GILLabS co-creates platforms for investigating group improvisation experiences. These are open content, modifiable experiments in doing things together. They can involve collective exercises, games, or scores, and they can involve digital interaction, responsive environments, and virtual reality devices.

ICI Freiburg

Challenge: create three neuroscience experiments that are of interest to improvisers and dancers as well as neuroscientists – during the 300-person 2017 Freiburg Contact Improvisation Festival. 12 days start to finish, with 10 collaborators from neuroscience, performance studies, sociology, cybernetics, Read More …

Spatial Media Lab

EnsadLab research group in the new ArTeC Paris, dedicated to the study and development of artistic practices in digital spaces, especially: Embodiment and co-presence: immersion, sharing, empathy; The spatialization of information; Spatial mediation: Design of experience, storytelling. The Spatial Media Read More …


Learning to notice what you are assuming about your process. Paradigms are heuristic lists of choices that are always being made when designing an interaction. Navigational Paradigms: walk/fly, grab the world, space warp Identifying Paradigms: actor, avatar, puppeting, point of Read More …


ModLab is the Digital Humanities Laboratory at UC Davis for making and modding projects that play with and extend the conventions and practices of humanities research. ModLab is the home to GILLabs, PlayTheKnave, and many more projects.

play the knave

Shakespeare Karaoke! Interactive, Modifiable, Downloadable. What can it be used to study? See Play the Knave and a BBC feature on it. On 4/11/19, Gina talked about and then Evan demonstrated Play the Knave (virtual Shakespeare theatre karaoke). The interface Read More …

GILLabS Overview

* Create spaces and times for shared experience/experimentation. Take time.
* Stay open, attend to differences, especially neurodiversity, and always ask why we are doing this.
* Start with what we have, our skills, training, teaching, ideas, practices, equipment, and desires.
* Connect with other labs, co-invent, share happenings, and co-teach across them.
* Make platforms that are open content, public, and modifiable.
* Choose over-crediting rather than under-crediting.
* Prioritize the above goals before thinking about experiments, equipment, measurements, and publications.