Archive for the ‘collaboration’ Category

Creativity from users

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I tend to think about creative communities thriving in a demanding milieu; like Shakespeare’s community of playhouses around the Globe. In this TED talk, Charles Leadbeater reminds us that users themselves are creative; citing for example the user-driven collaborative invention of mountain bikes and the telephone conversation.

Loose Construing

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Listening to the novelist and lecturer Sue Woolfe talking about neuroscience and creativity on Radio National, she brought up the role of loose construing in the creative process; and it does seem that this is the equivalent in individual creativity to what might be called a “brainstorming session” in group creativity, but with the benefit of not having to express every idea and connection in language.

IE2007 Now

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

I’m at IE 2007 in Melbourne, and so are Damski and Yusuf and Christy Dena and a number of other people. I have so far enjoyed listening to Troy Innocent, who appears to be making something with resonances of Jaron Lanier’s post-symbolic communication and Leibniz’s Universal Character. And I’ve been very happy to both listen to and converse with Bruce Joy from Vastpark, who is several kinds of clever. And just this minute I’ve been regaled by Christian McCrea and am enjoying a ramble by Darshana Jayemanne on the Nonsense of the Aura. Lots of goodness here :)

Honours Research Report

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

My Honours Research Report is here (9.5 MB PDF). Tomorrow I’ll be demoing the VR model of Utzon’s studio in Hallebæk born from a practice-based enquiry into the nature of collaborative place, one of the studies described in the report. So now, to bed 😉

Honours research presentation

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Here are the slides from my presentation today, in HTML (with nice navigation buttons but maybe too big for some screens), and in Flash (click to go forwards, no way to go back, but automatically fits your screen).

If you’d like to print it out, here is the low-res (1.6 MB) PDF, or the high-res (10.3 MB) PDF  (40 slides on 5 pages).

Big Ups to the Virtual Systems and MultiMedia Massive

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Just arrived at QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct for the VSMM conference, the program committee of which has kindly consented to display my poster about the design of collaborative place. I bumped into the most excellent and prolific Eric Champion on the airtrain, so I’m in good company :)

My first task on arrival was to whack up the poster, and the second was to get online through QUT’s wifi. This turned out to be an absurd and tortuous process involving the generation of a unique password for me, the installation of a VPN client, a web gateway, two clickthrough legal agreements that I didn’t read, a password change and a re-login. Thank Drokk I’m not on Windows or it would have required a reboot as well. The lovely people at the registration desk made me my initial login and presented me with instructions – VSMM made it as painless as possible, it’s QUT that is the villain of this piece. This is after all the Creative Industries Precinct, the denizens of which are supposed to be inventing the cyberspace of the future right here and now. How they are to do it with one foot in a bucket of concrete baffles me.

Utzon’s Studio as a Collaborative Virtual Environment

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

I’ve been reading about various real collaborative places lately, in an attempt to discover what makes them work, and what elements of those can be applied to CVEs. The studios of the Dada movement at the turn of the last century must have been something; I’ve found a few images but not enough to do much with yet. However there’s a fabulous archive of imagery at the NSW State Library covering Jørn Utzon’s studio in Hellebæk, where his small team brought the Sydney Opera House into being. Enough in fact that I’ve been able to reconstruct scenes from the studio. IE2007 is coming up, so I’ve proposed to show the virtual reconstruction of the studio as a demo there (4.6MB PDF).

Update: the demo has been accepted – here is the revised edition for publication (3.7MB PDF).

Research poster on Space, Place and Ba in Second Life

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Space, Place and Ba – my poster submission to VSMM2007.

Protected: Research Project Notes – email me for password

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

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Research Project 1 – A Preliminary Investigation into the Effect of the 
Design of Virtual Place on Remote Collaboration

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

So, now I have a better idea of what remains undone in the development of virtual collaborative place. Back in April I hadn’t determined my approach to the problem yet, but I did know that I wanted to investigate the effect of virtual place on collaborative behaviour. To this end I proposed a small research project to a distributed workgroup of my acquaintance, with which I am involved as a facilitator, but not as a member. Group members have a broad range of experience in virtual environments (from native to novice), and a demonstrated requirement for better remote collaboration tools. I was gratified to receive their consent to be observed for the study. (more…)