Test_Lab is a bimonthly public event hosted by V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, that provides an informal setting for the demonstration, testing, presentation, and discussion of artistic research and development (aRt&D).
Test_Lab: PLAY! will feature a selection of the best European electronic-art graduation projects of 2007. The pieces have been selected according to originality and quality, and especially the way they use the concept of play - that is, the playfulness evoked by the work. At Test_Lab: PLAY! these projects will be demonstrated, tested, and discussed among makers, audience and experts.
Play as a form of social interaction has a rich tradition in various branches of the arts. But it was only recently that human-centered-technology designers realized play offered interesting new approaches and techniques for the development of their field. This brings them together with contemporary artists who explore play by experimenting with a wide range of (often wearable) human-machine interfacing technologies. Such experiments often combine a strong DIY attitude toward technology design with a desire to take advantage of people's naive or intuitive understanding of technology through play.
In Test_Lab: PLAY! the audience and participants will test and discuss the approaches and techniques used to implement play. They will also discuss the broader context of the demonstrated work.
by Dorota Walentynowicz (Interfaculty Image and Sound, The Hague)
* Block H.
by Faith Denham (Goldsmiths, University of London)
by Jonas Hielscher (Media Technology, Leiden University)
* Wi-Fi Straitjacket
by Gordan Savicic (University of Applied Arts Vienna)
by Nancy Mauro-Flude (Piet Zwart Institute, Hogeschool Rotterdam)
Simon Jones (Human-Computer Studies, University of Amsterdam)
Dirk Paesmans and Joan Heemskerk (jodi.org)