Monday, November 10, 2008

Centre for Urban Health, Arts informed Research, Body, Technology, Installations Featured at Seminar Series

Environmental Health Justice in the City

2008-2009 Seminar Series

Arts-Informed, Embodied Research Installations

Presenter: Dr. Geoffrey Edwards

Nov. 13th, 2008 from 2pm4pm

University College Room 248 - University of Toronto

St. George campus (15 Kings College Circle)


Beginning with some concrete examples of Resonant Installations currently under development, we shall explore some of the underlying principles concerning embodied experience and visceral knowledge; talk about technology toolkits that support the work, and do"body‐storming" exercises that favor the development of transformative design principles. The seminar will be a mix of theory, embodiment exercises and a practical work focused on installation design.

Geoffrey Edwards is a senior scientist who has long worked at the interface between disciplines. Since being awarded the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Geomatics in 2001, he has concentrated his efforts towards the elaboration of cognitivelyinformed tools for situating the body in space.

For the past five years, Dr. Edwards has been working with a performing artist, Ms. Marie Louise Bourbeau, on the development of new media installations that explore the body in space as it relates to issues and challenges in physical rehabilitation and public health.

These Transformative or Resonant Installations explore visceral embodied experience as it relates to personal identity and a sense of personhood.

Dr. Edwards has led several major initiatives in collaborative research over the years, including roles as director of the Centre for Research in Geomatics at Laval University and of the GEOIDE Network of Centres of Excellence.

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