From 15 to 19 March 2021 we will organise the second edition of The Skin of Things – a multidisciplinary gathering centred around the perception and depiction of materials. The subject may sound narrow but the speakers are an eclectic group of scientists, scholars and artists that you rarely meet in one (virtual) room. Therefore, we happily invite you to join the talks and discussions over a series of 5 evenings/nights (Asia/Oceania), afternoons (Europe/Africa) and mornings (Americas).
Registration is free of charge and can be via EventBrite. After you registered you will receive access to a Slack channel that we will use to communicate Zoom links etc.
Each day between 15 to 19 March we will have meetings between 15:00 and 18:00 Central European Time (CET). Luckily, Daylight Saving Time in the US starts earlier than Europe, so there will be a time difference of 5 (east coast) to 7 hours (west coast).
In the three hours we will have plenty of time for discussions, improvisations and perhaps some surprises.
Monday 15 March – General
Keynote: Donald Hoffman – Colors and Chromatures: An Evolutionary View of Perception
Regular: Karl Gegenfurtner – Perception disentangles different causes of saturation in natural objects
Regular: Kavin Bray
Regural: Frits Scholten – Skins of sculpture
Tuesday 16 March – Food
Theme speaker: John Hutchings – Specification of Total Appearance – ‘measuring’ what we see
Regular: Carlos Arce Lopera – Color distribution of fresh and ripe fruits
Regular: Francesca Di Cicco – A taste of art
Regular: Helen Sarin – The Art of #veGAN
Wednesday 17 March – Art making
Theme speaker: Viola Eickmeier – Material Properties
Regular: Lisa Wiersma
Regular: Johanna Delanoy – Perception of material appearance: a comparison between painted and rendered images
Regular: Indra Kneepkens – Remarkable simplicity and dazzling skill: the role of oils and additives in Van Eyck’s rendering of materials
Appetizer: Maša Tomšič – Strokes and Brushes, Cuts and Wounds
Thursday 18 March – Style And Appearance
Theme speaker: Aaron Hertzmann – Why Do Line Drawings Work?
Regular: Li Shiwen – Perception of iridescence
Regular: Yuguang Zhao – The Appearance of Apple Depictions
Appetizer: Chenxi Liao – Individual Differences in Classification of Translucent Materials Using Photos of Real-world Objects
Appetizer: Robert Ennis – Matching the colors of materials – An experiment in web-based VR
Friday 19 March – Digital
Theme speaker: Rob Erdmann (e.g. Bosch Project, Twitter)
Regular: Kate Storrs – Learning about material properties by learning about images
Regular: Manuel Lagunas – A similarity measure for material appearance
Regular: Mitchell van Zuijlen – The Materials In Painting (MIP) Dataset – A large scale collection of material annotations within artworks.
Appetizer: Pascal Barla – Inverse material depiction