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This year Sheridan Research Group will be participating remotely via Acces Grid in the SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference, 31 July to 4 August 2005 in Los Angeles.
We would be able to accommodate a limited number of participants for each session (15 max) at our research node which is located in room A-23d at the STC campus at 407 Iroquois Shore Rd., Oakville. You will find this room at the extreme south-east corner of the building within space shared with the PeopleSher group.

For additional information please contact either Carrie or Wesley.
Carrie Haans
(905) 845-9430 x8634

Wesley Skoczen
tel. 905 845 9430 x8704

Schedule of sessions available on AG

Please note that the sessions listed on the SIGGRAPH web site include several that are not available to audience sites over the AG due to technical and/or bandwidth constraints.

The following sessions will be available for remote "audience" site participation:

Planetary Collegium/CAiiA Panel 1 - Consciousness and Connectivity
Roy Ascott and panel
Monday, Aug 1, 12:00 - 14:00 EDT
What is the impact of  telematic connectivity, hypermedia, virtual reality, and new media art, on the ways we perceive ourselves, our minds, and construction of our own realities?
Telematic Mind in the Domain of Moistmedia.
Roy Ascott
Monday, Aug 1, 14:25 - 15:00 EDT
Dry computational systems and wet biological processes  are converging to provide moistmedia for the artist. The human mind and telematic systems are interacting to produce a technoetic sense of self and planetary collaboration. Immaterial connectedness defines both  quantum reality and the  spiritual  domain. The biophotonic information network of the body parallels  the telematic flows of electrons and photons across the planet. The media artist\u2019s interactive technology of silicon valley, and the shaman\u2019s psychoactive technology of the forest offer immersive pathways into altered states of consciousness.

Planetary Collegium/CAiiA Panel 2 -  Extensions of Embodiment
Roy Ascott and panel
Tuesday, Aug 2, 12:00 - 14:00 EDT
Transformation of human behavior, the body and the material  world, and the repetoire of somatic intervention, are raised as significant issues in both performative and imaging aspects of new media art.

Network Touch
Galen Scorer
Wednesday, August 3, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT
At the moment of touch we give reference to our self and to our surrounding. Touch not only spatially orients us but also symbolically orients ourselves to another. The idea of a Network Touch plays on the possibilities and impossibilities of this moment in cyberspace where two people try and make a haptic connection.
The video streams of two cameras from two distant locations are stitched together to form a single image. Using the software Max and softVNS2 these images appear to join seamlessly. In both locations a users hand enters into the video space. As they reach their hand into the space they also see the hand of someone else reaching out to touch their hand. As the two hands move closer together and finally make contact, sounds and words are triggered signifying that moment of contact. The two participants playfully \u2018touch\u2019 and create music off of each other, poetically giving a new form and understanding to reference.

AG Juggler
Dioselin Gonzalez
Wednesday, August 3, 16:00 - 17:00 EDT
AGJuggler is a toolkit for collaborative virtual reality (VR). It provides routines for enabling existing VR applications to run in geographically distant Access Grid(r) nodes. Supported hardware setup ranges from fully  immersive CAVE(tm)-like systems with tracking, to PCs equipped with active stereographics ability, or even personal laptops. We intend to show a collaborative VR session of "Castle Highmoore", a tour through a virtual haunted house. The conference site will include a semi-immersive stereographics display -where many participants can experience the virtual world simultaneously. Remote AG nodes at other locations will also be joining the experience.

Global Distributed Art Panel
Don Foresta
Thursday, August 4, 12:20 - 14:00 EDT
A distributed panel discussing the use of networks in art & media