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> ------- Forwarded Message
> An Artists' Lecture not to be missed by computer scientists, 
designers and 
> artists working in pervasive computing, augmented reality and 
> installations and performance !!!!
> School of Art lecture series
> David Rokeby
> October 30 , Thursday 5:00 p.m.
> McConomy Auditorium, University Center
> David Rokeby has won acclaim in both artistic and technical fields 
for his 
> new media artworks. A pioneer in interactive art and an acknowledged 
> innovator in interactive technologies, Rokeby has achieved 
> recognition as an artist and seen the technologies which he develops 
> his work given unique applications by a broad range of arts 
> and medical scientists.
> The Toronto artist, who was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario in 1960 and 
> studied at the Ontario College of Art, uses technology to reflect on 
> issues. Rokeby's best known work, Very Nervous System (1986-90) 
> at the Venice Biennale in 1996, won the first Petro-Canada Award for 
> Arts (1988) and is permanently installed in several museums around 
> world. The work uses video cameras, computers, and synthesizers to 
> an interactive space in which body movements are translated into 
music. The 
> technology Rokeby developed for this work is widely used by 
> choreographers, musicians, and artists. It is also used in music 
> applications and is currently being tested as an activity enabler for 
> victims of Parkinson's Disease.
> Several of his works have addressed issues of digital surveillance. 
> and Measured (2000) was awarded the first BAFTA award for interactive 
> from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Guardian Angel 
> received the award for best installation at the Images Festival in 
> Other works engage in a critical examination of the differences 
> human and artificial intelligence. The Giver of Names (1991-) and 
> (2001) are artificial subjective entities, provoked by objects or 
> words in their immediate environment to formulate sentences and speak 
> aloud.
> Rokeby has twice been honored with Austria's Prix Ars Electronica 
Award of 
> Distinction (1991 and 1997). He has been an invited speaker at events 
> around the world, and has published two papers that are required 
reading in 
> the new media arts faculties of many universities. He recently 
received a 
> Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.