Performing Time, Space and Light


November 20, 2012


Alvaro Cassinelli


University of Tokyo


“In this talk I will present some of my works as a media artist and researcher and show how, depending on the academic/social context, these can flip as a Necker cube between the realms of Media Art and HCI research. I will talk in particular of some attempts at embodying elusive realities such as Time, Space and Light, so they can they can be actors and perform with humans in public spaces. This include for example deformable walls that remember the past, robots made of light, video “plumbing” that transverse continents, laser auras that extend emotions (capriciously), the use of the body as an interface as well as a surface for projection, the introduction of minimalistic, iconic displays as an alternative to the pixilated screen, as well as several experiments on mediating the Self with technology (including devices to help people with disabilities), and new paradigms for a sustainable ubiquitous computing world – among other miscellaneous but related topics.”


Alvaro Cassinelli

Alvaro Cassinelli was born in Uruguay in 1972. In 1992 he obtained both the French and Uruguayan Bachelor degree, and a grant to pursue his studies in France. With an Engineering degree in Telecommunications (Telecom ParisTech), a master on laser and matter interaction and a Ph.D in Physics (University of Paris-XI), he moved to Japan to work as Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo (Ishikawa-Oku Laboratory), first as leader of the Optoelectronic Group, and then leader of the Meta-Perception Group, a group specialized on Human-Computer Interfaces for enhancing human communication and expression. He is also co-founder of the Devices that Alter Perception workshop. Independently experimenting in the field of Media Arts since 2004, he has been awarded several prizes as a Media Artist, including the Grand Prize [Art Division] at the 9th Japan Media Art Festival (2006), an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica (2006), an Excellence Prize [Entertainment Division] at the 13th Japan Media Art Festival (2009), the NISSAN Innovative Concept Award (2010), and the Jury Grand Prize at Laval Virtual (2011).