The Public Space as Interface Between Technology and Community Interaction
This 30 minute visual/written presentation will discuss the dynamics of interdisciplinary collaborations between engineers and artists, and the benefits of such projects to activate and build communities around important social/political issues using technology as a tool. TRLabs is an ICT research consortium with Industry and the University of Regina. It consists of professors and students in engineering, and computer science. For the last 2 ½ years Ms. Morgan has been creating public art in collaboration with Mr. Gelowitz and other researchers and students associated with the lab. This presentation would discuss the success and implications of two of these projects, Data Spaced and Time Transit. Time Transit is created in partnership with the Regina Transit Authority. It addresses issues around sustainable transportation as well as the impact of technology on our perceptions of time, space, and communication. For more information on the project please visit the project website at www.timetransit.com. The other project Data S p a c e d addresses issues of surveillance, the movement of information, and the blurred boundaries between the virtual/real, and private/public space. Both projects use the technology of mobile agent research. These types of projects are innovative and important for communities, research, and culture. They are collaborative, interdisciplinary and dynamic. They take research out of the laboratory and into the public sphere to address critical contemporary issues in an accessible manner.
Keywords: Collaborative Creative Communities, Interdisciplinary Knowledge
Kim C. S. Morgan
Artist-in-Residence, Sessional Instructor
Craig M. Gelowitz
Research Engineer, PHD Candidate, TRLabs, University of Regina