Abstract: “Art and Design in the Context of Assistive Technologies: Two Projects”
I will present two projects from the field of art and design in the context of assistive technologies and interfaces. Both centre on the use of sound. The first is an ongoing art project, audible sculptures, which creates a platform where blind and sighted individuals can experience the shapes and forms of artworks using the senses that they share: touch and hearing. The second project, audible pointers, is an indoor exploration and navigation project for shared public space in Alexis Nihon shopping mall. While audible sculptures is an artwork destined for an audience, and audible pointers consists in a smart phone application for users, both aim at creating platforms for shared experiences between people with varying abilities. In my presentation, I will address practical experiences emerging from the participatory creation process as well as theoretical reflections on the role of art and design in assistive technology.
Biography: Florian Grond (www.grond.at) is a postdoctoral researcher at Concordia University, funded by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research in Greater Montreal (CRIR). He is also an affiliate member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology in Montreal. He holds an MSc (2002) from the Karl-Franzens University in Graz (Austria). From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a research associate and guest artist at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany). He studied at the Cognitive Interaction Technology, Center of Excellence (CITEC) and received a doctorate from Bielefeld University, Germany, in 2013. His work, published in various journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers and exhibited in venues across Japan, Europe and North America, focuses on the intersections between art and science, with a special interest in sound. In 2015, he will begin a FQRSC-funded research-creation postdoctoral project at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) at McGill in collaboration with the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT).