The Public Space as Interface Between Technology and Community Interaction

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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 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
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Public Space as an Interface for Technology Research and Art, The

Kim C. S. Morgan

Artist-in-Residence, Sessional Instructor
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Kim Morgan in an interdisciplinary artist working with multi-media. She is specifically interested in new genre public art, including the changing role of the artist within a contemporary context. Currently Kim is the artist-in-residence for TRLabs Regina where she has been creating and developing public art installations that combine art, science, and new technology, in collaboration with engineers and computer scientists. Within this framework, her work explores the impact of technology on people’s perceptions of time and space, and the shifting boundaries between the private and the public.

Craig M. Gelowitz

Research Engineer, PHD Candidate, TRLabs, University of Regina
Regina, SK, Canada

Craig Gelowitz is a research engineer for TRLabs Regina. TRLabs is Canada’s largest information and communications technology (ICT) R&D consortium. Mr. Gelowitz has collaborated on interdisciplinary science/art projects since 2004 and was an instrumental part in having TRLabs recognized for the “innovative support of the arts award” at the Regina Mayor's 2005 Luncheon for Business and the Arts. Mr. Gelowitz is also a sessional lecturer for the University of Regina having taught several courses through the faculty of engineering over the last several years. His research interest includes; real time source localization for digital services, open distributed mobile agent applications, digital signal processing and simulation visualization.

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