizbeth Goodman & Leslie Hill (Curious). Contributions by the Interactive Institute Sweden, BBC R&D, Norway Fablab et al.Games Week Events from SMARTlab and the MAGIC Multimedia & Games Innovation Centre at UELALL EVENTS FREE & Open to the Public- rsvp to save a place! All in the MAGIC studio at SMARTlab, directions below, unless otherwise noted.

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Panel 1: Thursday 19 July 1:30 – 3PM

Lizbeth Goodman & Team (SMARTlab) on Lost & Found
The Lost & Found Game is a system to track missing and exploited children and adults invented by SMARTlab as part of their ongoing mobile technologies work. The aim is to utilize cutting edge and future technology tools to mobilize community intervention.

Art for social intervention
Dr Leslie Hill, (SMARTlab/curious) on (Be)Longing
This talk presents the methods behind the live performance and film that together investigate the notion of belonging. The project spans poignant live performance and a documentary made in collaboration with the NSPCC, about a group of inspiring African teenagers who were brought or trafficked into the UK.

Wearable & Mobile Technologies
Camille Baker (BBC/SMARTlab R&D Project) on Mindtouch
The BBC sponsored project works with biofeedback sensor technologies on the bodies of Tai Chi practitioners and Meditators in tandem with mobile phone technology to find unique and meaningful ways to visualize the mind/body activity in various states of movement, stillness and meditation.

Mobile Technologies
Suzanne Stein (SMARTlab/Nokia)
As former thought leader on the subject of design futures in technology and culture for NOKIA Future Foresighting Group, Suzanne will give her thoughts on the relevance and importance of each of the previous three projects presented, and a ‘future foresight’ vision of the next few years in Cultural Studies and Technologies for Social Intervention.

All presenters’ Bios are available >>>

Panel2: Thursday 19 July 4:30 – 6pm

Fan Culture and Gaming
Dr Celia Pearce SMARTlab & Georgia Tech

A presentation of groundbreaking work on ‘Designing Unconventional Games Using Conventional Game Engines’, using her Mermaids game and other Ludica co-productions amongst her examples.

Play Communities
Kristyna Nyzell SMARTlab/LEGO

We explore the uses of LEGO and other play- and learning tools, and their cultural implications for business development, gender and education, and creative innovation.

Gaming and Playculture
Dr Mary Flanagan SMARTlab & Tiltfactor presenting by remote, live from New York
Playculture is a contested arena of ordinary, day-to-day computer-based activities that have passed as invisible and unimportant, even left out of, historical accounts of everyday life. We seek to reassess its value and importance to physical and digital cultural practices.

The Performance of Play
Emma Westecott (Synergy, University of Wales, Newport)
A key dynamic of play is the active involvement of the player in the ongoing evolution of form; the modern player collides with the game system to create the media experience. This performance blurs the boundaries between producer and consumer in that the player simultaneously takes on both roles within the game. As a player I am both producing my experience in the ways in which I express my skill within a particular game play moment whilst simultaneously consuming the results of my actions.

Role-play and Dress-up in Game
Jacki Morie (SMARTlab) presenting by remote, live from Los Angeles
How and why do we dress up to present in Avatar, and in daily life? We discuss the importance of dress-up play as an important form of adult play in both physical and digital cultural practices.

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17 Jul 2007
By Rachel Kenworthy

Over 80 London-based knowledge transfer professionals gathered on July 10 for an informal evening of networking and entertainment at KnowledgeLondon’s Summer Party.

Hosted on a rare sunny evening by the University of Westminster, the event boasted of the outstanding projects and ideas which are continuing to emerge from London’s knowledge base.

Felicity Harvest, Executive Director of the Arts Council England, South East, opened the occasion with a few words which emphasized the importance of creative projects conceived and developed in London’s Higher Education institutions to the UK economy.

“The Arts Council has recently published a strategy which recognises that Knowledge Transfer is one of the main areas of growth available and has the potential to be a major point of connection between the higher education sector and the arts and cultural sectors,” she said. “There are many excellent examples of collaborations in design, fashion, media and technology which are beginning to have an impact not only on the students but also on the industries that employ them.”

The audience was captivated by a showcase from the SMARTLab Digital Institute, which aims to find innovative solutions to community issues by employing new, creative technology. Professor Lizbeth Goodman, SMARTLab’s Founder and Director, presented an incredible eye-scanning technology which has allowed a man with severe cerebral palsy to write and play music using only his eyes. After performing a delicate balancing-act dance with Bobby Byrne, her colleague and disabled dancer, Goodman explained the importance of enabling people with disabilities to participate in creative activities. “We’re all dancing on the inside,” she said. “It’s important that every person, regardless of ability, is able to express themselves.”

Other exhibits included Communication-Wear, a jacket with interwoven mobile technology, which allows expressive messages to be conveyed using implanted electronic textile sensors, developed by Central Saint Martins; a novel flexible sheet structure that can be applied to limb and neck fractures by Brunel’s Wolfson Centre; and UCL’s Boomcube, which, according to Chief Engineer, Bradford Backus, is the world’s best portable iPod speaker system. Newham College of Further Education was also on hand to parade intricately designed dresses and demonstrate the increasing benefit of furthering knowledge transfer links between Further Education Institutions and industry.

The evening was well received by all who attended. Backus, who had been unsure of what he might gain from a networking event, admitted that he was very pleasantly surprised. “It was a well-run event and I made contacts which might be very useful to us.” Michelle Flinn, from the Roehampton School of Arts, said “the whole event was very useful and a great opportunity to network.”

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