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* Giorgos Artopoulos & Eduardo Condorcet: The House of Affects/ Correlating Digitally Distributed Narrative to Adaptable Spaces. /* * *Date: *19 February 2009* Location: Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building Time: 18:00 - 20:00* * The House of Affects project is an interactive audiovisual environment aiming to use several video projections in a dark room. The concept was developed with a consideration for cinematic narrative space and allows the user to navigate a virtual space constructed by film. What is under analysis here is the traditions of thought, both in terms of space and drama, that might help us to understand better the processes at hand in the conception of spatial narrative and henceforth guide and inspirenew forms of moulding game, story and individuals in space.
The choice of projecting film onto real spaces engages that synergy which emerges between the virtual and the real. Users are able to navigate between several of the places presented by the story, and to search for narrative content which is in turn triggered by users' movements. Giorgos and Eduardo use Stanislavskian operative categories of "given action", "objectives" and "dramatic units" as a frame of building narrative blocks of game that bring narrative and dramatic (and hence emotional) added value to the process of immersion. By merging physical and virtual space, narrative and game, they aim at partially resolving the divorce between narrative and ludology. In this sense game-play becomes indeed a merging of personal and affectiveexperience within a spatial narrative.
GIORGOS ARTOPOULOS (Architectural Design) is an architect and holds a MPhil degree in 'Architecture and the Moving Image' (Cantab, 2004). He is currently a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant in the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (2005-) with a Doctoral Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. He received the Best International Short Film award in 'Mestre Film Festival', Venice and his films were presented in the 11th and 12th 'Biennale of Young Creators of Europe', in the '63rd Venice Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia', Venice and in many International Film Festivals and art exhibitions. EDUARDO CONDORCET (Producer, Interactive Content Developer, Video Director) worked with Lisbon-based group, Comuna as actor and musician. In 1995 he graduated in Cinema from the New University of Lisbon; he holds an MA from the Northern Film School, Leeds, UK. Eduardo has worked as film, theatre and multimedia producer, writer and director, also teaching at the Portuguese National Theatre and Film School, the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University and the International Film and Television School, Cuba. Eduardo is a PhD Researcher at the Digital Studio, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge. *** FUTURE EVENTS ** FUTURE EVENTS ** * *1. Special Lecture Manthos Santorineos ** ** 21st Century: End of Illusion, Birth of the Fake Image, and the Replacement of Light with Memory **23 February 2009 **NOTE THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENT TAKING PLACE ON A MONDAY*** Location: Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building Time: 18:00 - 20:00 If the 20th century, due to the great discoveries of photography, film and television, is characterised as 'the century of the image', then the 21st century --the century of computers, the internet and mobile phones- will be characterised as 'the century of text'. *2. Arthur Elsenaar: Fundamentals of the Computer-controlled Human Face as a Medium for Kinetic Art.* * 5 March 2000*Location: Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building Time: 18:00 - 20:00 Controlling the human face by a computer instead of the brain can make the face perform in unexpected and often surprising ways.
*3. Derek Holzer: TONEWHEELS: Experiments in Opto-Electronic Synthesis and Graphical Sound [TBC] * *19 March 2009* Location: Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building Time: 18:00 - 20:00TONEWHEELS is an experiment in converting graphical imagery to sound, inspired by some of the pioneering 20th Century electronic music instruments such as the Variophone [Evgeny Scholpo (USSR) 1930], the Welte Light-Tone Organ [Edwin Emil Welte (DE) 1936], the ANS Synthesizer [Evgeny Murzin (USSR) 1958], and the Oramics system [Daphne Oram (UK) 1959].
*4. Rachel Armstrong: Bio Feminism: Move Over Darwin Respondent: Joanna Zylinska 26 March 2009* Location: Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building Time: 18:00 - 20:00 Bio Feminist science promotes the treacherous biology of the cyborg challenging notions of aliveness, performing every transgressive act possible within autopoietic systems at a molecular level and redefining our view of evolution. For more information check: http://www.thethursdayclub.net 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