CFP for the Panel: “Responsive Environments – On the Interrelation between Location, Atmosphere, and Digital Media”

ISEA Dubai 2014, Oct. 30-Nov. 8, 2014


CFP for the Panel: “Responsive Environments – On the Interrelation between Location, Atmosphere, and Digital Media”

Deadline for Abstracts: July 15, 2014

Chair: Dr. Christiane Heibach / Andreas Simon / Jan-Lewe Torpus

Institute of Experimental Design- and Media Cultures, Basel,



Responsive/Sensitive Environment, Embodied Interaction, Holistic Experience, Atmosphere, Extended Human Senses, Affective Computing, Media Art, Artistic/Design Research, Adaptive Architecture


Since the emergence of computer technologies the notion of „location“ has been expanded. From the beginning, digital media were seen as world-generating technologies being able to create alternative forms of „locations“, e.g. virtual environments. Currently, tendencies like ubiquitous computing and wearable computing point to a further dimension of “location”: hybrid spaces in which moving, multi-sensing, and interacting may reach new levels of intensity. This causes a paradigm shift in digital technologies, because the simulation of virtual spaces is substituted by experiments with interaction and digitally expanded perception in physical space. Thus, mobile and pervasive technologies will change the future design and artistic opportunities of Human-Computer-Interfaces. Furthermore, their extended responsiveness will modify the individual’s perception and notion of the self.

The panel aims to discuss different artistic approaches to hybrid spaces and the notion of “location”, starting with our own project of a responsive environment, which is designed as physical space, composed of different materials and changing atmospheric components like shapes, light, sound, smell, temperature or airflow. Using sensory and feedback technologies we aim to establish a close relation between the humans and this environment to question the idea of an immediate experience as it is currently discussed in phenomenological approaches like those of Brian Massumi and Mark B.N. Hansen.

We want to invite artists and researchers working in similar directions to generate an interdisciplinary approach which promises to match theory, art and holistic experience. By this we also aim to critically reflect the consequences of current technological developments heading towards an “interfaceless“ connectivity between humans and machines (like in biofeedback technologies) and/or the design of an ‚intelligent‘ environment (as intedend e.g. by ubiquitous computing applications).

Please send a short abstract (max. 300 words) including university affiliation, address, homepage and e-mail by July 15, 1014

Notification of acceptance: Aug. 4, 2014

Sue Gollifer is currently the Director of the ISEA International Headquarters. She is an artist, a Principal Lecturer in Fine Art and the Course Leader for Digital Media Arts MA and a researcher and curator at the University of Brighton, UK. She is on a number of National and International Committees, including (CAS) the Computer Arts Society, (DAM), Digital Art Museum, and (DAC) the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. She is currently the ACM Chair of ‘The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art’.

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