News : Electric Bodies and Possible Worlds - Presentation at the 9th Hackers On Planet Earth Conference

Sensory Research organized a panel discussion on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Alternate Reality Gaming at the 9th annual Hackers on Planet Earth conference in NYC.

Day/Time: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 4:30PM
Location: Sassaman Room (18th floor), Hotel Pennsylvania


Though there are many expensive, mainstream solutions for wearable computing, Augmented/Virtual Reality and Alternate Reality Gaming, there is also a burgeoning community of DIY projects in these areas that focus on self-expression, empowerment and community building. This panel provided an overview of several important projects for wearable computing, Augmented/Virtual Reality and Alternate Reality Gaming. In particular, the session related how these projects allow individuals to explore the many possible worlds and identities available to us.


Participant Bios:

Jaime Magiera is the founder of Sensory Research, an organization of engineers, designers and artists dedicated to providing useful tools and services to augment human interaction. Most recently, his work has focused on developing interactive systems for creative self-expression, education and rehabilitation. Jaime is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has taught at Eastern Michigan University. He has worked in the educational technology field for 18 years.

Cayden Mak teaches & learns at the University at Buffalo. He has experience as a game designer and facilitator for liberatory education. His research intersects play, games, and direct democracy, using technology, game design, and popular education to affect change around issues in public education, the environment, and labor.

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in performance, wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published by Atropos Press in 2012, discusses art that uses augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. Micha holds an MFA from University of California, San Diego, an MA in Communication from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University.


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