Research

Vegas Simbelis conducts research in art, design, media, and technology. Vegas holds a PhD in interactive art and design in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) and a second PhD in Art and Media Arts (from Vilnius Art Academy).

During the research position at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, EECS, Media Technology and Interaction Design department, Vegas also was affiliated with a research centre Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre – Researcher within the Arts & Crafts group, Stockholm, Sweden.

The research consists of practice-based research (art practice, designing artefacts and solutions, collaborative design work) and articulation of insights in proceedings through research papers and articles (conferences CHI, DIS, TEI, 4S, EASST, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, ACE, EVA, RIXC, Economia, Renewable Futures, Geomedia). The interdisciplinary research covers fields of art, design and technology. Teaching takes over by giving lectures, supervision and examination in design, art and media subjects.

In this section, you find selected presentations, publications, exhibitions and performances in scholar and academic context.



Exhibitions in academic conference context

- Geomedia 2019, Revisiting the Home, 7-10 May 2019, Karlstad, Sweden;

- Beyond Convergence, Arts Track at TEI 2018 conference - International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions with a theme on the post-digital condition, a group exhibition at Kulturhuset / House of Culture Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018;

- ISEA 2017, 23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Bio-creation & peace, "Art Value" film exhibited, Manizales, Colombia, 2017;

- 16th International Image Festival, "STRATA" film exhibited, Manizales, Colombia, 2017;

- CHI conference, Video Showcase, "Delete by Haiku" film, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, US, 2017;

- Open Fields exhibition and conference, in the framework of RIXC Art Science festival, Riga, Latvia, 2016;

- "Panorama Time" at the Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspectives, an exhibition of the Digital Arts Community of ACM SIGGRAPH conference, Anaheim, California, US, 2016;

- S T R A T I C performance at ISEA 2016, 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Cultural R>evolution, Hong Kong, 2016;

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Interactivity exhibition, "S T R A T I C”, San Jose, California, USA, 2016;

- ACE conference - Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Creative Showcase, "S T R A T I C", Iskandar, Malaysia, 2015;

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Interactivity exhibition, "Metaphone”, Seoul, Korea, 2015;

- ISEA conference - International Symposium on Electronic Art, “Location” exhibition, "Metaphone”, Dubai, UAE, 2014;

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Interactivity exhibition, "Metaphone”, Paris, France, 2013.



Academic publications, papers and articles published at conferences and journals

- Humanizing Interactive Technology, Vygandas Simbelis, article at Leonardo journal, MIT Press, Vol. 53, No. 5 (October 2020).

- Migration: Traces in an Art Collection, ed. M. Lind, C. Widenheim, published by Sternberg Press with Malmö Konstmuseum (Malmo Art Museum) and Tensta Konsthall, Sweden, 2020;

- “A Table Sorted by Price” publication by Vygandas Simbelis, published by Konstfack, Royal College of Art, Design and Craft and Tensta Konsthall, Sweden, 2019;

- Geomedia 2019, Father’s Footsteps: Revisiting the Home, 7-10 May 2019, Karlstad, Sweden; PDF

- The Leonardo Abstracts, LABS 2019, published thesis abstracts online. Humanizing Technology through Post-digital Art, PhD thesis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018. Stockholm, Sweden; Leonardo Abstract PDF, Humanizing Technology through Post-digital Art; Full thesis PDF

- Magazine "Interactions", Curatorial Note for Demo Hour, "Beyond Convergence: TEI’18 Arts Exhibition and Performance", Robyn Taylor, Asreen Rostami, and Vygandas "Vegas" Šimbelis; 
Young Suk Lee, Kazuhiro Jo, Anna Weisling, Anna Xambó, Léon McCarthy. TEI'18 Arts and Performance Chairs. Volume 25 Issue 5, September-October 2018, pages 10-13, ACM New York, NY, USA; PDF, PDF2

- TEI conference, International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions, "Synesthetic Experience in S T R A T I C", V. Šimbelis and A. Lundström, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018; PDF

- DIS conference - Designing Interactive Systems, "Time and Space in Broken Panorama", V. Šimbelis, Edinburgh, UK, 2017; PDF

- "Acoustic Space" journal, article "Time and Space in Panoramic Photography", V. Šimbelis, RIXC, Riga, Latvia, 2017; PDF

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Extended Abstract, "Delete by Haiku: Poetry from Old SMS Messages", V. Šimbelis, et al., Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, US, 2017;

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Extended Abstract, "Synthesis in the Audiovisual", V. Šimbelis and A. Lundström, ACM Press, San Jose, USA, 2016; PDF

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Full Paper, "Repurposing Bits and Pieces of the Digital", Vygandas Šimbelis, Pedro Ferreira, Elsa Vaara, Jarmo Laaksolahti, Kristina Höök, San Jose, USA, 2016. Honourable Mention for the Art Paper award; PDF

- Art.CHI "Interactive Media Works" catalog, CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul, Korea, 2015; External link to PDF

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, article "Metaphone: Distinguishing Human and Machine", Vegas Šimbelis, ACM Press, Seoul, Korea, 2015; PDF

- ACE conference - Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Extended Abstract, "S T R A T I C: Performing the Sampling Rate", Vygandas Simbelis, Anders Lundström, Iskandar, Malaysia, 2015; PDF

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Full Paper, "Metaphone: Machine Aesthetics Meets Interaction Design", V. Šimbelis, A. Lundström, K. Höök, J. Solsona, and V. Lewandowski, ACM Press, Toronto, Canada, 2014;
 PDF

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Extended Abstract, "Metaphone: An Artistic Exploration of Biofeedback and Machine Aesthetics", V. Šimbelis, and K. Höök, ACM Press, Paris, France, 2013;
 PDF

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Extended Abstract for organising a workshop, "Changing Perspectives of Time in HCI", S. Lindley, R. Corish, P. Ferreira, V. Šimbelis, and E. Vaara, ACM Press, Paris, France, 2013; PDF


Research presented at conferences

- Economia - The Limited Edition, Baltan Laboratories conference and exhibition, 10-11 September 2020, Eindhoven, The Netherlands;

- RIXC conference, 2019: UN/GREEN, COM/POST/HUMAN, N/AI, The 4th Open Fields conference on Artistic Research, Science and Technologies and RIXC Art Science Festival 2019, National Museum of Art of Latvia, Riga, Latvia;

- TEI conference, International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions, "Synesthetic Experience in S T R A T I C", Stockholm, Sweden, 2018;

- DIS conference - Designing Interactive Systems, "Time and Space in Broken Panorama", V. Šimbelis, Edinburgh, UK, 2017;

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, "Delete by Haiku: Poetry from Old SMS Messages", V. Šimbelis, et al., Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, US, 2017;

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, "Synthesis in the Audiovisual", San Jose, USA, 2016;

- 4S/EASST 2016 conference: Science and Technology by Other Means. Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Artistic Research: Authorship as a Lens in Technology and the Arts, Barcelona, Spain, 2016;

- Artist Talk "Panorama Time" at ISEA 2016, 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Cultural R>evolution, Hong Kong, 2016;

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Full Paper, "Repurposing Bits and Pieces of the Digital", San Jose, USA, 2016. Honourable Mention for the Art Paper award;

- ACE conference - Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Extended Abstract, "S T R A T I C: Performing the Sampling Rate", Iskandar, Malaysia, 2015;

- 4S conference - Society for Social Studies of Science, The Reflexive Turn in Art and Science Studies, Art and Science: Curation and Performativity as Engagement, "Metaphone: Exploring Control in Interactive Art Settings", Denver, Colorado, 2015;

- RENEWABLE FUTURES 2015 Conference: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media, "Fault Aesthetics in Time Photography", RIXC, Riga, Latvia, 2015;

- EVA-London 2014 | Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, "Art Maps - Putting the Tate Collection on the Map", London, UK, 2014;

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, "Metaphone: Machine Aesthetics Meets Interaction Design", Toronto, Canada, 2014;


- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, "Metaphone: An Artistic Exploration of Biofeedback and Machine Aesthetics", Paris, France, 2013;



Chair / curating

- Migration: Traces in an Art Collection, exhibition and public program with Konstfack, Malmö Konstmuseum (Malmo Art Museum) and Tensta Konsthall, Sweden, 2019;

- Curator / Chair of Arts Track at TEI 2018 conference - International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions with a theme on the post-digital condition, "Beyond Convergence" exhibition at Kulturhuset / House of Culture Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden;

- Program Chair at SIDER - Interaction Design Research Conference, Computer Science and Communication, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014;


Organised conference workshops

- CHI conference - SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, "Changing Perspectives of Time in HCI", Paris, France, 2013;


Workshops

2019 KTH Innovation Brighter Program, research trip to New York with visits to Scandinavia House, American-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Spotify, NewLab, Snark.Art, ERA, NewSchool, Museum of Capitalism;
2019 Unique Online Auction Experience, workshop at KTH Innovation, Stockholm, Sweden;
2019 Art_Value: Network workshops in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia;
2019 Number Code Prototyping, workshop at KTH Innovation, Stockholm, Sweden;
2018-2019 Research on publicness within public art collections, visits to: Copenhagen: Louisiana, Glyptotek, National Gallery of Denmark, The Royal Cast Collection Museum, Superflex Superkilen park; Malmö: Malmö Art Museum; Stockholm: Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, National Museum, Moderna Museet, Public Art Agency, Tensta Konsthall; Lund: Skissernas Museum, Lund Cathedral commission “And We Are Everywhere”; Uppsala: Gustavianum, Bror Hjorth's House;
2018 Blockchain@IBM, IBM Kista, Sweden;
2017 Crypto Aesthetics, organized workshop at KTH Innovation, Stockholm, Sweden;
2017 The Cultures of Machine Participation workshop, EU project "The People's Smart Sculpture", University of Oslo, Norway;
2016 Mobile Life Smart Cities Tour: London: Goldsmiths University, Spotify, Arup architects, UCLIC, University College London, Future Cities Catapult; Paris: IRCAM, InSitu lab, Inria Université Paris Sud D’Orsay, Télécom ParisTech; Berlin: Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Deutsche Telekom labs, AA projects; Edinburgh: Edinburg University;
2016 Mobile Life @ MSR, design sprint, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Cambridge, UK;
2015 Circles of Confusion, KTH lab, Stockholm, Sweden;
2015 The Reflexive Turn in Art and Science Studies workshop, 4S conference - Society for Social Studies of Science, Denver, Colorado;
2015 HYBRID MATTERs field_notes, art & science field laboratory, (sonic) Wild Code, University of Helsinki Kilpisjärvi Biological Station and The Finnish Society of Bioart, Finnish Lapland, Kilpisjärvi, Finland;
2015 Research, the University of Nottingham, Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute and Mixed Reality Lab, Nottingham, UK, projects:
Art Maps - Putting the Tate Art Collection on the Map, the project developed together with the TATE Britain and Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute.
Gendering History: Women and Independence in Latin America project together with Sociology and Gender studies department at the University of Nottingham.
Digitalising theatre history and props through user experience, the project developed together with the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK;
2015 Art.Chi workshop, SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul, Korea;
2014 Haiku for Deletion workshop, Mobile Life research center, Stockholm, Sweden;
2014 Wearable Interaction Design with Natural Materials workshop at University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria;
2014 Interactive Sound, SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, Canada;

2013 Changing Perspectives of Time in HCI, CHI conference, workshop organized with Microsoft Research (Cambridge) and Mobile Life Centre (Stockholm), Palais de Congrès de Paris, Paris, France;

2012 Arctic Perspective Workshop, Finnish Society of BioArt, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland;
2012 Art.CHI workshop, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Austin, Texas, USA;
2012 Transmediale, Drone Sounds Hardware, Berlin, Germany;
2011 Archimorphosis workshop, virtual and augmented reality project in public space, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (UniArts), Stockholm, Sweden;
2011 Biosaurus workshop, interactive tool for sustainable and ecological living in urban space, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (UniArts), Stockholm, Sweden;
2010 Resources.10, Urban Tools, Art & Architecture, Mejan Arc, Royal Institute of Art (KKH), Stockholm, Sweden;
2009 Piksel 09, electronic art festival, Bergen, Norway;
2009 Clubtransmediale, Mechanic Sound Workout, Berlin, Germany;
2008 Piksel 08, Code Dreams, festival for free / libre & open source software, hardware & art, Bergen, Norway;
2008 Article|08 biennial for electronic and unstable art, Perfusion – Pollution – Pervasion, Stavanger, Norway;
2008 Art+Communication: Spectropia. Tempest: decoding that which is, RIXC, Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia;
2007 Media Ecology workshop, Intro Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2007 Maxwell City - artistic investigation into electromagnetic substance, Atelier Nord, Oslo, Norway;
2006 Superfactory, New Prosumers - New Frontiers, and Subject 02: Crossfade, Intro Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2006 Balticoco – electronic art festival, Intro Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2005 Hands on Deck! Reloaded, Harlingen, Holland;
2005 City Sampling, Intro Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2004 RAM5 / Re-approaching new media – Open Source Media Architecture, RIXC, Riga, Latvia;
2004 Rescuing visual pop culture, Intro Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2003 RAM2 / Re-approaching new media – A Joker in a Global Bunker, Atelier Nord, Oslo, Norway;
2002 Never Skip Intro, former newspaper Pravda printing house, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2001 Emerging Visual Media Cultures, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Media Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark;
2000 Staging of Virtual Inhabited 3D Spaces, VR Media Lab, Aalborg, Denmark;


Thesis work

- "Humanizing Technology through Post-digital Art", PhD thesis, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018. Accompanied by "Interpretative Digitality" exhibition at R1-Reactor Hall, Stockholm, Sweden; PDF

- "Game and Media Art", thesis for PhD in Arts degree, Vilnius Art Academy, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2009. Accompanied by "V.D.A." exhibition at Vilnius Art Academy the Gothic Hall and released limited-edition art DVD, Vilnius, Lithuania; PDF

- "Interpretation of Game Theory", thesis for Master of Arts degree, Vilnius Art Academy, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2001. Accompanied by "Toys and Games" exhibition at Vilnius Art Academy the Chess Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania;






Metaphone painting  

After On Kawara, paintings
Art Value: After On Kawara, paintings

Here You Order Artworks
Art Value: Here You Order Artworks


 

Humanizing Technology
Thesis book: Humanizing Technology

sampling rate pattern
Stratic image book cover: sampling rate pattern

ACE exhibition, Malaysia
STRATIC performance: ACE exhibition, Malaysia

performing the audiovisual
STRATIC set up: performing the audiovisual