Workshops offer an informal environment for attendees with common interests and diverse perspectives to engage in rich discussions around works in progress or new areas of research and practice. Workshops can relate to, but are not limited to, the topics of the conference, and are a good opportunity to explore a specialised interest or interdisciplinary topic with greater time for in depth discourse, debate and collaboration. Admission to workshops and tutorials will be charged separately from the main conference.

Workshops will be held on Monday, June 17th, the day before the conference begins. Details are given below.

Hacking the Body: Workshop on Crafting Performance & Digital Art with Electronic Devices

Time: Full Day (9am-5pm), Monday, 17th June
Location: Interactivation Studio, UTS Building 6 (a short walk from the conference venue; see ‘CB06′ on map)
Presenters: Camille Baker, Brunel University Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK; and Kate Sicchio, Lincoln University, Lincoln, UK.

This is a introductory tutorial course – slots are limited. Workshop registration includes all electronics and conductive materials: co-sponsored by Yahoo! Labs and the University of Technology Sydney.

Hacking the Body is a project about biosensors, wearable technology and performance. This research explores using the concept of hacking data to re-purpose and re-imagine biofeedback from the body. It investigates understandings of states of the body and hacking them to make new artworks such as performance, installation and visual artefacts. In this tutorial participants will be introduced to the basics of soft circuitry, some basic electronics, Arduino software, programming, and reading a sensor. At the end of the day they will have a functioning interactive sensor, which they can sew onto a garment, bag, etc, as well as proposed ways of interaction with these sensors.

Beautiful Dance Moves: Mapping Movement, Technology & Computation

Time: Full Day, Monday 17th June
Location: UTS Building 10, Level 7 (at main conference venue: ‘CB10′ on map)
Presenters: Thecla Schiphorst, School of Interactive Arts & Technology, Simon Fraser University Surrey, BC; Renata Sheppard, Henry Luce Scholar, Taipei National University of the Arts Taipei; Lian Loke, Design Lab, University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW; Chyi-Cheng Lin, Performing Technology Lab Taipei National University of the Arts.

The Beautiful Dance Moves Creativity & Cognition 2013 workshop explores emerging methods for mapping movement, technology and computation. We invite participants interested in exploring how movement experience can contribute to computational knowledge of movement representation. The title Beautiful Dance Moves references the challenge of representing embodied movement knowledge within computational models, yet it also celebrates the inherent expression available within movement as a language. While human movement itself focuses on bodily experience, developing computational models for movement requires abstraction and representation of lived embodied cognition. Selecting appropriate mappings between movement and its rich personal and cultural meanings remains a challenge in movement interaction research. Many fields, including Interaction Design, HCI, Education and Machine Learning have been inspired by recent developments within Neuroscience validating the primacy of movement in cognitive development and human intelligence. This has spawned a growing interest in experiential principles of movement awareness and mindfulness, while simultaneously fueling the need for developing computational models that can describe movement intelligence with greater rigour. This workshop seeks to explore an equal and richly nuanced epistemological partnership between movement experience and movement cognitive and computational representation.