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Call: Nothing Left to the Imagination?

NOTHING LEFT TO THE IMAGINATION?
Sheffield Hallam University, England
21-24 June 2011

Call for Papers

The Department of Media Arts and Communication is hosting a cross-disciplinary conference which considers the implications for viewing, spectatorship and participation arising from recent technological developments in image production; developments which have the capacity to increase detail, precision and fidelity.

Nothing Left to the Imagination? encourages participants to explore the ways in which the tendency towards the production of immaculate image quality impacts on the experience of visual media. Does heightened visual experience enhance, compete, or co-exist, with the potential for cognitive pleasure, immersion and interactivity? The conference invites consideration of the possible tension between these two experiential qualities, in the context of current practice and recent technological development across a range of visual media. We also invite contributions that consider the pedagogic implications of such developments.… read more. “Call: Nothing Left to the Imagination?”

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Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku takes the stage — as a 3-D hologram

[From The Los Angeles Times Technology blog]

Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku takes the stage — as a 3-D hologram

November 10, 2010

Pop princess Hatsune Miku is storming the music scene.

With her long cerulean pigtails and her part-schoolgirl, part-spy outfit, she’s easy on the eyes. Yes, her voice sounds like it might have gone through a little –- OK, a lot –- of studio magic. Legions of screaming fans and the requisite fan sites? She’s got ’em.

And, like many of her hot young singer peers, Miku is extremely, proudly fake. Like, 3-D hologram fake.… read more. “Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku takes the stage — as a 3-D hologram”

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Call: 8th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (C&C 2011)

8th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (C&C 2011)
and related art program, tutorials, workshops, and graduate student symposium

3-6 November 2011
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

http://dilab.gatech.edu/ccc/index.html

Submission deadline (for all kinds of submissions): March 25, 2011.

We welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners, from artists and scientists, from designers, educators and decision makers. … read more. “Call: 8th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (C&C 2011)”

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Virtual flight on a robotic arm

[From the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics; the original story includes additional images and a 3:51 minute video]

[Image: Five metres above the ground, Andreas Knoblach from the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics starts a virtual flight in the Robot Motion Simulator. The 10-metre-long track along which the robotic arm moves permits larger manoeuvres. The ‘pilot’ communicates with the team on the ground via radio and a camera. During the virtual flight he experiences the same forces as would affect his body during an actual flight.]

Virtual flight on a robotic arm

2 November 2010
By Manuela Braun

Only Andreas Knoblach’s legs hang out from under the cover of the ‘cockpit’. They are dangling in five metres above the ground while the enormous robotic arm slowly swivels the virtual-reality ‘capsule’ and its occupant and moves along a track in front of a large screen.… read more. “Virtual flight on a robotic arm”

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Call: Visual Research as a Collaborative and Participatory Practice at International Visual Sociology Assocation 2011

International Visual Sociology Association
IVSA 2011

The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, July 6-8

Visual Research as a Collaborative and Participatory Practice is the theme of the 2011 IVSA Conference. Considering visual research as collaborative and participatory suggests new ways of working together, and offers opportunities to think produc­tively about alternative inquiry practices, analytical frames, and dissemination possibilities. The theme draws attention to the complex, contradictory, and constantly negotiated networks of relations that constitutes visual research, and it offers an opportunity to reengage with sensation, memory, and perception in visual research inquiries and dissemination practices.… read more. “Call: Visual Research as a Collaborative and Participatory Practice at International Visual Sociology Assocation 2011”

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The Immersive Technology Summit – A review

[From Telepresence Options]

The Immersive Technology Summit – A Review

November 10, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

Two weeks ago I spoke at the Immersive Technology Summit in Los Angeles, an event put together by the non-profit ImTech, which is supporting the development and adoption of immersive technologies.  The one-day summit, emceed by Ken Rutowski of KenRadio,  drew hundreds of participants from around the world with tens of thousands more watching the live streams.  The summit took place at Los Angeles Center Studios in the heart of Hollywood and created a hot tub atmosphere that brought together luminaries from technology and the arts to discuss, debate, and promote how immersive technologies from telepresence to augmented reality would shape entertainment, communications, and media in the coming years, On the same day I addressed the SYNNEX FOCUS conference in San Francisco via a DVE Telepresence Podium and got to “Punch Bob”. … read more. “The Immersive Technology Summit – A review”

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Call: SLACTIONS 2010

SLACTIONS 2010
MBS SL ISLAND 18TH AND 19TH NOVEMBER 2010

http://www.slactions.org/slactions.php

OVERVIEW AND REGISTRATION

SLACTIONS 10 builds on the successful conference in 2009 and will use the same hybrid format. It will take place concurrently on the virtual MBS SL Island, and at physical Local Chapters in several countries. All paper presentations and plenary sessions by guest speakers will be held on-line in the Second Life virtual world, but also projected locally for participants that attend the physical Local Chapters.

Registration for the inworld and local Chapters is now available from the website.  See below for list of papers.… read more. “Call: SLACTIONS 2010”

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Whatever happened to … virtual reality?

[From the MIT Technology Review blog Mim’s Bits, which contains an additional image and reader comments]

[Image: Google Trend shows the steady decline in searches for “Virtual Reality”]

Whatever Happened to … Virtual Reality?

Remember the movie Lawnmower Man? Here’s why we’re not even close.

Christopher Mims 10/22/2010

The early 90’s were awesome. Bill Watterson was still drawing Calvin and Hobbes, the tattered remnants of the Cold War were falling down around our ears, and most of Wall Street was convinced the Macintosh was a computer for effete graphic designers and Apple was more or less on its way out.

Into this time of innocence came a radical vision of the future, epitomized by the movie Lawnmower Man. It was a future in which Hollywood starlets had virtual intercourse with developmentally challenged computer geeks in Tron-style bodysuits and everything looked like it was rendered by a Commodore Amiga.… read more. “Whatever happened to … virtual reality?”

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Call: Eighth European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2010)

Eighth European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2010)
Paris, France, 16th-17th December 2010

http://www.lipade.fr/eumas10/

OVERVIEW AND REGISTRATION

Agent technology has had an expanding impact and depth over the past two decades and more, influencing and being influenced by other disciplines while making a distinct research contribution with novel solutions to industrial problems.  This workshop is a European forum at which researchers, and those interested in activities relating to research, in the area of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems can meet, present (potentially preliminary) research results, problems, and issues in an open and informal but academic environment.… read more. “Call: Eighth European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2010)”

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Creating a digital clone so your descendants can interact with you

[From PC World; more information is in a news story here; the Intellitar web site is here]

Digital Afterlife Beckons From Cloud-based Service

By Stephen Lawson, IDG News

People who die in Hollywood movies often find themselves floating around on a cloud as angels. Now a startup in Huntsville, Alabama, will let you go to a different kind of cloud after you die: the computing kind.

The two-year-old company, called Intellitar, lets people create intelligent avatars or “intellitars” of themselves now, so they can spend time with their ancestors forever. The avatars are designed to look and talk like their creators, who stock their virtual selves with information to pass on to future generations through virtual conversations.… read more. “Creating a digital clone so your descendants can interact with you”

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