Call for submissions for CHI 12 Interactivity Research and Explorations track

•October 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

For CHI 2012 there are two categories within the Interactivity scheme with separate submission processes.
• Research
• Explorations

Submission: 9 January 2012 (5:00pm PDT) (see website for details)
Notification: 10 February 2012
Camera Ready: 17 February 2012
Selection process (both Research and Explorations): Juried and Curated
Extended Abstract: on DVD and ACM Digital Library

Interactivity is your chance to fully engage CHI attendees at a personal level by letting them see, touch, squeeze, hear or even smell your interactive visions for the future. Interactivity promotes and provokes discussion of the role of technology, and invites contributions from industry, research, the arts and design.

Interactivity Research is the high-visibility, high-impact forum of the Technical Program which allows you to present your hands-on demonstration in two sessions. This track is for the year’s most exciting research prototypes and demos. If you have a working prototype, device, or system we want to know about it. Getting people hands-on with your interface is often the best way to communicate what you have created.


Citizen Labs

•October 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Cinco workshops criativos de participação e cidadania:

Type the Future | Stories of Chairs | Will you Marry Us? |  Portugal Portefolio | Radiate Yourself


Apresentação colectiva: 19 Outubro, 10h no maus hábitos (Rua Passos Manuel 178, 4º 4000-382 Porto)

Grátis. Sem pré-inscrição.

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ZON Awards Now Accepting Submissions

•October 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The ZON Creativity in Multimedia Awards is now accepting submissions in the areas of short film, digital animation, and multimedia content and applications for the 2011 prize. This prestigious contest awards the largest monetary prizes for a multidisciplinary competition. In 2010, three of the ten finalists were affiliated with the UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media Program. The winner of the short film category, Pedro Resende interned in Austin at 501 Post and returned to Austin to shoot what became the winning film, “Talvez.”

The ZON Awards competition is open to residents of Portugal and Portuguese nationals. To apply for this year’s competition, visit the ZON website, and submit the online application. Applicants then must mail or hand-deliver their projects to ZON on a CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray disc. The deadline for applications is November 6, 2011.

The ZON intensive summer labs at UT have received much praise from its students over the past few years, and participants have gone on to be finalists in the ZON Awards. This month will see a special event providing a public evaluation of the program, which offered intensive screenwriting and animation labs at UT Austin. The event takes place at 4:30pm October 20 at the Auditório Agostinho da Silva in Lisbon.

Everything is a Remix

•October 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

by Kirby Ferguson

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any level of creation: copy, transform, and combine. You could even say that everything is a remix.
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Future Places 2011 Lab

•September 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Future Places 2011 Lab registration is now open! We will have two hands-on, technical workshops this year—one on Blender and one on Experimental Animation. The labs will run October 19-20, all day. Please see descriptions below.

– Basic 3D Modeling: An Introduction to Blender

The Basic 3D Modeling workshop is intended for individuals with little or no experience using 3D modeling software. We will be using Blender, an open source software 3D content production suite compatible with all major operating systems. The program can be freely downloaded by participants for use on their own machines. This workshop will familiarize participants with the 3D production environment and interface, basic 3D manipulation and transformation of objects, surface and texture modification, lighting, and scene construction. Participants will have the opportunity to work individually or in groups to create a virtual scene of their choosing based on fictitious or real-world environments, objects, and characters. At the end of the workshop participants will have rendered still images of their scenes for exhibition. Completion of this workshop will give participants the necessary background to begin experimenting with 3D animation.

Instructor: Brett Caraway earned his Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011.  His research interests include digital media production, copyright law, peer-to-peer networking, and the economics of new media. Before coming to the University of Texas for graduate school, Brett worked in the local music scene as a studio and live sound engineer and as a recording and professional audio equipment service technician. He currently teaches an introductory digital media course in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at U.T.

Time: 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:00; lunch break from 13:00-14:30. Lunch is not provided.

Dates: October 19 and 20

Location: University of Porto Faculty of Fine Arts, room TBA

Cost: $40 US (approximately 30€)

To register: Click here and select “conferences.” Credit card or wire transfer is accepted. If paying by wire transfer, select “prepay” when checking out. You will be contacted with wire instructions.

Special instructions: Although the program may have computers available, this cannot be guaranteed. Please be prepared to bring a laptop.

– Experimental Animation Workshop: Ghosts of Spaces

In this hands-on workshop, participants will create short animations using experimental techniques. The class is designed especially to enhance the practice of artists and filmmakers, but is open to all. Participants will learn a variety of hand-made techniques including cut paper, light-based, and hand-drawn animation. These techniques will be used to create animated realms. We will focus on the lives of spaces over time, and how the residue of the past affects the present. Participants will be encouraged to reinvent and playfully engage the medium to support their ideas. The individual animated works will be combined together into a single virtual realm, which will be screened at the final presentation.

Instructor: Jeanne Stern is an animator, puppet filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Austin TX.  Her work has screened internationally at venues including SXSW, the Smithsonian, PBS, the Werk-Raum Gallery (Berlin), Guggenheim Center for Documentary (at the National Archives), Moving Things Festival (Capetown, South Africa), and the Athens Video Art Festival. In 2009 she animated Ruth Fertig’s film, “Yizkor,” winner of the Student Academy Award Gold Prize for documentary and the Cine Golden Eagle Award. Her work has included stereoscopic filmmaking, with a 3D puppet film commissioned for Connecticut College’s Arts & Technology symposium, and a solo show of stereoscopic work at Texas State Art Gallery. She has taught experimental animation courses at the University of Portugal for the UT | Portugal summer institute, and at the Austin School of Film.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, she received her MFA in Film Production from UT Austin and her BA in Art and Computer Science from Connecticut College.

Time: 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:00; lunch break from 13:00-14:30. Lunch is not provided.

Dates: October 19 and 20

Location: University of Porto Faculty of Fine Arts, room TBA

Cost: $40 US (approximately 30€)

To register: Click here and select your desired conference. Credit card or wire transfer is accepted. If paying by wire transfer, select “prepay” when checking out. You will be contacted with wire instructions.

For questions about the workshops or registration, please contact

Introduction to Arduino (Comic Strip style)

•September 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Check out this simple introduction to Arduino done by Jody Culkin. Its a step-by-step instructions on how to start with Arduino done in the format of a comic strip. Have fun reading it!

Check out the work done Jody Culkin at:

PDF version at:

Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information by Manuel Lima

•August 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Visual Complexity.coverSeveral researchers, scientists and designers across the globe are trying to make sense of a variety of complex networks using different technological tools at their disposal. They employ a mix of colors, symbols, graphics, algorithms and interactivity to advance cognition and deepen knowledge in each subject of analysis. By doing this they are in many ways creating the syntax of a new language. This book can be seen as the first dictionary of this new lexicon.

The book will showcase and thoroughly analyze the variety of contemporary visual depictions of complex networks. It will cover its historical predecessors and grounds for recent popularity, and explore the ramifications of a new age of infinite interconnectedness. It will also include a set of recommendations and future predictions on the progress of Network Visualization.


A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as “one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009”, Manuel Lima is a designer, researcher and founder of, and a Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing.

Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and a frequent speaker in conferences and schools around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Reboot, VizThink, IxDA Interaction, Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, MediaLab Prado Madrid. (in