Event Report: The Forum for Immersive Augmented Reality Instruments

Posted by cécile chevalier and chris kiefer on June 28, 2017

The Forum for Immersive Augmented Reality Instruments, a two-day networking event, took place on June 19-20th. It brought together diverse participants across University of Sussex schools, research centres and labs, together with representatives from local art organisations and creative industries, with a view to understanding cultural transformations from Augmented Reality (AR), and to build new interdisciplinary research partnerships.

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The network event was designed to explore new forms of creation, experience and digital culture through tool and instrument-making, whilst achieving independence from existing distribution structures, and bringing together transdisciplinary discussions on condition of ‘seeing’ (Paul & Toolin 2014, p53) as sensing.

Day one saw presentations from participants under the themes of culture, sensing, instruments and arts. On day two, participants explored AR practically through two workshops; an ‘unplugged’ workshop where groups built and discussed hypothetical AR technologies, and a ‘plugged’ workshop where groups experimented with off-the-shelf AR technologies, using visual, audio and haptics materials.

The Forum for ARImI was led by Cécile Chevalier & Chris Kiefer in partnership with Kirk Woolford, University of Surrey. It was supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund, the School of Media, Film, and Music, Sussex Humanities Lab & EMuTe Lab.

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