• From: "Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka maria x]" <drp01mc@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cybertheatres@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 15:59:15 +0100

Dear friends & colleagues,

I circulate the programme of the new season of Thursday Club events that will take place during the autumn term at Goldsmiths, in case some are of interest. I hope to see you there.

All the best
Maria X


Supported by the Goldsmiths GRADUATE SCHOOL and the Goldsmiths DIGITAL STUDIOS

6pm until 8pm, Seminar Rooms at Ben Pimlott Building (Ground Floor, right), Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW

FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME. No booking required.

GEO Landscapes and other sites of investigation.... *

Chris Bowman (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) gives an overview of his recent project GEO Landscapes. This presentation is an introduction to Phase 01 of the GEO Landscapes project which was recently demonstrated at BetaSpace, an experimental exhibition venue for interactive artworks at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and explores prototype narrative structures which simulate 'on-site' engagement by a potential visitor to a given site ( in this instance the Brickpit Ring walk at the Sydney Olympic Park) or multiple sites of investigation. The long-term aim of GEO Landscapes is how to create an augmented interactive audio-visual story-telling experience using interpretive mobile technologies and this will be defined over an iterative series of phased developments. The ultimate experience is designed to be accessed through three principle technologies; a) handheld mobile devices, b) interactive audio visual public display and c) and web-community.

Bowman's creative work for GEO Landscapes and other 'sites of investigation' features an exploration between corresponding video sequences, selected narratives and site-specific information (GPS) captured across two or more locations. Socially, this drawing together of the virtual and the augmented space is designed to enrich the presence of the individual in the spaces or places and thereby enhance the interconnectivity of the user in the associated environment that supports remote creative collaboration and information access.

CHRIS BOWMAN is an Australian based artist, writer, director and teacher who works with film, and convergent media display systems. His research interests include interactive narrative systems, schematic representations of spatio-temporal interactive artworks and related film theory. Chris currently lectures in the Visual Communication Program in The Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS. He is an active member of the Creativity and Cognition Studios and Co-Director of the Digital Design Group both at UTS.

Live Run(ner) & Thinking Blue Sky *

Veronique Chance's research project (PhD Candidate Goldsmiths) considers the dynamic relation between the physical presence of the body and its presence as a screen image, through which she examines the impact of visual media technologies on our conceptions and perceptions of the body as a physical presence. The effects of these technologies on traditional notions and conditions of physicality and representation mark, she suggests, a shift in our relationship to, and understanding of the body as a physical presence as we become more used to interacting and communicating with the body through the immediacy of screen images. This has led to questions regarding the body as a material presence and to the technologically mediated image becoming associated with notions and ideologies of disappearance and disembodiment. Chance understands the condition of the body as being very much embedded in the material world and approaches her project through the proposition of what she calls 'the physicality of an image', through which she argues for a reconceptualisation of the materiality of the body through its physical presence as an image.

For the Thursday Club Chance will present Live' Run(ner), an artwork in progress that will record and transmit live the Great North Run through her own live experience of running the event. The idea is to recreate a live transmission of her eye-view in real-time, as she run the course, (literally 'moving image'). Viewers would experience the event through her eye-view as she runs, through being able to 'pick up' a signal on their home computers and at wireless hotspots in the City.

VERONIQUE CHANCE is an artist practitioner and educator working across a range of media. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Fine Art by Practice at Goldsmiths. She also works as a Mentor for Artists in Residence Project, Morley College, London; Associate Lecturer, Foundation Course, Wimbledon School of Art; and Visiting Tutor, Fine Art/ArtHistory, Goldsmiths.


Rachel Stewart's research (PhD Candidate Goldsmiths) is based around an engagement with the psycho-geography of the everyday sky and its representation with contemporary visual culture. Stewart is interested in how experiences of freedom, imagination, spirituality, orientation and weight are contextualised within manifestations of the skies of the post-human landscapes of C21st. Her research addresses the literary and visual trope of the sky, specifically the blue sky. The specific material she will discuss is an index of sky photographs that she has been collecting for a number of years. The photographs all detail a sky at the occurrence of 'a sky event' i.e. the sky above the screening of James Benning's Ten Skies, or the Whitechapel exhibition of Gerhard Richter's Atlas, or the sky above Manuel de Landa talking of the sky as a painting of intensive different at the Creative Evolutions Conference in 2005. The photographs detail only the particular sky and contain no other visual information. They could be construed as 'eventless'. However, seen together these images create a visual subject, a subject that works in a familiar way but also starts to describe a new set of relations with this space.

RACHEL STEWART is a contemporary art curator and PhD candidate at Goldsmiths Visual Cultures. As a curator she has worked both in partnership with Helen Hayward and on behalf of other organisations on commissions that include working with Mark Wallinger, Amy Plant, Lothar Goetz, Daziell+ Scullion, James Ireland, Simon Periton, Mark Titchner, Florain Balze and Rose Finn-Kelcey. From 1994-1998 Stewart set up, edited, published and distributed independent arts magazine ENGAGED.

Toward a Semantic Literary Web: Three Case Histories

*Supported by Goldsmiths Department of English and Comparative Literature*

In this talk, Joseph Tabbi introduces a new literary and arts collective, Electronic Text + Textiles, whose members are exploring the convergence of written and material practices. While some associates create actual electronic textiles, Tabbi has explored the text/textile connection as it manifests itself in writing produced within electronic environments. His online laboratory consists of two literary web sites, EBR (www.electronicbookreview.com), a literary journal in continuous production since 1995, and the Electronic Literature Directory (www.eliterature.org), a project that seeks not just to list works but to define an emerging field. Rather than regard these sites as independent or free-standing projects, Tabbi presents their development in combination with the current (and similarly halting) development of semantically driven content on the Internet (e.g., The Semantic Web, or Internet 2.0).

His purpose is to determine to what extent *concepts* can flow through electronic networks, as distinct from the predominant flow of *information*. The latter, in which documents are brought together by metatags, keywords, and hot links, is arguably destructive of literary value. Where tagging and linking depend on direct, imposed conectivity at the level of the signifier, the creation of literary value depends on suggestiveness, associative thought, ambiguity in expression and intent, fuzzy logic, and verbal resonance. At a time when powerful and enforced combinations of image and text threaten to obscure the differential basis of meaning as well as the potential for bringing together, rather than separating, rhetorical modes, Electronic Text + Textiles seeks to recognize and encourage the production of nuanced, textured languages within electronic environments.

JOSEPH TABBI is the author of two books of literary criticism, Cognitive Fictions (Minnesota, 2002) and Postmodern Sublime (Cornell, 1995). He edits ebr (www.electronicbookreveiw.com) and hosted the 2005 Chicago meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is Professor of Literature at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


How can "speaking the thoughts of others" enhance and subvert social interaction both face-to-face and remotely ?

What is a cyranoid ? Cyranoids are people whose speech is being controlled by another person. The term comes from the character Cyrano de Bergerac in Edmond Rostand's 19th Century play. Cyrano, who is ugly but articulate, helps his handsome but inarticulate friend win the heart of Roxane by providing eloquent and witty prompts from the sidelines. The outcome is that Roxane falls in love with Cyrano's mind through interacting with the body of his friend. Stanley Milgram, a social psychologist, in the 1970s coined the term cyranoid to describe a person whose utterances were being controlled by a second person, the source, via radio transmission. The cyranoid wears a headset which receives input from a microphone in a different location. The source then speaks into the microphone, and the cyranoid just has to repeat what they hear in their ear. So that the source knows what is going on, the cyranoid also wears a microphone which transmits everything it hears back to the source. In this way one person can control the utterances of another unbeknownst to other people. While the headsets used by Milgram were conspicuous and limited to transmitting verbal data, now, it is possible to use incredibly inconspicuous equipment to transmit both verbal instruction and for the source to receive a video stream of what the cyranoid is seeing. The internet means that the cyranoid and the source can be separated by huge distances, with sources simply 'logging in' via the web to a given cyranoid, being able to see and hear what the cyranoid hears and sees, and then being able to transmit thoughts to the cyranoid or living, breathing avatar.

The audiences are invited to participate in a social event cum performance seminar and experience being cyranoids, synchronoids or sources...

ALEX GILLESPIE holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Cambridge. His research concerns the Self and self-reflection and explores the social interactional and cultural basis of the self. He is a Lecturer at Stirling University and, currently, Co-chair of the Organising Committee for the Fifth International Conference on the Dialogical Self.

BRIAN O'NEILL is a clinical psychologist at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. He is interested in cognitive impairments, the disability they cause and how assistive technology for cognition might provide useful treatments. He also is founding member of Thunder Bug sound system.

ROBB MITCHELL is an artist, curator and events organiser who has exhibited and lectured widely in the UK and abroad, among other venues in: Market Gallery (Glasgow), Edinburgh College of Art, Intermedia Gallery (Glasgow), Galerie Bortiers (Brussels), Artspace (Sydney), FACT (Liverpool), Mediabath (Helsinki), ICA (London), CCA (Glasgow), National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh), Ars Electronica (Linz) and Eyebeam (NYC).


THE THURSDAY CLUB is an open forum discussion group for anyone interested in the theories and practices of cross-disciplinarity, interactivity, technologies and philosophies of the state-of-the-art in today's (and tomorrow's) cultural landscape(s).


PhD Candidate Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Member of Social Technology and Cultural Interfaces Research Group.

MARIA CHATZICHRISTODOULOU [aka MARIA X], Thursday Club Programme Manager
PhD Candidate Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Sessional Lecturer Birkbeck FCE; Curator; Producer.

Director of boundaryobject.org; Member of DCMS Research and KT taskgroup; Director of Interdisciplinary Arts at Arts Council England until March 2007.

JANIS JEFFERIES, Thursday Club Convener
Professor of Visual Arts, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths; Co-director Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Director Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles; Curator; Artist.

Dr.; Reader in New Technologies of Communication, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College; Writer.

PhD Candidate Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Co-director Stromatolite Design Studio.

Professor of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College; Dean of the Goldsmiths Graduate School.

Professor of Computing, Goldsmiths College; Co-director Goldsmiths Digital Studios.

For more information check http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/gds/events.php or email Maria X at drp01mc@xxxxxxxxxx

To find Goldsmiths check http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/find-us/

Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka maria x] PhD Art and Computational Technologies Goldsmiths Digital Studios skype: mariax_gr www.cybertheater.org

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