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’
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.