user_mode was a major international symposium involving a three day conference and an electronic music performance that examined one of the key concerns for many creative practitioners: how to engage the emotions of the audience or user

user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design Symposium – Part 1: Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction – Honor Harger, Tate Modern and Tricia Austin, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Opening Remarks by David Ross, a curator and former Director of SFMoMA and the Whitney, USA.

Artists, designers and critics frequently refer to ‘emotional engagement’ but what is meant by this? Is it immersion, rapture, agency, reflection? user_mode explored these questions through presentations of art installations, AI, architecture, electronic music, networked role playing games, graphic communication, interaction design, net art, performance, smart textiles and wearable technologies.

It featured presentations, performances and comments by more than 30 artists, designers, researchers and thinkers including: Simon Biggs [UK]; David Ross [USA]; Masaki Fujihata [Japan]; Joshua Davis [USA]; Sara Diamond [Canada]; Lev Manovich [USA|Russia] and Irene McAra-McWilliam [UK] and many other participants.

A collaboration between Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and Tate Modern

user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design Symposium – Part 2: Poetics and Spectacle

Session 1: Poetics and Spectacle from the symposium is with Simon Biggs, Gordana Novakovic, Masaki Fujihata

Simon Biggs [UK] is an artist who creates immersive art installations, Gordana Novakovic [UK|Yugoslavia] is a theorist presently exploring relationships between theatre and interactive installation and Masaki Fujihata [Japan] is artist who works with interactive installation.

user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design Symposium – Part 3: Interactivity and Subjectivity

Session 2: Interactivity & Subjectivity: The Quality of Experience is with, Irene McAra-McWilliam, Brendan Walker, Dr. Maribeth J. Back, Stuart Jones

Irene McAra-McWilliam [UK] is Professor of Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA), UK, Brendan Walker [UK] is a designer who is presently exploring methods of engineering thrill. Dr. Maribeth J. Back [USA] is a researcher, formerly at MIT, who will be presenting the Listen Reader book and Stuart Jones [UK] is a sound artist who is presently working with responsive architectural environments.

user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design Symposium – Part 4: Sensory Experience

Session 3: Sensory Experience: Perception and Feeling with Sara Diamond, Jenny Tillotson & George Dodd, Anna Hill, Crispin Jones

A discussion around sensory experience with Sara Diamond, Jenny Tillotson & George Dodd [UK], a designer and a scientist working with the artistic properties of aroma, Anna Hill [Ireland] an artist who uses sound recordings from the Aurora Borealis and human breath to create interactive experiences, and Crispin Jones [UK] an interaction designer whose work explores pain and fear.

user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design Symposium – Part 5: Data Aesthetics

Session 4: Data Aesthetics - Extending The Palette is with David Ross, Lev Manovich, Jonah Brucker-Cohen and David Ross

Chair’s Introduction, David Ross is followed by contributions from Lev Manovich [USA|Russia], a theorist and writer of new media, Jonah Brucker-Cohen [Ireland|USA], an artist and designer whose work addresses physical interfaces and David Ross [USA] a curator and former Director of SFMOMA and the Whitney, USA.

user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design Symposium – Part 6: Immersion

Session 5: Immersion – The Individual and the Social Subject is with Sara Diamond, Golan Levin, Susan Collins selectparks

Chair’s introduction with Sara Diamond, and contributions from the panel includes Golan Levin [USA], an artist and engineer who works with interactive sound and performance, Susan Collins an installation artist, and selectparks [New Zealand/Australia] represented by Julian Oliver. Selectparks are a group of games developers working with multiplayer games, music and architecture.

user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design Symposium – Part 7: Social Ecologies

Session 6: Social Ecologies: Learning, Playing, Belonging is with Irene McAra-McWilliam, Tobi Scheidler, Natalie Bookchin & Jacqueline Stevens and Peter Higgins

Chair’s introduction from Irene McAra-McWilliam, Professor of Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA), UK, with contributions from,Tobi Scheidler [Sweden] an architect and designer at the Interactive Institute, Sweden, Natalie Bookchin & Jacqueline Stevens [USA], an artist and a political theorist who are presently working on online multiplayer artworks. Peter Higgins [UK], an interaction designer who creates interactive discovery environments, is also part of this session, with closing comments from David Ross, Sara Diamond, Irene McAra-McWilliam, Tricia Austin.