Thursday 13 November 2008 / 12 noon - 5 pm
Horizon Scotland / Forres, Scotland Free of charge
Interested in what's going on at Distance Lab? At our "Open Studio"
events we show you how we're pushing the limits of technology and
design to overcome the disadvantages of distance. We also expose you
to some of the most innovative research ideas and personalities from
other parts of the world.
The theme of this event is Slow Technology, an extension of
notions from the "slow food" movement into the design of new
technologies. Instead of speed and efficiency, slow technology
emphasises the quality, locality, and humanity of the total
Distance Lab researchers Costas Bissas and Tomoko
Hayashi will describe our ongoing endeavors in the realm of "slow
technology", including Neuromantic, a project that aims to
encourage rural modern life through the use of new technologies
without altering the authenticity of the environment, local uniqueness
Special guest speaker:
Glorianna Davenport MIT Media Laboratory
Glorianna Davenport is head of the Media Fabrics (formerly
Interactive Cinema) group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) Media Lab. Trained as a
documentary filmmaker, Glorianna has achieved international
recognition for her work in new media forms. Her research explores
fundamental issues related to the collaborative co-construction of
digital media experiences, where the task of narration is split among
authors, consumers, and computer mediators.
In her talk, Glorianna will frame her work within the "slow" theme.
Time is central to our experience of life and to the concept of story;
time is required to experience ones own story, to author story, and to
experience the stories of others. Today the agility of computer
networks and their associated technologies allow a new class of story:
slow stories. For instance, a story of a character - be it a glacier,
a day in the life of a salt marsh, or a human being maturing through a
complex web of circumstance - can be developed for slow release, in a
time coordinated with story development.
A light lunch and presentations will be followed by open studio time
during which you can visit our lab space, check out our equipment,
talk to our researchers, and see our latest project demonstrations.