For the third year in a row, RMIT is strongly represented at Sónar+D, an annual international congress held in Barcelona where technology and creative industries converge.
At this year's event, RMIT researchers are joining music, visual and interactive experts from around the world at the MarketLab and Meet the Expert activities as well as through the delivery of an innovative summer school and lecture – both on digital ethnography.
MarketLab: A space where the creators of the year's most outstanding technology initiatives present their projects.
RMIT's Dr Jonathan Duckworth, head of the University's Creative interventions, Art and Rehabilitative Technology (CiART) Lab is presenting for the first time in Europe 'DisruptiveCritters': autonomous artificial intelligence for live music performance.
At the Sónar+D MarketLab, Duckworth is being joined by RMIT PhD candidates Andrea Rassell, with her project on creating experimental media that explores the nanoscale via sensory substitution and augmentation as well as Timothy Ryan, with his work on near-future design fiction for augmented basketball playspaces in dense urban environments.
Meet the expert: One-on-one professional coaching meetings for 10 minutes with renowned experts from creative industries.
RMIT's Dr Jonathan Duckworth is also featured at Sónar+D's Meet the Expert, where he'll provide one-on-one professional coaching meetings drawing on his research across design, digital media art, game technology and human computer interaction.
Digital Ethnography in Practice Summer School: An innovative digital ethnography research program run by RMIT and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
RMIT's Professor Sarah Pink, director of the University's Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC), is an academic leader for the Digital Ethnography in Practice Summer School being held for the first time this year at Sónar+D.
The summer school will see participants take on an intensive investigation on how music and technology festivals are experienced, how people transit, how they move and how they relate to the different actors, spaces and events. This investigation will help to uncover how the audience values the festival from a qualitative approach.
Public Lecture: Design, Ethnography & Technology in a World of Uncertainty
Complementing the Digital Ethnography in Practice Summer School, RMIT's Professor Sarah Pink is delivering a public lecture on design ethnography and how it can help us understand and design for an uncertain future.
Dr Jonathan Duckworth is a digital media artist, designer and director of the CiART Lab (Creative interventions, Art and Rehabilitative Technology), as part of the Centre for Games Design Research, RMIT University, Melbourne.
At the junction of art, science and technology, his research spans design, digital media art, game technology and human computer interaction. His current research encompasses the design of interactive multimodal digital artworks for movement rehabilitation of acquired brain injury.
Sarah Pink is the Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and Distinguished Professor of Design and Media Ethnography at RMIT University. Sarah’s approach brings together digital ethnography and design to engage with contemporary issues and challenges through a dialogue between applied and academic research and practice. She works with industry research partners including Samsung, Volvo Cars, Intel and Unilever across Europe, Australia and Latin America and collaborates across design, engineering and arts and documentary practice.