EngageLab is a laboratory at the intersection of arts and technology. Somewhere in between interaction design, digital narratives, perceptive computing, digital arts, and novel interfaces.
EngageLab is a laboratory at the intersection of arts and technology established by researchers of the Centre for Communication and Society Studies and the Centre Algoritmi at University of Minho, Portugal. It started as a space for discussion breaking out from the rigidity of typical research groups that are supported by researchers of a single department, or at most by researchers of a single research center, with a focused set of research topics and uniform language.
It aims to be a space of convergence of different fields and audiences, conducive of the intersection of different languages with a free spirit, without a pure, clarified and distilled line of research. The founding members keep they association with more typical groups within their research centers. EngageLab positions itself half-way on the scale of a "full-featured-university- research-group", on one hand, and a "public-creation-lab" open to DIY hobbyists cultural interventionists, on the other hand. By placing itself half-way, it aims to capture the interventions of both groups, bringing them to the same table, have simultaneous different levels of work from formal research projects to more experimental or pure conceptual artistic creations.
Coordinator at CECS: Nelson Zagalo
Coordinator at Algoritmi: Pedro Branco