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I move therefore Iamascope

  • 12 November, 2004 13:47

<p>Waving your arms about to get in touch with your computer is generally
considered pointless, unless you are Canadian human-computer interaction
expert Sidney Fels, who takes a whole-body approach to
computer-generated art.</p>
<p>The developer of a tongue-based music controller and a heartbeat-driven
soundscape generator is turning people into kaleidoscopes to help launch
an exciting new art and technology exhibition space at the Powerhouse Museum next Tuesday (16 November).</p>
<p>The "Iamascope" is the first installation in "beta_space", an experimental art and technology environment created by the University of Technology, Sydney's Creativity and Cognition Studios (CCS) and the Powerhouse Museum. Developed by Fels with Kenji Mase at the ATR Laboratories in Japan, the Iamascope responds to people moving in front of it with music and kaleidoscope-like images.</p>
<p>beta_space has been conceived as a place where advanced research in art and technology can be experienced and evaluated by the public. It will display a changing range of works developed within CCS and by international teams associated with CCS.</p>
<p>The launch of beta_space at 5pm on Tuesday heads off a four-day
symposium, Interaction: Systems, Practice and Theory, at which Fels is a
keynote speaker along with internationally renowned Austrian media
artist Christa Sommerer.</p>
<p>UTS Professor of Computation and Creative Media and CCS Director, Ernest Edmonds, said the gathering would focus on the development of interactive environments in art, communication, information and entertainment systems, with particular reference to museums, galleries and other public spaces.</p>
<p>"The discussions, involving leading Australian and international
researchers, will draw on digital art practice, computer game
developments, human-computer interaction as well as social and cultural
theory," Professor Edmonds said.</p>
<p>The keynote lectures by Sidney Fels and Christa Sommerer will be
delivered at the Powerhouse, following the launch of beta_space, and the
remainder of the symposium sessions will be held at UTS from Wednesday
to Friday.</p>
<p>Professor Edmonds said Fels, who heads the Human Communication
Technologies Research Laboratory at the University of British Columbia,
would talk about putting people "back in the loop" in the design of
communication and commuting technology.</p>
<p>"It's a principle at the heart of the creation of beta_space," he said.
"It's a display of the latest in art and technology, but also a working
research environment. It will give people the chance to be creatively
involved in the development of new forms of artistic expression.</p>
<p>"The Creativity and Cognition Studios provide an internationally recognised multi-disciplinary environment for the advancement and understanding of practice in digital media and the arts.</p>
<p>"Nationally and internationally recognised artists, musicians and technologists research in a space where they can collaborate, experiment and create, as equal partners, in practice-based research that now has a public face in beta_space," Professor Edmonds said.</p>
<p>The Iamascope will be on display in beta_space until 6 December.</p>
<p>The opening of Interaction: Systems, Practice and Theory and launch of
Date: Tuesday 16 November 2004
Time: 5pm – 6pm: beta_space launch, 6.30pm – 9pm: symposium keynote
Location: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St Ultimo
The remaining symposium sessions will be held from Wednesday to Friday
in UTS Building 10, Jones St Ultimo, Level 6, Room 6.430. See the
symposium website for details:</p>
<p>Further Information:
Roman Danylak, Ph (02) 9514 4628 or 0414 962 227</p>

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