Experimental Prototyping with Paraphernalia

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33, 2:00 PM

In this talk, Dr. Nancy Mauro-Flude will inform us on experimental prototyping with paraphernalia. Experiential prototyping is a form of active engagement that looks concurrently at technology and the signs it produces. Where once the development and production of emergent technologies was the domain of the privileged few, the experimental prototyping model encourages diverse (typically excluded) groups to engage with systems and develop software platforms according to their own needs and experiences. The presentation addresses the proposition of experiential design approaches in Human Computing Interaction [HCI], and Human Interface Devices [HID]. It intends to extend critical reflection about custom-built interfaces and to invigorate a discussion about the meaningful contexts for their use. The specific aim is to reimagine, redefine and explore the potentiality and limitations of electronic performance tools, namely how the choice of the tool and interface nearly always gives rise to new situations that must be tackled. To amplify the relationship between performer and the spectator when using emergent technologies with real time performance tools, a set of self-crafted electronic-performance tools and a performance called ‘Paraphernalia’ will be referred. This presentation aspires to open a pathway for a larger proposal that asks us to consider: What are the ways in which we can engineer interfaces that validate the circulation of diverse knowledge?

Dr. Nancy Mauro-Flude is a philosopher and a performer who explores how we articulate the resonances and dissonances between performing arts and computer culture. She has collaborated with leading institutions and festivals worldwide and has curated numerous cross-disciplinary programmes that examine contemporary society in a digital age, including MuseumQuartierQ21, Vienna,Transmediale, Berlin; v2, WORM, Rotterdam; ISEA 2013-2009-2005; FILE, Gallery Vermelho, Sao Paulo; Critical Path, Artspace, Sydney; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Museum of New and Old Art MONA, Tasmania; HTMLles Festival of Digital Art and Culture, Montreal; Netherlands New Media Art Institute, Amsterdam; and Brighton Digital Festival, UK. Dr. Mauro-Flude received her MA in Media Design from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, University of Applied Sciences (2007) and she was awarded a PhD from University of Tasmania (2014). She is a lecturer at University of Tasmania and honorary researcher at Institute of Network Cultures.

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