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RESPOND!!! Interchange
Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th April 2003
Future Physical/The Junction/CUMIS

responsive environments RESPOND InterChange
wednesday 2 – friday 4 april 2003
At the heart of RESPOND is the InterChange for specialists and those with an active interest in the integrated themes of:

  • BODY – Presence, Intimacy and Touch
  • DATA – 3D Navigable Knowledge and Visualisation
  • SPACE – Responsive Architecture and Materials, Virtual Design Tools


A unique opportunity to explore and learn about advancements in the exciting interlock between virtual and physical space. The RESPOND InterChange brings together a group of international and national artists and thinkers, all experimenting on the dissolving border between virtual and physical worlds. RESPOND places the living emotional body at the centre of a weave of inputs on the themes.

Artists giving work-in-progress showings and lecture demonstrations:
Simon Byford (UK): Love Story
FoAm (Belgium): txOom
Joseph Hyde (UK): RememberMe
Martin Kusch/Marie Claude Poulin (Germany/Canada): kondition pluriel
Mark Palmer (UK): Maelstrom
Jane Prophet (UK): Cell
Tom Sapsford (UK): Hypnos
Stanza (UK): genomixer
Phillip Warnell (UK): Shock
Catherine Watling (UK): Temporal Manifestation
Rachel Wingfield (UK): Digital Dawn

The RESPOND InterChange is the final of 4 InterChange events in the Future Physical programme.

You can attend the RESPOND InterChange in a number of ways:

  • If you can only spare a day, join us for the Opening Keynote Programme (Wednesday 2 April)
  • For deeper development and involvement, sign up to three days (Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 April) of InterChange including theme related working groups, process demos, papers and panel discussions.
  • Stay for Saturday 5 April too – a specialist associated day of detailed discussion and debate: The Creative User Research Day or Research/Practice // Practice/Research

responsive environments wednesday 2 april 2003
keynote lectures – open to the public
babbage lecture theatre
times: 14:30–18:30
public entry: full £15 / conc. £10
interchange participants: see rates

To open the RESPOND InterChange we present an afternoon of visionary TALKS. Taking the themes for RESPOND, the speakers will input from their specialist knowledge.

  • BODY: Paul Sermon - Interactive Media Artist, University of Salford, UK.
  • DATA: Christa Sommerer - Media Artist, IAMAS, Gifu, Japan.
  • SPACE: Marcos Novak - -Trans-Architect, UCLA Los Angeles, USA.

Followed by responses from a specialist panel with questions and answers. Overview and moderation by Ghislaine Boddington (Future Physical/shinkansen/ResCEN, Middlesex University).


responsive environments thursday 3 – friday 4 april 2003
working groups
babbage lecture theatre
art school-room a / small exam hall

Engage in professional level group research, process sharing and networking revolving around the three themes. The working groups use shinkansen group process methodologies to engage participants in a professional exchange of ideas which enhance deeper understanding of themes and their context, professional development and network connections.

Led by:

  • BODY: Ghislaine Boddington (Future Physical/shinkansen/ResCEN, Middlesex University)
  • DATA: Pete Ride (DA2/University of Westminster)
  • SPACE: Francois Penz (CUMIS, Cambridge Univeristy Moving Image Studio)

- plus inputs from the speakers, commissioned artists and panelists of the InterChange.

responsive environments saturday 5 april
Two associated events exploring relevant methodologies on:

responsive environments CREATIVE USER RESEARCH DAY
1 -day symposium saturday 5 april 2003
michaelhouse centre, trinity street
times: 10:00–17:30

Case study presentations and debate around the role of the user/audience as a creative participant in responsive environments and interactive spaces.

Identifying the processes of user engagement in the work and exploring how creative participation is enabled. Practical examples of research methodologies and evaluation of results.

Future Physical (shinkansen/East England Arts) in association with Fo.Am (Belgium), Culture 2000 Framework of the European Commission and Playgarden (Arts Council of England).

1 -day symposium saturday 5 april 2003
cambridge university dept. of architecture
1 scroope terrace, trumpington street
times: 09:00–19:00

Practice-based-research and practice-as-research occupy a borderland between Academy, Commercial R & D and the Cultural Industries. How can tensions be resolved? Can work of true research value and real artistic merit emerge from this environment? How can projects best be defined, funded and evaluated? This Symposium brings together leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to debate these crucial issues and put forward their recommendations.

CUMIS (Cambridge University Moving Image Studio) in association with CRASSH, Rescen Middlesex University and Future Physical.

responsive environments RATES
RESPOND InterChange: Three Days 2–4 April 2003
full £120 (gbp) employed, organisations, institutions
conc £80 (gbp) students, independent artists, unemployed

Day Rate:
wednesday 2 april 2003 (half day):full £25 (gbp), conc £18 (gbp)
thursday 3 and friday 4 april 2003: full £50 (gbp), conc £35 (gbp)
This includes admission to all events including performances, installations, receptions, keynote speeches, speakers, panels, lecture demo’s and working groups. Delegates are responsible for all other costs associated with their stay including accommodation, travel to Cambridge, and most meals.

Creative User Research Day
saturday 5 april 2003: full £50 (gbp), conc £35 (gbp)

saturday 5 april 2003: full £50 (gbp), conc £35 (gbp)

If you choose to attend the RESPOND InterChange (2–4 april) PLUS either Creative User Research or Research/Practice //Practice/Research (5 april) the rate will be only full £150 (gbp) or conc £100 (gbp), a saving of £15-30.

InterChange registrations open now
Sign up at: http://www.futurephysical.org
participants are advised to sign up in advance: places are limited so please register early.

Deadline for registration is Monday 24 March 2003.

Registrations after this date will have to be made in person on the day of the event.
Please make cheques payable to: Future Physical Ltd.

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