Queen-MarySMARTlab’s Anita McKeown’s chapter ‘Virtual Communitas, “Digital Place-Making,” and the Process of “Becoming”’ has been included in Professor Dew Harrison’s forthcoming title. The book brings together a variety of artistic practices in virtual spaces and the interest in variable media and online platforms for creative interplay. Presenting frameworks and examples of current practices, this book is useful for artists, theorists, curators as well as researchers working with new technologies, social media platforms and digital culture.

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Queen-MaryDepartment of Sociology, Trinity College & the SMARTlab of UCD are pleased to announce this joint event: Professor Haim Bresheeth to present his new film, London is Burning and will also introduce the film and take questions from the audience. Dr David Landy of TCD and Professor Lizbeth Goodman of the SMARTlab at UCD will co-host.

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Queen-Mary SMARTlab’s CATALYST Manager Anita McKeown will be partaking in this year’s eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2012) STEM + Art (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math + Art education) Roundtable discussion; a key part of Intel’s Education Day, taking place on the 23rd September in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Kris Smith

Representations of diversity: Ritual + Monument

Multi-screen time-lapse animations

Kris Smith MFA is a lecturer in digital photomedia, and is co-ordinator of this discipline within the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has recently been based at SMARTlab researching art and health synergies with a focus on digital methods for self-expression.

He will be presenting previews of two video works currently in progress, and will briefly speak about the methods used to create and present them.

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Cultural well-being: celebrating and embracing diversity:

Rituals and monuments are two fundamental ways of publicly bringing in to focus aspects of a culture in ways that attempt to be accessible to current and future generations. In the case of a repeated live event or ritual, as well as in the physically permanent sculptural or painted object, an ongoing interpretation of the event or object is often needed in order for its original meaning and context to be communicated to a new audience.

The works ‘Ritual’ and ‘Monument’ refer to representations of cultural diversity that are both excessive and controversial in their own way. Portraying and celebrating diversity can often bring into relief the challenges inherent in embracing cultural differences. The word ‘cultural’ in this instance is used in the broadest sense: it refers not only to ‘cross-cultural’, but also to ‘music culture’, ‘youth culture’ etc. In ‘Ritual’ the tension associated with the event is for me physically expressed in the materials that provide a backdrop for the photographs.

In ‘Monument’ sculptures are documented using time-lapse techniques, and therefore changing qualities of light and temporal aspects dominate the work presented. However the original precinct containing the subject matter that has been photographed attempts to portray as many aspects as possible of the diverse culture in which it is found.

In summary, the time-lapse animations are meditations on what it means to be a part of a constantly changing and diverse culture.

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Digital Art, Wearable Technology and Extra-Sensory Media – A SMARTlab Show & Tell Evening, Friday  March 2009

SMARTlab brought together leading designers, scholars and artists to explore artist-created non-verbal communications, sensory and visualisation based technologies that encourage creativity in new ways. Keynotes followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell.

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When: Friday March 20th, 2009

Where: MAGIC PLAYroom, SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, University of East London
Cost: Free! (pre-booking essential) RSVP: stany@smartlab.uk.com

Monday 16th February 2009, 3-8pm
This informal event brings together leading designers, scholars and artists to explore artist-created non-verbal communications, sensory, visualisation and performance based technologies that encourage creativity in new ways.

Dr Diana Domingues (Brazil), Sara Diamond (Canada), Elena Corchero (Scotland/Spain), Dr. Daria Dorosh (USA) and Camille Baker (Canada) will join Professor Lizbeth Goodman (SMARTlab/Futurelab) to present and discuss some of their highly progressive work. Keynotes will be followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with some of the SMARTfashion team who will demonstrate some work in progress. This is very informal and should be great fun!

The evening session will be preceded by a BBC R&D sponsored MINDtouch workshop in the afternoon, open to all and led by Camille Baker. Bring along your mobile phone to take part in a relaxing and meditative global art project which will help generate imagery towards a larger, mobile networked, performative and collaborative and non-linear montage!

WORKSHOP 3 – 6pm:

BBC MINDtouch workshop with Camille Baker: Mind Media & Mobile Sensory Experience
Sponsored by BBC R&D, MINDtouch is led by Camille Baker and explores the concepts and sensations of ‘liveness’ and ‘presence’ in uncovering new applications for mobile technologies and wearable devices. The research involves the use of biosensor devices, interacting with mobile phones as the main computing technology, while studying performers and other participants with the device, in order to understand which interactions and bodily sensations are meaningful and when they occur. Read More (PDF)>>

(Bring your own mobile phone to take part in this relaxing and meditative experience)

RSVP: stany@smartlab.uk.com

EVENING SEMINAR 6-8pm:

Keynotes by Dr Diana Domingues (University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil) and Sara Diamond (Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada), followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with Elena Corchero (of Distancelab, Scotland), Dr Daria Dorosh (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York) and the SMARTfashion team at UEL. Chaired by Professor Lizbeth Goodman.

Dr. Diana Domingues is an artist, professor, senior researcher and coordinator of the NTAV Laboratory New Technologies in Visual Arts – University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil. Diana is developing art/science collaborative practices, focusing on the biological and artificial systems potentials in order to create artistic projects. She explores interactive and immersive environments and complex living systems, caves, networked installations, augmented reality, multilocal and mobile connections.

Sara Diamond is President of the Ontario College of Art and Design and was the Founder and Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art the Banff New Media Institute. Sara has developed the CodeZebraOS conversation visualisation tool to serve as a bridge technology between online social interaction and live events, including the use of wearable technologies in performance, club experiences and fashion. She will discuss screen-based, wearable and multi-modal interaction projects inspired by CodeZebraOS as well as future research.

Keynotes will be followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with established designer Elena Corchero, fashion design professor Daria Dorosh of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and current work in progress with the SMARTfashion team and MAGICbox. Read More>>

(Cheese and wine will be served)

RSVP: stany@smartlab.uk.com

For full details about this event and for further information about speakers and presenters

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Digital Art,
Wearable Technology
and Extra-Sensory Media

Where: MAGIC PLAYroom, SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, University of East London

Monday 16th February 2009, 3-8pm
This informal event brings together leading designers, scholars and artists to explore artist-created non-verbal communications, sensory, visualisation and performance based technologies that encourage creativity in new ways.

Dr Diana Domingues (Brazil), Sara Diamond (Canada), Elena Corchero (Scotland/Spain), Dr. Daria Dorosh (USA) and Camille Baker (Canada) will join Professor Lizbeth Goodman (SMARTlab/Futurelab) to present and discuss some of their highly progressive work. Keynotes will be followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with some of the SMARTfashion team who will demonstrate some work in progress. This is very informal and should be great fun!

The evening session will be preceded by a BBC R&D sponsored MINDtouch workshop in the afternoon, open to all and led by Camille Baker. Bring along your mobile phone to take part in a relaxing and meditative global art project which will help generate imagery towards a larger, mobile networked, performative and collaborative and non-linear montage!
WORKSHOP 3 – 6pm:
BBC MINDtouch workshop with Camille Baker: Mind Media & Mobile Sensory Experience
Sponsored by BBC R&D, MINDtouch is led by Camille Baker and explores the concepts and sensations of ‘liveness’ and ‘presence’ in uncovering new applications for mobile technologies and wearable devices. The research involves the use of biosensor devices, interacting with mobile phones as the main computing technology, while studying performers and other participants with the device, in order to understand which interactions and bodily sensations are meaningful and when they occur. Read More (PDF)>>

(Bring your own mobile phone to take part in this relaxing and meditative experience)
RSVP: stany@smartlab.uk.com
EVENING SEMINAR 6-8pm:

Keynotes by Dr Diana Domingues (University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil) and Sara Diamond (Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada), followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with Elena Corchero (of Distancelab, Scotland), Dr Daria Dorosh (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York) and the SMARTfashion team at UEL. Chaired by Professor Lizbeth Goodman.

Dr. Diana Domingues is an artist, professor, senior researcher and coordinator of the NTAV Laboratory New Technologies in Visual Arts – University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil. Diana is developing art/science collaborative practices, focusing on the biological and artificial systems potentials in order to create artistic projects. She explores interactive and immersive environments and complex living systems, caves, networked installations, augmented reality, multilocal and mobile connections.

Sara Diamond is President of the Ontario College of Art and Design and was the Founder and Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art the Banff New Media Institute. Sara has developed the CodeZebraOS conversation visualisation tool to serve as a bridge technology between online social interaction and live events, including the use of wearable technologies in performance, club experiences and fashion. She will discuss screen-based, wearable and multi-modal interaction projects inspired by CodeZebraOS as well as future research.

Keynotes will be followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with established designer Elena Corchero, fashion design professor Daria Dorosh of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and current work in progress with the SMARTfashion team and MAGICbox.

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