Rebecca Allen: Global Interfaces, Intimate Interfaces and the Interface between Art and Technology
Short bio: has worked with Kraftwerk, Twyla Tharp, Peter Gabriel, John Paul Jones, Mark Mothersbaugh, others. Formerly part of Liminal Devices Research Group, MIT Media Lab Europe (Dublin).
Active with the $100 laptop project. http://laptop.org/
early 3-D computer graphics (early 1980s)
"The Catherine Wheel" (w/Twyla Tharp) 1982
RA still has problems w/computer-generated human characters in general: why not use a human? In this case, portraying a saint, a not quite normal human, made computer modeling a reasonable decision.
"Musique Non Stop" collaboration with Kraftwerk, 1986 video.
"The Bush Soul" exploratory interactive game, collaboration with the Emergence Team, 1997-1999
How to bring the virtual world out into the physical world?
"The Brain Stripped Bare" dance project
Collaborate w/Osseus Labyrint - dance duo. Wanted to break down the barrier between performers on stage and audience in seats.
To do so, used 5 screens around the standing audience, 5 screens all projecting the dance performance. Sometimes the performers came into the space of the audience.
"Coexistence", collaboration with the Emergence Team, 2001
"Liminal's one of my favorite words"
mixed & simultaneous realities
mobile & wearable devices
body as interface
breath, muscle movement (EMG), fnger, brain signals (EEG), bone conductance
how to coexist in multiple realities simultaneously.
Think and Spell - P300-based brain-computer interface
cellphone-scannable graphics (not a bar code, sort of digital hieroglyph), common in Japan.
Liminal Identities (art piece)
using the body space of the wearer as an interface for portable devices
"the Nintendo Wii is going to point to some new interactions in movement"
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project