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<nettime-ann> [event] 14/11 ::: round_table discussion ::: human/machine interaction

OKNO brussels ::: art and technology monday november 14th 2005 -- 8pm

round-table on the human/machine interactive experience.

Pattie Maes [MIT, usa] in discussion with Maja Kuzmanovic [FoAM, be].
Disrupting accents by Daniel Franco, urban philosopher [be].


Pattie Maes will present the researchprojects of the Ambient Intelligence
research group [MIT -- http://interact.media.mit.edu/index.html].
The goal of the Ambient Intelligence group is to radically rethink the
human-machine interactive experience. By designing interfaces that are
immersive, more intelligent, and more interactive they are changing the
human-machine relationship and creating systems that are more responsive
to people's needs and actions, and that become true "accessories" for
expanding people's minds.

Pattie Maes' sparring partners around the table are Maja Kuzmanovic
[FoAM], and Daniel Franco [philosopher].
Together they will moderate the Q & A by technological artists towards
whom this round-table discussion is addressed.

[http://fo.am/] is a laboratory for the propagation of lived experience,
whose members are looking for processes, moments and situations in which
experience can be freed from cultural and historical biases. This allows
the participants to absorb fresh stimuli. In order to locate these
experiences in engaging cultural and ecological contexts, they often work
in non-institutionalised public spaces: from roof gardens to intimate
living rooms, clubs and overgrown 
fortresses. FoAM's collaborators dwell most of the time in the murky
spaces between the physical and digital, scientific and artistic, natural
and technological worlds. They inhabit these spaces to research and
develop responsive environments, active materials, generative media,
culinary performances and other entangled forms of contemporary creative


Pattie Maes is an associate professor in MIT's Program in Media Arts and
Sciences. She founded and directs the Media Lab's Ambient Intelligence
group. Previously, she founded and ran the Software Agents group. Prior
to joining the Media Lab, Maes was a visiting professor and a research
scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. She holds bachelor's
and PhD degrees in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
in Belgium. Her areas of expertise are human-computer interaction,
artifical life, artificial intelligence, collective intelligence, and
intelligence augmentation.

Maja Kuzmanovic, has completed the BA in Design Forecasting (HKU, nl) in
1996 and MA in Interactive Multimedia (University of Portsmouth) in 1997.
After graduation, she collaborated on a range of interdisciplinary
projects in research institutes around Europe, as well as an independent
artist-researcher. Her research spanned novel forms of performance and
multi-sensory storytelling and responsive media design for virtual and
mixed reality. She founded FoAM as a cultural research department in
Starlab in 2000. In 2001 FoAM became an independent, distributed entity
with cells in Brussels and Amsterdam.


the discussion will be live-streamed on radio OKNO [monday november 14th/
from 8pm] click  http://qt.okno.be:8000/ambientintelligence.m3u
info: http://okno.be/en/past/expo_55.html

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