TESLA Event: How to think about Art and Design in the Age of Consciousness Research

By Claire S Ross, on 20 April 2010

Dr Brigitta Zics, artist, media philosopher and interaction designer::
How to think about Art and Design in the Age of Consciousness Research

Speaker: Dr Brigitta Zics
UCL Contact: Gordana Novakovic (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Thursday, 29 April, 18:00 – 19:00
University College London
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Garwood Lecture Theatre, South Wing

This presentation provides an overview of the critical thinking in some creative practices through the study of consciousness. It argues that technology has brought such qualities and capacities to aesthetical production and meaning creation which might only be extractable through the understanding of the human factor in these experiences. The presentation proceeds from the assumption that philosophical accounts of consciousness and recent multidisciplinary approaches to cognition have provided valuable perspectives in the understanding of human aspects in the man-computer interrelationship and will develop this position in order to understand consciousness research as an aesthetic inquiry.

To illustrate this, the model of Transparent Act will be introduced as a paradigm that detaches itself from previous aesthetic models and argues for a novel philosophical conceptualisation of technology mediated creation. A consequence of such an approach is to bring design and artistic strategies to the same platform and, as it is will be argued, introduces a radical approach to creative production. As a practical example the resentation will introduce a discussion of the large scale interactive installation of Mind Cupola which aims to apply the approaches represent in Transparent Act and suggest new ways of meaning production through biofeedback interface.

Brigitta Zics is an award winning artist, media philosopher and interaction designer with particular interest in emerging technologies and their impact on creative practices.  find out more.

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