‘Gut Feelings’ A SMARTlab Show & Tell with Dr Leslie Hill,25th June ’09.

Dr Leslie HillDr. Leslie Hill, Principle Research Fellow in Performance Technologies at SMARTlab, will speak on her current research project, ‘Gut Feelings’, undertaken in collaboration with Professor Qasim Aziz at the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology.

On an anecdotal level, ‘gut feelings’ are widely recognised as a significant phenomenon of human experience, but often undervalued in comparison to the rational or the cognitive. Biology offers a scientific explanation: the body’s one and only ‘second brain’ resides in the gut in the form of the enteric nervous system which responds autonomously to sensory perception and regulates body function on a millisecond-by-millisecond basis.  Recent international bestsellers, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (2007) and Gut Feelings by Gerd Gigerenzer (2007) give fascinating examples of how gut feelings, based on immediate sensory perceptions, guide humans to good decisions with greater frequency than decisions undertaken through ‘rational’ processes of mental deliberation.  Gut feelings, thus, provide a unique and direct window into the self and, Dr Leslie Hill proposes, by extension an excellent departure point for autobiographically informed creative work.

In this project, Hill explores how working with and from ‘gut feelings’ can be a rich seed bed for performance practice and performance pedagogy.  Through mapping the biological, instinctive, primal and sensory nature of gut feelings onto performance practice, the project interrogates the ephemeral nature of performance and the creative process using some of the empirical tools and biomarkers of science while honouring the principality of the sensory and the personal.

As part of the project Hill has devised a creative methodology for artists working across different mediums through these processes.  Hill has piloted this working method in 4 week-long intensive practical sessions in the UK, two in London, one in Bristol and one in Glasgow.  56 artists have taken part in the pilot.

Leslie Hill, a performer and filmmaker, is now in production on a new film work called ‘Gut Feelings’ with well-known British filmmaker Andrew Kötting (Galivant, This Filthy Earth, Offshore). She is also developing a live performance, ‘From the moment I saw you I knew I could love you’, devised in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company summer 09 which will premiere at Chelsea Theatre in London 31st October, 2009.  This research project is supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and Arts Council England.

In this informal cocktail setting, Hill will talk about her work with neurogastroenterologists at Barts, her work with artists on the pilot workshops and about the film and performance she is currently developing.

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Digital Art, Wearable Technology and Extra-Sensory Media – A SMARTlab Show & Tell Evening, Friday  March 2009

SMARTlab brought together leading designers, scholars and artists to explore artist-created non-verbal communications, sensory and visualisation based technologies that encourage creativity in new ways. Keynotes followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell.

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When: Friday March 20th, 2009

Where: MAGIC PLAYroom, SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, University of East London
Cost: Free! (pre-booking essential) RSVP: stany@smartlab.uk.com

Monday 16th February 2009, 3-8pm
This informal event brings together leading designers, scholars and artists to explore artist-created non-verbal communications, sensory, visualisation and performance based technologies that encourage creativity in new ways.

Dr Diana Domingues (Brazil), Sara Diamond (Canada), Elena Corchero (Scotland/Spain), Dr. Daria Dorosh (USA) and Camille Baker (Canada) will join Professor Lizbeth Goodman (SMARTlab/Futurelab) to present and discuss some of their highly progressive work. Keynotes will be followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with some of the SMARTfashion team who will demonstrate some work in progress. This is very informal and should be great fun!

The evening session will be preceded by a BBC R&D sponsored MINDtouch workshop in the afternoon, open to all and led by Camille Baker. Bring along your mobile phone to take part in a relaxing and meditative global art project which will help generate imagery towards a larger, mobile networked, performative and collaborative and non-linear montage!

WORKSHOP 3 – 6pm:

BBC MINDtouch workshop with Camille Baker: Mind Media & Mobile Sensory Experience
Sponsored by BBC R&D, MINDtouch is led by Camille Baker and explores the concepts and sensations of ‘liveness’ and ‘presence’ in uncovering new applications for mobile technologies and wearable devices. The research involves the use of biosensor devices, interacting with mobile phones as the main computing technology, while studying performers and other participants with the device, in order to understand which interactions and bodily sensations are meaningful and when they occur. Read More (PDF)>>

(Bring your own mobile phone to take part in this relaxing and meditative experience)

RSVP: stany@smartlab.uk.com


Keynotes by Dr Diana Domingues (University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil) and Sara Diamond (Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada), followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with Elena Corchero (of Distancelab, Scotland), Dr Daria Dorosh (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York) and the SMARTfashion team at UEL. Chaired by Professor Lizbeth Goodman.

Dr. Diana Domingues is an artist, professor, senior researcher and coordinator of the NTAV Laboratory New Technologies in Visual Arts – University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil. Diana is developing art/science collaborative practices, focusing on the biological and artificial systems potentials in order to create artistic projects. She explores interactive and immersive environments and complex living systems, caves, networked installations, augmented reality, multilocal and mobile connections.

Sara Diamond is President of the Ontario College of Art and Design and was the Founder and Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art the Banff New Media Institute. Sara has developed the CodeZebraOS conversation visualisation tool to serve as a bridge technology between online social interaction and live events, including the use of wearable technologies in performance, club experiences and fashion. She will discuss screen-based, wearable and multi-modal interaction projects inspired by CodeZebraOS as well as future research.

Keynotes will be followed by a wearable technology/fashion show & tell with established designer Elena Corchero, fashion design professor Daria Dorosh of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and current work in progress with the SMARTfashion team and MAGICbox. Read More>>

(Cheese and wine will be served)

RSVP: stany@smartlab.uk.com

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