Sunday, 31 May 2015

Mixed Reality Lab talk

This past Friday I gave a talk at the University of Nottingham's Mixed Reality Lab, at the kind invitation of Steve Benford. The talk was held in a fairly normal-looking room, the most unusual aspect of which was the fact that the projector worked. Easily. Immediately. First try. Running off of an ancient Mac. Could anything be more impressive than that?

The answer was an emphatic yes. I chatted away afterwards with a really interesting collection of people and tried to convey to them the legendariness, the aura, that surrounds the MRL. They didn't seem to believe me... but the types of stuff they're up to and interested in convinced me that the legend-aura-ness is well deserved.

Everyone was hospitable and lovely, the campus was gorgeous (though discreetly hidden behind a car dealership), and I had loads of attentive folks at my talk on 'Performative Experience Design and the aesthetics of performance'. I even got to strum the Carolan guitar. Now there's a day well spent!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

PED: the workshop!

I'll be offering a workshop on Performing Digital Media Design at the Creativity & Cognition conference in Glasgow on Thursday 25 June.

It'll be a full day of hands-on performative experience, so to speak. We'll all use the Collect Yourselves! digital media performance system to create a performance for each other (no audiences or video cameras, so don't be shy). We'll have insights into performance theory and practice relevant for experience design, a few examples to watch, some performance analysis, some design playtime, and plenty of conversation about everyone's own research interests.

Participation is capped at 8 to get the most out of Collect Yourselves! and to make sure no one gets lost in the fray. And to top it all off, I'll have the support of the fabulous Robyn Taylor from Culture Lab.

You can find more details about the workshop on the C&C15 website. Any questions, give me a yell, j.c.spence at And if you're a native Glaswegian, you can entertain yourself by watching my face contort from concentrating all my energies on understanding what it is you're saying!