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15 June 2004

Changing Reality

Global networks, virtual environments, artificial life, biological and embedded sensors are all examples of technologies that have blurred the boundaries between physical reality and virtual reality. With advances in mobile, wearable technology there will be increasing opportunities to engage in the physical world while coexisting in other times and places.
Can we design simultaneous realities that allow us to see and sense more than the world in front of us in ways that will enhance rather than overwhelm? And can we design new interface paradigms that allow us to seamlessly interact between these worlds in a way that is natural and body centric?

Watch the video recordings of the presentations from OPEN_HOUSE 013.

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08.15 - 09.00 Registration
09.15 - 09.30 Welcome Address
Simon Jones, Managing Director, Media Lab Europe
09.30 - 10.00 Keynote 1
Matt Adams, Blast Theory
"Uncle Roy All Around You"
10.00 - 10.30 Keynote 2
Rebecca Allen, Principal Research Scientist, Media Lab Europe
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.25 Joe Paradiso, Co-Director, Things That Think, MIT Media Lab
11.25 - 12.40 Media Lab Europe research group introductions
12.40 - 12.50 Closing Comments
12.50 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.30 Open House

Attendance at OPEN_HOUSE events is strictly by invitation only.

Profile: Matt Adams
Co-Founder, Blast Theory
Matt Adams has worked as a professional artist for 13 years making performances, installations, short films and interactive artworks. He co-founded Blast Theory in 1991, a group renowned for its multidisciplinary approach pioneering the use of new technologies within performance contexts. The group has used interactive pressure pad systems triggered by audience members, video and audio streaming, and more recently, the convergence of collaborative virtual environments and mobile devices.
Since 1997, the group has collaborated with the Mixed Reality Laboratory at the University of Nottingham, creating the technologically groundbreaking interactive installation Desert Rain, followed by Can You See Me Now? Both projects have been nominated for Interactive Arts BAFTA Awards. Can You See Me Now? won the Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Prix Ars Electronica 2003. More recently Uncle Roy All Around You in London and I Like Frank in Adelaide have broken new ground as complex mixed reality projects combining game play and narrative using GPRS and 3G.
Since 2000, Blast Theory has developed cross platform works for BBC Fictionlab, Channel 4 and, more recently, with BBC Interactive.
Matt has participated in conferences such as Hot Docs documentary film festival in Toronto; Banff Television Conference; Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre; The Future of War: Aesthetics, Politics, Technologies in New York; Dutch Electronic Art Festival in Rotterdam; dLux Media Arts festival in Sydney.
He has been a consultant for a variety of commercial and cultural organisations such as Pulse in London; adera+ in Stockholm; the Architecture Foundation, AudioRom and the Royal Opera House in London. He has also co-authored a number of papers with colleagues at the University of Nottingham including 'Orchestrating A Mixed Reality Performance' which was presented at the Computer Human Interface (CHI) conference in Seattle in 2001. He is currently an Associate Researcher at DAMPF Labs, a collaboration between tanz performance köln, the Ars Electronica Futurelab Linz, V2_Lab Rotterdam and the Animax Multimedia Theater Bonn.

Uncle Roy All Around You

Matt Adams of London based artists group Blast Theory will discuss recent works combining games, mobile devices and online worlds including Can You See Me Now?, winner of the Prix Ars Electronica for Interactive Art 2003 and Uncle Roy All Around You.