Differentiating Ourselves

Jaime Teevan     Peggy Weil, California College of the Arts

pweilat signinkall.com

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University February 26, 2010
, 12:50pm, Gates B01

This talk will address the role of new media artists, designers and technologists as architects and planners of a new type of civic and narrative space. As the physical and virtual worlds intersect, it is our responsibility as new media practitioners to recognize our roles as world designers, acknowledging that the virtual is no longer imaginary. The virtual environment (2D and 3D gamespace as well as virtual worlds) serves as an immersive data space, offering unprecedented prospects for visualization as well as narration of complex processes, systems and events. The talk will survey several of the speaker's immersive media projects aiming to question our cognitive, perceptual and physical framework, reveal assumptions and engage us in dialogue.



Peggy Weil is a digital media artist and designer focusing on interactive and immersive design. As a member of the Architecture Machine Group (now the M.I.T. Media Lab) from 1980-1982, she worked on pioneering interactive projects in design and telepresence, going on to create titles for The Voyager Company, Broderbund, Electronic Arts, Von Holtzbrinck and Ravensberger Interactive. Weil was awarded the MILIA D'OR in Cannes in 1998 for the CD-ROM series Moving Puzzle. She designed the original Roden Crater website in 1996 and was creative producer/designer for USC's Institute for Creative Technology E.L.E.C.T. project, a role-playing game to increase cultural awareness in Army Officers and The Redistricting Game, a USC Annenberg Center sponsored project to increase voter awareness about redistricting. Projects include The Blurring Test, a reverse Turing Test running for over a decade; Gone Gitmo, a virtual installation of Guantánamo Prison; Wall Jumpers, a global visualization of political separation barriers and the IPSRESS Project, an experiment in Immersive Journalism. Her work has been exhibited at LABoral in Gijon Spain, presented internationally, including Games For Change Conference in New York, The Center for Human Rights at UC Berkeley, MIPDOC and MIPTV in Cannes, Simposio Feedforward at LABoral, Spain and PICNIC09 Amsterdam.

The talks are open to the public. They are in the Gates Building, Room B01 in the basement. The nearest public parking is in the structure at Campus Drive and Roth Way.

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