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cast01 // Living in Mixed Realities

Conference on artistic, cultural and scientific aspects of experimental media spaces.

September 21-22, 2001
Sankt Augustin (Bonn, Germany)
Organiser: MARS-Exploratory Media Lab

Under the patronage of Edelgard Bulmahn, German Federal Minister for Education and Research


Living in Mixed Realities

What does it mean to live, play and work in a world shaped and perceived through digital media, networks and architectures of real and virtual space? How can the development of complex communication spaces, life environments and economic models be designed as an interplay of technological, social, and artistic forces, as Mixed Realities of Art, Science and Technology.

The design of a Mixed Reality Architecture, which connects processes in virtual space to the social environments and everyday cultural practice, poses challenges to technologists, scientists and artists alike. Basic design elements are networked structures, which allow new collaborative forms of work and Knowledge Discovery, human-oriented interaction and Awareness, media spaces, Room ware and advanced interfaces.

cast01 scientists will present innovative technologies, tools and research projects from the European Commission Information Society Technologies Programme (IST). Artists will show aesthetic concepts of digital culture and new interactive media formats.

Some of the topics that symbolize the influence of information technology on patterns of life and work in a networked society are Agents, Avatars, Semantic Web, poetic interfaces. cast01 explores new ways in which the next generation of cultural techniques can be understood, explored and supported through creative interdisciplinary strategies.

cast01 demonstrates outstanding examples of research, technological development and artistic production in the form of research papers and artistic presentations as well as blueprints and posters about ideas still under construction. More than 400 researchers, artists, theorists, practitioners and entrepreneurs submitted interdisciplinary projects and critical concepts on Mixed Reality. Highlights of the conference are the launch of the Internet media lab »netzspannung.org« and the »digital sparks« initiative.


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