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Conference Biofeedback is a USB gadget that allows conference lecturers to receive physical stimulations and feedback coming from the audience.

Are people interested in what you’re saying?
Are they bored?
Now you can know.
Lecturers can connect to their audience using their own bodies. Conference Biofeedback’s circuit are connected to an online application.
People in the audience can use the application’s interface to express their feelings about the conference.
Everything goes smoothly for the lecturer if they’re happy and interested.
If they happen to be bored, Conference Biofeedback triggers electrical stimulations (20V, just above human body’s natural impedence) with increasing current flow, rising proportionally to people’s boredom.
An annoying alarm and light signals complete the feedback experience.
Conference Biofeedback: a war on boring conferences and on unidirectional communication.
Conference Biofeedback was presented for the first time at Planetary Collegium’s 2009 annual conference “Consciousness Reframed X: Behaving Media, Experiencing Design”.

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This year’s Consciousness Reframed conference has just finished, and we just returned home for a little while.
A sunny Munich hosted the tenth edition of the Planetary Collegium’s annual conference themed “Experiencing Design, Behaving Media”.

We presented two FakePress projects: Conference Biofeedback and Ubiquitous Anthropology.

Conference Biofeedback @ Consciousness ReframedConference Biofeedback @ Consciousness Reframed

The two projects form a continuous line of thought: the emergence of narratives built on interstitial spaces built through technologies on-between bodies, architectures, objects, places. Build new spaces for expression and communication that are overlayed on ordinary reality.

Conference Biofeedback allowes you to acquire new sensibilities directed to the feelings of the people you are talking to. While the USB device that we produced for the conference was somewhat cumbersome (I just finished soldering it at 5am in the morning before leaving for Munich) it provided quite an interesting experience: while i made the presentation, people interacted with the web interface and actually gave me quite a few shocks.

While I always question myself about the interestingness of the things I talk about, I guess the availability of this novelty contributed quite a bit to the great deal of clicking-and-shocking-the-lecturer that was going on among the people in the audience. :)

The project was presented as a “war on boring conferences” but people were truly happy about the implicit possibilites: we discussed about these devices as low information publishing tools that could interact with our common practices by providing externalized sensibilities; and also about the possibilities to break communication codes and create spaces-in-between that can be used for autonomous, self-determined self-expression, beyound authority, control and censorship.

These techno-practices have uses that can provide useful for creativity, commerce, art, information, communication and education. But, most of all, they are an explicit expression of the ways in which contemporary sensibilities might change, they show possible directions towards changes in attitude, in the concepts of public and private spaces, in the adoption of new forms of identity and social collaboration, new politics, new relationships with the environment and with people.

And new expression of the Ethnographic Self are the focus of Ubiquitous Anthropology: multi author, location based narratives that allow to go beyond classic anthropological researches, often expression of single points of view provided by anthropologists and researchers, and to create spaces for the expressions of all the actors involved. Look at the world from the point of view of other people, accepting and valuing different perspectives and individualities. Become multiple by “wearing” the voice of the Other. A perceptive jukebox through which discourses, points of view and sensibilities can truly evolve.

Here is a video of the presentation.

(sorry, it’s the wrong way…. please turn your monitor on the side.. I promise I will never use my iPhone on the side ever again :)  )

The Consciousness Reframed conference was truly worthwhile: lots of friends presenting truly interesting projects and researches. I do advise you to check out the presentation list and the materials that will be published shortly at the conference’s website.

An interesting side note: we just published the book telling the story of Angel_F’s first year of life. We met Derrick de Kerckhove in Munich and we gave it to him as a present. Here’s a picture below :)

Derrick de Kerckhove and Angel_FDerrick de Kerckhove and Angel_F

But that’s another story, and we’ll tell you all about it as soon as we get back from AHAcktitude. Our little Angel_F will be there as well, so you might as well drop by if you like.

Stay tuned.

Art is Open Source is going at Consciousness Reframed X conference organized by the Planetary Collegium in November 2009 at the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Munich. We’ll be there from November 19th to 21st.

We will present the Ubiquitous Anthropology project with FakePress. We will also present and use our little new project: Conference BioFeedback.

 

Conference BioFeedbackConference BioFeedback

You can check out the Ubiquitous Anthropology project on the FakePress Website and in the previous presentations you’ll find listed in the main page here at Art is Open Source.

So let’s take a look at Conference BioFeedback.

It’s a small USB gizmo intended to be worn or sewn on clothes. It connects you and your body to this website. This is a way of “publishing” emotions and sensations on bodies.

In this scenario: a war agains boring conferences!

We are really sensible on this matter: conferences are a really fundamental part of knowledge dissemination, and they could turn out to be even more focal in tomorrow’s education and cultural practices, as the ways of te network create more and more ways of connecting knowledges and information in these temporary, emergent occasions, suggesting really interesting alternatives to classrooms and universities.

The Planetary Collegium itself is interesting in this sense: a nomadic university creating an Excellence (yes, capitals) PhD across universities and centered around a series of periodic conference and a networked tutoring and mentoring process.

So we really do care about our conferences.

That’s why we created Conference BioFeedback!

The lecturer connects to the emotions of its audience: are they bored? happy? interested? excited?

Audiences can update their feelings about the conference using a website (from Fantastic to Terrible).

Bad ratings mean trouble for the boring lecturer, as ratings are translated into low voltage stimulations.

Fail in getting your fellow conferencers excited and you have a chance of being electrocuted right there. :)

My fellow FakePressers are calling this thing “a emotional publishing product for bodies“. But I’m sure I saw a grin when they saw I realized that it’s me who’s going to the conference in Munich and, thus, it’s me who’s going to wear the Conference BioFeedback gizmo.

and so.. got to get back to making the best-est powerpoint slides…

stay tuned for the updates from an electrocuted conferencer in Munich!

(… will keep you updated)