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CIRMMT Distinguished Lecture with Sylvie Gibet

March 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

| Free

Sylvie Gibet will discuss 'Gesture: a language to sense, express, control'

When & where
Thursday March 15, 2018 @ 4:30pm
Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building,
527 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

Free admission
Research on gesture and movement very often dissociates linguistic issues from sensorimotor theories underlying the production of movement. Linguistics studies propose to identify units of action as linguistics components that can be combined to form the sense of movement. Conversely, sensorimotor studies tend to model movement by simulating the combined action of motor control and sensory information (visual cues, force feedback, etc.). In this talk, I will show that movement is also language, characterized by a set of meaningful actions, by the timing of the sequencing actions, and by the way the atomic elements are organized into patterns. Different examples of skilled and expressive gestures will illustrate this presentation, from physical theater, to sign languages and musical gestures.

Sylvie Gibet graduated with a PhD in Computer Science in 1987 from the “Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble” (INPG) in France, where she studied haptic gesture for controlling sound synthesis. She then held a research position at the University of Geneva in 1989 in Cognitive Science, and a postdoctoral position at the University of California, San Diego (Computer Music Experiment lab.) in 1990. She became an assistant professor at the University of Paris Sud in France between 1992 and 2000, before becoming a professor at the University of South Brittany, where she joined the IRISA Laboratory. Her research focuses on the modeling, analysis and generation of expressive gesture. She is also interested in the perceptual evaluation of produced movements. She has mainly studied expert gestures with strong semantics such as sign language gestures, but also musical gestures such as percussing or conducting gestures, or emotional theatrical movements.

CIRMMT is a multi-disciplinary research group centred at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. It unites researchers and their students from several Quebec institutions - McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, l’Université de Sherbrooke Concordia University, Ecole de technologie supérieure, INRS and Marianopolis College. The CIRMMT community also includes administrative and technical staff, research associates, visiting scholars, musicians, and industrial associates. CIRMMT occupies a unique position on the international stage having developed intense research partnerships with other academic and research institutions, as well as diverse industry partners throughout the world.

The CIRMMT community is interested in interdisciplinary research related to the creation of music in the composer's or performer's mind, the performance of music, its recording and/or transmission, and the reception of music by the listener. It is also interested in the ways in which vision, haptics and touch interact with music and sound. CIRMMT seeks to develop innovative approaches to the scientific study of music media and technology, to promote the application of newer technologies in science and the creative arts, and to provide an advanced research training environment.


March 15
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
527 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3 Canada