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Practice-Based Research

Posted in CCS-blog, CCS-announcements on May 25th, 2007

A description of Practice-Based Research is now on the CCS web site.

Topics include:
Practice-Related Research
Practice and the Role of Research
Differences between Practice-Based and Practice-Led Research
CCS Doctoral Programmes
Historical Background
The PhD and Knowledge
Outline for a Practice Related Thesis
Advice to PhD Students
Questions and Answers
Definitions and Terms

Creativity & Cognition 2007 Tutorial

Posted in CCS-blog, CCS-announcements on February 20th, 2007

A proposal for a one day tutorial called ‘Understanding and Evaluating Creativity’ to be given at Creativity & Cognition 2007 was successful. Linda Candy and Zafer Bilda are joint presenters.

The aim of the tutorial is to provide the participants with an understanding of the significance of creativity for interaction design and to give guidance about the design and evaluation of systems with respect to their role in creativity support. Participants will also be provided with tools for analyzing and evaluating situations in which creative engagement and interaction may be taking place.

• Provide up to date knowledge about creativity from research and practice
• Provide an understanding of the significance of creativity for interaction design
• Provide guidance for the design and evaluation of creativity support tools
• Provide an overview of methods, tools and techniques for observing creative activities
• Describe a video based methodology for demystifying creative processes
• Engage participants in exercises for studying and analyzing creativity and creativity support

Creativity and Cognition 2007

Back to basics

Posted in CCS-blog on November 1st, 2006

Everytime I go to my blog I find it has reverted to plain old blue and white instead of my lovely shades of pink and red.

What is happening???????????

Now about to ‘correct’ it…again and again….

Changed back 6 feb 2007 hopefully for last time but no iis back to blue….

The Meaning of Meaning

Posted in CCS-blog on October 26th, 2006

Of new kinds of art works that are not readily accessible, people often say things like..but what does it mean? I liked this response:

“Meaning begins in the words, in the action, continues in your head and ends nowhere. There is no end to meaning. Meaning which is resolved, parcelled, labelled and ready for export is dead, impertinent - and meaningless.”

Harold Pinter, writer, author of The Birthday Party, in a letter to Peter Wood, its first director, 1958.


Posted in CCS-blog on October 21st, 2006

PLAY.orchestra is an interactive sound installation situated outside the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank of the Thames. 56 plastic cubes and 3 Hotspots are laid out on a full size orchestra stage, each cube containing a light and speaker.

It is a collaboration between Central St Martins, South Bank and the Philharmonia orchestra. Have a look here for details:PLAY.orchestra

I tried it while in London in September. It generated plenty of fun amongst the participants: somehow sitting down down on the cubes seemed to encourage communication.

The bluetooth interaction seemed not to be working- or maybe my phone was not picking it up. I have not had much luck with bluetooth in public installations e.g the Sydney Custom House installation recently.. has anyone had more success?

‘Thin Slicing’ or the ‘quick and dirty’ way to knowledge

Posted in CCS-blog on July 20th, 2006

‘Thin slicing’ is the ability of the mind to find patterns in situations based on very narrow slices of experience. It is why people can often make accurate judgements in very rapid timescales that are better, or at least as good as carefully researched results. Malcolm Gladwell gives some remarkable examples of how it works in ‘Blink’, the successor to ‘The Tipping Point’. The more I read, the more it makes me doubt the value of standard forms of research. He is not arguing that snap judgements are always better but that we should take more notice of them…

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking

And you thought the arts were just about culture…

Posted in CCS-blog on July 20th, 2006

The Wellcome Trust has funded research into the relationship between music and health which has found that there is emerging evidence that music can bring about physical changes to the body that can improve our health. According to Professor Paul Robertson, physician, researcher and musician:

“We are approaching the point where a doctor would legitimately be negligent not to actually recommend music as a therapeutic intervention.”

BBC Radio 4 Website

Is there an opportunity for interactive arts here?

How Mumbo Jumbo Assails Us

Posted in CCS-blog on May 31st, 2006

Francis Wheen makes a spirited defence of the Enlightenment explicitly and implicitly in his wonderful attack on the madness and hysteria of the new dark ages we are living through.

If you have not read “How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World” you should. Wheen covers everything from art to politics and Princess Diana in equally savage terms backed up by that bane of the fantasists- evidence! If it does not make you laugh you will certainly weep and you will learn a great deal in whatever frame of mind it induces.

In London this month, there are several exhibitions that counter the post- modernist fervour of the last 30 years and the television is full of the legacy of modernism. A small crumb of comfort in an otherwise irrational world.

Creativity Research and Practice-Based Research Presentation

Posted in CCS-blog on May 9th, 2006

Yesterday I gave a presentation called ‘Is Creativity Research Viable?’
to students and staff at the Key Centre for Design Computing and Cognition, University of Sydney

A basic assumption underlying this question is that it is far from simple to define creativity in any measurable way. Conventional research methods require well-controlled situations and this includes defining tasks in advance for subjects to carry out under close observation. However, the very idea of being creative under control may be a contradiction in terms or, at the very least, something the subjects would find too restrictive. The talk asks the question, “Is there an alternative approach?” If research is to provide understandings that take account of the complexity of creative acts, it needs to be conducted in context, preferably in naturalistic settings and involving activities that have intrinsic meaning for the people involved. This requires new approaches such as ‘practice-based research’, an emerging methodology that is becoming established in research programmes where the artefacts arising from the creative process are part of the contribution to knowledge.

PowerPoint slide presentation

New Constellations

Posted in CCS-blog on April 10th, 2006

A three day conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney attracted artists, scientists and others for an exchange of views and experiences about collaboration in creative ventures. Several weeks afterwards I am struggling to remember the highlights: plenty of words both fascinating and empty, the works that were shown, the start of a debate about what the different worlds of art and science can learn from one another, the artists already active in taking knowledge and techniques from science and technology into their creative scope.

Syren a mobile sound work that uses a GPS for associating sounds with locations on Sydney Harbour by Nigel Hellyer in collaboration with Daniel Woo a nice finale to the event.

The MCA did well and should be encouraged to engage more in this area