At this evening session the Interface Studies Group will present the ‘interface’ as the centre of technology mediated experience and will reveal trends, notions and tangible prototypes that stretch and challenge the still predominant screen – spectator arrangement.
In contrast with traditional cinema and TV, in what may be called the ‘post-PC’ era, mobile and haptic interfaces and Reactive Environments are putting the embodied presence of the user back on stage. By engaging other senses and modalities such as touch, voice, movement and mobility and by taking into account the user’s sensorial and affective dimensions, new forms of interaction, knowledge production, and forms of sociality are made possible.
20:00 Doors open with VJ+DJ Emile Zile. Artist and Performer.
20:30 Welcome by Heiner Holtappels, Director of NIMk.
20:35 Jan Simons – ‘Beyond the desktop’. Presentation of the Interface Studies research group and lecture.
Media Theory author and researcher, Associate Professor ASCA/UvA.
21:55 Ben Salem – ‘Designing reactive environments’.
Architect, Assistant Professor TU/e. Going beyond Ambient Intelligence into enhanced environment.
21:15 Break
21:30 Lilia Pérez – ‘Just Touch’. An overview on touch as a paradigm for human-computer interaction
Digital Artist, Interaction Designer and Researcher, PhD Candidate
21:45 Jorge Alves Lino – ‘Responsive environments in the context of public space and large scale installation
Concept Designer, PhD Candidate TU/e
22:00 Noam Knoller – ‘Interface Visions of Storytelling’
Interaction designer/artist, filmmaker, PhD Candidate ASCA/UvA
22:15 Karen Lancel – ‘TELE_TRUST in the context of artistic interfaces’
Digital artist, PhD Candidate ASCA/UvA.
22:30 Feel the bodily turn! – Drinks, Music and Interaction!
After the lectures, works in progress and interesting prototypes will be presented by guest artists and designers and made available for the public to try.
Special guest Installation: Social Soundmachine – feeling the music!
by Ramon Schreuder (Lewis & Davis – studio for experience design)
“Social Soundmachine is an interactive tabletop, on which people can create electronic music together. It uses a special multi-touch surface with a number of tangible game pieces.”  URL:

The Interface Studies Group is a recently formed interdisciplinary research collaboration between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Their research aims to investigate how current human-computer interface technologies and culture affect each other.
This event is hosted by Sculpture Parks, an initiative of Broadcast Media Sculptures.
Organized by SALTO Omroep Amsterdam
Associated Partner: NIMk
Kindly supported by EACEA and AFK
Event details:
Location: Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk)
Keizersgracht 264, Amsterdam.
Date: Friday June 18, 2010
Doors Open 8:00 p.m.
Program Begins 8:30 p.m. (in English)
Entrance free, Please Register at