ChiSparks 2014 – University of Applied Science – The Hague

In April co_LAB visited The University of Applied Science, The Hague, Netherlands to deliver a paper at ChiSparks14. The one day conference provided a platform for researchers and practitioners in the HCI community to share and discuss their efforts on researching and developing methods, techniques, products, and services that enable people to have better interactions with systems and other people.

The theme of the 2014 edition of the conference was ‘Creating the Difference’. HCI is a creative field where practitioners engage both in the design and the production of interactions. Creating excellent interfaces for people, they make a difference in media and systems that people are eager to use.

Keynote speakers were provided by Thomas Marzano, the Global Head of Brand Design at Philips, Ohyoon Kwon and Albert Kivits presented the social innovation project ‘HomelessSMS’, and finally Dick Rijken and Frank Baldé outlined their current developments in the world of music and musical instruments and interfaces.

One of the programme strands was entitled ‘Kids@play’ which focused on digital tools used in innovative forms of teaching and learning. It was here that Graham delivered the paper ‘Digital Learning Environments and Collaborative Pedagogy: Media Culture 2020 by Thayne & Cooper’

chi program Graham Chi

Graham was also invited to present a demo of one of his personal art projects entitled ‘Memory Box – Graham aged 8’ which was set up in the main atrium of the impressive campus building. The piece takes the form of a homemade victorian viewing box, where housed within is a digital display that challenges notions of the validity of photographic memory.

membox membox2

Call for Participants

This is a call for student participants to be involved in an exciting interdisciplinary, transmedia project which seeks to explore and develop new approaches to collaborative teaching and learning. co_LAB represents a great opportunity to work on a project that blurs the boundaries of specialised skill and knowledge learning. This project will also offer you the chance to meet and collaborate with staff and students studying across a number of schools within the College of Arts.

co_LAB is an intensive programme taking place between 12-16 May, 2014, featuring additional online content and a number of practice and skills workshops. We are looking for enthusiastic participants made up from current Level 2 students from across Media Production, Audio Production, Film and Television, Contemporary Lens Media, and Interactive Design.

What’s in it for you:

  • Networking – discover other talented artists and practitioners
  • Shape the way you learn by having more autonomy in curriculum development
  • Develop a new outlook on your role within the education system
  • Discover new approaches to conceptual and practical production
  • Share your voice on challenging debates
  • Get your work exhibited at a public-facing event
  • Counts as extra-curricular activity for the ‘Lincoln Award’
  • So, you’re interested… what’s next?

If you would like to be considered please send a brief statement (about 500 words should do it) outlining why we should pick you, what your key skills are, what would you bring to the project and what you expect to get out of the experience.

We also require a short CV (max 1-page) highlighting any experience you have in collaborative working, any production skills you have, previous projects you have been involved with and any extra-curricular activities you have undertaken.

We will be holding an informal briefing on the project for all who may wish to take part but want to find out a little more information on Wednesday 19th March, 15.00 in room MC2113B (2nd floor MHT).

Welcome to the co_LAB Blog

Hello and welcome to the official blog of the co_LAB project.

Over the coming weeks, information regarding the first instalment of the project will start to appear on here. We will also try to push this out via Twitter to keep everyone involved or interested up-to-date.

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