Digital Media Networks -- Suspending Belief
Herbert Enns, University of Manitoba and Sheldon Brown, UCSD

A full understanding of perception and its underlying processes and functions remains elusive. In an age of hyper-connectivity, media saturation and scientific advance, the fundamentals related to how the brain actually processes this ethereal flow of signals and data is little understood. This comprises three fields of inquiry of interest to us. The first is generally related to colour and spatial perception. The second -- a newfound interest in the theory of multiple intelligences -- the idea that what makes us unique, and what gives us our personality -- is distinct and personal neural functioning. The rapid development of spatial audio and evermore complex and rich projection strategies in a number of university labs, the Centre for Research and Computing in the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD in San Diego, the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, SARC, and the Sonic Art Research Centre (SARC) at the University of Belfast, to name three, are significantly improving the sophistication of immersive networked environments.
We propose a panel for CENIC 2010 that defines this ideal of subtle perception - so common in the worlds of art and music - and attempts to transpose that ideal into the territory of high speed photonic networks through the next generation of spatial environments, complex audio arrays, and rich visual inputs.

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