Drew Hemment on Wed, 25 Apr 2007 17:32:30 +0200 (CEST)
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<nettime-ann> Use Your Imagination-find your new collaborative partner
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USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Friday 11 May, 10am-6pm
Leading figures from around the world are converging on Manchester
for Use Your Imagination, a unique one-day event presented by
Imagination@Lancaster, Lancaster University's new interdisciplinary
research institute, as a part of the Social Technologies Summit and
Futuresonic 2007 Urban Festival of Art, Music and Ideas.
The event sets out to :
- Inspire people with the possibilities of interdisciplinary
- Show artists what engineers get excited about, and vice versa /
- Enable people to meet in structured and informal ways /
- Seed new collaborations.
Delegate Pass £45; Student Delegate Pass £10
ART & SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES
A man falls in slow motion from a high building. Upon impact the
concrete paving gives way and ripples in concentric waves as it
absorbs the energy of his fall. The key creative at Saatchi & Saatchi
behind the celebrated T Mobile TV adverts, which feature flexible
cityscapes and collapsing walls, will explain how they capture
compelling new ideas. The urban environment is being transformed by
emerging technologies - the ground beneath our feet is no longer
hard, but 'soft', as in 'software'.
He will join other leading figures from around the world converging
on Manchester for Use Your Imagination.
We live in an age when the future of the next few hundred years is
being written. Just as the printing press and the steam engine
changed history, so the decisions made now about the design of the
technologies we use will shape our lives tomorrow. It is not just
scientists who are engineering this future, but artists and DIY
technologists also. And we are now at a moment when these ideas are
breaking out of small labs and art events.
Presentations by leading international figures on case studies of
collaborations between artists and engineers will be followed by a
participatory workshop which aims to introduce you to your next life
partner, creating a space in which new collaborations can be hatched,
or at the least enabling you to leave with some new contacts and
Followed by Manchester's first Dorkbot, a show-and-tell event for
people doing strange things with electricity.
USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Friday 11 May, 10am-6pm
Contact Theatre, Manchester
Anne Galloway (Carleton University Ottawa)
Charlie Gere (Lancaster University)
Steve Dietz (YProductions)
Nina Wakeford (INCITE)
Giles Lane (Proboscis)
Eric Paulos (Intel Research)
Paul Domenet (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Linda Doyle (Trinity College Dublin)
Alan Dix (Lancaster University)
Drew Hemment (Lancaster University)
Kristina Andersen (STEIM)
Laura Watts (Lancaster University)
Creativity and innovation occurs at the boundaries... the conception,
production, management and use of our 'material world' increasingly
relies on the convergence of science, technology, social science,
arts and humanities. Nanotechnology, intelligent materials, ambient,
mobile, ubiquitous and visualisation technologies provide
opportunities for the convergences of the products we use, the
clothes wear, the places in which we live and work, and the media we
engage with for work and leisure. In order to create this material
world we must have the visualisation and creative skills to access
and combine the technologies, but also an understanding of
sustainability; the social, economic, and environmental factors, as
well as an insight into production, management and historical contexts.
To work with leading designers and innovators across the globe to
build an 'Imagination Laboratory', to enable people and organisations
to engage with academia in a dynamic and creative way, using time and
space to research and imagine futures. The laboratory would be part
of a global network of similar places to enable virtual as well as co-
located engagement in research and development.
Use Your Imagination itself involves an unusual collaboration. A link
has been established between the Futuresonic festival and
Imagination@Lancaster, a major new interdisciplinary research
institute at Lancaster University, with the appointment of Drew
Hemment, Futuresonic's director and founder, as Associate Director of
the new research institute.
A shared aim is to seed new interdisciplinary collaborations, which
is a focus of the Use Your Imagination event, as well as provide
pathways for further research at postgraduate level.
We invite you to be a part of this.
A part of
The Futuresonic 2007 Urban Festival of Art, Music and Ideas features
300 artists and over 30 major events.
Download Brochure (PDF/9.5mb)
(includes £30 Weekender Wristband)
STUDENT DELEGATE PASS
++Fixed number of Day Passes available each day on a Pay-What-You-Can
The Delegate Pass gives you access to the Social Technologies Summit,
all Futuresonic seminars and talks, and all Futuresonic Live and
events over the festival weekend.
Conference places limited - advance booking essential.
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