Ecologies of Transformation

The “interface” is dead. It depended upon distinctions between elements that needed some intermediation. This was always an illusion, but it served some purpose for a time in simplifying design tasks while more substantial system ecologies developed. But we were never separate from systems that needed an interface, and now, the idea that the interface mediates interactions between us and computational systems misses almost the entire mark as human interactions, computational devices and the world become ever more entangled into social, economic, political, and environmental relations. A better concept might be the interlace. We are inherently intertwined with myriad systems with myriad agencies. And most of these systems are not primarily about us, we just live there. Some of these conditions are better engaged with enhanced visibility and cogence, and for others, it makes no difference.

The C&C and DIS joint art exhibition Ecologies of Transformation presents seventeen pieces – performances, interactive artworks, conceptual experiments – making-felt and pushing the boundaries for the interfacial foldings of people, systems and environments that transcend scales of time, space, materiality, cognition and logics. We invite you to join us in the exploration of machine learning poetry and imaging, deep neural networks for collaborative musical performances, moss, vapour, honey and bacterial interfaces and intimate engagements with landscape-size immersive visualisations – and much more.

Maybe interfaces haven’t died, they’ve just fractally multiplied and become pervasive at all levels, becoming the fabric of our material/computational/biotic phenomena.

Tuesday, June 25th

6:00 - 10:00 pm Exhibits Open
6:00 - 10:00 pm Reception Lobby
6:00 - 6:20 pm Rover Theatre
6:30 - 7:20 pm Materiality in Motion Theatre
7:30 - 8:20 pm Rover Theatre
7:30 - 8:20 pm 256B for the C64
Crowd in C
In Fleeting Visions
8:00 - 8:30 pm The Burden of Selfhood Theatre
8:30 - 9:00 pm The Burden of Selfhood Theatre
9:00 - 9:30 pm Rover Theatre

Kuan-Ju Wu & Andrew McGregor

Natura Machina: Teenage Meadow

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Honghao Deng, Jiabao Li, Xuesong Zhang & Panagiotis Michalotos

Diffusive Geometries: Vapor as a Tectonic Element to Sculpt Microclimates in Architectural Space

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Lucy Boermans & Clovis McEvoy

Materiality in Motion

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Amy Rae Fox, Stefani Byrd, Fernanda Aoki Navarro, Sarah Ciston & Heidi Keyser

The Burden of Selfhood

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Prophecy Sun, Freya Zinovieff, Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda

Mothering Bacteria: A Speculative Forecast of the Body as an Interface

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Nick Montfort

256B on the C64 for 8K

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Shlomo Dubnov

In Fleeting Visions: Deep Neural Music Fickle Play

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Kyung Yun Choi, Valentina Sumini & Hiroshi Ishii

ReSpire: Self-awareness and Interpersonal Connectedness through Shape-changing Fabric Fabric

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Robert Daniel Twomey

A Machine for Living In: Ubiquitous Sensing to Explore the Home as a Site of Intimate Life

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Sang Won Lee & Aaron Willette

Crowd in C

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Ozge Samanci & Gabriel Caniglia

You are the Ocean

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Christos Michalakos

ICARUS: A Game/Performance for Drum-Kit and Live Electronics

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James Pierce

Lamps, Curtains, Robots: 3 Scenarios for the Future of Smart Cameras

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David Jhave Johnston

ReRites (& ReadingRites):
Human + A.I. Poetry (& Participatory-Readings)

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eyal gruss, Ayelet Sapirshtein, Vered Heruti

Pictures of Jap Girls in Synthesis

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Robert Daniel Twomey, Michael McCrea

Rover: Machinic Exploration of Domestic Space

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Grace Grothaus

Projected Horizons

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Art Track Team

  • Jonas Fritsch — Art Show Co-Chair IT-University of Copenhagen
  • Jordan Crandall — Art Show Co-Chair University of California San Diego
  • Steven Dow — Creativity & Cognition Co-Chair University of California San Diego
  • Amy Fox — Art Show Event Coordinator University of California San Diego
  • Trish Stone — Gallery Coordinator Qualcomm Institute
  • Bruce Sterling — Curatorial Advisor
  • Mogens Jacobsen — Curatorial Advisor
  • Zhang Ga — Curatorial Advisor
  • Ken Goldberg — Curatorial Advisor
  • Tiffany Shlain — Curatorial Advisor


TICKETS for the Art Show are included in both the Creativity & Cognition and Designing Interactive Systems conference registration fees. Additional tickets can be purchased at the conference check-in.

TRANSPORTATION Shuttles for attendees staying at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay conference hotel will be provided to and from the UCSD campus.

Shuttles will depart from the Hyatt Regency for UCSD at: 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 7:25 PM.
Shuttles will depart from UCSD for the Hyatt Regency at: 8:15, 8:30, 8:45, 9:00, 9:15, 9:30, 9:45 PM.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served—please plan on joining us during the dinner hours!

First floor, Atkinson Hall,
Qualcomm Institute,
9500 Gilman Drive
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093