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Paul Brown on Mon, 22 Sep 2008 23:48:10 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> CAS: October Meeting - Nigel Johnson

The Computer Arts Society is pleased to announce its October
meeting.  This event is free and open to the public - please
forward this invitation to friends and colleagues.

Speaker:  Nigel Johnson

Title:    Interactive art: a practitioner’s perspective

Tuesday 7 October 2008
6:30 for 7:00 pm
London Knowledge Lab - Institute of Education
23 - 29 Emerald St
London WC1N 3QS, England
Tube:  Holborn, Russell Square or Chancery Lane
Map:   http://tinyurl.com/6h5cds

Nigel Johnson’s individual research and practice since 1978  has
been focused within the domain of small and large scale,
"real-time" interactive installations, whilst attempting to bring
clarity, insight and new understanding where the art - science
boundaries meet and overlap. Recent projects include: “G-Vision”,
a Scottish Enterprise funded project in collaboration with
colleagues from the School of Computing in the development of a
vision-based, gesture recognition software application for
interactive installations and performance scenarios. Another
project, “A-Life”, is a large-scale, real-time, interactive
computer installation paying retrospective homage to the early
work of John Conway’s “Game of Life”, incorporating elements of
artificial life and gaming. It recently won a major award at the
Shrewsbury International Exhibition 2007, Batteries Not Included:
Mind as Machine in association with the Darwin Summer Symposium.
A-Life is currently showing at the CCA (Centre for Contemporary
Arts, Glasgow) until September 13th as part of the Alt-w: New
Directions in Scottish Digital Culture exhibition. Current
collaborative activities include research into the latest
developments in “cognitive” software, interactive installations
based on RSS data and participating in the European Mobile Lab
for Interactive Artists.

Nigel Johnson is a practising artist, researcher and teacher who
studied Fine Art at Liverpool Polytechnic from 1976-1979 and
Experimental Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, University
College, London from 1979-1981.  From 1983 – 1987 he was Lecturer
in Fine Art (Sculpture) at Grays School of Art (The Robert Gordon
University), Aberdeen. Since 1987 he has held academic positions
at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of
Dundee, including Senior Lecturer in Computer Imaging and was
appointed Reader in Digital Arts in 2000. Since 1996 he has been
running the practice-led PhD programme within the School of Media
Arts and Imaging and appointed Professor and Chair of Interactive
Arts in 2007. Nigel exhibits his work widely, both nationally and
internationally at galleries and festivals throughout the U.K.,
Europe, Asia, Australasia and the United States amongst others.

2008 = CAS 40 - 40 years of supporting the computer arts
CAS is a British Computer Society Specialist Group

Paul Brown - based in the UK Aug-Dec 2008
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