* NEW THURSDAY CLUB EVENT* on *22 FEBRUARY* with PROF. BILL GAVERSupported by the Goldsmiths DIGITAL STUDIOS and the Goldsmiths GRADUATE SCHOOL
6pm until 8pm, Seminar Rooms at Ben Pimlott Building (Ground Floor, right), Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW [To find us check http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/find-us/ ]
FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME * THE HOME HEALTH MONITOR*Domestic ubiquitous computing systems often rely on inferences about activities in the home, but the open-ended, dynamic and heterogeneous nature of the home poses serious problems for such systems. In this work, we propose that by shifting the responsibility for interpretation from the system to the user, we can build systems that interact with people at humanly meaningful levels, preserve privacy, and encourage engagement with suggested topics. We describe a system that embodies this hypothesis, using sensors and inferencing software to assess ‘domestic wellbeing’ and presenting the results to inhabitants through an output chosen for its ambiguity. In a three-month field study of the system, customised for a particular volunteer household, users engaged extensively with the system, discussing and challenging its outputs and responding to the particular topics it raised.
BILL GAVER is Professor of Design at Goldsmiths, and a Principle Investigator on the Equator IRC. Bill has pursued research on innovative technologies for over 15 years, his work spanning auditory interfaces, theories of perception and action, and interaction design. Currently he focuses on design-led methodologies and innovative technologies for everyday life.
-- Other Thursday Club events this term: 8 MARCH with SUE BROADHURST DIGITAL PRACTICESSue is Subject Leader, Reader in Drama and Technologies at the School of Art, Brunel University of West London. Sue is also a writer and practitioner in the creative arts. Her new book /Performance and Technology: Practices of Virtual Embodiment and Interactivity/ has just been published by Palgrave. She is co-editor of the /Body, Space and Technology /online journal and is currently working on a series of collaborative practice based research projects entitled "Intelligence, Interaction, Reaction and Performance".
-- 22 MARCH with IGLOOInternational and award winning artists Igloo create intermedia artworks, led by Ruth Gibson & Bruno Martelli.
‘In the mid-sixties, Fluxus artists began using the term 'intermedia' to describe work that was ....composed of multiple media. The term highlights the intersection of artistic genres and has gradually emphasized performative work and projects that employ new technologies.’ [Marisa Olson - Rhizome.org]
Igloo projects are created with teams of highly skilled practitioners drawn primarily from performance, music, design, architecture, costume, computer science and technology backgrounds. Their work combines film, video, motion capture technology, music and performance with digital technology. The work is developed in a variety of formats and made for distribution across a range of platforms, including gallery installation, internet sites, large and small scale performance and Cd Rom.
Visit www.igloo.org.uk/ --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).
For more information check http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/gds/events.php or email maria x at drp01mc@xxxxxxxxxx
To find Goldsmiths check --Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka maria x] PhD Art and Computational Technologies Goldsmiths Digital Studios www.cybertheater.org