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Registration for this event closes soon.
 One-day public symposium 'Completing the Circle' on Incorporating
Evaluation Methods in Creative Work

Evaluative and creative approaches to art, design and media are often seen
as belonging to different traditions. This event is intended to promote
dialogue between them, centred on the changes made possible by interactive
digital technologies. A set of internationally peer-reviewed papers will be
followed by an opportunity for discussion.

This is a one-day symposium endorsed by the BCS Computer Arts Society and
the Design Research Society, to be held in central London on Monday 19th
January 2009.

Attendance for the day costs less than 50, reduced to below 25 for
full-time students, members of the British Computer Society (BCS), Computer
Arts Society (CAS) and Design Research Society (DRS).

The fee includes refreshments and a copy of the proceedings on CD.

 How to register to attend

    You can register online, and pay by credit card, here:

    Alternatively you can email or phone Gemma Liddiard at the British
Computer Society:

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    Phone from within UK: 017 9341 7656
    Phone from outside UK: 44 17 9341 7656

    *Please note that the BCS offices reopen from the Christmas break on 5th

    Registration closes on Friday 9th January 2009.

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 Further information here:
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 What is the point?
The symposium celebrates curiosity in creative digital work, bringing
together artists, designers, computer scientists, developers and academics.
All papers have been peer-reviewed by an international panel.

The theme is controversial: the event title - 'Completing the Circle' -
implies that evaluation is often missing from the creative process. But what
is the role of evaluation in creative practice and how, if at all, is this
altered by digital technologies?

Interactive digital technologies offer an increasing range of opportunities
for artists, designers and other creative workers to find out how their work
is experienced. Some creative people are keen to embrace these
opportunities, while others consider such methods an intrusion. The
symposium allows participants to share ideas and expertise and tackle some
hard questions.

An international programme of speakers present papers which focus on using
interactive technologies and other novel methods to evaluate the user's or
audience's response to media including artworks, designs and performance.

Leaders of the field from around the world will contribute, including
Professor Ernest Edmonds who directs the Creativity and Cognition Studios at
the University of Technology in Sydney, and Kristina Hook, professor in
human-machine interaction at Stockholm University/Royal Institute of
Technology. The day of papers plus discussion includes accounts of
innovative uses of eye-tracking technology, non-verbal elicitation of
responses to designs, and changes in the relation between artist, exhibit,
gallery and public brought about by digital interaction, while other
speakers will interrogate the basic principles in question.

Participants will benefit from new knowledge on techniques of evaluation, on
important case studies, and on the practical and conceptual issues to be

This event is organised by the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts at
Middlesex University and supported by the BCS Computer Arts Society and the
Design Research Society.

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 The papers are listed here:
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The symposium will be held on Monday 19th January 2009 at:

    British Computer Society
    The Davidson Building
    5 Southampton Street
    London, WC2E 7HA
    United Kingdom

The event proper begins at 10:30, giving time for local travel to the venue
on the Monday morning.

The symposium programme is published in good faith and could change under
unforeseen circumstances.

Stephen Boyd Davis
Symposium Chair
Head, Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts
Middlesex University, Cat Hill, Barnet, Herts  EN4 8HT
United Kingdom
Tel 44 (0)20 8411 5072
The Centre's Web Pages are at

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