Aiming to understand more fully the impact of mediation by digital screens on perception, knowledge and art practice.
The SkypeLab: Transcontinental faces and spaces 2014-2016 research concept emerged out of the practice led research undertaken in Skypetrait: Transcontinental faces 2012-2013. Skypetrait was an Australian/European collaboration between RMIT University and Reutlingen University in Germany with a focus on the nature of a ‘portrait’ mediated by the Skype screen. However, reflections on the process and outcomes increased the research interest in the spatial context of Skype encounters.The transcontinental network increased to include Asia as the third continent through East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.
SkypeLab is undertaken as a research laboratory within increasingly expanding networks across universities, cities and continents as well as disciplines and mediums within an urbanized and digitalized world. Within long timeframes and geographical distances, SkypeLab purposefully brings together differing time zones, seasons and cultures mediated through digital screens where all are collapsed into a common space. The project aims to investigate screen-based experiences to develop new insights and new ways of integrating digital tools into art and design. Questions arising from the labs and workshops about the impact of this space through practice led research are demonstrated though work presented at the Staedtische Galerie Reutlingen in Germany, 26 February to 10 April 2016 and in the associated publication published through Kerber Publishing in Germany and the SkypeLab web site.
Reflection on questions arising from SkypeLab have led to the next phase to include the fourth continent of South America in 2017. SkypeLab continues to build understanding of the impact of digital screens through the research connection between art practice, public space and digital technology.
SkypeLab is a project in the framework of the Baden-Württemberg- Stipendium for university students - BWS plus, a program of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung in Germany. It is undertaken in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Australia and the Department for Culture and Education of the German Consulate General in Shanghai, China. In 2013 it was awarded the Lehrpreis des Landes Baden-Württemberg for innovative educational approaches
Dr Maggie McCormick, RMIT University, Professor Henning Eichinger, Reurtlingen University, Germany, with Associate Professor Yonglei Ma, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.
Australia: Giordano Biondi, Grace Leone, Clare McCracken, Riza Manalo
Germany: Javiera Advis, Annie Kurz, Thi To Uyen Ly, Daria Romanova, Angela Wetzel
China: Kexin Chen, Yuemin Huang, Fanding Sun, Hanzhi Zhang
Research Assistant: Annie Kurz