The SMARTlab Show & Tell Seminar Christmas Finale for 2009!


Thursday 10th December 2009;

6.00pm – 7.30pm (Last entry at 6pm)

Presentation followed by networking. Refreshments will be served.

This seminar looks briefly at some of the changes in gaming over recent years. Specifically, it examines the ways that female players have been regarded; often as an eccentric minority, however this representation is not only inaccurate, but one which companies are actively trying to change….


SMARTlab Show & Tell seminars 2009-10: Visit Show &Tell page>>

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On Friday, the 4th of December, during the conference, ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN, Prof Lizbeth Goodman, will be delivering a keynote speech as part of the Plenary Session on the topic: “Hindsight, Insight, Forseight, Oversight…:A Call for Learning Futures”. Her talk will focus on 21st Century Learning for All: Innovative Tools and Methods in Practice-Based Education for People of All Ages and Abilities.

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN, the 15th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training, will be taking place from the 2-4 December 2009 in Berlin, Germany, representing the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate and public service sectors in education and training. Under the motto of “Innovate, Share, Succeed“, around 2200 participants from over 90 countries will discuss the latest developments in e-learning, including next generation learning strategies, contemporary virtual learning, mobile learning, new e-learning business models and open source developments. Additionally, trends such as Docu Games, Web 3.0 and affective computing, as well as storytelling will be addressed. Numerous workshops, seminars, debates and demonstrations will take place together with new interactive formats, such as the “Computer Lab“, which encourage intensive participant involvement.

For more information, please check:

* The presentation of Lizbeth Goodman is available in full in this link.

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Interested in the origins of life on Earth?

Ever heard a tree talk?

It’s the October ’09 PHD Seminar and yet another intense week and a half of presentations, tutorials, workshops, seminars,  fun and frolicks have begun!

We are opening up the lab to the public on three evenings this semester, with the following exciting external speakers exploring the following topics:

ORFI-MFF-05SUNDAY, 18th Oct – 5.30-6pm

Wine & Cheese Evening:

ORFI performance/showcase: Exploring collaborative music creation between people with dissabilities, their family and carers


WEDNESDAY 21 October – 6.15-7.30pm

Wine & Cheese Evening:

Bruce Damer: The EvoGrid: Simulating An Origin of Life and Providing a Technological Pathway for the Future of Life

Free – Book a ticket via:

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THURSDAY 22 October- 6-7:30pm

Wine & Cheese Evening:

Alex Metcalf: RCA graduate/sound environment artist

Free – Book a ticket via:

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Announcing the second in TASTY! Diners Club talks – Bread Hacking, Social Baking

Where: Deptford Deli, 4 Tanners Hill Deptford SE8.

When: Thursday 15th October  2009. 7pm

£1.50 gets you a tea or coffee, a cake and the talk.
Capacity is limited so get there early.

Is there anything better than waking up to fresh bread baked by yourself? What about fresh bread baked by yourself using local leaven / yeasts?

Share Guilherme Zühlke O´Connor’s thoughts and techniques on bread making, hacking culture and the love of creating, sharing and adapting.

Hear how to make bread, share your recipes (and, or your code) and learn more about hacking as an activist model. Hacking for hackers and non hackers alike beyond the realm of computer programming.

Geeks and Non Geeks more than welcome!

TASTY! talks aims to bring people together to share coffee, cakes ideas and knowledge. The talks will bring in speakers concerned with issues of Art, Sustainability and Technology. Future talks include Urban Bee-Keeping and Greening the Internet.

If you have a talk you would like to propose or have any questions please contact Anita McKeown:

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As part of our new programme of seminars planned from September 2009, SMARTlab invites you to our September seminar here in the MAGIC PLAYroom:

deveril ‘Video making as a learning tool – towards simplification and accessibility’

With Dr Deveril

Tuesday 29th September ’09

6 – 7.30pm

All Welcome! (Refreshments will be served)

Book via: T: 020 72237823 /E: /W:

Forthcoming seminars can be viewed atShow & Tell Seminars and booked via: eventbrite_new

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Gut Feelings Seminar with Dr Leslie Hill, June '09

Following our recent successful Show & Tell seminars this year:

Digital Art, Wearable Technology and Extra-Sensory Media in March, and

Gut Feelings’- A SMARTlab Cocktail Seminar with Dr Leslie Hillthis June,

SMARTlab will be hosting regular sessions with our research team and affiliates at the lab here in London Docklands from September ’09.

These seminars will highlight the extensive research we do on and off-site within the creative industries, and the community engagement projects we are developing.

Dates will be announced in September ’09. Expect to see seminars on subjects such as ‘Gender in online worlds’ (why boys play girls, why female avatars are so popular, how the industry is changing towards the female player) or ‘Bad’ players and bed behaviour in online worlds’.

To book future SMARTlab Show & Tell seminars please visit: (Available dates from September ’09)

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ISEAThe Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) is hosting it’s 15th symposium fostering “interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and emerging technologies.”

This year’s programme of events includes a number of contributions from SMARtlabbers as follows:

Wednesday, 26 August Thematic Sessions:
15.00 with Camille Baker – MindTouch: Biosensor-Mobile Media Performance Practices

Thursday, 27 August Thematic Sessions:
Posthumanism III:
11.00 with Denise Doyle – The Post-human Imaginary and the Body of the Avatar

Posthumanism IV:
11.30 with Dr Rachel Armstrong – Human, Robot, Alien: The Universal Succession and Transformation of Terrestrial Life

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Panel:  Dialogic Exchanges for Virtual Curation, convened by Dew Harrison.
11.00 Lizbeth Goodman – Responsibility of and in Virtual Worlds
15.00 Denise Doyle – Curating Kritical Works in Second Life

Panel: Processpatching, convened by Anne Nigten
11.30 Sher Doruff – Research through Cut-Up

Download the ISEA2009 programme here
Visit the ISEA Website here

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SMARTlab will be participating in the University College London 2009 3D Colour Laser Scanning conference and AHeSSC/JISC workshop, this 3rd and 4th of September ’09.

The Life cycle of a digital object workshops will provide hands-on experience, from laser scanning to visualization and 3D printing and is aimed at anyone (particularly conservators, curators and educators) interested in user engagement and 3D objects.


Prof. Lizbeth Goodman will give a keynote speech at the conference on the 4th September.

Workshops with:

Përparim RamaArchitectural Systems: Generating, Optimising and Analysing, Architectural and Urban Developments (Download PDF).  Rama is an MA/PhD supervisor at SMARTlab, in the area of 3D Generative Architecture  and  SMARTbuilding design.

Toby BorlandMAGICbox rapid prototyping and RepRap demo. Toby  is MAGICbox Manager and Researcher. He will present the machines used within the MAGICbox prototyping lab and the outcomes of SMARTlab’s research into Accessible Technology, Personal and Community Fabrication. Toby will demonstrate his rendition of the RepRap (Originally conceived by Dr. Adrian Bowyer of Bath University): a self replicating rapid prototyping machine that has been built in-house at SMARTlab to make copies of itself using a laser cutter. The RepRap machine provides an excellent example of open source, user-led manufacturing.

Places are FREE but limited.

To register, please reply with your contact information (email, phone number) to


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tasty!SMARTlab PhD student Anita McKeown has produced a new series of ‘TASTY! Live’ which commenced this summer, with a sell-out Diners Club – a series of performance dining experiences set in cafés and restaurants in the London Deptford area.

Visit the TASTY! Live website where you’ll find a feast of performances suitable for all tastes! Tasty Diners Club audience numbers are deliberately small, with a capacity between 15 to 20, depending on the venue. Ticket prices include dinner and tickets are selling out so book now to avoid disappointment!

The overall project includes dinner/performance events, coffee mornings with guest speakers workshops and a series of useful resources.

If you missed out on the events this summer there are three more coming up with six artists, with TASTY’s new residency at The Albany during September 2009.

For a full programme and to book visit:

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PhD Week

The SMARTlab tri-annual PhD Seminar is upon us yet again with students visiting from all corners of the globe.

We welcome external guest speakers to the lab this July including:

Sunday 19th July 2009, 6-7pm.

Verity Slater: Visual Arts Officer for Media Arts at the Arts Council England, South East

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Verity Slater leads on the development of digital engagement with the arts in the South East region and works closely with a portfolio of artists, researchers and creative organisations across the UK. She previously managed the transdisciplinary programme ‘Sciart’ for the Wellcome Trust. She advises on a number of projects including ‘3G’  – an international development project based at the University of Sussex – sharing women’s experiences across four developing countries using mobile and distributed media platforms. She is an associate reviewer for the Wellcome Trust and a panel member on various programmes including the Helen Chadwick and Oxford Melbourne International Fellowships and Real World film commissioning initiative. She has contributed to various publications on arts / science practice and research, including “Expanding the Lab” for Axis (2007) and “Talking Back to Science: Art, Science and the Personal” for the Wellcome Trust (2005).

Verity will give a short informal talk about her experience of supporting collaborative, transdisciplinary projects through the lens of public and private funding infrastructures in the UK.

Wine & Snacks in the SMARTlab MAGIC PLAYroom

Thursday 23rd July 2009, 5.45– 7.15pm.

Prof. Bo Reimer: Director of Medea Collaborative Media Initiative, Malmö University, Sweden .

Bo ReimerMEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative is a ten year initiative at Malmö University, focusing on new media and co-production. The idea is to experiment with new forms of representations of knowledge and with new models of innovation, within the field of new media. The work is practice-based and carried out in the form of co-production with actors outside academia – companies, organizations, artists, citizens etc. A special focus is put on the development of new creative practices and on new public spheres.

In this short presentation, Prof. Reimer will give examples of the work carried out at MEDEA. He will also discuss the challenges associated with collaborative, practice based work.

Kris Smith: The University of Newcastle, Australia

KrisSmithPortraitKris Smith is primarily researching art and health synergies with a focus on digital methods for self expression. His background is in digital photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. He is currently lecturing in digital photomedia, and is co-ordinator of this discipline within the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Whilst in the UK, Smith will be involved in a number of activities related to an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant that is exploring the impact of cancer on identity and the transition from adolescence to adulthood. His part in this project is to enable the utilization of digital imaging technology for self expression and the exchange of ideas, with a primary outcome being a digital media self portrait exhibition that provides a focus for the translation and dissemination of the research resulting from the activities of the other (primarily medical) team members.

Kris will be giving a short talk on ‘Combining art and health research models to examine how cancer influences the transition from adolescence to adulthood’.

Wine & Cheese in the SMARTlab MAGIC PLAYroom

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For more information on the PhD visit:

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