ISEA 23-30th. The International Symposia on Electronic Arts in Durban, South Africa presents:

“Eskin 4 the visually impaired”

There is little chance for visually impaired people to engage in a world of culture that is so visually dominant. The aim of “Eskin 4 the visually impaired” is to create a trans-disciplinary platform to enable visually impaired participants to become performers alongside their own pre-recorded audio content and local ecological stories. In a workshop prior to ISEA 2018, seven visually challenged participants from the Mason Lincoln Special School in Umlazi, Durban will work with two Durban dancers and the Swiss-based media art group AIL Productions, under the direction of Jill Scott. Together we will develop navigation potentials inspired by current research in AI, neuroscience, augmented reality and wearable computing. The role of the media art team is to visually interpret the individual stories and audio content for a sighted audience and to support the performers to be creative on a mediated stage. Here, technology is used as a platform for social engagement that will amplify the voices of this local community and empower them with new navigation and orientation skills. The workshop results will be shown in a final performance, where the audience is introduced to a unique experimental theater format.

AIL Productions, Switzerland: Jill Scott (concept and director), Marille Hahne ( audio-visual documents, lighting design), Andreas Schiffler (systems designer), Andrew Quinn (reatime visual design and programming) , Vanessa Barrera Giraldo ( electronics and audio engineering) and Valerie Bugmann (interactive sound design). Visually Challenged Participants from Durban:Mason Lincoln Special School in Umlazi, Durban, Nomkhosi Gumede, Nompumelelo ZIkhali, Nozipho Zungu, Balungile Thwala, Melusi Khumalo, Vusumuzi Khumalo and Sboniso Ngubane. Dancers from Durban: Lorin Sookool and Thobile Maphanga. Co-producers:Tyla Coppinger (ISEA), Bongeka Gumede (Mason Lincoln School). SPONSORED BY PRO HELVETIA- The Swiss Arts Council

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Lecture: Mediating Perception
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Thursday 29. March, 12.00 - 13.30
University Of Technology. Design Department. Sydney

Lecture Title: Art and Design meets Science: The Swiss Artists-in-labs Program 2002 - now
Since 2003, The Artistsinlabs Program has placed over 40 artists into many different Science Labs in the life sciences, physics, cognition, computing and engineering. In this presentation I will give an overview of this history, an outline of the methodology we had to invent and an idea of how to facilitate this exchange for other people who might be interested to set up similar programs in their own institutions. Within this program my colleague Irène Hediger and I have facilitated international residencies for artists, exhibitions, concerts and publications, research projects and Art/Sci/Culture exchanges. The program and its methodologies have evolved through various stages and the funding sources have changed alongside the growth of art and science into a new discipline. I will also address this new discipline from the perspective of an artist and designer who works at the intersection of neuroscience, art and ecology.

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