A few weeks ago G.Hack team Katja Knecht (MAT), Laurel Pardue (C4DM), Patricia Carlota (Drama) and Nela Brown (CogSci) flew over to Marseille for the CMMR2013 conference to exhibit our interactive installation Light Touch.
Over the past 3 years, G.Hackers have been involved in many public engagement activities, but this one was special for 2 reasons:
- For the very first time we conducted a pilot research study around the audience interaction with Light Touch (to inform the next iteration of the installation to be exhibited in 2014)
- We secured the funding for ALL FOUR authors of the installation to travel to Marseille, attend the conference talks and concerts and network with the conference attendees !
For Patricia (who recently submitted her MA thesis) this was the first experience of attending an academic conference (and got her thinking about the way forward academically as well as artistically). For the rest of us, it was the first ‘research in the wild’ experience with G.Hack installation at an international conference (and hopefully one of many more to come!)
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the following QMUL / EECS people who helped make it all happen: Mike Watkinson, Lucie Dubinik, Andrew McPherson, Mark Sandler, Richard Kelly, Geetha Bommireddy, Chris Harte, Henrik Ekeus, Fiore Martin, Ben Bengler, Bogdan Vera, Holger Kirchhoff, Sharon Cording and Laura King.
A SPECIAL MERCI BEAUCOUP goes out to the wonderful CMMR2013 organisers from CNRS-LMA who bent all sorts of rules to get us all there: Richard Kronland-Martinet, Charles Gondre, Gaëtan Parseihian, Olivier Derrien, Alain Rimeymeille and the many other CNRS-LMA staff who really looked after us during the conference, including the cafeteria ladies who kept us going by giving us free coins to use in the coffee machine (a proper espresso after lunch makes all the difference !)
A SUPER SPECIAL HOLA goes out to the amazing G.Hack troops: Katja, Laurel and Patricia who made this conference ‘road trip’ absolutely unforgettable !
Go G.Hack !!!
G.Hack CMMR2013 team: Katja Knecht, Laurel Pardue, Nela Brown & Patricia Carlota
more photos coming soon …