Apr 25, 2010

Exploring the Design Space in Technology- Augmented Dance at CHI 2010: Celine Latulipe's team from UNC-Charlotte

I was at the CHI conference in Atlanta for a few days earlier this month, where I participated in a workshop on on the next generation of human-interaction and emerging technologies for education.  While I was at the conference, I managed to attend several interesting presentations, which I'll be including in future posts.  I was not able to stay for the entire conference.  The good thing is that many of the conference participants provided links to video, photos, slides, and related papers!

I had a chance to see a performance of dancers from the Dance.Draw team, headed by Dr. Celine Latulipe from UNC-Charlotte.  Dr. Latulipe is involved in several related projects that explore creativity, interaction, dance, music, and art:

Description of the performances held at the April CHI 2010 Conference, Atlanta, Georgia:

Layered Surveillance - A Collaborative Interactive Art Installation 
Celine Latulipe, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annabel Manning, New Media Artist
View Video Demonstration

Artist Annabel Manning explores the world of immigration and identity, and explores imagery related to border crossings and surveillance. Computer scientist Celine Latulipe explores embodied, collaborative interaction. The intersection of these two worlds leads to research in embodied collaborative interaction and an interactive art exhibit in which participants can explore both static images through interactive layers, and moving video through interactive surveillance lenses. Participants can explore alone or with others, using gyroscopic mice to control different aspects of the artwork. The participants are led, through interaction, to contemplate the (in)visibility of the immigrant and the agency of surveillance.

Photos from the Layered Surveillance Flickr Photostream (Annabel Manning)

Exploring the Design Space in Technology- Augmented Dance (Dance.Draw)
Celine Latulipe, Sybil Huskey, David Wilson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Mike Wirth, Queens University of Charlotte, USA
Berto Gonzalez, Arthur Carroll, Melissa Word, Erin Carroll, Vikash Singh, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Danielle Lottridge, University of Toronto, Canada

Video demonstration of the Dance.Draw project (mp4 file)
"This performance is part of an ongoing Dance.Draw project at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which investigates lightweight methods for integrating dance motion with interactive visualizations and enhancing audience interaction with dance."

-Photo from the Dance Draw website 


References for Layered Surveillance:

C. Latulipe, I. Bell, C. L. Clarke, and C. S. Kaplan. sym-Tone: Two-handed manipulation of tone reproduction curves. In GI 2006 Proceedings, pages 9--16. Canadian Information Processing Society, 2006.

C. Latulipe and A. Manning. Interactive surveillance: Audience interaction with moving digital paintings. Interactive Installation at the (re)Actor3 Digital Live Art Conference, September 2008. http://www.digitalliveart.com/.

L. Loke, A. T. Larssen, T. Robertson, and J. Edwards. Understanding movement for interaction design: frameworks and approaches. Personal Ubiquitous Comput., 11(8):691--701, 2007.

D. Maynes-Aminzade, R. Pausch, and S. Seitz. Techniques for interactive audience participation. In ICMI '02:Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces, page 15, Washington, DC, USA, 2002. IEEE Computer Society.

S. S. Snibbe and H. S. Raffle. Social immersive media: pursuing best practices for multi-user interactive camera/projector exhibits. In CHI '09: Proceedings of the 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems, pages 1447--1456, New York, NY, USA, 2009. ACM.

Below is a post I wrote about Dance.Draw in 2008:


"The movement of the visualizations are artifacts in real-time of the movements of the dancers. They draw while they dance, they dance together and they draw together. Every performance generates a new visual imprint." -DanceDraw website

Interactive multimedia technology, blended with the arts!

Dr. Celene LaTulipe
, from UNC-Charlotte's Software and Information Systems Department, Professor Sybil Huskey, from the dance department, dance students, and others collaborated to create an amazing performance that I had the opportunity to see performed during the
Visualization in the World Symposium in April (2008).

If you look closely, you will see that each dancer holds two wireless mice, one in each hand. The mice trigger the visualization that is projected in the background. Dr. LaTulipe has focused some of her research on two-handed computer interaction. It is interesting to see how her work has been applied to this beautiful "off-the-desktop" application.

Dance.Draw is a work in progress- visit the following links for more information:

Website (Updated)
Technical Info
Dr. Kosara's Eager Eyes post about Dance.Draw

Dr. LaTulipe was my HCI professor- Dr. Kosara was my Visualization/Visual Communication professor.

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