COSIGN 2001, the first international conference on Computational Semiotics for Games and New Media was held at CWI, Amsterdam from the 10th - 12th September 2001. This following is the final programme and the list of accepted papers, artworks and posters. We tried to keep as closely as possible to this programme, even though it was disrupted on the second day by news of the events in New York.

The papers, posters and artwork presentations are available in PDF format from the link on the right.


Monday, 10th September, 2001

8:00 - 9:00

On-Site Registration

9:00 - 9:15


9:15 - 9.45

New Media Semiotics - Computation and Aesthetic Function
Andy Clarke (Kinonet, UK)
Clive Fencott (University of Teesside, UK)
Craig Lindley (Interactive Institute, Sweden)
Grethe Mitchell (Kinonet / University of East London, UK)
Frank Nack (CWI, UK)

9:45 - 10:15

Issues of Sequence in Converging Media: Studying World Wide Web Documentaries
Anders Fagerjord (University of Oslo, Norway)

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:15

Montage and Digital Semiosis
Ramesh Srinivasan (MIT Media Laboratory, USA)
Roderick Ferguson (MIT Media Laboratory, USA)
Befekadu Ayenew (MIT Media Laboratory, USA)

11:15 - 11:45

Interpoetry: A Game of Words, Images and Sounds as a Poetic Sign in Digital Media
Jorge Luiz Antonio (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paolo)
Philadelpho Menezes (1960-2000) (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil - in memoriam)
Wilton Azevedo (Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil)


11:45 - 13:15



13:15 - 14:15

Arthur Elsenaar (Institute of Artificial Art Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Remko Scha (Institute of Artificial Art Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

14:15 - 14:45

Cypher: Cyber Photographer in Wonder Space
Takahiro Nakai
Makoto Tadenuma
Shoji Tanaka
Keiko Nakao
(ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Laboratories / Mitsubishi Electric Co.)

14:45 - 15:15

Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:45

The Link is the Data - On Realisations Representations, and the Link Betwixt
Werner Kriechbaum (IBM Development Lab, Böblingen, Germany)

15:45 - 16:15

Paul Chan (National Philistine, USA)

16:15 - 17:45

Day Summary and Discussion


Tuesday, 11th September, 2001

9:00 - 9:30

"Seine hohle Form": Artistic Collaboration in an Interactive Dance and Music Performance Environment
Butch Rovan (University of Northern Texas, USA)
Frieder Weiss (Palindrome Inter-media Performance Group)

9:30 - 10:00

Streams of Motion (Super Spectacular) - A Virtual Reality Art Work
Timothy Portlock (University of Illinois, USA)

10:00 - 10:30

Literary Theory and Computer Games
Julian Kucklich (LMU, München)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30

Designing Interactive Narratives
Mikaell B. Skov and Peter Bøgh Andersen
(Aalborg University, Denmark)

11:30 - 12:00

Polygon Destinies: The Production of Place in the Digital Role-Playing Game
Julian Oliver (RMIT University, Australia)


12:00 - 13:30



13:30 - 14:30

Ken Perlin (New York University Media Research Lab, USA)

14:30 - 15:00

Beyond Manzanar: Constructing Meaning in Interactive Virtual Reality
Tamiko Thiel (Artist, Germany)

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:15

Semiotic and Non-Semiotic MUD Performance
Ragnhild Tronstad (University of Oslo, Norway)

16:15 - 16:45

From First-Person Shooter to Multi-user Knowledge Spaces
Mathias Fuchs (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland & University for Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria)
Sylvia Eckermann (Artist, Austria)

16:45 - 17:45

Day Summary and Discussion


18:00 onwards

Social Event
A boat trip through Amsterdam's canals followed by an Indonesian rice table dinner.


Wednesday, 12th September, 2001

9:00 - 9:30

Bridging the Semantic Gap in Content Management Systems: Computational Media Aesthetics
Chitra Dorai (IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, USA)
Svetha Venkatesh (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)

9:30 -10:00

Introducing Interrelations of Madness and Virtuality
Steffen P. Walz (University of Tubingen, Germany)
Isabel Zundel (Playbe, Germany)

10:00 -10:30

A Missing Link: The Role of Semiotics in Multi-agent Environments
Mirko Petric (University of Split, Croatia)
Inga Tomic-Koludrovic (University of Split, Croatia)
Ivica Mitrovic (University of Split, Croatia)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 13:00

Day Summary and Final Discussion



Over the whole duration of the conference, the following posters will be displayed in the conference foyer. The contributors participate in the conference and are thus available for discussion.

Margarete Jahrmann (KONSUM Art Server, Austria)
Max Moswitzer (KONSUM Art Server, Austria)

Narratives Argument for Interaction Models: Or how our unstable double-agent found its way into the textual machine
Jaap Drooglever (Researcher, The Netherlands)

Sentient VR Environment Design: The Memesis Project
Alison McMahan (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Metaphors and Multimodal Interaction
Dorothy Rachovides (Lancaster University, UK)
Zoe Swiderski (Lancaster University, UK)
Alan P. Parkes (Lancaster University, UK)

A Semiotic Communication Model for Interface Design
Rafaella Scalisi (University of Turin, Italy)

Life/Style OnLine: A Web-Based Methodology for Visually-Oriented Consumer Research
Michael R. Solomon (Auburn University, USA)
Basil G. Englis (Berry College, USA)

_the data][h!][bleeding/m[ez]ang.elle.d texts: Constructing Polysemic & Neology Fic/Factions Online_
Mez Breeze (Artist, Australia)


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