Tesla Talk: Barbara Rauch

Facing Affect and Emotion

barbara rauchFriday 15th June 2012


Garwood Lecture Theatre

UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Facing Affect and Emotion is a presentation that addresses the history of Data Visualization within the humanities research. Our research suggests that artists are and have always been concerned with visualization techniques that are now entering other disciplines. We discuss models of research creation and the aspects of “labour”, “craft”, “research” and “practice-led” projects and suggest, that these terminologies and methods are a sign of contemporary practice and its ambivalent nature. Studio and research creation will be challenged with study that comes out of scientific and interdisciplinary research.

The presentation will focus on the analysis of the language used for interdisciplinary research and highlights on the tools that researchers engage with. The presentation demonstrates a study that uses 3D technologies, haptics, sculpting and data analysis. A true collaboration between the arts and sciences.

Dr. Barbara Rauch is an artist practitioner and research academic. She is a Digital Futures Initiative hire, in a tenure-track position at OCAD University, Toronto in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Studies. Rauch is the Graduate Program Director for the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Art, Media & Design (IAMD). She is the Director of the e_Motion Research Project in the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute, researching the development of emotion with the facilitation of data analysis, using advanced technology in 3D printing, sculpting and analysis.

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In the lab we aim to designate an alternative format of acknowledging research by instigating discourse around the topic of emotion in artistic practice. Situating ourselves in an academic and interdisciplinary research-led environment, we consider the ‘studio’ as a geographic and emotional location in which process and production takes place. Through practice-led research, we connect current studio practices to reflexive, visual analysis, as a transformative research methodology.