The fourth international symposium on performance science (ISPS for short) convened in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts. The theme for this four day meeting was “Performing together”, which of course fits my research interests perfectly. So, I gave two talks but was mainly looking forward to hearing what the “state of the art” in ensemble research and joint action, entrainment etc. is.
I tweeted from some of the sessions, you can check the Storify below, I’ve added some comments and further links to it:
A couple of things caught my attention. First, possibly it is just this conference, but there is definitely more research done on actual social interaction, and I’m happy that it is being done in naturalistic situations, using mainly string quartets and piano duets, and not just lab settings such as finger tapping. Second, as people start doing multi-domain recordings (audio, video, mocap), they start drowning in data, and then they look for solutions to reduce the dimensionality of their data, and turn to machine learning, PCAs, ICAs and such. Third, as these data collections get more difficult, the project groups grow, and also as these project require many talents, they are often multi-disciplinary, and also combine qualitative and quantitative analyses in one project.
However, there is still need for more interdisciplinary communication, more data sharing, more tool/code sharing and all that, but at least this seems to be relatively unhindered by prejudices or attitudes, like it perhaps has been earlier. Again, it might be the selected group in this conference, but I felt that people genuinely appreciated each others’ work, even across discipline boundaries. A good step towards more openness, is the research topic in Frontiers
on Performance Science. These topics get good visibility at the Frontiers platform and I’m very much looking forward to these papers.