Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Here's a video/ photo montage we made from a horseback trip we enjoyed while we were in Chile this summer, organised (excellently) by Ritoque Expediciones who are based near Concòn, just north of Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast.
Great experience, beautiful views and nice company, and thanks from us both to one and all who made it possible!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Live Stream from Fem Camp was by Robin Good TV
Robin Good's You Tube Archive
Photos from the event at Flickr, courtesy of dottavi
barcamp per parlare di donne nelle tecnologie e tecnologie delle donne / barcamp to talk about women in technologies and technologies of women
Il FemCamp ha un tema: le nuove tecnologie per valorizzare "le voci, le visioni, le azioni delle donne". Analizziamo insieme, donne e uomini, come svelare i condizionamenti dei comportamenti culturali, messi in atto dalla società, ed evitare la conseguente stereotipizzazione di entrambi i sessi.
Il FemCamp si inserisce nell'ambito del convegno transnazionale "E-WIT" di TechnéDonne, progetto finanziato dall'Iniziativa Comunitaria Equal, che nei due anni di attività ha cercato di contrastare la segregazione professionale femminile nelle ICT, affrontando in maniera innovativa il gender digital divide.
The FemCamp has a main theme: the use of technology to empower "women’s voices, visions, and actions". We want to analize together, women and men, how to unveil the social construction of cultural patterns our society enforces, and therefore find ways to avoid gender stereotypes.
The FemCamp is part of the transnational conference "E-WIT", organised within the European project TechnéDonne, financed by the EU Equal Programme. Throughout its two years of activity, the project has being fighting women's professional segregation within the ICT field, trying to find innovative strategies to cope with the gender digital divide.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The other week (April 27th to May 1st), while we were in Turkey for a long weekend visit to Istanbul together with our Bologna friends Irene Ruggero and Carlo Coniglio, we had the interesting and inspiring experience of being able to mingle with the enormous crowds of turkish citizens of all age groups, with a very large component of young people, both male and female, who took part in a vast peaceful demonstration in support of a secular state.
The scene above is from a brief gathering with public appeals and speeches held around the Independence Memorial in Taksim Square, high up on the East bank of the Golden Horn.
The Taksim area itself is well worth a visit in any case in order to enjoy the excellent views of the old city center on the other bank of the Golden Horn with the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, and then to walk down the lively pedestrian precinct which meanders all the way back down to the waterfront again.
Friday, January 19, 2007
The Philosophy of Computer Games:
An Interdisciplinary Conference
January 25th to 27th 2007
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative Sciences
42100 Reggio Emilia
Dear Friends, Colleages, Students
This is the second announcement for the international conference "The Philosophy of Computer Games. An Interdisciplinary Conference", to be held at the Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative Sciences, Ex-Caserma Zucchi, Viale A. Allegri 9, Reggio Emilia from the 25th to 27th of January 2007
The purpose of the conference is to initiate an investigation into philosophical issues that is relevant to current research on computer games.
More detailed information is available on the conference website.
We hope to create a lively, informal and first and foremost interdisciplinary atmosphere, and you are cordially invited to attend and take part in the discussions.
A flyer for the event is enclosed with this mail, and we ask you to kindly circulate this, and otherwise publicise the event for those you know who may be interested in attending.
The whole conference has been recorded for web broadcasting and an edited video version is now available at http://tv.unimore.it
Registration may be carried out by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no conference fee.
Welcome to Reggio Emilia!
Locally Responsible in Reggio Emilia for the Organising Committee
COMPUTER GAME ENTITIES
11.10 Fictional, Simulated, Real: Towards an Ontology of Game Objects
Professor Espen Aarseth, Center for Computer Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
13.30 The Reality of Game Objects
Ph.d. candidate John Richard Sageng, University of Oslo, Norway
14.00 Gaming as an Aide to Metaphysical Speculation
Richard Clarkson, University of Durham, UK
14.30 The Temporality of Gaming
Associate professor Hallvard Fossheim, University of Oslo, Norway
16.00 Is our Actual World Interactive: Some Philosophical Reflections about Videogaming and Life
Ph.d. candidate Dario Compagno, University of Siena, Italy
16.30 The Ludic Parenthesis
Professor Olav Asheim, University of Oslo, Norway
10.00 Videogames, Fiction, and Reality
Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Frome, School of Film and Digital Media, University of Central Florida, USA
10.30 On The Phenomenology of Virtual Worlds
Ph.d. candidate Tarjei Mandt Larsen, University of Tromsø, Norway
11.00 The Irreducible Self. Image Studies of First Person Perspective Computer Games
Dr. Stephan Guenzel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
11.30 Visual Perception, Motor Action, and the Video Game Experience
Assistant Professor Ole Ertloev Hansen, VR Media Lab, Aalborg Universitet, Denmark
13.30 Goals, Affects, and Empathy in Games
Research Assistant Petri Lankoski, Media Lab, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
14.00 Feeling So Real – a Phenomenological Exploration of the Realities of Emotions in Play
Olli Leino, Researcher, Dr. of Art candidate, Faculty of Art & Design, Dept. of Media, University of Lapland, Finland.
14.30 Ludic Reality: a construct for analysing meaning-mapping and epistemology in play
Dan Pinchbeck, Senior Lecturer, Department of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth, UK
16.00 Virtual Consciousness and the Imaginary: A Phenomenological Sketch
Assistant Professor Nicolas De Warren, Wellesley College, UK
16.30 "Gamescapes": Spatial Orientation Without Physical Objects.
Associate Professor Anita Leirfall, University of Bergen. Norway
17.00 Virtual Realism: Player, Perception and Action in Video Game Play
Hanna K. Sommerseth, Graduate School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
17.30 Playing Dress-Up: Costumes, roleplay and imagination
Ludica: Janine Fron, Independent Artist/Designer, Tracy Fullerton, University of Southern California, Jacquelyn Ford Morie, University of Southern California, Celia Pearce, Georgia Institute of Technology (presenter)
THE ETHICS OF COMPUTER GAMES
10.00 Gamers and the Good Life
Adam R. Briggle, The VICI Research Project: The Evaluation of the Cultural Quality of New Media, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands
10.30 Computer Games and Reality: Transworld Identities
Patrick Coppock, Researcher, Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative Science, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
11.00 Virtual Ethics: The Ethics of Virtual Worlds
Edward H. Spence, The VICI Research Project: The Evaluation of the Cultural Quality of New Media, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands
11.30 Targeting the Kids: Computer Games as War Propaganda
Rune Ottosen, Oslo University College, Norway
13.30 Severe Pain or Suffering: Videogames, Morality and Torture
MSc Student Peter Rauch, Comparative Media Studies. M.I.T., USA
14.00 Ethics and Practice in Virtual Worlds
14.30 Instrumentalism and the Ethics of Videogame Play: The Tactical Iraqi Controversy
Writing Director Elizabeth Losh, University of California, USA
15.00-16.00 Closing Session