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Life By Design: Everyday Digital Culture

An interdisciplinary graduate symposium
University of California, Irvine
April 10 -12, 2003

A CD-ROM catalogue of papers and exhibitors will accompany the symposium.

Papers and bios
Makeda Best, Relocating Site – The Web and Urban Life
Roberta Buiani, Virtual museums and the Web: a dilemma of compatibility?
Irene Chien, Dirty Pair of What ? Cloning texts and tubtexts in The Dirty Pair comics and yuri fan fiction
Ulrik Christensen, Rethinking Design - An Embodied Perspective on Computation
Heidi Cooley, Windows without Doors: Toward an Architecture of Digital Living
Tobey Crockett, Virtual Resistance
Laura M. Dennis, The Conceptual Implications of Dance and Digital Performance
Michael Epstein, Three-Sided Pages - Using Rich Media to Explode the Expository
Monica Mak, Keeping Watch of Time: The Temporal Impact of the Digital in Cinema
OnRamp Artists, Tropical America and OnRamp Arts
Natasa Petresin, THE SONIC PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY The Aesthetic and Tactical Dimensions of the Performances by Projekt Atol
Cindy Poremba, Beyond Boy's Toys: Women, Play and MindStorms™ Robotics
Jeffrey Ridenour, Frederic Bevilacqua and Christopher Dobrian, Mapping Motion to Music
Heather Schatz, The Effects and Opportunities of "Translation" on Artistic Production
Leslie Sharpe, For a Blobbing in the Networked Zones
Adriana de Souza e Silva, From MUDs as SPACE to Space as a MUD
Joel Swanson, Process vs. Product: Data Visualization Makes Me Bored
Adriana Tavares, Convergence Media .IYRO a Interactive Digital Home Network
Rachel Thompson
Ana Viseu, Creating augmented technicians: The case of Bell Canada

Makeda Best

Relocating Site – The Web and Urban Life as pdf

Author bio
Makeda Best is an artist and writer who received her BA from Barnard College-Columbia University, and a BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She writes frequently on site specificity, memory and representation in photography and media and has presented papers the National Society for Photographic Educators National Conference and most recently at "Race in the Digital Space," sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California. This Spring, she will give a paper at the University of Alberta, Canada at "Creating Communicational Spaces." Her most recent text was published in the CityState Reader, produced by the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Her studio work was recently shown in the 2002 Armory Installational in Los Angeles. Previously, she wrote for Photo Metro. She presently lives in San Francisco and works for the San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Program.

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Roberta Buiani

Virtual museums and the Web: a dilemma of compatibility? as pdf

Author bio
Roberta Buiani is an independent writer, cultural activist and Ph.D. student at the joint program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson universities. Her articles on new media and artistic practice have been published in exhibition catalogues and magazines in Europe.

She has been member of media democracy groups and she is an active participant in both social and technical debates. As part of her current research, she is examining the assumptions commonly made on new media, analyzing their undisclosed and unconventional characteristics, and evaluating their potentiality in the artistic and activist practice. The above research is conducted by trying to integrate theoretical findings and practical research.

She received her BA in Literature from the University of Bologna (November, 1998). During this period, she spent an academic year at the University of Denver (1997-98), where she had an increasing interest in New Media and electronic arts.

Following a brief working experience at the department of Computer Science (1999-2000) of the university of Bologna, she moved to Toronto, where she attended and completed a Master in Art History at York University. Her attention focused on the way new media are transforming our perception of time and space in artistic practice and in their social modes of display, such as in art galleries and museums. This broad research topic led to a dissertation on the encounter between virtual and real spaces and its implications on the institution of the virtual museum.

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Irene Chien

Dirty Pair of What ? Cloning texts and tubtexts in The Dirty Pair comics and yuri fan fiction as pdf

Author bio
Irene Chien studied English and Art History at Oberlin College. She has been developing media-rich web applications since 1995, for Portland alternative weekly Willamette Week, independent comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics, as well as corporate education programs such as and Jeld-Wen Edusystems and Intel Innovation in Education. She is currently a Technical Director at CMD, an interactive communications agency, as well as a freelance advertising semiotician and post-baccalaureate student at Portland State University.

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Ulrik Christensen

Rethinking Design - An Embodied Perspective on Computation as pdf

Author bio
Ulrik Christensen received a masters degree in computer science from the Technical University of Denmark in 2000. Here he worked with Kjeld Schmidt on work place studies within the field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW. The masters project was an analysis of awareness issues and the role of formal constructs related to a work flow system in a life insurance company. This work was continued with a work place study focussed on the use of classification in the common information spaces in a pharmaceutical company. From 2001 he has been pursuing a Ph.D. in the School of Information and Computer Science at University of California, Irvine. Here he has done work place studies of an event production company with focus on the nature and support requirements of mobile work places. Lately his interests have turned to an exploration of how phenomenology and philosophy of language combined with qualitative sociological methods and insights can inform a critical evaluation and reform of the foundations underlying computational practice.

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Heidi Cooley

Windows without Doors: Toward an Architecture of Digital Living as pdf

Author bio
Heidi Cooley is a second-year graduate student in the program of Visual Studies at University of California, Irvine. She is also a teaching assistant for the Film Studies department. Currently, she is thinking about what she calls mobile screenic devices (MSDs), i.e., handheld devices with screens, and their role in everyday life. Specifically, she is interested the relationship between the hand and the MSD and how this relationship facilitates a more tactile way of seeing. Additionally, she is beginning to consider how MSDs impact personal and cultural memory, as well as notions of history and archive.

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Tobey Crockett

Virtual Resistance as pdf

Author bio
Tobey Crockett is a Los Angeles-based writer, art critic and investigator of digital media and interactivity. She recently received an Artist's Fund grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts to continue her exploration of virtual world building vocabularies; her virtual world is Tobey Crockett's Wild Frontier (TCWF), located in the Eduverse browser of ActiveWorlds.

Current projects include developing new theory for understanding interactivity, with a specific focus on an 'aesthetics of play and empathy in avatar worlds'. Her recent essay 'The Computer as a Dollhouse' is to be included in a forthcoming anthology about the 'Metaphors of Cyberspace'. Crockett is the conference coordinator for 'Life By Design: Everyday Digital Culture'.

Her essays and reviews have been published in the US, Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia, in such journals as ArtForum, Art in America, Artweek, Artspace, L.A. Reader, L.A. Village View, High Performance, New Observations, and Sculpture, among others. She has lectured and moderated panels in the US and internationally, on diverse topics related to art, technology, community and spirituality. Venues have included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, the USC Public Art Forum, the 2002 Digital Cultures Conference at UCLA, the Siggraph 2002 Art Gallery talks, the 2002 WHA Conference on Translation and the Reproduction of Culture, and the Wittgenstein Haus and Palais Litchenstein, both in Vienna. Interview subjects include Christo, Komar & Melamid, William Wegman, Dennis Oppenheim, Vito Acconci, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Tim Rollins,Tamiko Thiel and Michael Heim, among others.

Crockett has taught Art History at the California State University at Northridge (CSUN). She received her Master's Degree in Critical Theory from the Art Center College of Design in 2000, where she worked closely with Dr. Michael Heim. She is currently enrolled in the University of California at Irvine's PhD Program in Visual Studies.

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Laura M. Dennis

The Conceptual Implications of Dance and Digital Performance as pdf

Author bio
Currently an MFA student in Dance and Critical Theory at the University of California, Irvine, Laura Dennis' interest in dance and digital technology stems from the fulfilling experience of performing in interactive, improvisational settings. She continues this performative research at the Life by Design Conference in which she re-imagines for the digital age a renowned work from the African-American modern dance canon. As a member of UCI Professor Lisa Naugle's Digital Arts Ensemble, Laura has experience in several interactive dance performance environments. Last month, she was a featured soloist in "Voyages of Aeneas," a collaborative work with New York University which toured Italy. Her research into cultural memory as it relates to African-American concert dance has been presented at the Dance Under Construction Conference at UC Riverside in April 2002 and the International Federation of Theatre Research Conference in the University of Amsterdam in July of 2002. After receiving her B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1998, Laura taught dance full-time in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and founded the three-tiered 50-member jazz and modern dance company, Olney Elite. Upon graduating this June, Laura plans to continue to combine her professional dance career with academic research, examining the conceptual and theoretical implications of using digital technology in dance performance.

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Michael Epstein

Three-Sided Pages - Using Rich Media to Explode the Expository as pdf

Author bio
In 1993, Michael graduated Vassar with a degree in Science, Technology, and Society and for the past ten years has been a classroom teacher and technology instructor. He has developed innovative projects in technology and art in Morocco, Antigua, St. Louis, San Francisco and now Boston. He is currently a graduate student in MIT's Comparative Media Studies program.

His hybrid interest in computers and creativity led him to become a freelance radio reporter filing segments on human issues in technology for NPR (www.npr.org, search for "Michael Epstein"), and PRI children's book and technology shows (http://web.mit.edu/m_e/www/radio.htm). He currently has a show on WMBR (www.wmbr.org) "News Lab" which explores new formats for presenting current events, including live jazz, spoken word, and NPR satire.

His first major multimedia website (2001) was the result of work he did with urban Youth in San Francisco, bringing a lively web presence to community technology centers and leading to high tech jobs for 80% of the course graduates. (www.salesforcefoundation.org/elive .) At the same time he was contracted by KQED to help teens design a website featuring youth poets in San Francisco. The PSA's the site featured were nominated for a California Emmy Award (http://www.kqed.org/w/ymc/roots/index.html ) In summer 2001, he worked with a team of international students to produce a site profiling Israeli coexistence efforts (http://web.mit.edu/m_e/www/)

Michael is an autodidact animated media designer, having authored Macromedia's new Flash web design guide, part of international series of books for high school and college courses in project-based multimedia . Now at MIT, Michael is developing interactive video and image archives to study modern dance. He is also researching innovative approaches to media literacy, focusing on handheld devices (PDA's and cell phones) as the basis for active learning projects for kids.

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Monica Mak

Keeping Watch of Time: The Temporal Impact of the Digital in Cinema as pdf

Author bio
Monica Mak is a Ph.D. candidate in Communications, within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies in McGill University (Montreal, Canada). Her doctoral research focuses on digital filmmaking technology's impact and influence on cinematic production and post-production processes. Other research interests include: race equity initiatives within the National Film Board, Canada's premier documentary film production and distribution center, (the basis of her completed M.A. thesis); cultural diversity within the arts; television aesthetics; gender and new media technology; postcolonialism and North American cinema; and contemporary Chinese cinema.

An emerging filmmaker and video editor, Monica has directed and edited several educational documentary shorts for the Canada-South Africa Education Management Program (CSAEMP), a co-partnership between McGill University's Faculty of Education, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the South African National Department of Education. These documentaries include: the award-winning Unwanted Images: Gender-Based Violence in the New South Africa (2000); Scoring the Goal: Girls, Participation, and Leadership (2001); and The More We Get Together: Democratic Schools and Small Group Learning (2001). She recently completed editing Canadian Pie: Boys Dressing for the Prom (2003), a short documentary that she co-directed with Dr. Claudia Mitchell (McGill University) and Dr. Sandra Weber (Concordia University) for the Image and Identity Research Collective (www.iirc.mcgill.ca). She is currently in pre-production on two separate projects: a short documentary on Montreal school teachers' promotion of peace, a work that she is co-directing with Dr. Jackie Kirk (McGill University); and a feature-length documentary about immigrant beauty pageants in Canada.

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OnRamp Artists

Tropical America and OnRamp Arts as pdf

Author bio
Tropical America represents the talents of many extraordinary people. More extensive biographies of the creative team members are available on request. The principles are:

Stephen Metts, Producer
As Co-Director of OnRamp Arts, Stephen Metts develops collaborative partnerships with artists, designers, young artists, non-profit organizations and institutions. He has consulted on curriculum, training and creative networks for educational organizations. An accomplished artist, Metts has exhibited his paintings nationally and internationally. smetts@onramparts.org

Jessica Irish, Director and Designer
As Co-Director for OnRamp Arts, Jessica Irish develops innovative collaborative new media projects with Los Angeles youth, artists, writers and communities. Irish is a new media artist. Her recent project "Inflat-o-scape" has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been featured in magazines, newspapers on online journals worldwide. Irish has received several individual artist awards and grants, including a 2000 Creative Capital Foundation grant. Irish is a visiting faculty of new media in the Design | Media Arts Department at UCLA. jirish@onramparts.org

Juan Devis, Director and Writer
Colombian-born Juan Devis has written and directed for film, theater and television, both in the United States and Latin America. His films include the feature The Petty Curse of Having This Body (Arnon Milchan Award) and the 1996 documentary Ice (Best Colombian Documentary, Ministry of Culture). He is President of the Board of LA Freewaves and is the recipient of the 2002-03 ABC/Disney Development Grant for his feature script, Welcome to Tijuana, Devis was recently nominated for a 2003 Rockefeller Fellowship for his project The Digital Migrant. jdevis@face-in.org

Artemio Rodríguez, Illustrator
A native of Michoacán, Artemio Rodríguez' work hangs in museum, gallery and private collections throughout the U.S.A. and México. Rodríguez recently edited and produced the book José Guadalupe Posada 150 Years (La Mano Press). His lino cuts were featured in Woodcuts of Women (Grove Press), Lotéria Cards and Fortune Poems: A Book of Lives (City Lights) as well as in several limited edition books. lamano@sbcglobal.net

Catasonic Studio, Sound Designer
Catasonic began as an independant record label in 1994 with the release of Webaworld. Other records include Matt Heckert's Mechanical Sound Orchestra, Gynomite, 2 Bass Hit and Mark Wheaton Play's America's Favorite Award Winning Tunes and Jac Zinder's Stay Home. Catasonic has since recorded and produced sound design for film, arts, television, music and non-profit clients worldwide.

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Natasa Petresin

THE SONIC PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY The Aesthetic and Tactical Dimensions of the Performances by Projekt Atol as pdf

Author bio
Natasa Petresin (Slovenia) Natasa Petresin (b. 1976 Ljubljana, lives in Ljubljana and Kassel) is an independent curator and critic. She has been publishing her articles on contemporary art in NU: The Nordic Art Review, Umelec (the Czech art magazine), Frakcija (the Croatian theatre and art magazine) and the Slovene daily newspaper Delo. In 2002 she has participated at the Curatorial Training Programme at De Appel Foundation in Amsterdam, where she co-curated the final project of the programme, Haunted by Detail. In 2001 she has been assistant of curator of the Slovene pavilion at 49th Venice Biennial, where the exhibition Absolute One was presented. She also co-edited the exhibitionís catalogue. She has curated exhibitions You Are Not Alone (2002, Pavelhaus, Laafeld/Austria), Sound in Art (2001, Gallery Priestor, Bratislava) and a series of electronic sound art events RE-LAX (2001-2002, Ljubljana, together with the Slovene new media artist Marko Peljhan). In the frame of Marko Peljhanís art organisation Projekt Atol, she co-founded the label for experimental electronic music, Rx:Tx. Her article on Marko Peljhan will be published in Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press). Since 2002 she is also a member of the jury for new media arts at the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia, and since 2000 a member of the Slovene Society of Aesthetics, in whose frame she coordinated the international colloquium for postgraduate students (2001, Ljubljana). She is currently assisting Rene Block at preparing the exhibition about Balkan region at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel.

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Cindy Poremba

Beyond Boy's Toys: Women, Play and MindStorms™ Robotics as pdf

Author bio
Cindy Poremba is a Researcher and Graduate Student inSimonFraserUniversity's Interactive Arts program,Surrey,BC,Canada. Her research explores issues of agency and rhetoric surrounding player artifacts in online games. She is currently engaged in several projects that use Mindstorms robotics to explore unconventional aesthetics and feminist issues. Cindy's research interests include digital toys & games, women & technology, social & computational emergence in e-culture, digital narrative forms, and creative constructionism/remediation. She received an International Game Developers Association GDC Scholarship in 2001, and is the DigitalGirl (youth programs) Coordinator for DigitalEve Vancouver, a prominent organization supporting women and technology. Cindy also serves as Conference Assistant forVancouver's 2003 New Forms Festival. Her research weblog is http://www.shinyspinning.com/

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Jeffrey Ridenour, Frederic Bevilacqua, and Christopher Dobrian

Mapping motion to Music as pdf

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JEFF RIDENOUR was born in California, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jeff studied music and physics at UC Berkeley and holds a Masters in Contrabass Performance from UC San Diego. While there, he worked extensively with Miller Puckette and also studied improvisation with George Lewis. Subsequently Jeff received a Heartz traveling scholarship and studied for three years at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he received a Second Phase degree at the Institute of Sonology. Jeff is currently pursuing a master's degree in Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine. He is interested in improvisation and live electronics, automatic composition, and electroacoustic music involving improvisation. He is particularly interested in designing improvising algorithms that allow the computer to be treated as another performer rather than simply as an instrument. He is also interested in artificial intelligence, specifically different aspects of machine learning such as genetic programming, and reinforcement learning. Jeff has also done a good deal of research on extended techniques for the contrabass in conjunction with improvisation, including subharmonics, overpressure, difference tones, and mechanical alternatives for string excitation.

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Heather Schatz

The Effects and Opportunities of "Translation" on Artistic Production as pdf

Author bio
Heather Schatz and Eric Chan, the collaborative artists ChanSchatz, make computer-generated artworks that exceed traditional classification. Their in-depth knowledge of the computer and their awareness of its potential, have allowed them to use their signature visual vocabulary and customization to bring critical attention to the way they employ the digital in their process of artmaking. In describing their artistic process in relation to contemporary culture, author and professor Peter Lunenfeld remarks, "I'm interested in contemporary fluidity, and ChanSchatz's model of just-in-time cultural production brings its own pleasures to bear in the realms of computer-inflected media."

ChanSchatz's works explore the formal goals of painting and photography, investigating portraiture, color, form, and composition to create an overall beauty, while critically examining artistic production in the digital age. Projects are customized by invited guests whose choices form the starting point for limited edition works. In addition the final form of each project varies as sponsorship is secured to produce the work. ChanSchatz currently have over 120 sponsor relationships including: Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Techno-Isel, SensAble Technologies, Alusuisse Composites, Epson, Fuji Photo Film USA, Alias|Wavefront.

ChanSchatz's recent projects include solo exhibitions at Lemon Sky in Los Angeles and Grand Arts in Kansas City, MO. In 2003, ChanSchatz's exhibition schedule includes "Resistance is Futile" at the Angstrom Gallery in Dallas, TX; "City Mouse, Country Mouse" at Studio 101 in New York, and "Before and After Science" at Marella Contemporary Art in Milan, Italy. They are currently preparing for upcoming solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara and at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI.

ChanSchatz live and work in New York City. They received their BA's from the University of California in Berkeley, and MFA's from Columbia University in New York. They are currently on the faculty in the Visual Arts Division, The School of the Arts at Columbia University.

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Leslie Sharpe

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Leslie Sharpe is a Faculty Fellow and a recent MFA graduate in the Department of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego. She works in installation and new media, and is currently creating a walk for wireless and nonwireless PDAs on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. Using various locations, characters and histories from the site, the work is a ghost story using generative walking algorithms to encourage an active engagement with space, history, environment, and technology. Her long-term research is on presence and bodies (real, imagined, and technological imposters) in networked spaces. Sharpe was an artist-in-residence at PS1 in New York and at the Banff Centre in Canada, and has exhibited her work in the USA, Canada, and Europe. At UCSD, she recently taught a seminar on mobile technologies, and teaches an introductory survey course on new media.

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Adriana de Souza e Silva

From MUDs as SPACE to Space as a MUD as pdf

Author bio
Adriana de Souza e Silva is a PhD candidate at the Communications and Culture Program at the School of Communications -- the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. Since August 2001 she is a visiting scholar at the Department of Design | Media Arts at UCLA. Her research, "Hybrid Space Nomads", studies the impact of nomadic technology devices, such as cell phones, in the organization of urban space. Consequently, it deals with the hybridization of physical and virtual spaces. Adriana has also interest in studying how different languages and therefore different writings affect the way we think and communicate. She holds a Master Degree in Communications and Image Technology of the School of Communications at UFRJ, Brazil, and a Bachelor in Journalism (Social Communication) of the same School. Adriana also works as a graphic designer, interface designer and has published papers in Brazilian and Ibero-American Congresses of Communication and Digital Graphics (SIGraDi 2000, 2001, Comp—s 2001 and Intercom 2001).

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Joel Swanson

Process vs. Product: Data Visualization Makes Me Bored as pdf

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Joel Swanson is a digital artist, writer, and researcher investigating the interconnections of literary theory, art, and technology. His work involves the creation of multimedia narratives that exist within digital space. His current focus is on children's narrative as an evolution of the oral tradition. Specifically, he finds the structure of children's illustrated stories to be an ideal format to appropriate and examine in his exploration of narrative, allegory, and meaning. He is also interested in the implications of fabricating and deploying multimedia narratives within a digital network.

Thematically his work revolves around the universal issues of pain, suffering, and otherness. These notions are often explored from the eye of the sociological constructions from which they are perceived and influenced. Pulling from diverse and often incongruent systems, including theology, postmodern theory, and literary criticism, his art attempts to present possible connections and pose questions regarding these ostensibly divergent structures.

Joel Swanson's works have been shown in various national and international venues. Swanson studied with Mark Amerika at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his BFA with an emphasis in digital art in 2002.  He has been working as a web-designer and multimedia developer within the commercial sector for the past five years. Currently Swanson is working on his MFA at the University of California, San Diego where he studies with Lev Manovich, Barbara Kruger, Jordan Crandall, and David Antin.  He is a graduate researcher at the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts (CRCA) and affiliated with the ALTX Online Network. 





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Adriana Tavares

Convergence Media .IYRO a Interactive Digital Home Network

Author bio
Adriana Tavares
Academy of Art College, MFAt, New Media.
Convergence Media, IYRO – Interactive Digital Home Network


My name is Adriana Tavares, a 28 years old graduate student from Academy of Art College, San Francisco, currently attending the New Media Program. As a design lover, I got my Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design in 1994, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I have been involved with aesthetics and art since than. Since than I have been researching about how design and technology effect and change people's live.

After one year working in a print design company I joined Tibet Film, a video production company. At that time, I started to explore new venues in digital design such as 2D and 3D animation, motion graphics and Internet. Before I started my MFA, I worked for Neoris S.A., the biggest e-business solution company in Brazil, with offices all over of Latin America, Spain and in the US. As a Visual Designer, I had the opportunity to develop strategic projects, such as the Corporate Coca-Cola website - http://www.cocacolabrasil.com.br - and to improve my skills as a digital artist. Currently I am working part-time as Art Director at LuckySurf, South San Francisco based online company.

In order to explore interface design solutions for digital medias such as TV, PDA, mobile phone and any other sort of digital environment; and to research how technology and art can make everyday tasks easier and even more enjoyable for today and into the future. I decided to move to San Francisco and start researching in the convergence media field.

Once I graduate, I intend to create speculative new interaction design approaching functionality, usability and aesthetic, as an Interactive and Experimental Designer.

Links related: Portfolio - www.adrianatavares.com
Blog - www.adrianatavares.com/pravcs
Experimental feelings project - http://www.adrianatavares.com/aac/experimental_interactivity/expart_curiosity.htm

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Rachel Thompson

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Ana Viseu

Creating augmented technicians: The case of Bell Canada as pdf

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Ana Viseu is a researcher currently working at the University of Toronto on her Ph.D. dissertation entitled, Sociotechnical worlds: The visions and realities of bodynets. Her thesis work combines an exploration of the visions and desires that drive the development of the technology, with a real life case-study of the emerging sociotechnical worlds that sustain them. Her doctoral fieldwork, mainly being conducted at Bell Canada, with a grant from Bell University Labs, investigates the process of deployment of wearable computers within the Bell's field workforce. Ana's research interests include questions of privacy, social dimensions of technology, and the mutual adaptation processes between individuals and technology. From the year 2000 to 2002 she founded and directed the Privacy Lecture Series at the University of Toronto. Ana is also a Marshall McLuhan Fellow and a Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) Graduate Fellow. Ana holds a Master's Degree in Interactive Communication from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

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M. A. Greenstein

Art Writer and theorist M. A. Greenstein is the 2001-2003 Critic in Residence at Otis College of Art and Design. She is also on the core graduate faculty of Art Theory and Criticism at Art Center College of Design. As past contributing editor and free lance contributor, she has published over 100 articles and essays on the weird, the wonderful and the future of Los Angeles and AsiaPacific art and culture, in conference papers, online journals (Anthology of Art) and in off line magazines including World Art, Art Issues, Afterimage, Artweek, Art Asia Pacific, Asia Art News and Art India. She was the 1999-2000 Senior Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan and China and has received research and lecture grants to India, Japan, Korea, Australia, Holland, Sweden and Cuba. Greenstein's futuristic ventures currently include moderating the March 25th, Art Center panel "Endangered Species: Designing the Post-Human," and presenting a paper on mapping the performative brain in the upcoming April 5th, UCLA Art and Art History Programs conference "Movie, Buildings and Brains."

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