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The Department of Communications Studies & Multimedia at McMaster University presents a public talk by Dr. Paula Gardner entitled, “Dance Your Data: Interface Learning and Unthinking Movement.”

Friday, December 4

2:30-4:00pm (Hamilton Hall – Room 302)

Reception and refreshments from 4:00 pm (Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship – Mills Library)


Paula Gardner is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia, and joined the McMaster Faculty of Humanities in 2015 as the Asper Chair in Communications.


“Dance Your Data” is a research creation project employing a gesture/biometric capture interface that returns audio and video feedback to improvisational dancers: creating real-time music, sound and visual experiences. Dr. Gardner will discuss the role of informational visuals of biodata (i.e. skeletal tracking, heart and brain wave data) in assisting apperceptive dance, and the possibility that failed learning brings surrender to the machine, and makes way for “unthought” responses.


For more information: email Christina Baade ( or Chris Myhr (


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Date(s) - December 4, 2015
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Hamilton Hall 302, McMaster University


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