Contact/Sense at SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery 2019

In the innovative spirit that has come to define SIGGRAPH conferences, participants from around the world converged on Brisbane for the Association of Computing Machinery’s SIGGRAPH Asia Conference and Exhibition (17-20 November 2019). Along with my collaborator, sound designer Simon Howden, I had the fantastic opportunity of showcasing our ‘Contact/Sense’ prototype to a wide array of visitors from industry and academia, hailing from cultures as diverse as Brazil, Japan, America, Canada, Australia, India, China, U.K., Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, Hungary, Korea, Italy and France. Whew! As an exhibitor at the SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery, I was able to discuss my interactive media designs with a seemingly endless field of experts: it was an incredible growth experience for my research practice, and I was able to link up with many people far more advanced than I. Additionally, we had the opportunity of presenting an artist’s talk, as part of the gallery programme. Basically, it was an early career researcher’s ‘dream zone’ ( ironically also the theme of the conference ;-). Incorporating gestural interfaces, bio-electrical sensors, a headset, and a network of living plants, our ‘Contact/Sense’ artwork received it’s first major public outing, of many more to come.

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