BlackBox Project receives Professor Sotaro Kita for a conference in the framework of Gesture Studies
February 6, 2017. The BlackBox Project receives the prestigious Professor Sotaro Kita, from the University of Warwick, on February 6 for a conference in the area of Gesture Studies and Cognitive Linguistics. With the title "How speech and gesture production shape each other," the conference will focus on the interdependence between gestures and the production of discourse.
The talk will concern gestures that people spontaneously produce, mainly with their hands, while speaking and will argue that gesture production is highly inter-dependent with speech production.
Professor Sotaro Kita completed a PhD in psychology and linguistics at the University of Chicago and has been lecturing in the UK since 2003 at Univ. of Bristol, Univ. of Birmingham, and Univ. of Warwick. His research interests are psycholinguistics and psychology of communication, with the main focus being on gestures that are spontaneously produced during speaking and thinking.
The conference will take place at 6pm at Sala Multiusos 1, on the ID Building, FCSH. The entrance is free.
BlackBox supports the first iGesto conference
February 2-3, 2017. The BlackBox project is supporting the first conference organised by iGesto association, “iGesto’17 - International Conference on Gesture and Multimodality”. The event will take place in February 2-3 at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto.
Apart from integrating the scientific committee, BlackBox team will be presenting four lectures: “Performance mode under the microscope: A cognitive semiotic analysis of eye gaze and other body movements in a contemporary dance improvisation exercise”, presented by Vito Evola, Joanna Skubisz, and Carla Fernandes; “A multimodal video annotator for bodily motions: taking notes in real-time”, presented by Carla Fernandes and Stephan Jürgens; “A systematic review of the methods reported in the journal GESTURE”, presented by Joanna Skubisz; “Dynamic Annotations Visualizer: A tool to visualize video-based annotations of body movements in a 3D environment”, presented by Claudia Ribeiro, Vito Evola, Rafael Kuffner, Joanna Skubisz.
The iGesto association, recently founded in Porto, Portugal, is organizing this first meeting with the aim of promoting scientific dialogue and research in the field of Gesture Studies in southwestern Europe. The meeting is mainly aimed at researchers and other professionals interested in issues related to the study of gesture and multimodality in interaction.
After the conference, two of the keynotes speakers, Adam Kendon and Sotaro Kita, have been invited by BlackBox to give an open seminar at FCSH, on the 6th of February, at 6pm.
Carla Fernandes integrates the Dance Pilot of Europeana Space project
January 2017. Carla Fernandes integrates the Europeana Space project as one of the partners of the Dance Pilot, coordinated by Sarah Whatley from Coventry University. At the Dance Pilot, Carla Fernandes is responsible for the software “Dance Pro”, a video annotator who works as a real time digital notebook to help the creative and compositional processes of professional performing artists.
Europeana Space project aims to create new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the creative industries sector based on Europe’s rich digital cultural resources. The 6 themed Pilots developed will present innovative models of content use in interactive TV, photography, dance, games, publishing and cultural heritage.
As a full partner of the Europeana Space project, Carla Fernandes attended two thematic workshops, one in Coventry about Intellectual Property and related technology (March 2, 2015), and another one about technical space in Brussels (March 23-24, 2015). Also, she participated on the Dance Pilot hackathon, entitled “Hacking the [Dancing] Body”, which took place in Prague (November 20-21, 2015), plus the three annual project conferences (16 -17 October 2014, Venice; 10-11 December 2015, Tallinn; 21-22 November 2016, Berlin).
BlackBox presents at La Dynamique Interactionnelle du Geste “Making sense together” conference, organized by the CNRS and the Laboratoire SFL in Paris (France)
September 22-23, 2016. The team participated with the following peer-reviewed presentations: Performance mode under the microscope: A cognitive semiotic analysis of eye gaze and other body movements in a contemporary dance improvisation exercise (Vito Evola, Joanna Skubisz, and Carla Fernandes); Qualities that count: Social cognition and collaborative coordination in a conceptual dance improvisation (Carla Fernandes, Vito Evola, and Joanna Skubisz).
Participation of Prof. Carla Fernandes at ERCEA conference in Lisbon: "Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown"
July 4, Lisbon. Prof. Carla Fernandes, as Principal Investigator of the BlackBox project, was invited to give a formal talk at the ERCEA (ERC Executive Agency) conference in Lisbon upon invitation of the ERC President and the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, both present at the session, where only three Portuguese PIs have been selected to present their ERC-funded projects. The conference has taken place at the "Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown" on the 4th of July 2016 and aimed to provide a platform for dialogue and best practice exchanges between the ERC grantees (PIs) and the European Research Council Executive Agency, with regard to all stages of the grant implementation (legal, scientific, financial, communication, open access matters, inter alia). The presence of other PIs from Portuguese Universities and Research Units has constituted an important opportunity to promote the debate between researchers and institutions, focusing on their scientific achievements and experiences with the management of their respective teams. The three selected PIs (Carla Fernandes, Elvira Fortunato and Luís Moita) have presented the scientific and artistic results of their research and provided first-hand advice on all concrete aspects of their grant management process up to now.
Participation of BlackBox team at the ISGS 7
July 4, 2016. BlackBox team will be presenting their work at the ISGS 7, the biennial conference organised by the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS), an international scholarly association devoted to the study of human gesture (www.gesturestudies.com). The seventh conference of the ISGS takes place at Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France, July 18th–22th, 2016. Carla Fernandes and Vito Evola co-organize a theme panel on “Annotating (on) the Creative Body: From Research to New Tools”, with peer-reviewed presentations: Transposing Formal Annotations of 2D Video Data into a 3D Environment for Gesture Research (Claúdia Ribeiro, Vito Evola, Rafael Kuffner, and Joanna Skubisz); The role of gaze and other body movements in collaborative decision-making: A study on coordinating turns in a contemporary dance improvisation exercise (Vito Evola, Joanna Skubisz, and Carla Fernandes); A multimodal video annotator for bodily motions: taking notes in real-time (Carla Fernandes and Stephan Jürgens)
BlackBox presents results of the case study on choreographer João Fiadeiro
6th June 2016: 14h30 to 19h00 at the recently opened "Polo Cultural das Gaivotas" (hosted by the Lisbon Town Hall). Venue address: Rua das Gaivotas 6, Lisbon. First public presentation of the results of the BlackBox research project on the work of choreographer João Fiadeiro. This outreach event will be led by the project coordinator, Prof. Carla Fernandes, and the core team members of the project, who will be presenting their final results on Fiadeiro's creative process, as analysed through the lenses of the three interrelated research areas covered by the project (Multimodal Communication&Cognition, Performance Studies&Information Visualisation and Computer Vision&Motion Tracking). Choreographer João Fiadeiro will be present throughout the afternoon in his role of first invited case-study (October 2014 - June 2016) of the BlackBox project. Associate researchers of the project have also been invited to join this public event. A round-table with all the involved researchers and the choreographer will wrap up the event and at 9:30 pm João Fiadeiro will present a site-specific version of his performance "I am (not) here" to the public. Both the afternoon conference and the evening performance are free and open to the community.
TKB project presentation: The Transmedia Knowlegde-Base for Performing Arts, digital and interactive platform for the Performative Arts - Festival Alkantara
June 5, Sala Mário Viegas - S. Luiz Theater The "Knowledge-Base for Performing Arts", a project coordinated by Carla Fernandes, is a dynamic and open resource that aims to support the creation and documentation of contemporary performances in the digital format of an "archive of processes".
TKB project presentation: The Transmedia Knowlegde-Base for Performing Arts, digital and interactive platform for Performative Arts - Teatro Viriato
April 2016. On the occasion of the show "Reencontro", which will join Vera Mantero, Clara Andermatt, João Fiadeiro and Paulo Ribeiro in a choreography by João dos Santos Martins, a presentation of the TKB project will be take place, coordinated by Carla Fernandes.
Presentation of the BlackBox project at Monstra 2016
March 2016 Stephan Jürgens, Francisco Henriques and Carla Fernandes will participate in a public debate / round table at the Monstra 2016 (Animated Film Festival in Lisbon) and present a talk entitled Animated infographic films: how to present scientific research in animated films.
Training Course: Multimodality analysis methodologies in face-to-face interaction. Gesture Studies with ELAN
March 3 to 5, 2016 / Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto. The course aims to teach the use of ELAN video annotation software program. More
Talent Development in Research
February 2016. Professor Carla Fernandes was invited to give a talk at the event TALENT DEVELOPMENT IN RESEARCH, organised by NOVA Research, and an opportunity to network with peers, meet NOVA’s European Research Council grantees and listen to their stories. More
Europeana Space 2nd International Conference in Tallinn
On 10-11 December 2015. Creative reuse of cultural heritage and contemporary practices: challenges and opportunities in the digital world. Represented by the gracious cornflower, the national symbol of Estonia, the 2nd Europeana Space International Conference is announced. More
Dance Hackathon, from Prague to London
November 2015. The EuropeanaSpace Dance Hackathon took place in Prague on the 21st and 22nd November. Organised by CIANT, in collaboration with Coventry University and the Dance Pilot team, the event brought together dancers, choreographers, hackers, coders, scientists and artists to explore the creative reuse of Europeana and dance content. More
E-Space invited in CRe-AM networking session at ICT Lisbon 2015!
October 2015. Gathering people from both creative industries and ICT fields in order to exchange ideas on shared strategic collaboration. More
Peer-reviewed presentation: “The Role of Eye Gaze and Body Movements in Turn-Taking during a Contemporary Dance Improvisation”
September 17-18, 2015. Vito Evola, Joanna Skubisz, and Carla Fernandes present a peer-reviewed presentation entitled “The Role of Eye Gaze and Body Movements in Turn-Taking during a Contemporary Dance Improvisation” at the 3rd European Symposium on Multimodal Communication, held at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).
E-Space Dance Pilot: Testing Sessions in Athens
September 2015. The session really highlighted the multitude of ways in which the Pilot's tools might inform and facilitate engagement with dance, both in and out of the studio. More
E-Space Dance pilot in Portugal
May 2015. The Europeana Space Dance Pilot travelled to Lisbon, Portugal mid-May, to hold its first usability test for the two applications it has been developing. A two-day session was organized by FCSH-UNL under the coordination of team members Carla Fernandes and João Gouveia but included all members of the Pilot, Sarah Whatley, Alexandru Stan and Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros. Coventry University, IN2 , and FCSH met at the RE.AL Studios, a company led by contemporary choreographer João Fiadeiro, to evaluate the “DanceSpaces” tool and the “DancePro” tool. More
ERC Grant awarded to a researcher from the FCSH
July 2013. Learn more about the "BlackBox" Project, led by researcher Carla Fernandes, from CLUNL, who was awarded a 1.4 million euro grant from European Research Council (ERC). More