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Colloquium - Wilde

Swing That Thing: Moving to Move Pairing Technology with the Body to Poeticise Experience
Monash University
1/21/2010
3:30pm-4:30pm

Wilde will present her research outcomes to date, including a range of projects for performance and play, and a series of non-augmented devices that explore how we might conceive of and develop technologies that we can't yet imagine.

The praxis represents a systematic examination of extension through a range of technologies -- light, simple and complex sound, mechanical extension, vibro-tactile feedback, and 2D graphic output. Additionally, the OWL project extends the body with soft prosthetics to bring our attention to our embodied-ness to remind us of an inner state and encourage magical thinking. OWL was conceived of as a lens through which to reexamine the other praxis outcomes. Inspired by Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law of Technology Prediction: that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, the project turns the design process on its head. The resulting forms have emerged from an investigation of the body. Their functionality is being determined through use. The aim is to ascertain if this is an appropriate approach to encourage and support magical thinking, and discover if people will imagine through their bodies in movement, re-imagine the world and thus help designers conceive and develop technologies that don't yet exist.

Danielle Wilde has an MA in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in London, and is currently completing a practice-based PhD at Monash University, Melbourne, in the Department of Fine Art, and at the Australian Government's research organisation, the CSIRO, in the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. She is investigating how we might extend our poetic and expressive potential by extending the body -- gesturally, mechanically and sensorially -- with body-worn technologies.

Wilde's practice blurs boundaries between a number of disciplines, notably performance, fine art, critical (technology) and interaction design. During her PhD she has been Visiting Research Fellow in the Pervasive Interaction Lab, in the Department of Maths and Computing at the Open University, UK; Visiting Research Fellow (Wearable Technologies and Technical Textiles) at Nottingham Trent University, UK; and Visiting Artist at STEIM, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam. She was recently awarded a Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award to take up a position as Visiting Scholar at Tokyo University, in 2010, to extend her work on the Light Arrays. Danielle has been working with interactive technologies on the body for over 12 years. She publishes extensively and exhibits and performs her work internationally on a regular basis.

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