Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

Engaging the senses with new technology art

  • 22 November, 2006 16:43

<p>The audience experience of art made with digital technology will be the
focus of ENGAGE, a three-day symposium being held from next Sunday (26
November) until Tuesday (28 November) at the University of Technology,
<p>International artists, curators and researchers in new technology art
will discuss the public impact of their work – "the most important issue
of all" according to ENGAGE Co-Chair Lizzie Muller.</p>
<p>"Amidst the hype and controversy about new-technology art, there is
surprisingly little attention paid to the actual experience of the
audience," Ms Muller said.</p>
<p>"ENGAGE will be asking how it feels to encounter an artwork in a virtual
environment, to participate in a make-believe narrative through your
mobile phone or to interact with an artwork through your breath or
<p>Free public talks on Sunday will make the themes of the symposium
accessible to all. They'll be given by Tim Boykett, founding member of
Time's Up, Austria; Professor Ernest Edmonds, Director of the Creativity
and Cognition Studios at UTS; and Professor Beryl Graham, Co-editor of
CRUMB, a resource for new media curating in the UK.</p>
<p>The full event lasts for three days and includes more than 30
presentations by leading researchers in the field of interaction, art
and audience experience. Featured speakers are:
• Andrew Brown, Manager of the Digital Media Program at the Australasian
CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
• Bill Gaver, Professor of Design at Goldsmiths College, University of
London, and
• Mike Stubbs, Head of Exhibitions at the Australian Centre for the
Moving Image</p>
<p>Among the artists attending will be Daniel Kojta, who was awarded a free
ENGAGE pass through a competition run by the Australian Network for Art
and Technology (ANAT).</p>
<p>"Interactive art is the focus of my work as an artist and a paraplegic,"
Daniel said. "Interactive art offers incredible possibilities to the
senses and as an evolutionary adaptation it will no doubt be embedded
into the lives of all in some way.</p>
<p>"The technology offers a seventh sense for creative exploration, in my
case with the development of phenomena and the experience of senses I no
longer have in use. The situation of paraplegia becomes a host to
unending possibilities when explored through interactivity."</p>
<p>The symposium's free public talks will be held from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday
in lecture theatre 413, ground floor, UTS Building 2 (access from the
UTS Tower building), UTS City campus, Broadway.</p>
<p>For more about ENGAGE, including program and ticket information, visit:</p>
<p>ENGAGE is the fourth annual symposium organised by the Creativity and
Cognition Studios (CCS), based in the UTS Faculty of Information
Technology. CCS is an interdisciplinary research organisation comprising
artists, technologists, curators and sociologists, among others. ENGAGE
is supported by both ACID and ANAT.</p>
<p>Further Information:</p>
<p>Deborah Turnbull,
Ph (02) 9514 2384 or 0406 280 897,</p>
Terry Clinton,
Media Officer, Media Branch,
Marketing and Communication Unit,
University of Technology, Sydney,
Tel +61 2 9514 1623,
Mob 0419 293 261</p>

Most Popular

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?