Thursday, May 21, 2015

Digital Humanities Intermedia Collaborative Platform is Launched in Z-170

The Z-Lab has been awarded a Digital Humanities Grant to begin work on a new initiative called the Digital Intermedia Collaborative Platform - DICP.

This project is a collaboration with the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies CNMAT. Adrian Freed and Lisa Wymore are working together with a small team of creative engineers and artists to make a space that is "plug and play," allowing artists and teachers interested in working with sensors and sensor-based cameras to engage with the space easily and consistency. We are hoping to create an enlivened space for teaching and performance that utilizes commercial components all configured in a way that allows for flexibility but also has a deep layer of stability and consistency.

We will be publishing our findings in an open source document. Our hope is that other laboratories like the Z-Lab will create spaces with similar configurations so that we can collaborate and create a network of spaces for those interested in computer augmented performances and experiments. More soon....

International Metabody Symposium a Big Success!

On May 7-9, 2015 the Z-Lab hosted an international symposium entitled:

Reversing Cybernetics - Queering Control: Media, 

Embodiment and the Politics of Indeterminancy
The symposium is part of the International Metabody Forum 2015. 
METABODY is a 5-year project starting July 2013, with the support of the European Commission and the participation of 38 partners from 16 countries, coordinated by Reverso.

The symposium allowed various artists, scholars, engineers, and performers to come together in a variety of ways. We shared workshops, a panel discussion, and performances. Neil Marcus and friends shared a moving performance on Saturday morning, which had many of us re-considering and re-naming "dis"ability within technologically rich performance. Rama Gottfried, Teoma Narcatto and John MacCallum, Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts with Ian Heisters, Sheldon Smith and Lisa Wymore, Jaime del Val, and Robert Wechsler all shared excerpts from their recent creative inquiries and explorations.

Photos and videos will be posted soon to the media page.