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3rd International Workshop on Movement and Computing MOCO'16 <[log in to unmask]>
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*MOCO'16 is the 3rd International Symposium on Movement and Computing
<>* hosted at the Thessaloniki Concert
Hall <> (M2) on 5-6th July
in Thessaloniki, Greece
<>. It is
organized by MINES ParisTech (France) in co-operation with Paris 8
University (France), University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (Greece) and
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). Following on from the two
previous International Workshops on Movement and Computing MOCO'14 at IRCAM
(Paris, France) and MOCO'15 at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada).

*The vision of MOCO'16* is to gather academics, practitioners and the large
public, interested in the phenomenon of the symbiosis between the human and
the creative process, e.g. dancer-digital medias, musician-instrument,
craftsman-object etc. This symbiosis takes the form of an interactional and
gravitational relationship, where the human is both a trigger and
transmitter connecting the perception (mind/environment interaction and
cognition), the knowledge (theoretical understanding of a process) and the
gesture (semantic motor skills).

*The aim of MOCO'16* is through the complementary experiences of the
organizing institutions on the key elements of perception, knowledge and
gesture, to elucidate the intersection between «art, cognition and
technology» by «unlocking» hidden components of the human creativity.

The invited keynote speakers are *Prof. Catherine (Kate) Stevens*
<>, from MARCS Institute
for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University and *Prof.
Frederic Fol Leymarie* <>,
Goldsmiths, from the University of London.

The Plenary Sessions of MOCO’16 cover the following topics:

•  *Movement in Digital and Performing Arts*, which focus on the use and
interaction between arts and movement in the following domains: music,
dance, song, graffiti, painting etc..

•  *Technical and Craftsmanship Gestures*, highlighting the importance of
gestures in the professional context, whether technical or cultural.

•  *Interaction, Communication and Design of User Experience*, which put
the emphasis on gestures and movement as interfaces between humans and

•  *Analysis and Modelling**, *centered on the use of mathematical,
statistical or methodological tools for a better understanding of gestures
and movement.

On Wednesday, 6th July the organizing committee of MOCO'16 would like to
invite you at 7pm to the performances of STOCOS and IDEASMOS as well as the
Artistic Installations and Demonstrations at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall.

*STOCOS* <>*:* This is the third part
of a trilogy focused on the analysis and development of the interaction
between sonic gesture and dance gesture inside three dimensional sound
spaces. In this new piece Muriel Romero and Pablo Palacio collaborate with
media artist and artificial intelligence researcher Daniel Bisig. STOCOS is
a trans-disciplinary project that combines stochastic processes and
artificial intelligence based simulations in order to create behavioral
dependencies and aesthetic relationships between dancers, simulated
entities, music, visuals and light. As a result, the stage becomes a
responsive environment whose visual and acoustic properties emerge from the
mutual interactions between the dancers, stochastic sound synthesis and
swarm simulations.

*IDEASMOS premiering in MOCO'16:* The concept of this musical piece is
lying between two worlds. The real world, the one we see, feel, touch and
the one which is intangible, the world of ideas that we cannot fully
understand and which exists beyond the phenomena. The interaction between
the two worlds of acoustic and « intangible » musical instruments is
obvious and can be felt. Simultaneously, they hide special relationships
based on knowledge and intellect which can only be perceived by someone who
can ‘see and read between the lines’. IDEASMOS comprises of the Linz
Quartet, intangible musical instruments and a percussion performance.
Intangible musical instruments are based on interactive machine learning
and musical embodiment. IDEASMOS is composed by Vasiliki Tsekouropoulou and
it is based on technological prototypes that have been developed for the
 i-Treasures <> EU funded project under FP7.

MOCO'16 will have the pleasure to exhibit the work of guest-artist
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos* "Fifteen Pairs of Mouths
<!fifteen-pairs-of-mouths/agp5a>" *who
has re-created this piece of art for the symposium and will be exhibited
during 5th and 6th July.

The WholoDancE Workshop “*Dancing with technologies: interact to learn,
analyse to create*
is a satellite of MOCO’16 and is organized by the WholoDancE EU funded
project under Horizon 2020. It will focus on how whole-body interaction
technologies can enhance the process of dance learning and can support

<> is
required* for
the Plenary Sessions and the Proceedings of MOCO’16. There is *free
admission *to the Artistic Installations and Demonstrations, Performances
and the WholoDancE Workshop.

For more information about the program and registration fees, please visit
our website at

The official poster of MOCO’16 is available here

MOCO'16 Organizing Committee


Sotiris *Manitsaris*, General Conference Chair, MINES ParisTech, Paris,

Leontios *Hadjileontiadis*, General Scientific Chair, Aristotle University
of Thessaloniki, Greece

Jean-François *Jégo*, General Artistic Chair, Paris 8 University, France

Vincent *Meyrueis*, General Demo Chair, Paris 8 University, France

Athanasios *Manitsaris*, Local Committee Chair, University of Macedonia,
Thessaloniki, Greece

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