What We Are About

WHAT DO WE DO AT EVOKE LAB & STUDIO?

We start with an eye toward social issues and concerns, and integrate social theory, art, computer science, and design to create new technologies and artifacts that evoke thought, debate, discussion, and consideration of a more harmonious mediated world. Our projects range from small experiments with new innovations to large-scale studies on major issues like “big data”, privacy, social justice, and self-exploration through technology. We are an open community of interdisciplinary scholars and designers who have fun, learn, and grow together, and are always looking for more fellow travelers!

WHERE DO WE WORK?

We are located at the UC-Irvine campus in the Calit2 Building. While our research work takes us everywhere, and our field sites are varied and far-flung, much of our work takes place in the EVOKE Lab & Studio itself. Our Design Lab is modeled after the workflow of the User Experience (UX) design process, taking ideas from inception to formal design specs. When it’s time to start building, projects shift into the larger, adjacent Studio space where we move from idea to physical reality. See below for more details on what we have in the Lab & Studio.

THE EVOKE LAB

Where the creative work happens, the Lab is set up to support UX design workflow from blue-sky sessions to conceptual prototyping.

Find out more about what’s in the EVOKE Lab.

VALUES IN DESIGN

How do technologies reflect our human values? How do we design social values into our technologies and systems? Our Values in Design research track explores these questions.

Learn more about our VID research.

DATA/SELF

Devices and sensors are making it easier to track ourselves and turn our bodies, activities, and choices into analytics. It’s changing what it means to know ourselves.

Learn more about our work on the Data and the Self.

THE EVOKE STUDIO

Projects move out of the Lab and to the Studio to take on material forms. Our “big black box” space is perfect for exhibits, performances, large construction, and anything the imagination can conjure.

Find out more about the EVOKE Studio.

KNOWLEDGE INFRASTRUCTURES

Scientific infrastructures are well understood to carry data and information, but how do they foster the creation of useful knowledge? Can we generative better systems and associated policy frameworks that cultivate knowledge-centered communities and initiatives?

Learn more about our work on Knowledge Infrastructures.

EMERGING CONFIGURATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE

Although the book and journal article are the standard forms of scholarly communication, we give form to knowledge through a much broader range of expression. Our research explores emerging forms of communication through new technologies.

See more about our work on Emerging Configurations of Knowledge.

Recent News

  • Health Data Exploration report published (3/13/2014)- The final report from the Health Data Exploration project has been published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation! Three EVOKE members – Dr. Matthew Bietz, Dr. Judith Gregory, and Dr. […]
  • Cory Knobel receives iConference 2014 best paper award (3/7/2014)- Dr. Cory Knobel, executive director of the EVOKE Lab & Studio, received the Lee Dirks Memorial Award for best paper at the 2014 iConference, held in Berlin, Germany on March […]
  • Bowker co-organizing White House OSTP Conference on Big Data and Privacy (3/6/2014)- Dr. Geoffrey C. Bowker, scientific director of the EVOKE Lab & Studio and UCI professor of informatics, will be co-organizing a national panel sponsored by the White House Office of […]
  • Evoke members @ Western Humanities Alliance 2013 (10/21/2013)- Geoffrey C. Bowker, Cory Knobel, and John S. Seberger will be presenting on ‘Emerging Modes of Knowledge Expression’ at the annual meeting of the Western Humanities Alliance at University of […]
  • Bietz and Gregory speak at “Moving Genomics from Bench to Bedside” workshop (5/31/2013)- EVOKE members Matthew Bietz and Judith Gregory were recently invited to speak at the Moving Genomics Research from Bench to Bedside: Science, Technology & Society Perspectives workshop on May 24, […]
  • Values in Design for Collaborative Systems at CTS 2013 (5/31/2013)- Lab members Matthew Bietz, Cory Knobel, and Katie Pine presented a tutorial on Values in Design for Collaborative Systems at the 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems in […]
  • Geof Bowker Speaks at NYU (4/9/2013)- Along with Sara Hendren (Harvard), Geof will be a speaker in the PROGRAM series at NYU organized by the departments of Media, Culture and Communication, English, and Comparative Literature. More […]
  • Geof Bowker Speaks at Michigan (4/9/2013)- Geof will be speaking as part of the Yahoo! Lecture Series at the University of Michigan’s School of Information on April 10, 2013. The End of the Article Abstract: In […]
  • Values in Design Fellows honored at iConference 2013 (3/3/2013)- The 2013 iConference, held in Fort Worth, TX in mid-February, saw a number of entries from the Values in Design community. In the conference awards ceremony, two entries from VID-related […]

Events

WORKSHOPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

In the EVOKE Lab & Studio, we frequently put on workshops related to design, computing, social theory, etc. Sometimes it’ll be a skills workshop, other times a gaming session, reading group, or interesting speaker series. Often, the event will be in the EVOKE Lab, but sometimes we also have events at other locations. Keep an eye on our upcoming events and join us!

DAY-TO-DAY HAPPENINGS

The Lab & Studio are in constant activity with faculty and students working on projects, meeting, studying, and doing what we all do. We’re not a secret society, so if the door is open, come on in. Drop in anytime to see what’s going on!

PATHWAYS TO POSSIBLE WORLDS: SCIENCE FICTION & SUSTAINABILITY

Friday, May 27th at the Calit2 Auditorium at UC-Irvine

This day-long event explores the interplay between science fiction and sustainability in policy, public opinion, popular culture and practice.

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DESIGN IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Join us at Calit2 on December 4, 2015 for the Design in the Anthropocene conference, featuring keynotes from Josh Berson and Elizabeth Guffey.

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PRIVATE: EVOKE OPENLAB

Want to explore new projects, get involved in research, play with new technologies, or just geek out with a group of creative people who are trying out new forms of sociotechnical design?

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PRIVATE: UCI CAMPUS WIFI HACK & HUNT

Let’s get out of the lab and into trouble! The UCI Campus Wifi Hack and Hunt is hour-long event where we give you the tools and training to do basic penetration testing and then let you loose on an unsuspecting campus.

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PRIVATE: BROADCOM FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB

Every Friday from 3:00-5:00, join ICS undergraduate Christopher Ries and guests from Broadcom for some great discussions about current technology!

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PRIVATE: GAME NIGHT: DUNGEONS & DISCOURSE

Kierkeguardians and Empirimancers, heed my call! The nasty, brutish and short Hobbes-goblins are once again threatening the peaceful realm of ideas.

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VALUES IN DESIGN 2012

Held at the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Science and Calit2, workshop mornings were devoted to discussing a judicious mix of readings and exercises.

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Projects

BCUBE

Studying policy formation and implementation in global …

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PRIVATE: FUTURE RESEARCH CI

Laying the sociotechnical groundwork for a new research…

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SOCIAL ANALYSIS OF PRISM

Social, organizational, and policy dimensions of research…

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PRIVATE: BODYBUILDING AND QS

Bodybuilders and Qualified Self adherents leverage numb…

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HEALTH DATA EXPLORATION

To better understand the barriers to using personal hea…

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PERSONAL GENOMICS & QS

This project is investigating the similarities and rela…

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CRITICAL QUANTIFICATION

The proliferation of inexpensive, small, and connected …

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FEVERBOOK

Facebook as the ultimate social archive? A Derridean ex…

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MUSIC4LABS

Turning daily lab activities into information-rich musi…

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PRIVATE: LIL’ NEURO SHOW

An EVOKE collaboration with neuroscientist Luke McGowan…

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BOY 2.0

Modern toys for mannered boys. Traditional toys with a …

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AMPDAMP

Social media is too noisy? Dial your feeds up or down w…

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PARRESIA

Mindfulness. Reflection. Patience. Bringing focus back …

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STRING

Ambient awareness of loved ones through tactile computi…

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SOCIAL CAPITAL

Haven’t kept up with your friends’ social m…

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STICKETS

Want to fix something in your neighborhood? Put a stick…

LEVELING THE STAGE

What knowledge is contained in gestures, body language …

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PEOPLE

GEOFFREY C. BOWKER

Director
BODHISATTVA CHATTOPADHYAY

Visiting Scholar
ANDY ECHENIQUE

Doctoral Student
CORY KNOBEL

Founding Executive Director
JUDITH GREGORY

Associate Director
STEVE SLOTA

Doctoral Student
AUBREY SLAUGHTER

Undergraduate Student
GARNET HERTZ

Former Associate Director
MATTHEW BIETZ

Associate Director
JOHN SEBERGER

Doctoral Student
Eric Acampora
ERIC ACAMPARA

Undergraduate Student
NORMA MOLLERS

Former Visiting Scholar
KAREN TANENBAUM

Lab Director
CAITIE LUSTIG

Doctoral Student
TRISTAN BILES
TRISTAN BILES

Undergraduate Student
ALI ALKHATIB

Former Visiting Scholar

PARTNERS

INTEL

Partner
RE:ENLIGHTENMENT PROJECT

Partner
ISTC*SOCAL

Partner
ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

Partner
QUALCOMM INSTITUTE

Partner

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[QS] – Personal Data Landscapes Poster

As written and presented by lab faculty Matthew Bietz, Judith Gregory, and Geof Bowker. PDF LINK.  


My Day as a Data Dealer

A while back I stumbled upon a browser game which in some ways could be considered an attempt to gamify privacy literacy. Gamification in the context of surveillance usually means the exploitation […]

Viewing the World through Technology’s Eyes

Overlooking a recent technology article on BBC news (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24332358), I read about how a Japanese research lab is developing a system to allow users (via augemnted reality) to be able […]


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