The symposium will be based on the PechaKucha format – a dynamic fast-paced presentation and networking experience. Xcommunicate will be a combination of a keynote address, with creative practitioners, festival organisations, institutional directors and curators giving a five minute flash presentations on their work, spaces, programs and projects.
Speakers include: Peter Zorn (EMARE), Ricardo Peach, Jen Mizuik (Banff Centre), Jonathan Parsons (Experimenta), Kate Richards (Sparke Media), Vicki Sowry (ANAT), Jon McCormack (MONASH), Trish Adams, Lubi Thomas (QUT), Jacina Leong (QUT) and keynote address by Mike Stubbs (FACT).
10am – 5pm on Saturday 1 March 2014. QUT Gardens Point campus, Science and Engineering Centre (P Block), Brisbane, Queensland.
I’ll be giving the keynote address at this year’s CreateWorld 2014: A digital arts conference, 12-13 February 2014. The conference takes place in Brisbane at Griffith University’s South Bank Campus.
Creative Ecosystems for the 21st Century
In just a few decades, technology has radically changed many creative disciplines. Once the domain of experimental artists and researchers working in expensive and often esoteric laboratories, technology is now a fundamental part of almost all creative conceptualisation, production, communication and distribution. But how well do people using these new technologies understand how they work and what effect have they had on individual and collective creativity?
We are now producing more information than any time in human history and much of that information is digital and almost instantly accessible. In this talk I will look at the new creative ecosystems of the 21st century and discuss how recent changes in technology will facilitate new forms of creativity between people, society and machines.
View the full program at: http://auc.edu.au/createworld/timetable/
For further details go to http://auc.edu.au/createworld/about/
Here’s the abstract for my talk:
The conference included a series of works running on the Cave 2, a high-resolution, immersive visualisation system recently installed at Monash, including a version of Fifty Sisters, some images below.
More images (click on the thumbnail to view):
A project I supervised by three undergraduate computer science students that uses the Leap Motion as a navigation and interaction device to explore social media networks in 3D.
Twitter uses form a graph structure through follower and following relationships, we visualised this using a force-directed graph layout algorithm in 3D. A number of gestures were devised in order to interact with the graph:
- pointing at a user to highlight, then grabbing to select them
- opening both hands quickly (like a reverse clap) to expand the selected user’s network
- bringing both open hands together quickly (like a clap) to collapse the selected user’s network
- moving a single hand up, down, left and right to rotate the graph around the currently selected user
- pulling back to zoom out, pushing in to zoom in
- a single fist clenched to stop all motion
A number of features were used to show relationships of the data visually:
- User’s picture is displayed with size logarithmically proportional to the number of followers for that person – this allows you to visually see how many followers a person has and to make comparisons
- Red arrow to show following relationships, purple to show follower relationships between users. Reciprocal following relationships thus appear as a red line with red arrows at both ends
- Width and colour of a follower relationship arrow logarithmically proportional to the number of “interactions” between users (interactions is defined as recent mentions & favourites between two users). This allows you to easily see who is a “fan” of someone they’re following and who are the biggest inter-actors within your network
- Zooming into a selected user displays information about them from their twitter account: location, information, number of followers, etc.
One of the biggest hurdles in developing the project was getting access to enough twitter data. At the beginning of the project, twitter changed their API to limit the rate at which you can access data. As a result we developed a seperate server and database to cache data and continuously download it at the maximum rate allowed by twitter.
All the code is open source, you can download the project from github: github.com/ecl3ctic/monash-leap-project
More details can be found in the project report.
- Keren Burshtein
- Tyson Jones
- Nicholas Smith
- Jon McCormack (supervisor)
Join an inspirational evening with Melbourne’s creative thinkers, designers and innovators from the digital media and arts community.
The evening is presented by independent design firm, ARUP and will focus on how digital media can change and engage public opinions and, at times, even behaviours.
|Date||Tuesday, 24 September|
|Venue||Deakin Edge at Federation Square|
|Time||6:00 – 8:00pm|
|RSVP||Tuesday, 10 September 2013 to email@example.com|
- Adrian Mills, Group Account Director – McCANN
- Greg More, Founder – OOM Creative
- Jon McCormack, CEMA, Monash University
- Artbox, Curators for the evening, presenting video and digital art.
More details on the Federation Square web site.