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SHOW & TELL SEMINAR, November '09 - "Kinoautomats, Interactive Movies, Noodlefilms and Live Cinema: What's in a Name?" with Dr Chris Hales

SMARTlab Research Institute

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)

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"Kinoautomats, Interactive Movies, Noodlefilms and Live Cinema: What's in a Name?"

A SMARTlab Show & Tell Seminar


Dr Chris Hales

 Tues 17 November '09

 6 - 7.30pm


SANTA comes early to SMARTlab

(Preceded by a short introduction buy SANTA MAZIKA

from the Art Research Laboratory (MPLab), Latvia)

This presentation will be based on an article to be published in the catalogue of the 'Invideo' experimental video festival (in Milan) in November 2009. Since 1967 there have been a plethora of different terminologies to describe a film/video with multiple possibilities which is alterable by its audience/creator whilst it is being viewed. This talk will present some of these products as well as discussing whether there still is - or indeed ever was - such a discretely identifiable thing as an 'interactive movie'.

Dr Christopher Hales is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Interactive Film. Chris is an internationally renowned specialist in ‘interactive moving image’, as practitioner, educator and researcher. His PhD “Rethinking the Interactive Movie”, which developed the concept of ‘movie as interface’, was successfully completed in October 2006 at SMARTlab. His cdroms have been selected at numerous film/multimedia festivals, and his touch-screen installation (showing a dozen or more of his interactive films) was presented in Seoul, Helsinki, Warsaw, Nagoya, San Francisco and Sydney (amongst other places) and was included in the landmark 2003 ‘Future Cinema’ exhibition curated by the ZKM. In summer 2008 he exhibited a retrospective of most of his films in a 9-room exhibition as part of the Prague Triennale of Contemporary Art. He publishes frequently in the area of ‘interactive moving image’, has taught almost 100 short workshop courses on this subject in numerous institutions in Europe, and is a regular speaker at international events. He gives live performances of interactive cinema to group audiences, either solo or as 'Cause and Effect' (with Teijo Pellinen). Through SMARTlab, he obtained AHRB funding for a research project in Prague to rediscover the "Kinoautomat" from 1967 - the world's first interactive movie.

SANTA comes early to SMARTlab

SANTA MAZIKA will give a short presentation about the recently created Art Research Laboratory (MPLab) in the Faculty of Humanities, Liepaja University, Latvia. The general aim of MPLab is to perform scientific research in the field of new media, culture and education, and to establish a dynamic, innovative and responsive environment for research in art.

The SMARTlab Show & Tell Seminar Series is a programme of social events hosted by the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute at UEL. In a relaxed environment, each event aims to share the breadth of knowledge and expertise of SMARTlab’s world-class researchers, artists, scholars, technologists and policy makers. SMARTlab comprises live artists, performers, dance and movement specialists, visual artists, filmmakers, photographers, sculptors, textile experts, fashion designers, poets/writers, composers/musicians, sound artists, VR engineers, programmers, game designers and coders, and interface designers.

The international team shares a commitment to creative technology innovation for positive social change with a 'universal design' ethos, and works in collaboration with specialists in e-business and designing for sustainable development, social changes and community well being.

Forthcoming Show & Tell seminars 2009-10: Visit SMARTlab Show &Tell page>>

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When & Where

MAGIC PLAYroom (1st Floor, Knowledge Dock Building)
University of East London
4-6 University Way
E162RD London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)

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SMARTlab Research Institute

In existence for some fifteen years, SMARTlab has gained a reputation over the past six years as one of the world’s leading Practice-Based PhD Programmes, and is viewed as an incubator for the next generation of talent and high-level scholarship in the ‘ArtSci’ domain.

Operating from it's 'home' base at UEL, SMARTlab purpose-built studios include the MAGIC (Multimedia & Games Innovation Centre) PLAYroom, incubation and training spaces with linked fabrication, simulation, and product design facilities and a partner high def multistream film/video facility all on site, in the heart of the London Docklands.

The Ethos

SMARTlab begins it's research on each and every project by ‘landing’ in a community, culture or research environment, and then spending time getting to know the local people, issues, concerns and needs, before forming teams of artists, computer scientists, medical and social care experts, educators, and scholars. Each team then tackles a given issue and attempts to invent new technology tools with real social impact, whether for individuals, for groups, or for wider international aims. We aim to effect knowledge transfer in everything we do, not only within our team and between our teams and local communities, but also in broader academic and industry relations.

We tend to begin projects by considering the needs of those communities or social groups least represented or supported by ‘off the shelf’ technology tools for education, communication, skills training and/or artistic and social empowerment.

The Communities (or 'User Groups')

Our three primary user groups are women, children and young people, and people with disabilities. We work off-site in women’s shelters, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, and also in universities and industry think-tank settings and retreats. We also operate out of our PLAYroom at UEL, with sister sites in operation (and accessible via telematic stream) in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Montreal, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Aarhus, Fes, Marrakech, Alibag, Mumbai, et al.

The Symbol

The symbol of the SMARTlab is the butterfly: a creature of beauty (artistic aesthetic) and scientific wonder, and a metaphor for social change motivated by personal growth and empowerment. The ‘body’ of the hybrid creature known as SMARTlab is our academic core, and each of the two wings intersects with that body of key scholarship and applied research. One wing covers not-for-profit and community engagement projects (such as our TRUST project for children with disabilities, and our Safetynet global anti-domestic violence project), while the second wing covers the terrain of Creative Industries, and features our new MAGIC centre, where (in our new PLAYroom facility) we will host workshops, playshops, skillshops, networking events and research think-tanks for local and global partners in knowledge transfer.

Choose a wing, and fly. . .

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