STARTS.EE is Tallinn University umbrella initiative promoting encounters between science, technology and the arts, for the benefit of society. The goal of the initiative is to open up Tallinn University research and development activities to the outer world, strengthening its abilities and increasing societal and cultural impact.
Residencies, organised in collaboration with STARTS.EU and e⁻lektron, aim at kickstarting artistic and scientific or technological collaborations that lead to transdisciplinary novel ideas that enrich the existing practices of both domains.
The topic for the current residency is ‘Wearables for Biofeedback’, proposed by the HCI research group in Tallinn University School of Digital Technologies, who will be hosting the collaboration project.
In novel smart applications, multisensory feedback can be applied to the user body to inform them about their own or another person’s emotional state. In this residency, an artist and a scientist/technologist will be invited to experiment with (1) analysis and processing of biological markers such as heart rate variability or electrodermal activity, and (2) mapping of resulting biological patterns onto multisensory (tactile or auditory-tactile) patterns to be delivered via wearables like bracelets or vibrating clothing in artistic scenarios. The example scenarios may include but are not limited to raised self-awareness (e.g. CogoNovo or Magic lining projects), tele-empathy or other collective engagement experiences (e.g. elektron.live).
The organisers are looking for a scientist/technologist and an artist to collaborate on the topic of wearables for biofeedback. The applicants are expected to apply for the residency position individually. The selected applicants will later form a two-person team working together to explore the proposed topic.
The expected workload of the resident is ~160 h (i.e. equal to one month of full time work). That workload can be stretched over a three-month period (maximum duration), starting in August or the first half of September 2020. The residents are expected to be physically present in Tallinn for the collaboration period and work face to face on university premises, if it is considered safe regarding the ongoing public health crisis.
The organisers provide:
Residency salary of 1500€ (brutto) for both participants and an additional 500€ for materials, tools etc.
Working space in the interaction design lab in Tallinn University campus.
Use of equipment in different labs of Tallinn University, including materials for physical prototyping, a wide variety of sensors, software and hardware.
A diverse team of experienced mentors, with backgrounds in physiological computing, neurofeedback and smart textile technologies as well as performing arts and design.
A toolkit for co-creation in the form of a customised set of co-creation techniques to facilitate creative collaboration.