Movement and Emotion as Computational Interfaces

workshop :: speaker series :: June 6th - June 12th, 2016

York University • School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design • Toronto, Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

• What's the best airport to fly into?

Pearson International Airport is Toronto's largest airport with connections around the world.

For directions to York from Pearson Airport, please refer to:

Flights can be booked on any online service or booking agent.

• Is a rental car recommended?

There are many options to getting around Toronto by car or public trasportation. Likely during the workshop there will be no need to drive off campus, so it may be better not to rent a car. Keep in mind parking will be expensive ($20 CAD/Day), so it may be best to skip it.

What lodging is recommended for the workshop?

For accomodations please see: registration & accomodations

• Can I park nearby the workshop location?

Parking rates can be found here: parking locations, please refer to the campus map:

• What are the workshop hours?

Most days the workshop will begin at 9 am and end at 4.30 pm. There will be a speaker series from 5.30 - 7.00 pm during the first five days of the workshop.

• Will you be serving breakfast or any other meals at workshop?

Snacks will be provided, but meals will be left up to the particpants to find themselves. There is a selection of restaurants available on the campus in the York University Student Centre and York Lanes.

• Will there be any scheduled opportunities to socialize with other participants after workshop hours?

Yes. There will be a sheduled time for dinner, coffee hours, and discussion periods throughout the workshop. The final day of the workshop (June 12th) will be dedicated to a debriefing roundtable session that will sum up the experience of the week. During the round table participants and team members will have the opportunity to synthesize what unfolded over the course of the week through discussions that will help outline new goals and directions in this work, and establish long-term connections between the members of the workshop.

• How many participants are you expecting?

The workshop is limited to 35 participants. For details on registration, please visit: registration & accomodations

• I am a performer/ somatic practitioner, how is this workshop relevant to me?

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together artists, scientists and educators, so that they can share their knowledge, and collaborate on a methodology to artistically extend our use of somatic awareness through technology. Specifically, the workshop is for somatically trained performers and educators (actors and dancers who work with consciously developing awareness of sensations that arise specifically from involuntary systems in the body: blood flow, breath sensation, gravity, temperature, pain and pleasure, etc.), and scientists with expertise in monitoring and quantifying these sensations as well as art/scientists computationally engaged with the body. We (the participants) will share our knowledge about physiological awareness, and the technologies that can extend and support that awareness; we will explore where and how we can collaborate in an exciting and complementary way.