Leave Out Everything Except the Magic
Leave Out Everything Except the Magic will draw on Professor Wendy Keay-Bright’s design research from the last decade. Her primary concern is discovering human, imaginative and interpretive ways of representing movement through digital technologies. By utilising the moving body as material for design, Wendy's work seeks to develop strategies to engender independence, inclusion and efficacy for marginalised groups.
In this lecture, Wendy will present her vision of interaction as a reciprocal, synchronised performance, amplified through a magical interplay between the body and abstract graphical projections. What makes this work compelling is the dynamic dialogue that evolves within the flow of interaction. The actor is liberated from the perception of limitation by virtue of giving life to forms created from the flatness of the screen. For those nearby there is an opportunity for inclusion in a simultaneously intimate and extrovert experiment, fleeting, yet sustained through the playfulness of the technology. Working directly with communities affected by profound disability, the work provides evidence for the agency that design can offer to challenge perception, where constraints become possibilities for achieving prodigious creativity.
Wendy Keay-Bright is Professor of Technology and Inclusion at Cardiff School of Art and Design. She is Director of the Centre for Applied Research inInclusive arts and Design (CARIAD), the first, and fastest growing pan-university research centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Wendy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and co-Director at design consultancy, Cariad Interactive. Her award winning research through design projects, ReacTickles, ReacTickles Magic, Somantics and Somability have delighted audiences worldwide, leading to open-source software and the creation of educational resources, as well as publications that demonstrate the impact of inclusion and playfulness in design innovation.
Wendy is a graduate of Graphic Design, however, her passion for abstract expressionism and experimental film, pioneered by artists from the national film Board of Canada, led to a career in the animation industry. Wendy’s fascination with visualising non-verbal communication continues to inform her practice as a researcher, designer and educator. Her current work is exploring how computational data modelling techniques could provide vital insight into kinesthesia: the sense of one’s own movement. Since winning her first nesTa award in 2005 Wendy has led a range of research projects that amplify the abilities of marginalised groups. she has gained funding through organisations such as the national film Board of Canada, Rayne Foundation, Higher Education Academy, TechnologyStrategy Board, ESRC, Arts Council of Wales and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Each of Wendy’s projects has benefited from collaboration between beneficiaries, academics, students and the technology industry, gaining sponsorship and endorsement from Smart Technologies, Microsoft and Raspberry Pi.
The impact of this work reaches beyond the creation of software and resources. Practitioners and organisations have participated in bespoke workshops - from Rhondda Cynon Taf, in the heart of the South Wales valleys, to Melbourne, Australia - gaining access to ideas, strategies and techniques that promote technology and inclusion. Her recent work, Somatopia, is pioneering inclusive design methods and software for novice coders, providing opportunities to explore gesture-based interaction in novel, user-defined contexts.
Wendy's research has had a direct impact on Learning and Teaching, she is committed to developing creative agency in students through challenging projects that foreground issues of sustainability and ethical design. In her spare time Wendy volunteers as a co-facilitator with INC, Inclusive theatre group, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff.
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