Robyn Taylor

robyn.taylor@ncl.ac.uk | Research Associate

Robyn Taylor

Robyn Taylor is a research associate at Open Lab, Newcastle University, having recently completed a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the laboratory. Her research interests combine her two passions: music and technology. Robyn began exploring the use of participatory performance as an investigatory medium after years of studying and working as a professional vocalist. She uses a practice-based approach, combining participant interaction with live performance in order to research HCI issues surrounding creative agency, engagement, and social encounters in public spaces. Robyn has performed throughout Europe and North America, including festival performances of her interactive multimedia art in Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain and Mexico. Wired UK praised humanaquarium, her collaboration with Guy Schofield and John Shearer, as a “compelling, if slightly sinister-sounding piece of psychedelic ambience”, with Steampunk Magazine calling the work “beautiful, breathtaking and utterly haunting.” In 2012 she completed her doctorate at the Advanced Man-Machine Interface Laboratory at the University of Alberta, Canada. Robyn’s work has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Alberta Ingenuity, iCore, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.


2017

Performing Research: Four Contributions to HCI
Taylor R, Spence J, Walker B, Nissen B, Wright P, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '17)4825-4837

2015

Making Magic: Designing for Open Interactions in Museum Settings
Taylor R, Bowers J, Nissen B, Wood G, Chaudhry Q, Wright P, Bruce L, Glynn S, Mallinson H, Bearpark R, C&C '15 SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition313-322

2014

HCI: Human-computer improvisation
Bowers J, Taylor R, Hook J, Freeman D, Bramley C, Newell C, Proceedings of the 2014 companion publication on Designing interactive systems (DIS Companion '14)203-206
"Which Brew are you Going to Choose?" An interactive 'Tea-Decider-er' in a Teahouse Shop Window
Taylor R, Bartindale T, Chaudhry Q, Heslop P, Wright P, Bowers J, Olivier P, Laval Virtual: 16th International Conferences and Exhibition of Virtual Technologies and Uses
<em>Nightingallery</em>: theatrical framing and orchestration in participatory performance
Taylor R, Schofield G, Shearer J, Wright P, Boulanger P, Olivier P, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing1583-1600

2013

Crafting interactive systems: learning from digital art practice
Taylor R, Schofield G, Hook J, Ladha K, Bowers J, Wright P, CHI EA 2013: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems3223-3226

2012

Exploring HCI's Relationship with Liveness
Hook J, Schofield G, Taylor R, Bartindale T, McCarthy J, Wright P, CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems2771--2774
Exploring HCI's Relationship with Liveness (CHI'12 Workshop)
Hook J, Schofield G, Taylor R, Bartindale T, McCarthy J, Wright P, CHI EA 2012: CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems2771-2774

2011

humanaquarium: exploring audience, participation, and interaction
Taylor R, Schofield G, Shearer S, Wallace J, Wright P, Boulanger P, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CH'11)1117-1122
Designing from within: humanaquarium
Taylor R, Schofield G, Shearer J, Wallace J, Wright P, Boulanger P, Olivier P, 29th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)1855-1864

2010

Phantasmagoria: Composing Interactive Content for the humanaquarium
Taylor R, Schofield G, Shearer J, Boulanger P, Wallace J, Olivier P, Smart Graphics: 10th International Symposium on Smart Graphics269-272

2009

Creating dream.Medusa to Encourage Dialogue in Performance
Taylor R, Boulanger P, Olivier P, Smart Graphics: 10th International Symposium (SG)275-278
Creating dream.medusa to encourage dialogue in performance
Taylor R, Boulanger P, Olivier P, Smart Graphics: 10th International Symposium275-278
Exploring participatory performance to inform the design of collaborative public interfaces
Taylor R, Olivier P, Boulanger P, Wallace J, 27th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems3721-3726

2008

dream.Medusa: A participatory performance
Taylor R, Boulanger P, Olivier P, Smart Graphics: 9th International Symposium, SG 2008200-206

Associated Projects

  • Nightingallery
    The Nightingallery was an interactive musical installation featuring an animatronic bird. Members of the public were encouraged to approach and talk to the bird. The human voice was processed and then used to drive a synthesiser that meant the bird cou...
    August 30, 2011
  • humanaquaurium
    humanaquarium is a movable performance space designed to explore the ephemeral yet tangible relationship between artist and audience in the performing arts traditions. Two musicians collaborate with participants, sharing the intimacy of co-cre...
    August 30, 2011
 
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