[ISEA2011] Panel: Ian Gwilt – Mak­ing and Read­ing Ma­te­r­ial Data

Panel Statement

Panel: Travels Through Hyper-Liminality: Exploring the space where digital meets the real

This talk will ex­plore how the cre­ation of phys­i­cal arte­facts based on data ex­tracted from com­plex dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion sys­tems changes the way we read, in­ter­pret and re­spond to com­plex in­for­ma­tion. Through the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of sci­en­tific data col­lected on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ‘age and dex­ter­ity/strength’ the pro­ject dis­cussed in­ves­ti­gates how dif­fer­ent vi­sual trans­la­tions change our re­la­tion­ship and un­der­stand­ing of data. More­over, by recon­cep­tu­al­is­ing dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion into a phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment the re­search seeks to re­veal how stake­hold­ers read, per­ceive and re­spond to these dif­fer­ent man­i­fes­ta­tions.

  • Dr. Ian Gwilt is a Pro­fes­sor of De­sign at Sheffield Hal­lam Uni­ver­sity (UK) who has shown in­ter­ac­tive works at in­ter­na­tional new media events, gal­leries and ex­hi­bi­tions. He has a de­gree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion De­sign from Man­ches­ter Met­ro­pol­i­tan Uni­ver­sity, a Mas­ters in Mul­ti­me­dia, con­ferred jointly by the Uni­ver­sity of Balears, Spain and the Royal Col­lege of Art, Lon­don, and a Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales. He is a prac­ti­tioner in the de­sign of cre­ative in­ter­ac­tive media, with a broad un­der­stand­ing of dig­i­tal de­sign is­sues, which have been pub­lished in re­search pa­pers, pub­li­ca­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions of his own work. Cur­rent areas of re­search in­clude: vi­sual com­mu­ni­ca­tion and so­cial prac­tice; in­for­ma­tion vi­su­al­i­sa­tion/ma­te­ri­al­i­sa­tion; aug­mented arte­facts and lo­ca­tions; hy­brid cre­ative prac­tices such as de­sign for mu­seum in­ter­ac­tion; in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions and aug­mented re­al­ity for mo­bile de­vices. His prac­tice/the­sis PhD ex­am­ined how the com­puter-based graph­i­cal user in­ter­face can be seen as a cre­ative/cul­tural arte­fact.