[Air-l] Call for Submissions: Creativity & Cognition 2005

Alastair Weakley Alastair at weakley.org.uk
Tue Jul 27 19:55:45 PDT 2004



Creative Process and Artefact Creation: Practice, Digital Media and 
Support Tools
April 12-15th 2005
Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Submission Deadline: 1st October 2004

Creativity and Cognition 5 will take place in London in April 2005. The 
main theme of the conference is the creative process and the creation 
of artefacts: understanding creative practice, art works employing 
digital media and creativity support tools. The Creativity and 
Cognition Conference of 2002 provided both the excitement of the new 
and at the same time, revealed a growing maturity and strength that can 
now be demonstrated in the 5th conference.

There are important challenges facing the creativity community, not 
least of which is to reconcile the broad base of disciplines and their 
contending agendas with the need to establish a clear sense of 
direction, albeit an interdisciplinary one. Some of those challenges 
     * What should the focus of creativity research be?
     * How can digital tools for supporting specific creative domains be 
transferred for the benefit of all people in any domain: in other words 
produce generally applicable results?
     * Can the effectiveness of a given tool in helping a creative 
person accomplish his goal be measured, and if so, how?
     * What is the impact of using different tools and technologies on 
simple creative tasks and how do we conduct comparative studies in this 
     * What are the critical breakdowns in the creative process across 
domains and whilst using different forms of digital media.
     * What is the impact of collaborative work on our notions of 
ownership and intellectual property rights?

Creativity and Cognition, as a field of research has evolved and 
matured since its starting points in the early 1990s. Today it offers 
tangible value much that is relevant to the development of interactive 
systems for creative work. The conference series is continuing to 
provide a forum that strengthens the growing community of researchers 
and practitioners who are our best hope for delivering new ways of 
thinking and tools for interaction for the expanding creative future. 
In the early Creativity and Cognition conferences, the contributions 
were concerned with theoretical models of creativity and computer-based 
(autonomous) creativity. The keynote speakers reflected the then 
current spread of interests and expertise: in 1993, Margaret Boden 
(Cognitive Modelling), Gerhard Fischer (HCI/Computer Science), Bryan 
Lawson (Design) and Steve Willats (Art) and in 1999, Marvin Minsky 
(Knowledge based Systems), Ben Shneiderman (Human Computer 
Interaction), Harold Cohen (Art) and Stelarc (Performance Art). Since 
then, computational modelling has given ground and the emphasis in the 
research community has shifted towards a concern for how to design and 
build the digital tools needed for the new face of creativity. When the 
conference first became an ACM SIGCHI event in 1999, there were early 
indications that people from different disciplines were actively 
involved in collaborative projects. In 2002 at C&C4, the results of 
those collaborations were in evidence. In fact, there has been an 
enormous shift towards the creative arts with technology at the centre, 
both in the creativity research reported in the papers and the creative 
practice exhibited in the exhibition. Harold Cohen, Stelarc and Jack Ox 
represent significant figures in the growing community of practitioners 
for whom digital media in its most advanced form is a key aspect of the 
artwork. Increasingly, software tools are being developed specifically 
with creativity in mind drawing on the growing knowledge of the 
creative process. ADD Links to relevant conference sites

       Creative Cognition and Technology Transfer to Practice

       Co-Chair: Thomas T. Hewett, Drexel University, PA USA

       Theoretical and/or empirical work in psychology, cognitive 
science, computer science, design or the humanities that emphasizes 
application to understanding, improving, or providing support for 
creative practice.
       Creative Works, Reflective Practice and Practice-Based Research

       Co-Chair: Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths College, University of 
London, UK

       Examples of works employing digital and related media and 
collaborative partnerships between practitioners from different 
backgrounds as well as reflective accounts of individual practice.
       Retrospectives in Creative Practice And Research

       Co-Chair: Paul Brown, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

       Historical accounts of the development of creative practice 
employing digital and related media.


     * Submission Deadline 1st October 2004
     * Author notification 8th November 2004
     * Final Formatted Papers due 13th December 2004
     * Conference 12-15th April 2005

Please Note: All papers and works (with agreement for dissemination 
and/or installation and all appropriate instructions) are accepted for 
inclusion in the Proceedings and/or Exhibition on condition that one 
author registers for the conference.
There are three types of submission:

     * Full papers on a nominated conference theme
     * Proposals for demonstrations related to a nominated theme
     * Proposals for digital works to be exhibited.

Electronic submission can be made at the Conference web site from 
August 2004 and at the latest by 1st October, 2004. All submissions 
will be fully refereed by an international programme committee. 
Accepted papers, works and demonstrations will be published in the 
conference proceedings.

The conference will take place at Goldsmiths College, University of 
London. The successful proposals and papers will be presented in a 
number of interesting venues. Goldsmiths College’s digital studios 
situated within the prestigious new building and studios designed by 
the international architect Will Alsop, make possible the showing of 
work that uses cutting edge technology. The building houses some of the 
Visual Arts studios, flexible ground floor showing spaces and a UK 
Government Research centre for Cognition, Computing and Culture. This 
centre also hosts research work across computing and psychology.

Alastair Weakley
Creativity & Cognition Studios
Faculty of IT
University of Technology, Sydney
Tel: +61(0)2 9514 4637
alastair at weakley.org.uk

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